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We have an update on Marcus, the new kitty.

We stopped by the leasing office, since our apartment complex goes way above and beyond the call of duty when a pet is lost in helping the owner find it.

When we described that we found a grey kitty, the girl told us that there was a family that had dumped their cat 10 days previously because they didn't want to pay the extra $20 a month fee for pet rent. The complex was waiving the $150 deposit and was just going to charge them the rent, and they just.. dumped the cat. A neighbor called the office after seeing the cat wandering around.

She described Marcus' mannerisms and personality almost to a "T". We're fairly sure he's the abandoned cat. We're still going to put up fliers though, just in case we're wrong. The office is going to call the people that dumped the cat and see if they can get any further information.

This stunned us. It's bad enough to abandon an animal, but... a DECLAWED cat? The leasing office said when they first became aware of the animal, he had tags. The neighbor saw him without them. So... they deliberately released him after removing his collar to prevent identification.

I'm furious. I mean, there are at least three shelters in this area, and countless veterinary clinics that would probably help place him, but someone had to go for the easy way out.

The leasing office told us that should we decide to give him a home, we won't have to pay anything extra. I... don't know what we're going to do. Ra doesn't like him. At all. Cailet isn't getting along with him terribly well either, but.. I think Cailet will adjust to him like she did to Ra. Pretty much ignoring him as long as he leaves her alone; which he does. I just.. don't know. My gut instinct wants to keep him, but it may not be possible, and it's hard to be objective.

Guess we'll see what happens.


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Oct. 19th, 2003 03:57 pm (UTC)
Are you *sure* about those shelters and the veracity of the advice from Vet clinics? The three "no kill" shelters in our area were filled and wouldn't accept the cat we found. I called two Vet clinics, including Tufts Vet school, and they told me to call the shelters... What is a person supposed to do in this case, and keep the animal is not an option for us.

Its not as easy as you're saying to find a stray a home, at least it wasn't for us. Fortunately the owners of the cat were discovered a day later.
Oct. 19th, 2003 08:36 pm (UTC)
I'd guess what made her angry was the lack of apparent effort on the family's part at all. It's not like we're talking about a stray here. We're talking about a declawed cat (zero chance of long term survival outside) who was once someone's pet. In the case you mentioned, the answer is even more difficult and less painful: humanely euthanize the animal. That's what I'd do before turning a helpless creature loose. But then, I treat my animals the way most people treat their children...or better.
Oct. 19th, 2003 08:39 pm (UTC)
Likewise, I'm certain there's anti-cruelty laws that have been violated here. If the owners can be found, I think a call to the local SPCA might be in order.
Oct. 19th, 2003 08:51 pm (UTC)
D'oh! I'd forgotten about them, probably because we don't have any down here (at least not any that are sanctioned). We have the Humane Society, which is anything but and doesn't involve itself in animal cruelty cases. That falls to our animal control people who are badly overworked and underpaid but still manage to give a darn.
Oct. 20th, 2003 06:40 am (UTC)
Nod, I think the leasing office will take care of that. They were appalled to find that we had found him. When the woman told them that the cat was gone, they assumed that they had found a new home for him. :/
Oct. 20th, 2003 06:36 am (UTC)
Exactly. Far better to take a pet to a shelter where it may be humanely euthanized, rather than turn it out on its own where its chances are far less promising.

I totally understand about not being able to keep a stray; but I KNOW you and Lonnie would not just turn out a pet that has been surgically altered to be even less suited to surviving on its own than it would be otherwise.

I suspect that this cat was given to them, or inherited, perhaps gotten from a shelter as a gift for a child that the parent didn't really want. I can't imagine that someone that would care enough about an animal to neuter and declaw, then just turn him out on his own.
Oct. 19th, 2003 07:31 pm (UTC)
I hope you can find his owners. That's really vile if he actually was abandoned like that.
Oct. 19th, 2003 08:30 pm (UTC)
Cats have their own pecking order and it does take them time to sort it out but generally even older cats are capable of adjusting to a new member. I think you ought to keep him.

We have four cats and one of them is odd kitty out but he doesn't seem to mind. Skyclad just decided he was the People Keeper and bonded to Simtra rather than sticking with the rest of the kitties.
Oct. 21st, 2003 05:28 pm (UTC)
Ya do realize if ya keep him Kes I am going to have to say the three of you live in a cat house! ;)P
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