Sunday, February 10, 2008

Finally, A Happy Post

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a post about a white kitty that had been abandoned in my apartment complex. Her family moved away and left her outside to scavenge for her own food. Where one day this kitty had a home and guaranteed meals, the next day the door was cruelly shut on her. Unfortunately for me (and fortunately for my kitties) she didn't like other cats or else she would be living her with me now, that's how sweet, gentle and beautiful she was.

To refresh your memory, I had fed this kitty for a few days until a foster situation and eventually a home could be found for this kitty. With management's permission I fed her outside her old apartment so that she wouldn't have to stray too far for food while management was dealing with the legal ramifications of a bunch of assholes breaking a lease, leaving an apartment full of their crap and of course abandoning their pet. For a couple days, I would just leave food and later see that it had been eaten. After a couple days, she poked her head around a corner, and starved for attention rubbed up on me. I was sad to see her beautiful white fur full of dirt, grime and crust which I thought was scabies at the time, but turned out to be her poor sunburned skin. The next day I took a photo:



When Heather first decided to foster her, she had to have a room to herself becuase she hated other kitties. It is very difficult in cat circles to find foster homes and even permanent homes for cats who don't like other cats. People without cats who want them usually don't know to go to rescue organizations or else they want a perfect little pet store kitten. So Heather kept "the white kitty" for a couple months and named her Madonna. Initially there were a couple of people who wanted to adopt her, but nothing panned out.

Six months ago, Madonna was adopted by a single mom with a preteen daughter. Heather had a bad feeling about the situation from the start, but disregarded her gut feeling so badly did she want this to work out. The woman turned out to be irresponsible and let Madonna out onto her second story open balcony. Heather later got a call that Madonna had jumped off the balcony and was missing. After Madonna was found, the woman was frazzled about the incident and rather than promising to do better with Madonna, asked to give her back to Heather and start over with a kitten. Heather took Madonna back, but didn't give the woman a kitten.

So for awhile longer Madonna lived excluded from other kitties in a foster home in the garage of a retired couple. Until two weeks ago.

My dad, stepmom and sister were the perfect family for Madonna. Both my dad and stepmom were experienced cat owners who happened to be cat-less at this time in their lives. They heard Madonna's story, fell in love with her picture and had to have her. My stepmom felt a special connection with this vagabond kitty and after traveling halfway across the globe to adopt my sister from China, she had absolutely no qualms about hauling a cat home from Florida. So two weekends ago when the whole family came down to visit, they left with Madonna, who has since been renamed "Sauvie".



She couldn't be happier and neither could dad, stepmom, sis, or me. I truly love this kitty and couldn't imagine this turning out any better. And you thought I was all gloom and doom.


10 comments:

Jeni said...

That's what I like - a really good story with a happy cat in the end! I loved that one photo in particular too - of her kind of sprawled yet curled up. Cool, really cool! She is a beautiful cat, for sure - and luck that your Dad, stepmom and sister happened to come along at just the right time for all.

fermicat said...

She looks great, and content. Hooray for happy endings!

Jill said...

Hooray!! Another one you get to keep track of too!!

Beth said...

Your whole family has such a huge heart ... just like you. That's just such a terrific ending. I can't take people like the lady with teen daughter. UGH!

Dianne said...

Woo-Hoo! What a wonderful new beginning for lovely white kittie.

and you are not gloomy at all - even your sadder stories are uplifting.

Hot4Teacha said...

Wow - does she look like a happy camper at Chris & Anna's house!! I bet she thinks she's in kitty heaven, and you were Peter at the gates waiting to let her in! Nice work, Nat!!!

MIL said...

She really is a beautiful kitty. Another lucky cat with a new loving home!! I can only imagine how spoiled she will get living there! And you get to keep track of her, too. Win, win.

hhboots said...

love the background scene...she fits in with the Minnesota white!

Christopher said...

I can’t tell you how happy we are to have her!!! She is a delightful combination of coyness, curiosity and affection - and already rules the roost. Thank you MB, Heather and Rita!!!

Minnesotablue said...

She's just beautiful and looks like she has already taken over!