UPDATE (10/21/2011): These kitties have found a new home.
Someone came by to pick them up this evening. Whew!
These are photos of two cats abandoned by our neighbors across the
street a couple of weeks ago in NW Gainesville, FL. (Here is a
One of them is an orange tabby. Another is a dark grey and white shorthair.
I should clarify that the home's owner/landlord is not the owner of
these cats. The people who actually abandoned the cats are the people who were
renting the home from him, and moved away.
These are REALLY nice, very loving cats and they have no clue that their
owners have left them, never to return. They need good homes. We have a number
of cats of our own and unfortunately we just don't have room for any more.
We'd have called the police and filed a complaint except that to do so would
most likely guarantee the deaths of these poor things after just a few days.
We'd hate to see that happen. I know I'd personally feel like a real murdering
jerk if that were to actually happen to them and I probably wouldn't be able to
live with myself. :(
Personalities. Both these kitties love human attention.
The grey one showed some wariness and fear of what my hand was
going to do when I first met it, but showed acceptance after
not too long a time at all. I suspect the grey one especially may have been
abused. However, neither cat shows ANY aggression and both seem very wanting
of human attention. Even the wary grey one's fears are overcome by the want of
attention and it has not been so abused that it beyond it's want to trust.
I took both of them in overnight one night and put them in the screened-in
Florida room when one person thought she recognized the grey one as being a cat
that belonged to her daughter which had been lost a year ago. However, on
closer examination of the photos by the daughter, they discovered that it
wasn't theirs. However, the overnight stay showed me a few things about the
cats. The grey one kept trying to get my attention whenever I'd walk by the
glass door to the room. It sat at the door, staring through the glass,
talking to me, wanting in. The grey tabby, too. This indicates that the cats
are both indoor/outdoor. Both the cats rub up against each other a lot. These
cats are a pair. They are obviously good friends. There is no hissing or
spitting or growling. They get along like close friends or siblings. The grey
one, as timid as she is, wants human attention very much. This cat still wants
to trust and be loved. She loves to be petted and once you start, you're
stuck. :) I'd go in a few times to give them some attention. Neither could
get enough. I tried picking them both up. Walking around with them. I could
sense a little apprehension, but both were fine with it. So picking
them up is not a probelm, either. As long as no sudden movements were made,
and they felt safe, they were fine. I could even put my face right up to
theirs and they did not exhibit any fear of that. In the morning, after the
lady called back and told me the bad news, I let the cats back outside. (This
is not a problem, though. They come running when I call now. So if anyone
wants to come look at these cats, it won't be a problem finding them.)
The orange tabby was once introduced to us by the neighbors as
"Jacob". Although, SHE...is definitely a female. Jacob comes CAREENING across
the street as soon as our front door opens. If they're already within earshot,
you don't even have to call these cats. This is not just for the food,
but for our attention. Jacob has ZERO problem with humans and cannot spend
enough time with them. Very trusting. Very attentive. Very tactile. As with
the grey one, once you start petting Jacob, that's it. That's your job forever
Jacob especially hangs around the front door after evening feeding. This
part wrenches me because it's obvious that he wants me to let him inside the
house. But we can't. It would be just too much. We already have three indoor
cats and we just got one of them out of a spraying habit (even though he's been
fixed), and I don't want to do anything to trigger it all over again. (sigh)
I'd like to keep my DVD collection in good condition, thank you. ;O)
We do not know if the cats have been fixed. They don't have any collars, or
tags. I would assume that no, they haven't. These are VERY docile,
affectionate cats, though. So, I could be wrong.
If you would like to take these cats, please let me know and I'll give you
our contact information. (I don't want to publish that sort of stuff here
due to "spambots" which are out there looking for stuff like that to
October 7, 2011 - 6:50 PM
These are photos taken after we first began to realize that the
neighbors had moved out...
October 16, 2011 - 5:30 PM
These photos were taken October 16th. Note how they grey one is rolling
around, being playful with me...
Abandoned Kitties - NW Gainesville
Todd L. Sherman/KB4MHH
Gainesville, Alachua Co., Fla.
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Last updated: October 21, 2011.
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