When we were trying to move into the rental house, an orange cat kept trying to run inside. I kept putting him out, telling him we had our own kitties and he needed to go home. A little boy would pick this cat up and carry him around, saying he was 'his'. When a neighbor came over asking if we were missing a cat, I did a head-count and all were present, then she spied Reilly in the parking area and said 'that was him'. He kept getting into her garbage and she threatened to take him to the pound. My Husband said he'd take him before he allowed that lady to do that to the nice orange cat.
Turns out, I ran into that little boy's mother at the grocery store and I told her what that lady said she'd do to her cat. The woman said the cat was NOT theirs, her little boy just liked to pick it up and *say* it was his and if we wanted to take him in, she had no problem with it. My husband was *very* happy with that information. The woman also told me that Reilly used to LIVE in our rental and when the people moved out, they left him behind.
Reilly had been abandoned.
My husband used to take Reilly to work with him every day. The first week, Rei stayed at the power plant but on Friday, he came home with my husband and I *freaked* because he just brought him in the house and turned him loose, no intro-period!
...and most amazing thing happened
Reilly and our resident cats blended together with absolutely NO issues at all. Not even hissing. It was like he had always belonged. So every morning, Hubby would open the door and Rei would run to his truck and wait for my husband to open the truck door for him to jump inside. He'd ride on my husband's shoulders and "comment" on the traffic they saw. When they would come home, Rei would run from the truck to the front door. He knew the routine! After that first week, Rei kept my husband's work schedule; going in with him and coming home with him every day.
When contractors came, Husband couldn't bring Rei because he was afraid one of the contractors would leave a door open and he'd lose Rei at the landfill (methane landfill gas powered power plant
). Poor Rei, he'd run from window-to-window, following my husband's progress from the front door to the side of the house where we parked and would cry and try to tell him he was forgetting to take Rei with him! Since he couldn't go to work any more, we'd take him for a drive around town a few times a week. He really thought he was Hot Stuff to be a cruising cat. We even took him along on some of our car-club cruises that remained local.
Reilly was euthed in the summer of 2007 due to complications of a spinal tumor that caused him to slowly lose control of his muscles from mid-spine, back. We, and our vet, believe he had always had this toumor and as it grew, his visible symptoms increased and progressivley affected his mobility. When the nerve degeneration began to affect his internal organs, he expressed his desire that he was 'ready' and we had him humanely euthed.
My Husband took Rei's loss especially hard. I think Rei was the first cat my husband had ever created such a strong bond with.
Rei's last photo:
Rei is far left, then BooBoo and Marmalade on the back of the couch.