Hey everyone! I joined the CatForum in the hopes of find a good forever home for a stray that we've been helping.
Meet Thomas O'Malley
We saw Thomas for the first time about three weeks ago, and he was very thin and exceptionally skittish. Unfortuantely, there seem to be a lot of stray cats in our neighborhood, so many that we generally don't take particular notice of them. Thomas seemed different however. The cats we usually see seem well-fed and indifferent to people. Thomas seemed desperate.
We did some research online and started giving him little bits of tuna in a dish of water. He seemed dehydrated, and unable to groom himself. Over the course of a few days, we gained his trust and started feeding him cat food twice a day. It didn't take long for him to trust us. Because of this, we feel tha he was likely someone's pet and was abandoned, maybe when someone renting nearby moved out.
Over the last couple of weeks he's gotten fuller, and he has taken up residence on a chair on our back deck. He waits for us each morning and seems happy to see us when we bring him his food. I was able to give him a bath using the foamy-cat-bath stuff, and I purchased a brush which he has, if grudgingly, allowed me to use on many occasions.
My wife is allergic to cats, so unfortunately we cannot invite him into our home. Our neighborhood is suburban, so having cats outdoors in my estimation is ill-advised. The morning after a recent rainstorm he arrived at our back door soaking wet; we surmise that he was never an outdoor cat or he would have had better instincts as to how to keep himself dry.
We love animals and are strong proponents of rescue. We have two rescue mini-dachshunds that we got from NOLA Dachshund Rescue
- I volunteer my time there to help maintain their website. Although we don't consider ourselves cat people, we are compassionate animal lovers and are concerned for his welfare as the weather starts to get colder here in Connecticut.
Considering his plight, it is amazing how friendly and affectionate Thomas is. he seems to just want some love - he just wants to be scratched. We try to give him some attention daily.
We have reached out to several regional cat rescues and no one has room for him at present. Our local animal shelter, while good, is completely over their census and we would not feel right taking him to a shelter where there is the possibility of him being euthanized. We believe he is a pure-bred Manx and we are desperate to find him a loving forever home.
If anyone is interested in Thomas, please let me know. Also, if anyone has any information about Manx-specific rescues or any other viable shelter options for him, we are open to suggestions. We just want to do the right thing by him. My youngest daughter is a cat-person and if there were ANY way we could keep him we would; it just isn't possible for us.
He is an unneutered male, and from appearances we would presume that he is a young adult.
Please help Thomas!
Thanks much for taking the time to read this!