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Today after I put my dog in the back yard, I saw a small orange kitty no older than 4 months old on my porch. I haven't seen him in the neighborhood before and I was surprised when he approached me. I noticed that he was VERY skinny so immediately gave him a can of soft food and water. I took him inside to put him in a carrier and take him to the police station; I had no idea what to do with him. I already have 3 indoor cats and cannot have another (I am pushing my limits with my landlord). At the police office, the dispatcher told me that all the officers were out on a call and it would be awhile and she wanted me to hold him until tomorrow, which I cannot do (I don't have anywhere to keep him). I noticed when I got back home that he has ear mites so extreme that his ears are overflowing with white and brown matter and not only is it infecting both ears, but also the space between his ears! All I had was some out-of-date mite drops, and I used them anyways. He is still on my porch eating food and waiting for 'love' and it has been over 3 hours since our ordeal. I don't know what to do :( the humane society isn't open this late and I'm afraid he is going to be gone in the morning. The things us cat lovers do for stray cats. He loves attention and I know that that is his way of saying 'thank you'. I have since named him Sunny.
 

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The dispatcher said they would 'take him to the pound' and my heart lurched when I heard this. I told the lady 'he isn't bad, he is just hungry, homeless and scared.' I have always had the perception that the 'pound' was a waiting place for animals on 'death row'.

His ear mites look like globs of spiderwebs or warts. They are pretty nasty. By far the worst case I have ever seen.
 

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Do you have a garage or shed to keep him in until you can take him to the humane society?
Orange kittens are the best BTW.
 

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We decided to keep him as an outdoor cat. He lives under our porch and in a cedar bush next to the house. I have been medicating his ears and so far they look better and I have been feeding him and he has put some weight on. He just sits and waits for us on the porch. I just got home a few minutes ago and there he was, sitting in one of the chairs :)
 

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Red is the proper color word for cats of the ginger shades. There are no "orange" cats. Ginger is usually a British term, but since it means red, ginger satisfies me as well. :)

Calling red cats "orange" is a peeve of mine as you can probably tell, and I am compelled to put in my two cents about Red Boys, Red Boys being my favorites, when I see them called "orange", because it bugs me.

However I won't go on about it any more in this thread, I promise.
 

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lol. you're evil. just like Christina Hendricks and Bryce Dallas Howard have red hair. you could call it carrot cat.

OP: how nice of you to save the little red/orange/ginger/flame/sunburst kitty. he might have gone deaf without you!
 

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Thank you all for the encouragement! I will continue to take care of him and treat his illnesses. One step at a time.
 

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Sure there are orange cats, orange is their descriptive word, not their technical word. ;) People are always going to call things as they see them, there's plenty of things that have scientific terms and then layman terms. The first thing that springs to mind is.... skin vs epidermis. If I started talking about my epidermis I would get a lot of funny looks. "Orange" is what they look like to anyone not heavily involved in cat genetics. Just like there are "medium" haired cats.

Even among certain colors of cats some are called different things depending on where you're from or what the cat breed is -- for instance Tonkinese are called "champaign" not "chocolate". It starts to get pretty ridiculous with terms all over the place the more you delve into it. Anyway, colors in general are subjective, just look at the raging debate over blue and green:

Distinction of blue and green in various languages

On topic, I think this is absolutely fantastic news that you're caring for this cat as best you can. I read the first few posts and it didn't sound too positive with mentions of trapping and such. Thank you for the update!
 

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Might he be a dilute red? :D (stirring the pot) I love genetics even though I'm genetically challenged. I never heard the red vs orange thing but I do know that I don't know much about color.... like gray isn't a color... anywho.... I'm more horse but it translates over and I know little about either.

OH! Congrats to Sunny for his new home! Way to weasel your way into someone's unsuspecting heart!!
 

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He could be... we need pictures! :D Jasper is dilute red. I would feel weird telling people that, though. They'd wonder what I was talking about, to communicate effectively that sort of speaking doesn't even enter my mind. He could also be called buff or cream, and I might dare go as far as saying "light orange" depending on who I'm talking to.
 

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Sunny is doing well. I am trying to get pictures, but he wont sit still long enough! He just rubs all over and its close to impossible lol. Every night he is out on the porch waiting for me. He is getting some meat on his bones and his ears look 10-fold better. I was just outside with him right before I got online. Again thank you all for the input and positive reinforcements! I will post pictures as soon as he sits still.
 

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Didn't mean to spoon things up! What I meant was...ORANGE BOYS!...luvum... AND Shorthairs,AND Black Cats,AND Meezers...AND...
 
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