Maxiecat!

by Kristina Snyder
(Concord, NH USA)

Max when he was still outside

Max when he was still outside

Max when he was still outside Max adjusting to indoor life sleeping on my bed

My mother was the first to see him. She pointed him out to me and I saw him lying under a bush in the rain. I figured that he was just a neighbor's cat hanging out for the day. Then I started to notice him on a regular basis and paid more attention. He was a beautiful tuxedo cat, large and muscular and a sight to behold. I watched him from my kitchen window as he got up and stretched and slowly walked away one day. That was when I noticed how skinny he actually was. The next time I noticed him in the bushes I brought some food out and put it a few feet away from him as I could see that he was nervous. He slowly came out and ate quickly. A relationship was formed and I started calling him Max. I watched for him constantly after that and he started to trust me and came running when he saw me. I found his sleeping place under the bushes and put a blanket there for him to sleep on. I couldn't bring him inside because I had an older male cat and I couldn't bring him in without being vaccinated. Plus, I was afraid being an intact Tomcat that he might hurt my older cat. Every night I worried if I would see him the next day. I knelt and prayed for God to watch over him until I could figure something out. One night at 1am I went into the pouring rain and saw him shivering under the bushes. I cuddled with him the best I could.
I tied to find someone to adopt him and started working on my landlord to see how comfortable he would be if I let him stay on the porch. I started to let him stay there but it was a temporary fix at best. I was scared to bring him to a shelter because I was afraid of him not being adopted. Truth was, I had fallen in love with him. I finally had some extra money and found a low cost spay and neuter facility. On the hottest day in August my parents and I brought him to get neutered. It turns out he had worms, fleas, and ear mites. Thankfully he was negative for all diseases.
I was so scared to bring him home to my older baby but my fears were unfounded. They get along great! I was in tears of joy the first time I saw them looking out the window together at the birdfeeder. Max is well and loved. He went from a stray with worms and fleas to a happy and cherished house cat. He is so affectionate and defers to my older cat even though he is twice his size! He has those chubby cheeks of a Tom because the vet told me he was approximately two and developed already when I had him neutered. I love him so much and when I see him safe and warm curled in a ball I am so happy that he does not have to face the harsh NH winter outside and never will. He is part of the family now.

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Jun 23, 2012
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Similar story
by: Sandy

Your cat looks so much like my Mittens and a similar story. The mother of my Mittens dropped her off w/three others. She was the tiniest of them all and I had to capture her. She is my baby now.

Jan 17, 2012
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mom knows
by: mom

all cause of me.

Jan 12, 2012
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You are a blessing!
by: Donovan Saadiq

You are an angel sent from the Heavens! He is a beautiful cat! I am very sure he will pay you back for your love & kindness by making sure no mice/bugs and things get into the house! LOL Tuxedo cats are so smart!! My tuxedo not only loves me, but she took over the house & is the woman in charge! Thank you for sharing!!

Jan 12, 2012
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Handsome Max
by: Claudia - Admin

What a precious kitty Max is... You can tell from these pictures that he's very happy. I'm so glad he's found a safe and loving home.

Thanks for sharing.

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