Ugh...how sad. Such a waste of a wonderful friend and family member...and how people can take them for granted!
Since when were members of our families disposable? It's awful.
I too pray that this poor baby has found someone with a heart big enough to find room for him/her...as if this cat was probably any trouble to begin with!
My Fergus was a "cast away." When I lived in an apartment 4 years ago, I kept spotting a beautiful (but badly beaten up) kitten outside on the sidewalk, and he'd often spend time on our apartment porch. My neighbor 3 doors down (who I suspect was his "owner"), would leave a dirty plate of some sloppy cat food out, and leave him out in the rain, and defenseless against the feral cat colony that inhabited that back end of the apartment housing. Well, I put up with that business for about 3 days, and at 3:00 a.m. in the morning, when the kitten came scratching at my door, howling (as it was raining, and only about 35 degrees outside), I let him in. I kept him overnight, and he slept in a warm towel with me in bed. I called the Humane Society the next day, and asked if they could take him. They sent a lady out in a van to come pick him up, and about 3 minutes later, the kitten jumped into my lap, looked me in the eye, gave me a head butt, and that was that. There I was, calling the lady on her cell phone, telling her not to bother...that I was going to keep the cat. I was so worried about his health for the next two days before his first vet appointment, I could hardly stand it...the tip of his tail was missing, he had a wounded paw, an eye infection, fleas, an URI, and dingy white fur. Well, he got a clean bill of health, was guessed to be between 6-9 months old, a bath, several nutritious meals, toys, and endless lap and cuddle time. He was also neutered immediately. I have since acquired two additional cats for Fergus, but I have to tell you, that he is my big whopping 17 lb. baby. He's now 4 years old, and is literally the sweetest and most affectionate cat that anyone could know. And I still ask myself how anyone could just kick a cat to the curb like this? The way I see it in my case, is that it's my former neighbor's loss, and my super-gain.