My son brought his cat, Tigger, to me a few years ago, because he was not allowed to keep him at his apartment. Tigger is a tabby with a very long, fluffy coat. He was always a little bit weird, but I grew fond of him. When I got the Siamese kittens he intimidated them, but never fought with them. When the kittens grew up they paid him back, and when he hissed at Precious' babies, she chased him away. Finally, the two Siamese decided to get revenge, and began to corner Tigger and intimidate him. He was the typical bully; when confronted he backed off. If fact, he started going outside where he knew they couldn't get to him. There was never a fight, just cornering and chasing. Once, the two Siamese cornered him, flanked him, and started closing in. The collie, sensing a problem, got off his rug (forbidden behavior!) and stood in front of Tigger. The Siamese backed off. Tigger started staying out more and more. I couldn't keep him in because he'd always been an indoor/outdoor cat. Finally, he stayed away for two weeks. The last time he came home I babied him and gave him a whole can of chicken--so he'd want to stay, but when I let the dog in for the night, Tigger dashed out. I haven't seen him since last summer. Now I am home bound and I told my health care aide about Tigger. She asked if he was big and fluffy, and said there is a cat meeting that description on the other end of our long road. I feel so terrible. He might now be a semi-feral cat! I told my son, but he lives 30 miles away, and has other animals now. I know if someone managed to grab him he'd be out the door in a minute. It's heartbreaking; I hope Tigger found a home he can enjoy.
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4/8/02 at 5:47pm