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post #1 of 25
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I'm pretty definite there's some sort of invisible sign that says "Come to this house, these people will take care of you" posted on my door!!! Ugggg...today when my mom came home from the grocery store she told me to go look outside in the flower beds, sure enough, there was a kitty rollin around in the hosta lillies! It looked up at me, meowed and ran over to me trying to get my attention. So being the sucker I am, of course it's safe and sound with us right now. I checked the kitty thoroughly outside, no signs of any med. issues or previous cat fights, clear eyes and nose, clean butt and fur. It's a male, i'd say he's between 4-6 months- he's underweight and tiny, but very energetic and sweet. I flea combed him- no fleas at all!!! and dewormed him, although i don't think he's wormy-it's just a safety thing. I kept him in a cage outside for a bit to evaluate him and get a feel for his temperment. He passed with flying colors, so i brought him in the house (caged and seperated from my kitties because he hasn't been tested yet.) He's a very very sweet little guy...i've named him Harley. Hehe, he's sitting on my lap at the moment helping me type. Haha, he's already spoiled rotten My mom is having catarac surgery tomorrow (please keep her in your prayers, she isn't eligable for the laser surgery- her eyes are really really bad) so i'm not going to be able to take him to a no kill shelter till tues or wed, if there are any openings. If not, i'm not quite sure what i'm going to do yet....i'll probably keep him and foster him until i can get a good indoor-only home for him. Eithor way, i don't ever want this little guy back out on the street in harms way again. He's definitely a stray, not a feral....i'm almost definite one of my lousy neighbors a few blocks over from me dumped off their cats when they moved a few weeks ago....i had my suspecions, but now they're confirmed...(when i went to check there weren't any cats around at the time). Irresponsible owners and breeders really tick me off!!!! But at the very least, this little guy is safe tonight and in out of the rain with food in his belly. I'll add some picture up here of him soon...he's a little tiger-tabby...very very handsome! I think his new name suites him too...when he purrs it sounds like a motorcycle...so Harley was a perfect fit for him. I'll keep everyone posted. Well, i'm off to tend to my latest foster baby- i really should tatoo the word "Sucker" to my forehead lol
post #2 of 25
How lucky this kitty is to find some one as caring as you!
Perhaps the kitty will become a permanent addition to your household?
post #3 of 25
Good for you for rescuing him!!! I'm so glad he ran up to you instead of running away! Can't wait to see pics!
post #4 of 25
Yup..sounds like you have the sign at your house. But it truly is a good thing because these cats know they are safe with you.

Katie
post #5 of 25
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Thankyou for such kind posts everyone. Harley has settled in quite nicely tonight...he's sleeping with his blankets and the little teddy bear i gave him lol. I wouldn't mind him being a permenant addition to my home, but at the same time...the more kitties i take in, the less i am able to foster and take care of. Also my mom is having a very risky surgery tomorrow....so we will have doc appts. to attend to for quite a while- and she will be unable to work for over a month. I'm currently working 2 jobs and i am putting myself through college...so i want to be able to devote my remaining time to the furbabies i already own...although one more wouldn't be bad . Anymore than that would definitely be over my limit at this point and time. So whether i find a great indoor-only home for Harley-( which if anyone is intersted, please pm me or leave a post)....or if i am able to keep him myself, eithor way, i'm going to make sure this little guy has a great home. He deserves the best.

I'm posting some pictures of Harley below, please let me know if they're too big...i'm still figuring out how to post pics on TCS...i'm using Camedia and Photobucket.
post #6 of 25
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Here's my handsome new foster baby.
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Isn't he cute in his little basket???
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Stretch!!!
post #9 of 25
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"But I'd Rather Be Held!!!"
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post #11 of 25
Well he´s a cute one ! he looks so well. He must be a real happy boy now. Hope you find him a new home, or maybe he´s wondered off from somewhere else. Whatever happens, he´s sure gonna be loved and well looked after.
post #12 of 25
See...if everyone did what you did for this one cat..we probably wouldn't have a homeless cat problem.

Katie
post #13 of 25
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Thankyou everyone for all of the lovely compliments. It's so wonderful to have the support of other cat site members! Harley is doing great today. I was a little worried today would be hectic with my mom's surgery and all, but everything went wonderfully. We just got back in and she's in bed for now. Harley is in his cage asleep at the moment. I'm about to get him out in a little while and hold him.lol, he's definitely a lap cat! i held him this morning for quite a while before i took my mom to the hospital, and he fell right to sleep. He's very loveable and very well socialized, so i just want to keep reinforcing that good behavior in him. He also seems to do quite well around my other kitties when he sees one ( he's seperated from them, but occassionally they'll pass by him ....he seems to like the company, but until he's tested and neutered, i'm not chancing anything. For now he is getting all of the love and attention he needs. Once again, i live in Memphis, so if anyone in or around TN is interested in the little guy, please let me know. He's definitely a keeper! I'm going to take more pictures later. I'll keep everyone posted.
post #14 of 25
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Thankyou for everyone who has kept up with the story of this amazing little guy. Just a little update, tomorrow Harley is going to be tested for feline leuk. and feline aids. If he is positive for aids he has to be euthanized. If he is positive for leukemia- i will try to rehome him to someone who has leukemia positive kitties only because my kitties are negative and i don't want them to get it. If he is negative for both, then i will arrange his appointment to be neutered and vaccinated. Wish Harley luck tomorrow- i'm crossing my fingers his tests come out negative. After talking to the shelter i was planning on taking him to today, i've decided against it. I just found out that they've started to euthanize some of the kitties due to the mass feline overpopulation. I do not want this little guy to be euthanized since he is so adoptable, so i've taken out an add on petfinder.com for him and also, if anyone knows anyone who would love a little lap kitty, please contact me. You would be saving a life and giving a very wonderful kitty a great new forever home! He will have a small adoption fee to cover the overhead costs of housing, food, litter, medical testing, neutering ,and vaccination. Also, he must be indoors-only. He's been through such a rough start in his young life, i want to ensure that he never has to endure another day outside on his own again.
post #15 of 25
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if anyone knows anyone who would love a little lap kitty, please contact me. You would be saving a life and giving a very wonderful kitty a great new forever home! He will have a small adoption fee to cover the overhead costs of housing, food, litter, medical testing, neutering ,and vaccination. Also, he must be indoors-only. He's been through such a rough start in his young life, i want to ensure that he never has to endure another day outside on his own again.
I would repost about him under SOS so that he gets more exposure.

Katie
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by TNR1
I would repost about him under SOS so that he gets more exposure.

Katie
Thankyou for the advice, i'll do that. Does anyone know how to repost a thread? Or do i need to start over ?
post #17 of 25
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We just had a very good report from the vet this morning. After testing Harley for FIV, and FeLv, he is negative on both
He has a mild case of earmites, but it's not a big deal, i got him the single round treatment of Milbemite, so that should clear things up very quickly. By the way, i highly recommend Milbermite for anyone who has a kitty with earmites! It works wonders, i use it on all my fosters that have them.
Harley as well as all of my other kitties got their Frontline Plus today...so everybody should be good to go! All i have to do now is set up Harley's appointment to get neutered and vaccinated, then he will be all ready to go up for adoption. He weighs 7 lbs and the vet said he i was right and he's about 5-6 months old. He still needs to put some weight on, he's very skinny, so we're working on geting him to a healthy weight. I'll keep everyone posted. Right now he's in his cage asleep ( he had a long morning lol ).
Thankyou for everyone who has kept up with the posts on this amazing little guy.
post #18 of 25
Awww, he's a handsome fellow!
post #19 of 25
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Thankyou! He is such a sweet baby. I'm just glad we found him and now he's safe, sound and healthy i'm going to take some more pictures of him sometime tonight probably.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR
Thankyou for the advice, i'll do that. Does anyone know how to repost a thread? Or do i need to start over ?
I would start a new post for him in SOS.

Katie
post #21 of 25
Oohhh... good luck on finding him a home! He does look skinny; but he looks healthy too, so I bet he'll plump right up once he's been having regular meals for a while!

Maybe he's just small-boned... he reminds me of Skimble, who is also very small-boned and tipped the scales at only 7 pounds full-grown and healthy...
post #22 of 25
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He's still quite underweight.....but between the cat milk, dry food, and soft food....he should put on the a good amount of weight with the proper amount of time. He's such a sweet kitty. I just took a ton of pictures of him so i'm going to put the link on here for anyone who would like to look at him:
http://s81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...TiGeR/?start=0

I hope everyone's enjoyed this thread. I'm going to take Katie's advice and start a new post in the SOS section so he will hopefully get some more exposure. I'm not releasing him to a new home until he is neutered and fully vaccinated (i'm setting up the appointment tomorrow,so hopefully he'll get fixed soon.) When he is ready to go to his forever home, i have a few requirements, for the safety and wellbeing of harley. First off, he must be indoors only. Also, he will have a small adoption fee to cover the overhead costs of housing, food, litter, medical testing, neutering ,and vaccination. That way, i will be able to provide care for the next helpless kitty that follows the "invisible" sign to my doorstep. (Not to mention, people should never post "free to a good home" adds, There are numerous threads about that specific topic posted throughout TCS...i urge anyone who is not familiar with that topic to check out the threads!!!). So without further adiou, i'm going to start Harley's new thread under SOS....please, please, please check it out and send us some good vibes! Most people want "little kittens," so placing an adolescent kitty like Harley might prove to be a small challenge, even though he is very adoptable! Wish us luck!

Here is the link to the new thread under "Cats SOS" please,please,please check it out and pass the link on to other TCS members! This little guy deserves the best home possible and i want him to find one asap once he is neutered!
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...61#post1224461
post #23 of 25
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Ok, so i started a post for Harley in the Cat's SOS section and i've had 0 responses. So, i'm just going to keep posting here and in the Cat Lounge's fur pictures section. I seem to get much better responses there
post #24 of 25
well maybe he isn't ment to leave you - there is something called fate your know!!
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Hell603
well maybe he isn't ment to leave you - there is something called fate your know!!
lol, maybe he isn't....thing's sure aren't working well with me trying to find him a home, but i'm still going to keep looking. I really need to find a home for this little guy, so that i am able to help the next little straggler(s) that show up after him. The more i take in, the less i can help the ones that will need help later on. I have to keep my own animal numbers within a reasonable number so that i don 't overwhelm myself and turn into a crazy cat lady . Also, i don't have a house- i rent a 2 bedroom duplex, so space and money also come into play. I'm pretty sure my boyfriend's planning on proposing soon ( he has a house and a dog...) so if we wind up getting married i would be taking 3 of my cats and my rabbit over there...so i have to keep Colin in mind to- although he is great about me and my animals, so i'm sure he wouldn't mind Harley too . Abilene, my little wild kitty will have to stay with my mom if i do get married anytime soon- she's very aggressive at times, so if i were to have children, she would very likely attack them- so for her safety and my future children...she will stay with my mom- no skin of Abbie's back though- she's a mawmaw's girl lol . Also, i will be leaving Ginger with my mom as well whenver i get married. Ginger is my mom's closest friend and those two are inseperable- she is the happiest with her. So although i would be leaving two with my mom, i would still be taking 4 animals to Colin's house...So that, as well as for the reason's i've mentioned abouve is why i'm still looking for a home for Harley, although i would love to keep him myself. And the rate things are going right now, i will probably end up keeping him lol. And for the record, i still think i have "Sucker" written on my forehead!
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