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Title: A Miracle?
Post by: catmom5 on October 11, 2012, 04:33:31 PM
As some of you know, I was taking care of a beautiful black feral cat, Tommy, who was hit by a car this summer. I never found the body although I searched and posted flyers and had lots of people looking for him. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I saw a black cat late at night wandering through the yard. It's almost impossible to see a black cat in the middle of the night, so I didn't know who it was. Well, tonight he was hiding by the bird feeders and when I walked toward him (but not at him and not looking at him) he ran off, but not in a panic. I decided to put out a can of food in the usual spot and when I went out a bit later, the dish had been licked clean. This is in a secluded spot next to my garage, but where I fed Tommy (and Lucy) and at the same time he would come for dinner. So, I'm very excited to think that maybe he did survive the hit and now that the weather is turning colder, he's back to be taken care of.

I don't know how likely this is, but this cat is the right size and shape and has a "fat" tail (but not fluffy, just thick) like Tommy. Just hoping that my boy survived and is home again.
catmom5


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: catbird on October 11, 2012, 04:43:41 PM
Oh, catmom5, this is very hopeful news!  Maybe Tommy's injury was minor, and he just stayed away out of fear until now!  There can't be many black cats in one area with that same tail shape.  I really hope it's him!


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: merrihart on October 11, 2012, 05:09:41 PM
That would be a lovely holiday gift, if it's him!   :-*


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: GKit on October 11, 2012, 06:08:13 PM
Oh, I do hope its him! 


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: Meowli on October 11, 2012, 07:22:37 PM
Me too, I hope it's Tommy!


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: Mandycat on October 11, 2012, 10:17:12 PM
catmom,
I am praying that this IS your miracle and that it is Tommy coming back to you for your care. {{hugs}}


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: lesliek on October 12, 2012, 06:10:10 AM
Oh I hope it is Tommy !  :)


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: petslave on October 12, 2012, 09:42:42 AM
How exciting - I hope it is your Tommy boy, catmom!


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: JustMe on October 12, 2012, 11:51:02 AM
I am so hoping this kitty is your Tommy, catmom.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: catwoods on October 12, 2012, 02:42:46 PM
Oh I do hope this is Tommy! This cat sounds so similar, surely he has indeed come back.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: catmom5 on October 14, 2012, 04:50:14 PM
I probably will never know for sure, but I believe with my heart that Tommy has come home. I haven't seen him again, but he comes every night (at his usual time) and is eating very well. I plan to get some wormer for him, something I have done before.

He is eating about 3/4 cup of kitten kibble mixed with a 5.5 oz can of wet food mixed with a can of warm water. He has been eating it all. Do you think that's enough food for him?

I am just so happy that he felt safe enough to come home. Now I hope he will learn to be comfortable enough to show himself to me again.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: mikken on October 14, 2012, 05:21:17 PM
Excellent!  Hooray for Tommy!

It's probably enough food for now - once it gets colder, you may want to up it a bit.  Raccoons are still an issue until the really cold weather hits, too and you don't want leftovers hanging around.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: caylee on October 14, 2012, 05:39:01 PM
I'm so glad that he is eating his regular meals.

Maybe you could borrow a motion camera from someone who has one and set it up at the feeding shelter so that you could be sure it is Tommy.

Hugs


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: GKit on October 14, 2012, 05:53:08 PM
I hope it is Tommy!  What are the odds of another black cat knowing the exact time and place to show up for eats? I think kitten kibble is pretty high calorie stuff, if that helps.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: Sandi K on October 14, 2012, 06:30:37 PM
catmom, his tail description that you know so well says its probably him.  I hope so, bless his heart.     


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: bug on October 14, 2012, 09:02:21 PM
Oh, wow! That's so great to hear! They ARE survivors. Smart and driven.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: catmom5 on November 13, 2012, 01:53:48 PM
I don't know how many I have coming now. I just got a look at one of them crossing the street - noticed white on her chest and it's Lucy! I cannot believe it. I don't know whether she's the one I've been seeing all this time, but it definitely is her now. She has the ear tipped (thank goodness I decided to do that) and she headed right for the food. This is the first time I've seen her in the daylight, so it's possible that it's been Lucy coming all this time. I will have to watch closely now to see if I have another one coming. I am so happy to see her healthy and alive. I don't think I'm going to try and trap her again, though, since she definitely made the choice to live outdoors when I had her in the spring.

Oh boy, now I'd like to know if I have one or two. Maybe Tommy didn't survive the hit. YIKES!

But Lucy looks GOOD!!!


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: Spartycats on November 13, 2012, 02:28:16 PM
OH MY, Catmom5!!

I hope they are BOTH coming around.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: GKit on November 13, 2012, 02:51:01 PM
That's great news!  Does Lucy have the fluffy tail that Tommy has?  I hope it's both of them, especially if it seems like the food is going extra fast?


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: catbird on November 13, 2012, 02:55:33 PM
Really, really hoping that both Tommy and Lucy are back!


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: lesliek on November 13, 2012, 04:46:49 PM
Hoping for a double miracle and that it is Lucy and Tommy !


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: merrihart on November 13, 2012, 04:54:57 PM
Me too!  Offering prayers up that both Lucy and Tommy are coming to you.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: catwoods on November 14, 2012, 02:26:22 PM
Adding my prayers that you have both Lucy and Tommy coming around.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: catmom5 on November 14, 2012, 05:54:34 PM
Happy Dance, here. Tommy came first and then Lucy showed up about half an hour later. SO they are both alive and well and coming home for dinner at least. I'm going to get an area set up for them both tomorrow afternoon. Any advice on setting up feeding areas for 2 cats (who don't hang out together - in fact, I watched Tommy chase Lucy off last spring)? Do I need another feeding station? I'm just so happy they are both okay that I'll do whatever they need to keep them comfortable and safe.

All those Itchmo good vibes must be working!!
 
catmom5


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: catbird on November 14, 2012, 06:38:50 PM
I am so happy to hear this that I have tears in my eyes!  I have little experience with ferals, but based on my experience with my own cats, I think another feeding station is a good idea.  (Heck, I have separate feeding areas, and mine are supposedly domestic.)


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: Soo on November 14, 2012, 07:09:07 PM
OMG, how the heck I missed this thread. I m so happy for you. I remember the heartache you went through when he was hit by the car. Wow, it's so wonderful to hear good news like his!!


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: Meowli on November 14, 2012, 07:45:02 PM
Great news! I am so glad Tommy and Lucy are both ok! Hooray!
I agree with separate feeding areas..


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: mikken on November 14, 2012, 08:07:08 PM
Hooray!  So glad to hear this good news!



Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: GKit on November 14, 2012, 08:18:15 PM
Oh yay! Yay! Yay! Dance of joy!


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: caylee on November 14, 2012, 08:39:56 PM
I'm so overjoyed that they are BOTH coming to your feeding station!! What a joy that must be for you!

Hugs


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: merrihart on November 15, 2012, 05:06:51 AM
I was so happy to read this!  I'm glad they are both coming home to you.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: lesliek on November 15, 2012, 05:24:14 AM
I'm so glad it's both of them ! Maybe separate but not too far feeding stations ? That way they can find the 2nd easily.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: Mandycat on November 15, 2012, 11:20:20 PM
What happy news!  It is indeed a double miracle!  You must be thrilled to have them both back with you.  :)


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: catwoods on November 21, 2012, 02:07:05 PM
I'm so glad you have seen them both! I hope they are continuing to come around!


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: catmom5 on November 21, 2012, 02:22:12 PM
Tommy is here most every night and I often see him running to his personal "restaurant" here! Haven't seen Lucy in a week, though. I do know he ran her off last spring, so I'm wondering if that has happened again. I set up a second area in the backyard, a distance away from Tommy's spot, but so far, no Lucy. It's hard to love these ferals and have little to no control over what happens to them (and often not even knowing).

catmom5


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: catwoods on November 21, 2012, 02:25:25 PM
Oh I'm sorry to hear Lucy hasn't been around, but continue to send hopes she will show up again.


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: lesliek on November 21, 2012, 04:52:28 PM
Lucy may be getting fed at another house too. Hopefully you will see her soon !


Title: Re: A Miracle?
Post by: Fizzy1 on November 28, 2012, 08:35:33 AM
Wow, I'm just so happy for you that Tommy and Lucy are okay.  It was terrible not knowing what had become of them.  {{{Hugs}}}