In the dark
Written in 2007.
I’ve had this blog now for a few months and I’ve yet to present to you my precious babies…my pets!! Those who know me well will already know each of their stories. For those who don’t, hope you enjoy reading! 🙂
Back in the fall of 2006, I was living in an Ottawa townhouse. I had noticed a cat roaming around the area. She was very skittish. I tried to approach her but she would run away. She was sooooo fast! She was also a very good jumper!! I eventually found that she was hiding underneath a shed. I spoke to local residents, nobody claimed to own her. After about a month of coaxing, she trusted me enough to approach her, and, on Christmas day she was in my arms, inside my house. That was the easy part! I soon found out that she had never used a litter box, she wasn’t spayed, she was underweight, and not in the best of shape. Her mouth didn’t close properly, she had broken teeth, and the tip of her tail was broken.
She spent the holidays either hiding underneath the Christmas tree or snuggling really close to me. She loved to give me sloppy… and I mean sloppy…kisses! Since her mouth didn’t close properly, she drooled so much! Lol!
She went to the vet. They didn’t find a microchip. Although she was underweight, she was healthy. The vet estimated that she was about 9 months old. She had her first immunization and soon was to be spayed.
In the meantime, toileting challenges and her first heat were on the agenda! I don’t think I have to describe how vocal she was to anyone who has ever owned a cat who hadn’t been spayed yet. As for toileting, it was a battle that required much patience. For some reason, she decided that the bathtub was a good place to do her duties. I could work with that. I put an empty litter box in there, she eventually used that. The box eventually went beside the bathtub. Then it got filled with soil on one side, then fully. I eventually mixed the soil with cat litter, continually decreasing the ratio of soil to cat litter. After a year…yes a year as we had a set back with the cat spay…she was using the litter box with cat litter!!
If you met her today, you could never tell that she was a stray cat before. Lizzie loves to cuddle! She loves to lie in the sun. She’s playful. She still drools a lot when she purrs. She’s certainly not shy with strangers. She’ll jump on anyone with a lap!