Wonderful update from our friends at Magnificat Cat Rescue and Rehoming:
Fabulous, incredible, utterly wonderful news!
The long saga of Nick, our 2016 Thanksgiving cat, has ended in happiness and the perfect adoption. We never dared hope for such a joyful ending for our boy, so even now, days later, we get a little emotional.
Every November, on the eve of Thanksgiving, we pull a cat from the ACC as our way of giving thanks. Nick A1097149 was special from the beginning. He arrived at the ACC temporarily paralyzed and still in shock after being hit by a car. Then he was scheduled to be euthanized and tested positive for FIV. We pulled him anyway.
Nick made a miraculous recovery. In a week he was walking normally and charming people. We soon realized, though, that we had a problem. It wasn’t his FIV status, for neutered, non-aggressive FIV cats can live safely and happily with other cats, since it is only transmitted through sex and deep, penetrating bite wounds. No, the issue was Nick’s take on other cats: he regarded them as vermin and wanted them dead. He really did not seem to understand that he was a cat himself.
Finding a foster home with no other cats is not easy, because most cat lovers *have* cats. Eight months ago, in an emergency, our dear friend Jane Masterson agreed to take him in “for a few weeks.” But then Nick developed severe stomatitis, had to have every tooth removed in a grueling, long surgery, and then suffered through a massive, post-op infection that required weeks of treatment.
Jane was extraordinary throughout, There are no words to describe our gratitude, for she nursed Nick through everything until he was finally the happy, friendly cat he had been before all the pain. In the process, she and Nick became deeply attached to each other. She would have kept him, but she has several cats of her own.
We advertised Nick, talked him up to everybody who contacted Magnificat looking for a cat. But nobody seemed to want an FIV cat, even one as affectionate and playful as Nick.
Two weeks ago we were contacted by Corinne. Without too much hope, we began talking about Nick, and to our surprise, she immediately asked if she could meet him, because she wanted an only cat and she wanted it to be a rescue, a difficult-to-adopt cat.
The minute Corinne and Nick met, they fell for each other. In five minutes he was on her lap, and ten minutes later she was telling Jane, “Oh, yes, he is the one!”
Jane cried when Nick left, but her sadness lifted when she heard how he immediately felt at home in Corinne’s apartment. The very first night he slept on the pillow next to Corinne’s, and by the next day he had taken possession of the apartment.
Nick has finally found his forever home.
One thing does amuse us, though. Jane’s apartment is all golds, dark wood, and tawny shades that perfectly matched Nick’s brown tabby fur. Corinne’s apartment has a completely different palette and sometimes she catches an expression on Nick’s face that seems to be saying, “Well, I love my new human and the window seat over the heat where I can watch people go by, but I don’t know – is pink really my color?”
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