Family Builds Stray Cat His Own Home in Effort to Save Him
Gerrie and Loki enjoy playing and relaxing in their large catio while taking in the sights outside. One day a new cat came over to the catio to say hello. Until he returned and a neighbour informed that he was a stray who had been in the area for years, the parents of the animals assumed he was someone else’s cat living in the neighbourhood and didn’t give it much thought.
As soon as they heard it, they gave him the nickname Ziggy and started pursuing him. Ziggy started coming twice daily for food, but at first he was too afraid to be touched. His new friends agreed to build him his own small house since they wanted him to feel at ease whenever he visited. They started feeding him in there to get him used to it because they reasoned that if he stayed hostile as the winter months neared, he would also have a warm place to stay.
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Even though Ziggy seemed to like the house and the couple over time, it was clear that he still had a long way to go. The mom of the kittens, Renee (who asked that her last name not be used), said to The Dodo, “After a few weeks of feeding, I was finally able to touch him as he was eating. But as soon as he was done eating, he avoided being touched.
When Ziggy was found one day curled up in his tiny hut, hurt and in need of help, the couple had no idea what to do with him. They weren’t sure if they should just keep feeding him outside until he was more comfortable or try to bring him inside. They rushed him to the veterinarian, where he underwent the required procedure, and then they brought him home.
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After his surgery, “we kept him in a separate room for a few days,” said Renee. After a few days, “we allowed him to meet Gerrie and Loki again.” Thankfully, they were still getting along, so we chose to retain Ziggy. Ziggy had a little outdoor house built for him by the couple so he could have a safe place, but ultimately it was in their home that he truly found security and comfort in the form of a new, forever family.
Ziggy finally feels completely at home in his new house and is enjoying his new life after some time. It seems he learned they weren’t all that scary after his new parents helped him recover and took such great care of him. These days, stretching out by the window and sleeping next to the warm dishwasher are among his favorite activities. He still enjoys being outside with his new family, but now that Loki and Gerrie share the huge catio, he no longer has his own tiny house.
The three cats now find joy in hanging out together, taking in the sights while keeping a look out for any stray cats in need of a home.
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