Four days ago a ratty looking yellow cat appeared on my front porch. It faces south and in the frigid temps this was a warmer place to be, with sun in the afternoon.
The poor cat was skinny, with a rough coat, one eye was gummed shut, and it had a lump on the back of it’s head. But unlike a regular feral cat it was friendly and tried to follow both me an my tenant in our doors.
The cat came back each day, and I gave it a little food, but although it was so thin it didn’t eat much. Once I saw it trying to defecate but nothing happened, so it probably had kidney problems too.
Yesterday I called Animal Control and they said they would come by to pick up the cat. I had to wait outside because AC couldn’t take it without someone from the property being present. While I waited the poor thing meowed at me and tried to get in my lap!
It didn’t even struggle when the AC officer picked it up to put it in a carrier. I know I did the practical thing, even if(when) it’s put down it will be painless, and not a lingering death from illness or cold. I have three indoor cats of my own and can’t afford another, and my tenant has two.
The officer was a nice young woman and very sympathetic. This cat couldn’t have lived it’s whole life as a stray, it was not afraid of people, and that made it more sad.
One more plea, please have your pets spayed or neutered. Then the Animal Control won’t have to take in a sweet old cat to be killed, and I won’t have to feel bad for having made the call.