10/06/2017 – Formerly Feral – Pretty Boy Mac

Around the time we were worrying about Sweet Teese and whether we could get her into the no-kill shelter system for adoption before our fall rains and winter cold set in, the gray feral we had seen around every couple of days started making himself a more permanent fixture around Colehaus.

Mac in the Garden, September 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Mac in the Garden, September 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

Can you blame him? He knows where the good food is!

Pretty Boy Mac (PBM), September 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Pretty Boy Mac (PBM), September 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

After Teese went to the shelter, while we were feeling great about that, we also felt our backyard was empty without seeing her friendly black and white face every day. But we got used to it and felt a whole lot better after Teese found her forever home.

And then, this boy started hanging out in more noticeable places. Maybe he heard we were good at finding forever homes or something?

Mac "hiding" in the sun and shadows - © Colehauscats.com

Mac “hiding” in the sun and shadows – © Colehauscats.com

We started working with him, this boy we named Mac after a Macintosh apple for his big-cheeked, apple-round face, to see if this “feral” could be friends, and though it took a few weeks, we discovered this “feral” isn’t a feral at all. He’s not even semi-feral, just a big boy who’s out on his own without a real home. We suspect he was left behind when his family moved. We did have a LOT of people move away over the past several months and more than one pet was left behind, we’ve heard.

Now, when we go out the back door, way down at the end of the walkway, Mac usually pokes his head out from the bushes to see if anyone is calling to him and offering up some scritches.

Mac waiting to see if we have any extra scritches to spare - © Colehauscats.com

Mac waiting to see if we have any extra scritches to spare – © Colehauscats.com

The other day, Mom celebrated a couple of victories – Mac likes brushies and she touched his belly. She also scritched his ears (those are dirty as you would expect from an outside boy), and held his paws which are rough, and thankfully, he still has his claws of which he is very polite at not using.

And he seems to like the camera.

Pretty Boy Mac (PBM), October 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Pretty Boy Mac (PBM), October 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

After Zuzu’s passing, her vet bill pretty much drained our funds for getting him vetted completely anytime soon. We absolutely are not able to adopt any more kitties and we very much hope to find him a forever home someday, knowing he gets along with other cats, likes brushies and we suspect would be a lap cat (time will tell). In the meantime, he has a relatively safe backyard to live in, daytime kibble, and a warm, straw-filled feral shelter to sleep in should he choose.

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Sunny - © Colehauscats.com

Sunny – © Colehauscats.com

We’re taking next Monday off. In the U.S., it’s Columbus Day. In Canada, it’s Thanksgiving Day. Here at Colehaus, it’s take a deep breath day. It’s been a rough few weeks and we need that deep breath. See you Wednesday.

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Multicat Monday
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

26 responses to “10/06/2017 – Formerly Feral – Pretty Boy Mac

  1. He’s a handsome boy, and we are sure in time he will also find his forever home.

  2. The camera likes Mac too. I hope you can find him a home.

  3. this tears me up. Who could leave such a HANDSOME boy?? He is soooo handsome!!!! Regardless, who could leave ANY cat? I just don’t get people. Praying Mac finds a home, sweet boy.

  4. What a handsome and loving boy! How can people leave their kitties behind?!?! The rescue we adopted Ellie from assumed that she was abandoned for that reason too (they fostered her litter and adopted her out – her microchip still had the rescue’s info on it so she didn’t stay at the shelter long). I admire you – you make such a difference in so many lives … I mean truly … it’s amazing what you accomplish.

  5. Thank you so much for letting Mac show you his good side!

  6. I never understand how someone could just leave their kitty or pup behind when they move. I can’t even imagine. But, Mac is very lucky, as he indeed has a lovely back yard and wonderful people to care for him. He is so handsome, and he will surely make a perfect lap cat in a future forever home.

    (P.S. We forgot to tell you that your handsome Quint inspired our poem for this week’s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge. We hope you don’t mind.)

  7. Thank you for reaching out to Mac; we are hoping he’ll be your 2nd yard adoption story this year! Sunny napping on the sunny side is adorable. Take a breath; we’ll be here when you feel rested.

  8. OMCs Tees must have posted on Twitter that the good eats are at your house!
    He is a handsome boy
    Hugs madi your bfff

  9. Infuriates me when people abandon animals! We hope this great cat gets a forever home soon.

  10. Mac sure looks like a sweet guy and we know you will do your best to help him out.

  11. Mac, you are very lucky to have showed up at Colehaus. You will be well fed and looked after until the purrfect home can be found for you. You sound like a very special fellow. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  12. We can’t believe people leave their animals behind when they move. It should be a crime! But Mac made his way to the purrfect home…until he can find his furever home.

    You deserve that deep breath……

  13. Memories of Eric and Flynn

    He is a handsome boy. I love his big round face.

  14. Wow, Mac is a sweetheart! How sad anyone would leave him behind. 🙁 I’m so happy you are looking out for him.

  15. Joan Ryan (KitKat)

    Oh, we’re in love with pretty boy Mac. He’s a handsome one. Thank you for taking care of him and helping him find a forever home. You’re a God send.
    Love and purrs,
    Angel Normie, Angel Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

  16. Oh we hope he gets a forever home very soon. He looks like he’s friendly.

    Emma and Buster

  17. He’s so handsome! And so lucky to have you taking care of him.

  18. 15andmeowing

    He is a cutie. I am glad he is safe in your yard, I hope you can find a home for him soon.

  19. We think humans are sometimes really dumb and selfish and Mom agrees. We fur people were put on earth to help you humans and we deserve love and respect. PBM is a real hunk and nobody should have left him alone. He just wants to love and be loved. Mom said she was tempted to break open her piggy bank and send the contents to you so you could help Mac. She was also mumbling something about wanting to get him herself. We know that’s not possible. However, at least Mac has the best family in the world to take care of him for now. We will pray that he gets a furever home soon where he will be king. Thanks for having the biggest hearts on the planet. We all love you!!!!
    Hemingway, Steinbeck and The Mom

  20. What a handsome mancat that Mac is! Enjoy your well deserved time off.

  21. WOW is he ever gorgeous! and so lucky to have found you!

  22. That boy sure looks camoflauged in the shadows!

  23. meowmeowmans

    Mac sure is handsome, and we are glad you are watching over him, dear friends. Thank you.

    Looking good, Sunny. That photo of you in the sun is purrfect.

    Enjoy the long weekend, dear ones. Glad to hear you’re taking that breath.

    Hugs!

  24. Mac is lucky to have you looking out for him. He sounds like a well mannered cat and would make a great pet. Hopefully you can spread the word about him and someone will offer a home. In the meantime, he’s lucky to have your yard, care, and love.

  25. He is handsome. Hopefully you can find him a nice home soon.