12/04/2015 – Saying Goodbye to Visitors


The sad part about having renters in the house next door is that when they move away, we miss their visiting cats. The scary part about having renters in the house next door is the thought that maybe they won’t take their cats with them. That’s how Zuzu found her way into the shelter system and luckily for her, it was a no-kill shelter, one we had been volunteering at.

Visitor Mustacheo - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Visitor Mustacheo – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Mustacheo’s humans are moving out. And Mustacheo came to visit yesterday afternoon. Then, long after dark, and in the driving rain, Dad took the garbage out and found him sitting under the shelter of our little garbage can. We can’t remember when we last saw him out at night and figured he was probably staying away from all the packing noise going on next door.

Mustacheo - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Mustacheo – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Good-bye, our friend. We’ll miss your visits and loud announcements when you arrive. When we looked deep into your handsome, timeless eyes with all their spots and flecks of colors, we always thought we saw distant galaxies and stars. Cat galaxies, of course. Stay warm, sweet boy, and stay good wherever you go.

Mustacheo's Brother - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Mustacheo’s Brother – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Needless to say, Mustacheo’s brother, Groucho, will be leaving too.

Also needless to say, if we discover our neighbors have gone completely and left Mustacheo and Groucho behind, after we report them of course, we’ll make sure the pair will be very well cared for. Groucho is completely deaf and probably close to twenty years old. Mustacheo is partially deaf and can’t be much younger. We never thought these two should be left outdoors to mostly fend for themselves. And if we have anything to say about it, they won’t be outdoor cats ever again.

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Turns out, Mustacheo isn’t the renters cat! Groucho is and has been taken to their new residence across town. As for Mustacheo, the renters told us the day they moved in two years ago, he turned up on their doorstep and has been hanging around ever since. They fed him only occasionally and observed him getting along with Groucho who was rarely let out (so they say – we admit to not seeing Groucho very often). But no, they weren’t adding him to their family.

So, now the hunt begins as to who is Mustacheo’s true family…

… and the push starts to sell enough Quint paintings to afford a real feral shelter and feeding station, via feralvilla.com.

If you haven’t heard, one hundred percent of the proceeds from all paintings by Quint sold between now and January will go toward the purchase of a sturdy, safe, and warm feralvilla.com feral shelter and a feeding station. We have one shelter on its way and are close to purchasing a second.

Feral Villa shelter. Photo courtesy of feralvilla.com

Feral Villa shelter. Photo courtesy of feralvilla.com

We like feralville.com’s boxes because they are sturdy and will hold up for years in our very wet and cold winters and very, very windy conditions here at Colehaus where we sit nestled at the base of the foothills of the Cascade mountain range. We’ve just come out of a sub-freezing cold snap all of last week and are back into our usual inch of rain or so every other day pattern with 38-42 (Fahrenheit)/3.3-5.5 (Celsius) degree nights and 40-50/4.4-10 degree days.

We’re so close to being able to purchase a second shelter and would love to add a feeding station or two this winter. If you can help, and we are certain Mustacheo, Cocoa, Tough Boy, and the nameless others would send all their stray and feral cat kisses to you if you did, and would like a little something hand… er, paw-made by Quint, perhaps in time for the holidays, please visit his art shop. We thank you!

Mustacheo, Cocoa, Toughie, Scruffy - 2015 © Colehauscats.com

Mustacheo, Cocoa, Toughie, Scruffy – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

21 responses to “12/04/2015 – Saying Goodbye to Visitors

  1. I ordered a Quint painting! Thank you for all you do for kitties, inside and out!

  2. we hope Groucho gets to stay inside at the new place….and that you can find Mustaceo a BETTER home

  3. We decided it was time to add to add another Quint painting. Looking forward to receiving it and helping kitties in need.

  4. Oh me..purrs that both kitties are eventually indoor only kitties
    Hugs Madi your bffff

  5. Wow, that whole time, Mustacheo’s origins have been a mystery! I really am glad you are there, looking out for the neighborhood kitties – not every cat without a home (or who lives in a neglectful one) has that.

  6. Poor Mustachio, I wish he could live indoors. How sad to see Groucho leave, I pray he will be safe.

  7. May that dear little boy find a home with someone who will love him. I feel so badly that people will NOT care for those who are dependent on them.

  8. Mom says we will try to buy a frost painting next Friday, when she gets more green papers. We do have one already and are most impressed by it.

  9. Purrs to Mustacheo. I hope he finds a good home with a furbling to play with.


  10. quint & crew, how total lee awesum oh ewe guys ta give up yur green papers ta help de community cats like thiz……we hope ya sell enuff paintings ta buy several homez & feedin staytionz ~~~~~ troo lee ♥♥♥

    heerz two a cownose ray kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

  11. Here’s hoping you soon raise enough money. Musacchio looks a little bit like our Tucker.

  12. We’re glad to hear Groucho wasn’t left behind, but poor Musacchio. We hope you can find his home…or a new one. 🙂

  13. Wow. But our purrs fer Mustacheo!

  14. Glad Groucho has a home, and I hope you find out someone wants Mustacheo too! Thanks for looking out for them!

  15. So Mustacheo isn’t… MOUSES!

    Well I’m purring and PURRING you find his real home soon and if not, that a new forever home can be found.


  16. Thank you for your sweet Christmas Card. We hope Mustacheo finds a forever home soon. And we hope you are able to get lots and lots of cat shelters. We can’t imagine weather as cold as yours.

  17. Oooo, we love a good mystery!
    have a super Sunday…

    Noodle and crew

  18. Thank you for looking after the kitties in your neighborhood. We hope the mystery of Mustacheo can be solved soon.

  19. I would say Mustacheo has no home. He’s out so much it seems. I would put up signs and wait and see for a bit and if no respose in a week or so maybe you can take him in. Just a thought. I love those feral shelters!