Because it was so cold here last week, with well-below freezing night temperatures and frigid east winds straight off Mt. Hood and down the Columbia River Gorge, we made the decision to bring Mac indoors. If you remember Pretty Boy Mac, he’s that feral/semi-feral/stray boy we’ve been watching since last spring and eventually made friends with in October. Mom canvassed the neighborhood three separate times over those months, looking for his real home, and heard over and over again, “Nope. Don’t know him. Never seen him,” along with one, “Get off my property.”
She was then told he was living in a big pile of leaves blown up on the doorstep of a family who were afraid of cats, and that was all it took.
This meant a whole new set of complications could be at hand – Was Mac sick? Didn’t show signs. Was he a carrier of anything? Could be, we’d keep him separated. Fleas? Most certainly (answer was yes). Would he continue to ignore our curious cats? Answer: Most definitely. Would he freak out staying in our big dog kennel cage? Answer: Nope.
And perhaps most important – How long could he stay indoors? Well….
We have an incredible friend who loves big-cheek boys like Mac, and although she prefers senior big-cheek boys, Mac seemed to have within him the personality of the best of a bonded pair she’d recently lost. Last Wednesday, she came to meet Mac who proved his other nickname wasn’t just a fluke – Lap Nappin’ Mac. He couldn’t get enough of sitting on her lap, all fourteen point two pounds of him, happy as can be for the longest time, listening to us talk about him and his life going forward.
We also have incredible Friends of Colehaus who have been donating funds all along to make sure Mac had daily food and medical help when he was ready for his big snip-per-roo and life beyond as an indoor boy.
Friday, Mac found his home and is currently loving up his new mom and showing her and the world on facebook how much he thinks life as an indoor-only cat IS definitely everything and a big bag of nip. His first vet appointment is this week. Please join us in wishing him the best and a good vet visit.
Thank you, Carrie, for asking about him, for visiting him, and for adopting him and loving him. Thank you, Friends of Colehaus, for helping this once-frightened stray discover not all humans are scary. Thank you for helping Pretty Boy Mac find his Christmas miracle.
And, because he just happened to be indoors with the rest of us on photo day, we couldn’t help but to make this happen*.
*He didn’t seem to hold it against us but just in case, Mom promised she’d never put another hat on him ever again. His new mom, however, is another story.
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A Colehaus Cats flashback: