This is an update to our Humane Cat Trapping Project. Yesterday we brought our trapped cat “Cat #1” to the Tree House spay/neuter clinic. We had arranged for them to keep him overnight after the surgery, and we picked him up this afternoon. The best news is that he tested negative for both FIV and FeLV, two cat viruses. They said overall he seems healthy, and is between 1-2 years old. He is 10 lbs. For now, Lorenzo has named him Smokey.
We brought him home and he went from the trap to a big dog cage we have that will be his home for at least the next week. We have to make sure he does not have intestinal parasites before he is allowed to be out loose in the house. He hisses less and less now. Our other cats come by to see him and there is a little hissing our growling on one side or the other, but nothing major. We have a huge litter box in his cage and he used it almost immediately, which is great. The first time I opened his cage to scoop litter he gently tried to get out and meowed twice. That’s the first time we’ve heard him meow. I didn’t let him get out, but I did pet him for a few moments which he allowed, twice on the head, twice on the neck, once on the cheek. That was the first time I pet him, so that’s exciting too. We’re keeping him. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship! 🙂