Oh, if only cats could talk! Especially those that we find abandoned or as strays. That is the case with Oscar. I have told him so many times that I wish he could talk and tell me about his life so I’d know how he ended up where he did when he crossed my path for the first time. Don’t get me wrong. Oscar can and does talk…. a lot….in that superior cat language that I, a lowly human, cannot always understand.
As a volunteer for Longmont Friends of Feral & Abandoned Cats (LFFAC), I first saw Oscar several years ago when he showed up at a site where I help feed a colony of feral cats, along with other very dedicated feeders in the group. He stood out in the colony since he was a long-haired cat among all the short-haired cats. He had a certain air about him and soon became the head honcho of the cat colony. He wasn’t friendly at first and stayed out of reach of his caretakers. Over time he became a little friendlier and then began “talking” to us, eventually letting us pet him, brush him and even hold him. It was evident that he had belonged to someone at one time.
While caring for the colony, we noticed Oscar began limping one day. When we notice a cat under our care appears to be ill or having trouble healing from a wound, we try to trap the cat and get it veterinary care. This is not always easy if the cat is truly feral. Luckily, we were able to handle Oscar so got him in a carrier and took him to the vet to be checked out. Turns out he had a wounded paw that was infected. He was treated and returned to the colony where his paw healed nicely. However, during his vet visit it was discovered that he had several broken teeth and needed dental work. LFFAC scheduled his surgery and got his teeth taken care of. During his surgery visit, his bloodwork showed that he had a chronic but controllable illness and that he could benefit from ongoing vet care. Since Oscar required a long recovery period after his dental surgery (and having found out from the vet that Oscar was a much older cat than we had thought), we decided that it was time for Oscar to retire from his position as alpha male of the colony and to find him a warm, comfy home to spend the rest of his days.
To make a long story short, Oscar eventually found a home with my husband and me and our other cats. We adore him, along with all the other feeders that cared for him at the colony site and pretty much anyone who meets him. Check out the photos below. When you look into his soulful eyes, I think you will understand why we have sometimes referred to him as “the wise one”. I still wish he could tell me about his life story.
Oh, wait a minute!! Oscar is meowing at me trying to tell me something…….I’m pretty sure he is telling me that he wishes all of you a very happy holiday season!!
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.