Sunday, December 14, 2008


So, the other day I wrote about Cheeto and his girlfriend Faylene (a twist on "Feline"). She made another appearance Saturday morning and I was able to snag a picture of the two of them. Obviously Faylene is the one eating out of the dish and if you look hard you can see Cheeto's little ears in the door-peaking out to get a look. This little interchange cracks me up.

Despite the cuteness of the situation, I don't think Faylene is just someone's outdoor cat who comes to visit sometimes. I think she has been abandoned by a family. First of all, I'm pretty sure she is declawed, which means she is supposed to be an indoor cat. When I gave her a bowl of food she scarfed it down in seconds. You can't tell from the picture (thank Goodness it isn't that bad), but when I pet her, I could feel her hip bones jutting out. She wasn't that skinny a few weeks ago. She was also starving for attention and nuzzling all over me. I almost cried it was so sad.

So, my next step is to plead with all my friends to ask if anyone wants her and if no one does, I'm going to look for a no-kill shelter in the area. When this economic slump began, I remember hearing stories about people abandoning their pets because they simply couldn't afford them anymore. It's such a sad externality that I don't think anyone expected.

Until I can find a home for her, I just hope she can find somewhere warm to snuggle at night. Point of the story--tonight, give your pet a little extra love and be thankful that you've been able to keep them during these tough times.


Miss Anne said...

.... this story makes me sad and smile all in one...

sad because that poor kitty must be hungry and attention deprived....

but happy because you are feeding it, and are taking the next step to take it to a no-kill shelter..

thank you for your kindness to animals... we need more people like you in this world.

:) p.s. i think the name "faylene" is a cute touch!

Pink Pearls & Muddy Sneakers said...

I had a Faylene situation too - she had been spayed, so we knew she had a family at one point, but it was obvious she no longer had one. It took a lot of coaxing - on her part AND on my dad's, as we are not cat people - but she became a family member and it was a really special thing! I hope someone great helps her :)
Also, thank you for your comments - all was quickly resolved with Handsome, but I am still curious to hear other people's take on things!
Ack sorry this is so long. I will try to link to your post so people can find out about Faylene & maybe help her!

Mrs. Not-so-Domesticated said...

What a sweet kitty, I hope you find someone to take her...I can't comprehend how people would just abandon their pets. My pets are my kids, but I know I'm a little crazy when it comes to them. I think you're doing a wonderful thing, and I love that your cat is watching from the window...too sweet.

Saskia said...

What a cute photo of Cheeto poking his ears up over the door frame!

It sounds like Faylene is a loving and friendly cat and so she shouldn't have trouble finding a home.

She's lucky to have found you!

Saskia x

Mrs. Cup said...

How sad! I love the picture though!

Sara said...

Aw, that is so sad! I'm glad it was you who found her and not me!