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.