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Well, that was unexpected! I just had a knock on my door, and the guy who knocked said he used to be Sam the Stray Cat's person.

He told me which house they used to live in, and said that after two litters, Sam (who is evidently not a boy cat after all!) went kind of feral, and changed from a lap cat to a wild, untouchable thing almost overnight. She's been spayed (I figured--no pregnancy, which is kind of why I thought she was a he). She's about five years old, apparently, and has identical-looking offspring living around town.

Dean, the twin brother cat, was the neighborhood cat-bully, and not related as far as this fellow knew.

Sam--or Graydie, as he called her--ran away when they moved, about a year ago. They came looking for her for months afterwards, and left food near the rental house they'd moved out of, but couldn't spot her or get near her if they did. He's been asking around the neighborhood, and someone finally said, oh yeah, that big gray cat is staying with that big gray lady on the corner.

He was almost in tears to see her looking so well and actually wandering in and out of my front door as we stood talking. I was feeling strangely protective, and was sure he wanted to take her away, but no, his purpose in coming was to offer to help pay for her care and feeding, because he now lives where he can't have a cat.

Graydie seemed to remember the guy--at least, she let him pet her head, which she doesn't let anyone do.

So, it's not Sam-Sam-the-Kitty-Man anymore. It's Graydie.

Strange. Kind of nice.


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 21st, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Aw, what a lovely story. I'm glad he just came to make sure she was well and not take her away.

Yay for cat people!
Apr. 21st, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
It was really pretty nice. Graydie seemed disinclined to run off with him, and I just sent some pictures of her to his mom. :D
Apr. 21st, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
How cool! &hearts for animals. :-)
Apr. 21st, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was a nice moment. I'm having all kinds of name and gender confusion now on Sam/Graydie though. I think I can make the name switch if I try!
Apr. 21st, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
This is a nice story, and he sounds like a very sensible chap
Apr. 21st, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, he seemed so in both the modern and the Jane Austen sense of the term.
Apr. 21st, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's sweet. (I was afraid you were going to say he came to get her, but I'm glad she's staying with you!)

That guy sounds like a Good Egg.
Apr. 21st, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
If he had wanted to take her back, I'd have been in a dilemma because there's no way of proving "ownership" of a cat, and I'd have felt strange (not to mention sad) letting her go, but also obligated...

Well, it didn't come to that and Graydie seemed pretty nonchalant about the whole thing, so all's well.
Apr. 21st, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
it's funny how sammy is a girl. lol!

gradient is a really unusual yet cool name.

love knowing where sammy/gradie came from and that her previous family still thinks about her and wants to keep in touch.


and seriously, it's like typical hs fanfic. sammy: good girl. dean: bad boy. sammy sees something in dean no one else does and they end up together. sammy rebelled from her family because they kept trying to separate them and she finally ran away. cut to a year later when we find out her family really loves her and misses her, but finally understand that their love is EPIC and now, just want to be a part of her life. \o/
Apr. 21st, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
When are you gonna start writing fic, girl? That's a great story!
Apr. 21st, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
I lost a cat once under similar circumstances, but more nefarious. (A neighbor lured the cat off by feeding her, then complained that she kept coming around and demanding I do something about it. Aside from locking her in, there was nothing I could do, and she didn't tolerate being locked in At All. I told him HE could do something by stopping with the food. He wouldn't listen. Eventually he threatened to take matters into his own hands and one week after that the cat disappeared for good.)

I'm glad your cat's first person was able to tie up the loose ends.
Apr. 21st, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Nefarious is right! Pernicious, malicious and not a little sociopathic, I'd say. How sad! I'm sorry that happened. Poor kitty, and poor you.
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Apr. 22nd, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
Re: graydie
She's snoozing on my living room chair at the moment. :D
Apr. 24th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
It's sweet that he still came looking for her, and still wanted to see to her care. That's the sort of thing that makes me feel better about humanity in general.
Apr. 24th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
It had a similar effect on me. I'd never want to be in the position Graydie's former people were in--having to move, not being able to find their pet, having to abandon her. I'm so glad I got to help provide them closure.
Apr. 25th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
AWWW! I love this story! And a happy ending for all concerned. Graydie loved the neighborhood and couldn't leave, you needed a part-time cat, and now you have one with her story. I love it! And the guy can rest easier knowing she is being cared for and not abandoned. Perfect ending.
Apr. 25th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yes! It was win all the way around. I was quite pleased.
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