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A New Years Day Miracle at my house.

Posted on: January 1, 2009 11:23 pm
When I was a single man living in an apartment I decided I wanted a pet.  I like big dogs but that wasn't an option in my mind without a yard to play in.  My girlfriend at the time had an aunt whose cat birthed a litter.  I had never had a cat, and I was actually fairly allergic to the few I had spent time around, but I took one of the kittens anyhow.  That was about 10 years ago.

About 8 weeks ago I was working on the house and was in and out of the garage all day.  My wife and kids were visiting my in-laws and apparently Duncan found his way outside.  He doesn't have front claws so we discourage him from being outside, but he does love to get out and roll around on the concrete and look at birds.  I guess this time he went a little further and we lost Duncan.  We called all of the vets in the area, and the pound, and put signs up all over the neighborhood but we didn't get any calls except from a very mean kid who thought he was funny by telling me he ran over my cat. 

As the weeks passed I found myself looking around the neighborhood less and less.  On my runs I expected less and less to find Duncan somewhere around the next corner.  We gave our leftoever litter and food to our neighbors who have 2 cats and we hoped that someone had taken Duncan in. 

Since he was lost we have had some bitter cold nights in the teens and even a couple colder, a couple of snow and ice events that stayed around for a few days.  If Duncan was outside I was concerned he would have frozen to death.

I received a phone call tonight from a man who remembered seeing one of my signs (that had all but blown away or been rained on enough to be unreadable) and found one that still had my phone number on it.  He lived 2 blocks from my house and he had a cat that sounded like Duncan.  Sure enough it is him and he is now home.  He is a skinny scared shadow of his former self, but he appears to be ok.  He is certainly purring plenty and will hopefully never pull this stunt again.  I am amazed that he was able to survive outside for so long.  What an amazing little animal.
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Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2009 8:20 pm

A New Years Day Miracle at my house.

Just an update on Duncan.  So far so good.  His tempermant hasn't changed and he is clearly happy to be indoors.  We went to the vet and so far no bad news.  Blood work will come back Monday.  He weighs 6.8 lbs dwon from a little over 12 lbs last time he was at the vet, and that is after 36 hours of non stop eating.  He is looking pretty good besides the spine and hip bones that are so prominent.  Hopefully we won't have any bad news when the blood work comes back.  Thanks for adding your comments.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2009 10:19 am

A New Years Day Miracle at my house.

Great story, better ending.

Cats are so different from other animals they can be both affectionate and non caring in the same minute!

I have three cats (Not my choice!) and we lost one of ours well over 12 months ago, she just went off one day and did not return. Just about 6 weeks ago she just showed up out of the blue, walked in as if nothing had happened, like I said crazy creatures Cats!

Often many people will feed them but not want them in their house, especially little old ladies!  The one we had was lucky, there are so many Coyotes around these days.

I hope Duncan has seen the error of his ways..but don't count on it, watch him closely!!!

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2009 9:06 am

A New Years Day Miracle at my house.

A happy ending indeed for both Duncan and his family!  An amazing animal he is especially with him be declawed and no way of defending himself.  Great story and thanks for sharing.

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2009 1:48 pm

A New Years Day Miracle at my house.

Good story maestro, Glad all is well with Duncan.

I always was a dog person until someone gave me this little bright white kitten a few years ago.
He turned out to have my same disposition and temperament. Now I wouldn't trade him for any dog out there.

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