What to do when a cat chooses you

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - by Stef dela Cruz, MD

T To the fe­lines in my neigh­bor­hood, it seems the word is out: My home is a 24/7 emer­gency room and shel­ter. Ever since we moved in a year ago, one cat af­ter an­other has dropped by our sec­ond-floor apart­ment to ask for food or wound care!

I wrote about sev­eral fe­lines who de­manded as­sis­tance just a few is­sues back: one who was preg­nant, an­other who seemed bored, and yet an­other who was in­jured. While I felt like my hands were tied when it came to the first two be­cause they al­ready had a hu­man, I did get to foster the third -- and he was adopted into a Forbes Park home, no less!

It wasn’t the last time that I, to­gether with my boyfriend, fos­tered a cat. Maybe one of them some­how told every other cat they met about it be­cause yes­ter­day, yet an­other fe­line found our apart­ment and started “knock­ing” on our door.

When I opened the door, a young kitty was star­ing up at me. You might say she “knocked” on our door!

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