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Thomas T. is an adorable tabby and
white boy who has been with us since May of 1997. A frequent visitor to
the sanctuary had made a comment about the new kitten playing in the
driveway. As we did not have any small kittens at that time, and if we
did, they most certainly would not be running loose, we thought that
perhaps he had mistaken one of our smaller female cats for a kitten.
The following morning, much to our
surprise, we spotted this tiny little guy trying to make friends with
some of the big cats. They were swatting and hissing at him and wanted
nothing to do with him. We judged him to be about four weeks old.
Somebody must have put him over the gate because we have a cat proof
fence and it would have been impossible for him to climb it by himself -
especially as tiny as he was. It was so sad because he was obviously
looking for a mom cat to nurture him! As soon as he saw us, he quickly
disappeared under our truck. We looked all around but couldnít see him
Throughout the day, we would catch
glimpses of him but then he would disappear under the truck. As he didnít
come out the other side, we guessed that he must have been hiding inside
it somewhere. Sure enough, when we crawled under it, we found his hiding
spot tucked high up inside the truck. He looked at us with huge, alarmed
eyes. There was no way he was going to come voluntarily and he was too
far out of reach for us to be able to grab him. Sadly, it doesnít take
too long for these poor little guys to learn their distrust of humans.
For the next few days we left food and
water by the truck so he would get used to staying there. We would
occasionally glimpse him wandering through the woods, his tail held high
- so tiny, so brave, so alone! Then one morning we set out a manual trap
and quietly hid behind some bushes to wait. Patience goes a long way in
this business! Thomas would climb down, take a look at the food in the
trap and then climb back into his hiding place again. After about an
hour of this cat and mouse game, the tempting smell of the food overcame
his fear, so he plucked up the courage to walk into the trap! Success!
Little stray no-name, no-sex kitty became Thomas T! We immediately had
him vet checked. He was underweight, had parasites and also tested
positive for feline aids. As this test is not accurate in kittens, we
had to have him re-tested when he was six months old. Thankfully, he
tested negative at that time.
Although Thomas adores
the company of the other cats, he is absolutely terrified of people.
Whenever he hears the sounds of strangers, he melts into the woods like a
gentle ghost in the night. There are those that say he doesnít exist, but
if you look very carefully through the undergrowth, you just might see the
hint of a beautiful golden eye solemnly peering back at you!
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