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We Needed A Home
And we found one

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Daisy – A.K.A., Houdini, was the cat that no one ever saw, unless you were Joyce that is.  Daisy, a year and a half old, seventh generation feral cat that was part of our colony.  A skin-and-bones tabby cat that ran at the slightest hint of humans, fell sick one harsh winter.  We were surprised when one snowy day he sat still when we came out for the daily feeding ritual.  Joyce sat beside the cat for a moment, and with a knowing glance, knew this cat wouldn’t survive the winter without some help.  Later that evening, with Lisa’s help, the two guided Daisy into the cage and rushed him to the vet.  The once strong and fearful cat, now lay helpless on the table, poked and prodded.  He had a severe upper-respiratory infection which border-lined pneumonia.  He was on antibiotics for four weeks before the infection finally cleared.  We then attempted to release him to his colony, but now viewed as an outsider, his former friends tried to beat him out of the group.  He was brought back in, torn and suffering from an infection in his paw and rear leg.  He then spent another two weeks on antibiotics before we released him again, hoping for better results.   In three days, Daisy was back in, permanently.  His face caught the wrath of his old friends this time.  Daisy now stays at Warm Fuzzys as a mascot.  He refuses to step outside, but does enjoy sitting by his screen door and looking out.   And possibly most intriguing, he has developed a fetish for having his belly scratched.  Okay, so none of our cats can read.  We’re working on it though!

PS - cats don't like to have their bellies rubbed as noted here:  http://animal.discovery.com/cat_guide/skin.html
"A cat's reaction to physical contact depends on where it is touched. As any cat owner soon learns, cats enjoy being rubbed under the chin, behind the ears, and down the back to the base of the tail. Even in the wild, these are the same places cats nuzzle or groom each other. Touching tails, bellies or feet, however, may provoke an unwelcome response. Contact with these areas is believed to produce discomfort, and no cat worth its salt puts up with human-induced discomfort for more than an instant before responding with a scratch or nip."

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