We were adopted by a Marmalade!

United States
September 15, 2008 10:57pm CST
My husband and I were walking at the park a couple days ago, and we heard this sad little cry that could only be from a kitten. We rounded the corner, and sure enough, there's the most precious little marmalade you've ever seen! He seems to be between 12-14 weeks, and is just full of energy. His markings are gorgeous - he actually has a perfect cross down his back! He really didn't seem too hungry (like he'd probably had a meal within the last couple days anyway), and he was obviously used to people. So we're thinking he was probably dumped or somehow wandered too far from home. So we're really starting to fall in love with him, but I'm afraid he may be someone's lost kitten. Do you think I should post signs to see if someone has lost their kitten? Or just adopt him and not worry about it?
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@ElicBxn (61147)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I would guess that some MORON put the "cat" out for the night and doesn't deserve this sweet boy. I have 2 cats now because people put their "cat" out for the night - by cat I mean kitten - and I wish someone had put THEM out when they were 2 years old - and both these nights were quite cold and stormy - I'd like to see them survive it! Congradulations on your new kitten!
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• Canada
16 Sep 08
I agree that I'd be furious if that is how this little guy came to be out all alone. But it's possible that he slipped out when someone was leaving for work or taking the garbage out. My youngest is an escape artist that would give houdini a run for his money. They're fast and quiet when they want to be and their reflexes are 10 times what ours are.
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@ElicBxn (61147)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I would look for signes, but I would not post any - too much of a chance of someone claiming he is theirs and then turn around and sell him to a lab.
@lilaclady (28226)
• Australia
16 Sep 08
I guess it wouldn't hurt to post some flyers around just in case he really does have some worried owners and then if no-one comes to claim him then you could think about keeping him, I have had three cats in my life and they all came to me, dumped by neighbours...I hope you get to keep the little kitty...
@rebekkahm (149)
• Canada
16 Sep 08
Contact your local vetranarians and the humane society/aspca just to make sure. I know that when I had a cat go missing, I was devastated. I put up pictures and put out alerts to all the vets and shelters around town. If someone found my kitty, I would want them to at least phone in that they found him. Chances are, he won't be claimed. Only 2% of cats that are found and turned in to a shelter are ever claimed by their original owners. If you find the owners and they want him back, you'll be relieving them of their grief and worry. You'll have done a great thing by returning him to his loved ones. If you do have to give him back, maybe he was put there just to open your heart so you can adopt another homeless kitty! If you get to keep him, love him forever knowing that you did the right thing by trying to find his owners.
• United States
16 Sep 08
That's a really good idea that I hadn't even thought about! Thank you for your suggestion!
• Australia
10 Oct 08
I have 2 cats right now and one of them is a little girl who is very shy but getting used to bbeing TREATED PROPARLY after being abandoned by some ideots! My mum works in an astate agent and we heard about some ppl abandoning 2 cats and an aivery of birds aswell as a tank full of fish we only found lynx (called that by the tuffts of fur on her ears we named) so looked after her and now she thinks im the best mostly coming into me each morning and waking me up XD and she has totally fit in poor kitty getting abandoned.... anyway it would be ok to send some flyers around but then if no one owns up just adopt it good luck
• Canada
16 Sep 08
I wouldn't forgive myself if I didn't at least try to find the owner of the kitten. Then, if after 2wks of genuinely trying every avenue available to me, if nobody claimed him, I would adopt him. But I would ask the person to reimburse me for the care, food, litter, etc., to see how much they really wanted him back. If they weren't willing to pay for his upkeep for the time you had him, they couldn't really love him that much and I would keep him, no guilt. That way, my conscience would be clear.
• United States
16 Sep 08
The more we think about it, the more we think he was dumped by someone. He would either have had to cross a river or a busy street to get to that park. Still, we're thinking about going door-to-door in the nearest neighborhood. Not quite sure when we'll have time to do that though!