Oggie having fun.
so sweet with his former roommates, little Machipongo & Mantenna.
They were on my lap & Ogden jumped up
join us (above).
is a very sweet & very special old fellow. He was living
on the streets of Front Royal, VA where he & an other cat
were being fed by Joyce each day after work. Ogden really tugged
at her heartstrings with his droopy, lonely eyes. He'd follow
her meowing as she entered the building & would be waiting
for her at the end of the work day. Joyce hated to leave him
outside but already has many indoor cats & her outdoor feral
run is also full. So she kept feeding him & the other cat
one chilly day last November, Joyce noticed Ogden was in rough
shape. He'd been in a fight, or more than one, & was scratched
up bad from head to toe. She brought him to the vet where he
got checked over, neutered, vaccined, combo-tested (negative
: ), dewormed & antibiotics for his injuries.
offered Ogden a temporary home where he could recuperate from
his ordeal. When he arrived, poor Oggie looked quite worse for
the wear (Click
here for Oggie's "before" pics). The fur at his
wounded areas had been shorn at the vet & did he look scruffy.
His head, elbows, neck & forelegs were covered in scratches,
some pretty deep. There was a big bloody scratch across his nose.
Beneath his patchy fur you could feel dozens of scabs & scratches
all over his body. It was as if he'd been attacked by a swarm
of angry rats. Several of his teeth are broken. Even the third
eyelid on one of his eyes had been torn.
weary Ogden rested up while he healed & feasted on canned
food. He later shared the kitten room with Machipongo & Mantenna,
2 sweet little 9 week-old kittens. They got along great, Oggie
was very gentle & fatherly with the rowdy fluffballs.
wasn't universally welcomed among the CR!FR cats. He couldn't
walk 10 paces without getting hissed at. Now he's totally
assimilated & is one of the gang. He's often found sleeping
back-to-back or in a tight-knit clump with cats that hated his
guts a while ago & now don't bat an eyelash. Perhaps his
loud snoring lulls everyone to sleep.
Og is a handsome, silky, bright-eyed, wonderfully sweet fellow.
He's so gentle & friendly. He loves to sit close by, purring
loudly, & thoroughly lick my hand. He's also very playful
in his mellow way; he chases the broom when I'm sweeping. He
likes to flop down, grab my arm & thump my hand with his
hind feet. He follows me everywhere, he just wants to be close
by. What a love.