About Patches:

This is a chronicle of the rescue of an injured cat and how he became a part of our family.

While the Patches story will have a happy ending, it nearly didn't, considering how hurt he was and that the county would have put him down due to stray cat over-population if we had left him with them.

We took a risk bringing a hurt cat into our home, which is not something that I recommend that everyone do. A stray can be a health risk to your own animals and bringing home too many, animal hoarding, means that you can't properly care for any of them. However, I do hope that everyone does what they can -- even if you can't take in an animal yourself, you can volunteer at a rescue organization, donate to shelters, and make sure that your own pets aren't out adding to the injury and over-population problem.

Thanks for visiting the Patches Blog!

Friday, October 1, 2010

1 Oct 2010

It's now been about 3 months and Patches is healed up enough to wear a collar.  The rest of his life will be happily-ever-after in a loving home.  Because I consider his rescue and recuperationcomplete, I am going to stop updating this blog.  Thanks for visiting!



Thursday, September 9, 2010

9 Sept 2010

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 Patches has healing almost completely in the last two months. 
Here's a photo update that focuses on where his injuries were.

before & after 1

before & after 2

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

1 Sept 2010

Some recent photos.  As you can see, nearly all of Patches's fur has grown back.
That's a bag of casters that Patches is hugging.



Monday, August 16, 2010

16 August 2010

Patches plays in the fiction section. (Jack joins in toward the end of the photo set).

Full set here: here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

15 August 2010

     The last few days has shown a huge change in the cats' behavior.  Patches is no longer the cowering Pariah Cat in the kitchen, but instead goes about the house as he pleases, eats out of Jack's bowl, and chases Jack away as much as Jack ever did to him.  For every few moments that the cat interaction seems like playfulness, not real fighting, there's one where an innocent sniff will lead to a battle over who's Top Cat, but overall, there seems to be a lot more of an even relationship between them.

Friday, August 13, 2010

12 August 2010

The cats were locked in the bathroom together for hours while the roof was being fixed.  Not a peep other than the sound of kibble crunching.  I'm amazed, but they are slowly making progress on being near each other without incident . . . when they're not tearing apart the kitchen, hissing, or taking stress out on the closest human hand.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

10 August 2010

Patches is wandering around the house on his own more, and Jack is being better about letting him be.  Far from perfect, but much improved.  Experiments with catnip and a calming remedy in their water have been mixed: Patches enjoys it, but is a bit riled up, rather than calmed.  Every now and then he'll have a nervous episode and take it out on what or whomever is near by -- as both the curtains and my hand can attest.  Generally, though, he is still a cuddle-kitten and is becoming a more confident one at that.