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!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

5th August 2010

     Patches now looks like a cat and not a fur-cover sack of bones, and is healing pretty well.  He loves Darkness, provider of chicken, is ambivalent toward me, cleaner of wounds, and hates Jack, territorial antagonist.  This is hard on me, as Patches O'Growley, is often no gladder to see me than he is Jack and Jack outright rushes Patches for exiting the kitchen (though Patches has claimed the kitchen as his territory and can chase Jack out when the mood strikes him).  We've even started dosing them with a calming medication in their water dishes.  With time, I hope, they'll be able to hang out in the same room without feeling threatened.

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