It would seem that <wa’ mIn> has adopted me…

Is this your cat?

A black one-eyed cat

… because it’s not mine.

I made a mistake a few days ago (yep; another one).

I’d better start at the beginning…

I’ve seen this one-eyed black cat around the neighbourhood for some time now. It’s always been skittish in the past; I’ve tried making friends with it several times, but it didn’t want to know.

Now, I don’t like wasting anything (especially food). And my cat, vIghro’wIj (Klingon for ‘my cat’) is a bit of a fussy eater. He rarely cleans his plate. And so, I’ve got into the habit of taking yesterday’s dish into the garden every morning when I feed him (yes, I know that could encourage rats, but there are enough cats around here to keep them under control). Something (probably not a rat; I’ve only ever seen a few of those around here, and always cat-mauled dead ones) was eating those leftovers, as the plate would always be clean later in the day. I was beginning to think it was an invisible something, as I never saw it.

And then, a few days ago, I saw the black one-eyed cat in the garden again. And, this time, it responded well to my friendly overtures. It allowed itself to be stroked; it purred; it even stropped my legs.

I named it wa’ mIn (‘one eye’).

Here’s where the mistake came in: I gave wa’ mIn some kitten food (that vIghro’wIj will no longer eat for some odd reason, even though he’s not yet two years old; still a kitten, really). A whole pouch. And wa’ mIn wolfed (er, ‘tigered’?) it down. And, since then, it won’t leave. It sits by the back door. All. The. Time. When I open the door to go outside, it tries to come in. It. Won’t. Leave.

This wouldn’t be a problem, except that vIghro’wIj is clearly afraid of wa’ mIn. When wa’ mIn tries to do the usual cat protocol, sniffing vIghro’wIj’s backside, vIghro’wIj backs off – and sometimes even hisses and growls, which is most unlike him. When he’s out, he won’t respond to my calls as he usually does. He’s still returning each morning after his nightly prowls, but has to negotiate his way past wa’ mIn, dashing through the door when he figures he has enough room.

I don’t know how to encourage them to be friends.

wa’ mIn’s fur is very clean, and he (or she?) has clearly been eating well (more than the scraps I’ve been leaving out). In fact I suspect that it’s overweight. It must have an owner (not that cats have owners, of course; they have staff). I’ve asked my neighbours if they know whose cat wa’ mIn is. No luck so far: I’ll just have to keep trying.

One problem is that I have to move soon. (The house-hunting is the reason for my absence in the blogosphere of late; I’m sorry I’ve not been visiting my blogging friends’ sites as usual, I simply don’t have time at present.) When it comes time to move, I’ll have to abandon wa’ mIn. I’m sure it’ll survive, but, even so, I’d like to find its owner – assuming it has one – before I leave. So… if you can help, I’d appreciate it.


Update 31Aug2022

Good news: wa’ mIn has been reunited with his family!

About peNdantry

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22 Responses to It would seem that <wa’ mIn> has adopted me…

  1. Anita Bowden says:

    I hope you are able to find it’s human companion, and I also hope your move goes well! Good luck with both!

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  2. Ellen Hawley says:

    Sigh. We’re struggling with how to convince a cats who don’t like each other to–well, if not like each other, at least tone down the hostilities. So far, we haven’t done an impressive job. If you figure out how to get your two felines-in-sort-of-residence to get along, let me know, will you?

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  3. Herb says:

    Unfortunately, I know it may sound mean, but the way to get rid of him is to stop feeding him. But it may take some time since he’s gotten used to a routine with you. I don’t know how things work over there but here we could either call Animal control but if he didn’t get adopted or picked up in a certain amount of time they’d put him down or we can take him to a no-kill shelter.

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  4. Willow Croft says:

    <—cat whisperer (not an exaggeration). I'd do a little test to see how easy it might be to handle (I'm sort of nonchalant about this sort of thing) by seeing how it reacts when you pet its sides or gently put both hands on its sides and underneath its belly to see how it might feel if you were to actually lift it up (but don't lift it yet, especially when it's outside..the cat may panic and get defensive, or get spooked and run away–you don't want to injure the cat or yourself). Also, you can let it inside, preferably corralling it into a smaller room like a bathroom with no hiding areas–close doors to rooms where it can run into a space that's not accessible like under the bed or sofa or something. Use a thick towel if needed but don't wrap it tightly around the cat because this can make it panic more. If you're lucky, you may be able to just scoop it up, stuff it in a carrier (or borrow a live trap from the shelter if it's not easy to handle–if you have work gloves, put them on if you feel more comfortable that way–use caution either way) and take it to the vet or the local animal shelter and have it scanned for a microchip. Check in with the local shelter(s) to see if anyone has filed a missing pet report that matches that description.

    Keep it inside for about a week (in a separate room from your other kitty) with a litter box and food/water, and see how it likes indoor life. Also, though, this is to see if any lost pet notices or flyers go up, and check in with the shelter again to see if any lost pet reports come in.

    After about a week, congrats on your new kitty!

    Have the vet test it for FELV and FIV. The local animal shelter can also help with low-cost vaccine sites/services etc. Obviously, they can help out with low-cost spay/neuter if needed. Once the cat gets the all-clear and comes home again (I'd recommend not advertising, or putting out an ad or listing with specifics because there are sometimes people out there that aren't so, well, trustworthy–even passing themselves off as the pet's "owner" for not so up-and-up purposes). This may be more of an issue in the United States, but still…

    So, anyway, I'd put it back in the same space, preferably with a way for the cats to at least be able to smell each other underneath the door. Also, if you have a big dog crate you can set that up and have the new cat get used to the sounds and smells and sights of its new home.

    Do expect some growling and hissing while the cats get used to each other once they are sharing the same livespace–that's the cat's way of establishing itself as either the alpha or simply communicating its boundaries. Now, if they start to get into a big fight, try to stay calm, and, as a last resort, even maybe use something like a broom to gently insert between them (the animal shelter is a great resource for tips on getting cats used to each other, and may even have knowledge more current than me.

    (One good thing about you moving is that both cats will have to get used to a new place. )

    Keeping them indoors after you move to your new place could be good practice.

    Go vertical. Give cats high spaces to climb up on, even if it's just a cabinet with a cleared-off space for them to lounge on, or places to retreat to…boxes, hidey holes, extra litter boxes (rule is one box per cat, plus an extra one, preferably out of high traffic areas) and extra food bowls, with extra water bowls away from the food and litter boxes.

    Whew, that was a lot, I know, but feel free to reach out through my blog website if you have questions!

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    • peNdantry says:

      Thanks for all of that, Willow Croft!

      “wa’ mIn” is a really, really friendly cat – with me. Purrs all the time, happy to let me stroke it (and purrs louder when I do)… and is quite comfortable when I pick it up. The problem (apart from finding its owner; good tip about seeing if it’s been chipped, thanks for that) is that vIghro’wIj is really leery of it.

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      • Willow Croft says:

        It’s a good sign, actually, that vlghro’wlj is leery…cats will do that with new cats. Shows that there’s not really major aggression issues to be overcome. Maybe keep vlghro’wlj inside/indoor only so that they feel a little more secure in their place/in their territory. Plus, that’ll make it easier when moving time comes! Do you need tips on moving with cats? I’ve moved cats across the country several times. :-)

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        • peNdantry says:

          I’d appreciate any tips you might have, though I think I grok the basic rule: keep the cat inside at the new place for a few days, and then let it outside, supervised, a few times. I did that once before, many years ago, when I took Minouche (RIP) on holiday for a couple of weeks, and it worked well.

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  5. Good on you for leaving food out. And good luck with the move. After I moved into my current house some 20 years ago, I swore they’d have to bury me here! LOL

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  6. Willow Croft says:

    P.S. It’s actually a good sign that your cat is hissing and growling and the other cat isn’t reacting to it with aggression or even similar hissing and growling. (So far, anyway.)

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    • peNdantry says:

      The black cat didn’t react at all to the hissing and growling (there’s been none of that lately). vIghro’wIj seems to be coming to terms, over the last couple of days, with the fact that there’s another kid on the block. He did have a wound on his neck (which is healing up nicely) the day that wa’ mIn turned up; I assumed that they’d had a scrap. /shrug can’t say for certain that was the case, of course.

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  7. Dr Bob Rich says:

    I can guarantee one thing: NOT MY CAT. :)

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  8. I’m not sure you have to worry about it. That cat looks quite healthy. It probably has several ‘Friends’ like you and when you leave you won’t be missed. If that was my cat I would wonder how it got across the ocean.
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    Keep laughing

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  9. jilldennison says:

    Awwwww … pobrecito! I would love to add him to our menagerie, but I can’t travel across the pond to get him. 😞 Good luck with your move, and I really hope you find someone who will offer their home to wa’ mIn and give him massive doses of love!

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  10. It’s been a while. Hope you’ve been… well, I hope you’ve been.

    “vIghro’wIj (Klingon for ‘my cat’)” it just makes so much sense somehow. lol

    “wa’ mIn (‘one eye’)” well, this is just plain funny.

    “they have staff” Hahahah – I’m sure those that share their residence with cats would agree.

    Ahhhh, you’re trying to move. That comes as a bit of a surprise to me. Did it to you, too, or was this something that you knew was coming? Anyway, good luck finding a new place, moving, and all that jazz. Take wa’mIn with you?

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    • peNdantry says:

      Glad, as always, to have been able to elicit a chuckle or two :)

      I have many different things competing for my time at present, but locating this lovely cat’s ‘owner’ (if cats can be said to have such things) is currently highest on the list… yes, I will certainly consider taking wa’mIn with me, if my search is unsuccessful (I can always keep looking even afterwards).

      As for the move itself: yes, I’ve known for a while that it was on the horizon. I’d send you an email to expound and expand, but I’m really pushed for time atm. Sorry for the lack of communication lately, and I hope that you too have, er, ‘been’ ;)

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