We’ve been in this house for about 9 years. We adapted (took in) our cat, Gracie about 7 years ago. Maybe 5 or 6 years ago we first saw Moonface. He was always very shy and always ran away.
Then, 2 years ago, I caught him sneaking into the house to steal Gracie’s food. Not long after, we started leaving dry food out for him to eat – but he never did. We figured he wasn’t real serious. Then we realized that he wasn’t eating because his mouth hurt. He was in real bad shape – I don’t have a picture from then. He was still very shy – we felt we had made real progress when he would stand his ground and only hiss when we pet him while he was eating. After a few months he disappeared in the last big heat wave of 2015 – when it got back up near 110 – which it never does. We were sure he’d gone off somewhere and died.
So we were very surprised when he showed up at our back door a couple of weeks ago – looking bad, but not quite as bad as when he disappeared. So we’ve been feeding him and took him to the vet and got him an antibiotic shot and flea treatment. And for some reason he is no longer shy. We can pet him and he loves to be brushed. Just purrs and purrs. He actually crawled into Ellyn’s lap the other evening.
Gracie isn’t happy that he’s here. And Ellyn is way more allergic to him than to Gracie. So we’re not sure what’s going to happen. For now we’re feeding two cats.