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SOS ! Martin the li'l grey cat

Frenchy
August 21st, 2007, 07:44 PM
Martin is in need of a foster home or permanent home asap. Here's a few words from his rescuer :

Martin was thrown out of some house a year an a half ago and discarded to the busy streets on Montreal on a cold January morning no less.

He found shelter under my balcony where he spent the winter months. He is so friendly that he waits in the bushes for us to come home and meows trying to follow us inside. Even when we walk the dog, we have to open the door carefully to make sure he isn't sitting on our doorstep because he's not afraid of approaching us while we're trying ot hold back a psycho doberman.

He recently fathered a couple of kittens which he defends against other strays and we would find him all scratched up every morning by our door.

We finally decided that this poor cat has done his time outdoors and took him to the vet in hopes of finding him a happy little family where he could spend the rest of his days.

After two week at the vet, he is FIV positive but the virus is inactive which means he is healthy and could remain just a carrier for the rest of his life without getting sick.

But this makes him very hard to adopt out. We can't put him back out in the street, because 1. he is a family cat and very obviously in need of human love; 2. Will be the sole cat defending a huge area; 3. He was an indoor cat and not a good hunter. 4. He is sleeping under cars on a busy street watching people come and go which is freaking me out!

Other than that he is perfectly healthy, perfectly friendly and about 2 or 3 years old. Perfect teeth. It's very hard to take a picture of him because everytime oy make eye contact with Martin, he starts to roll around and rubbing against the cage.

He needs a foster home. If not a permanent home. I have no where to place him. I don't want to put him back out in the streets but have no choice. I have no place to put him. I would have taken him in with my 3 cats since he is friendly and my cats are healthy and the chances of something going wrong are very slim to none but my doberman will attack him.

I've gotten 3 of the 4 kittens he's fathered fix/ vaccinated/ adopted. I stil have to catch the last one. (The mother, LOLA, is also at the vet fixed and vaccinated. )

I was gonna release them today but will board them until friday in desperate hope of finding him a good spot forever or for foster. ANYTHING....ANYTHING will do.


Pet's Name: Martin
Species: Cat
Gender: Male
Breed: domestic shorthair
Age: approximately 2 or 3 years old
Location: Montreal
Personality/Biography: Super friendly, people person, not afraid of dogs
Speutered: yes
Special Needs or Requirements: FIV positive
Reason for Being Adpoted out: has no human representative. Needs a family
Services included in Adoption Fee: He is fixed, vaccinated and currently being boarded at the vet since August 8.

Please pm me if you can help Martin in any way. :pray: Thanks.

mummummum
August 21st, 2007, 07:56 PM
You're a tricky one Frenchy. Martin is very handsome and looks like the perfect family cat ! :fingerscr

catsnatcher-CDN
August 21st, 2007, 09:29 PM
He could be driven to Toronto in a heartbeat, mummumm

Frenchy
August 21st, 2007, 09:30 PM
He could be driven to Toronto in a heartbeat, mummumm

Oh yes ! Transport can be arrange !

badger
August 22nd, 2007, 05:45 AM
Look at those cheeks. Someone take pity on this poor guy.

chico2
August 22nd, 2007, 07:15 AM
Frenchy,Catsnatcher,he looks wonderful,poor little guy..I don't know an awful lot about FIV,but I know they can live a long time without problems.
A friend of mine has 5 FIV-positive cats,all from HS,they are absolutely no problem and are all at a ripe old age,he would be perfect for this cat,however he now has severe healthproblems himself:cry:
What I read(don't quote me on this)is that FIV cannot be transmitted to humans and in rare cases can be transmitted to other cats,but only from a bite..and their immunsystem is vulnerable,probiotics would help.
:pray: for this kitty

catsnatcher-CDN
August 22nd, 2007, 07:30 AM
hey chico,

he would do FANTASTIC in any house. He found himself abandonned in the winter and stayed real close to the Homeless 5. Now that the homeless 5 are placed, he found the last feral in town to keep him company.

He's so friendly and according to the vet, the FIV is inactive.

I have no idea who would take this cat.

chico2
August 22nd, 2007, 07:38 AM
CS,yes I am sure he would,but Tom is now close to 80yrs old and can hardly walk+other healthproblems,he is an amazing catperson,but his wife is not able to take in more cats:sorry:

happycats
August 22nd, 2007, 08:55 AM
:pray: :fingerscr I hope this sweetie gets a great home soon!!
look at that SWEET face:cloud9:

NoahGrey
August 22nd, 2007, 11:03 AM
Please keep us updated on him. Would love to know if he has found a home.

ACO22

catsnatcher-CDN
August 22nd, 2007, 11:09 AM
well, the chances are very slim that he'll find a home. The vet is costing me 15$ a day to board him and he's already been there 2 weeks ( plus I have 3 other cats there being fixed and vaccinated). His options are a miracle in 2 days or back in the alley.

I can't keep him at the vet forever and have no place to put him.

NoahGrey
August 22nd, 2007, 11:15 AM
Have you tryed contacting your local HS. They might be able to point you to a rescue organization that deals with cats that have FIP. I know here, we have organizations that deal with FIP cats. But, I'm in Ontario. I am about 40 mins fron TO

ACO22

Frenchy
August 22nd, 2007, 11:18 AM
His options are a miracle in 2 days or back in the alley.



If we don't find a new owner before Friday , we will keep on searching :fingerscr I have a friend of mine who's spreading the word , I e-mailed everyone with the rescue I'm with. Keep hoping !!!

Frenchy
August 22nd, 2007, 11:19 AM
Have you tryed contacting your local HS. They might be able to point you to a rescue organization that deals with cats that have FIP. I know here, we have organizations that deal with FIP cats. But, I'm in Ontario. I am about 40 mins fron TO

ACO22

All the shelters and rescues are overload with cats , they will not take one more , and not with FIV. :sad:

happycats
August 22nd, 2007, 11:59 AM
:fingerscr come on, someones get to know someone...:pray:

NoahGrey
August 22nd, 2007, 12:41 PM
All the shelters and rescues are overload with cats , they will not take one more , and not with FIV. :sad:

Trust me, I know that. I was trying to get at, they might be able to point you in the right direction, in a agency that takes in cats that have FIP.

ACO22

catsnatcher-CDN
August 22nd, 2007, 12:43 PM
He's such a lap cat. Someone must know someone who could offer a perfect home.

kiara
August 22nd, 2007, 08:02 PM
Martin is a handsome boy. ( Many vets don't agree about keeping FIV cats alive, especially homeless ones! ) The fact that he has FIV and lives outside is so sad. Everytime cats fight, this disease gets spread through a bite. You could contact Animal Rescue Network in Montreal, they keep FIV cats and Leukemia cats in separate rooms and they live out thir lives there, indoor. I am not sure if I am allowed to mention this on an open forum? Better be alive than dead, but what about their quality of life? Not everyone would agree with this idea ????? I think we should concentrate on healthy cats, but even they don't get adopted quickly. There are just too many of them. Should we use up our resources for the sick ones????

Frenchy
August 22nd, 2007, 08:15 PM
Not everyone would agree with this idea ????? I think we should concentrate on healthy cats, but even they don't get adopted quickly. There are just too many of them. Should we use up our resources for the sick ones????

I know what you mean , same goes for dogs with behavioral issues in need of a new home. This is too sad. But sometimes you come across a not so perfect pet that "catches" your heart ... in this case , Martin with catsnatcher-CDN ...

happycats
August 23rd, 2007, 07:25 AM
Another bump for Martin! :) I just can't seem to get his sweet smoshie face out of my mind:lovestruck:

catsnatcher-CDN
August 23rd, 2007, 08:03 AM
Martin is a handsome boy. ( Many vets don't agree about keeping FIV cats alive, especially homeless ones! ) The fact that he has FIV and lives outside is so sad. Everytime cats fight, this disease gets spread through a bite. You could contact Animal Rescue Network in Montreal, they keep FIV cats and Leukemia cats in separate rooms and they live out thir lives there, indoor. I am not sure if I am allowed to mention this on an open forum? Better be alive than dead, but what about their quality of life? Not everyone would agree with this idea ????? I think we should concentrate on healthy cats, but even they don't get adopted quickly. There are just too many of them. Should we use up our resources for the sick ones????

Except that the FIV is inactive and he is not sick. Which means, it could remain inactive for the rest of his life and he could never become sick. So, how could I put him to sleep because of the possibility that he may one day become sick.

Animal Rescue Network has over 300 cats.... Not only won't they take one more, but I couldn't IMAGINE EVER putting a cat in such a stressful situation where he would have to live with 300 cats. That's not an acceptable environment for any cat.

chico2
August 23rd, 2007, 08:06 AM
I honestly do not think FIV cats are suffering,not that I know much about it:confused:
Our friend Tom volonteered for 15 yrs at the Oakville HS in "his" cat-adoption room,only stopped because HS decided to put down all "his" cats due to some desease(don't remember what it was)he always adopted impossible to place cats.
I believe Martin should have a chance,just like any other homeless abandonned cat,I wish I had a solution..

chico2
August 23rd, 2007, 08:10 AM
C-S,I sooo agree with you,but it's easy to agree,much more difficult to find help:cry:

catsnatcher-CDN
August 23rd, 2007, 08:17 AM
An FIV cat is not a hopeless cat. Especially if the FIV is inactive and he is just a carrier like Martin.

An FIV cat can live like a regular cat in a home with or without other cats for the rest of their lives.

After having spoken to my vet and another rescue that I deal with regularly, it was decided that Martin is adoptable.

I wish I didn't have to re-release him outdoors but it's not easy finding a home for any cat.

I'm here trying to get him adopted and NOT start an ethical debate. It's hard enough finding him a home, let's use another thread for this debate.

He's still at the vet, still purring up a storm, still waiting for a home.

happycats
August 23rd, 2007, 06:21 PM
Bump for Martin!:pray:

catsnatcher-CDN
August 23rd, 2007, 08:15 PM
I just came from the vet and saw Martin. Everytime I made eye contact with him, he started to meow.

He's sooo loving. He's got the whole vet office charmed. He needs to live with someone who wants a lap cat.

Everyone is looking. Noone has a lead. :sad:

Rottielover
August 23rd, 2007, 08:34 PM
I really do wish I could help, tigger does not like other cats, which the fighting irritates harley...which can cause issues. If I could I would foster him, I love lap cats.
Darn tigger

Frenchy
August 23rd, 2007, 08:39 PM
A friend of mine has been working real hard , calling everyone she knows. She's trying to find an older/retired couple/person who would need the company :fingerscr I've e-mailed everyone I know ... nothing yet. :sad:

Winston
August 23rd, 2007, 10:57 PM
Does anyone know of a vet's office that would like to have an additon to the office? My vet had birthday signs up and balloons the other day for their resident cat Toby! he was 19...he is healthy but has gone a little strange as he gets older!! Just a thought?

Cindy

:thumbs up

canine14
August 24th, 2007, 09:33 AM
Any news? Today's Friday. You are trying so hard and this cat was blessed to have found you. I am rooting for Martin.

catsnatcher-CDN
August 24th, 2007, 09:45 AM
Well, today is friday and last night I told the vet that I would come and get Martin (and one other) for re-releasing.

They were very sad at the vet.

But lucky for Martin, it's pouring rain today in Montreal. How can I release him in the pouring rain?

Even mother nature is on his side! I don't know, I'll give him today waiting for the rain to stop and some miracle.

cpietra16
August 24th, 2007, 10:30 AM
Poor Marin, I wish I could help. :yell:

catsnatcher-CDN
August 24th, 2007, 12:31 PM
I know. He has to come out of the vet's office over the next few days. My bill there is insanely in the thousands!

chico2
August 24th, 2007, 03:34 PM
Aww C-S,how sad,I've also asked around,but everybody is full up with cats.
Talked to Tom's wife(5 FIV cats)and he's not doing well at all,so no more cats..
I too :pray: for a miracle-person to show up:pray:
You moved from one place with a lot of strays to another with a lot of strays:confused:

catsnatcher-CDN
August 24th, 2007, 03:54 PM
Thanks chico2, Iwould've brought him there in a second!

I'm at the same place. He was the last one left. He got a female stray pregnant. She had 4 babies. I fixed them all. Only one kitten left to find a home for.

After that, it's him and his lover.

@!@$& With the money it took to save them, I could'a just gone to the carribean for the summer. :mad:

I have to pick him up and put him back. I have no one.

chico2
August 24th, 2007, 04:03 PM
Looking at my 3 sleeping so contently,the way ALL cats should live,just makes me so sad for the thousands of cats with noone:cry:
Martin is still a lucky boy,someone cared for him,as I know you definetly do...:cat:+all the other cats you've rescued:cat:

NoahGrey
August 25th, 2007, 03:28 PM
Can I suggest calling cat rescues groups that might take in FIV cats? I know some do. On Monday, when I am at work, I can ask one of our cat rescue groups. SHe knows of a organization that takes in cats that have FIV.

Also have you checked on the internet? I am sure there are lots of agencys that take in special needs cats that have FIV..just be sure to do your research on them..before going ahead.

ACO22

catsnatcher-CDN
August 25th, 2007, 04:28 PM
Thank you AC022....

I'm not too keen on giving a cat to a rescue for 2 reasons:

1. they are overloaded. I don't want to put Martin in a room with 10 or more cats. Situations like that are not always a better solution.

2. I don't want to pass on the responisibility to someone else.

Thank you AC022 for your help. You never know someone at the rescue may know someone....

Frenchy
August 27th, 2007, 09:30 PM
I am so sorry, I didn't hear from anyone .... I will keep asking , there must be someone , somewhere .... :pray:

ellendar
August 27th, 2007, 11:20 PM
Like a warm dog house type shelter lined with carpeting and maybe big enough to put inside a warm sofa cushion from some discarded sofa and make the entry hole large enough so he can easily get in it but small enough so that once inside he can easily defend his "turf" it might be ideal to find him a family home but if that isn't possible then at least give him comfort and safety where he is at so that he has freedom and by all means keep him friendly so that he can be given his annual immunizations, unfortunately there are not enough homes for all feral or abandoned cats so if you can at least make him cozy that will matter a great deal, once I made a cardboard cat house similar to a box cave type and put an old sofa cushion in it and set it on my porch and went in to get food for the ferals that eat on my porch and i wasn't gone three minutes and I looked inside in winter and a cat had jumped in and gave birth in that short time. When you can't do all you want to do on behalf of the feral or abandoned cat population at least do what you can do, our open garage is the home to many feral cats and abandoned ones and I maintain a recycling bin on my front porch filled with high quality Nutridiet cat food and containers of fresh water as well I give the going sour milk to the Mom feral cats and often while weaning kittens the feral moms bring their kittens to the bin to teach them where to try for food and often I can capture these kittens and tame them. Once a female feral cat in labor came to me she appreciated my kindness her kittens had died inside her and she was unable to finish birthing them she was in pain I took her in a crate to the vet and he said the deceased kittens inside her were decomposing and toxic to the Mom he euthenized her but at least before she died she had that shot that gave comfort and she had turned to me the only one she trusted when her pain was unbearable she knew I supplied them their food. I cried for her, she might have been feral but her spirit was still very beautiful:sorry: :sorry:

ellendar
August 27th, 2007, 11:40 PM
:pawprint: god brought this cat into your life for a purpose, releasing him is not so bad if you do as I suggest and build him his own shelter where he can live near you and on the fringes of your life, you are already his friend, I have a number of feral cat shelters at my house cupboards on the porch and many in my open carports with shelter and food and an occasional petting he will be just fine he just needs to know where hisa next petting is coming from so get together some bartgain 2x4's and some carpet scraps and get someone to fix him his shelter make it big enough so you can set a food dish in there that is just for him, I have feral kittens that live in my house in a crate occasionally and occasionally they have the run of the house eventually they will be neutered and either released or adopted I make shelters for feral and abandoned cats and they really love their houses cats have an independent nature anyhow just as long as he has shelter and food and love it is all he wants, trust me on this:pawprint:

ellendar
August 27th, 2007, 11:52 PM
In my community and at my house ten feral cat shelters at my house and in my garage, they do no harm and occasoinally get trapped and altered.
Once he has his good warm carpeted shelter there is no reason that they must live en he will be fine,in his own condominium.
utter misery just because a cat lives outdoors does not mean th at he must live in utter misery and be uncomfortable or unsheltered, I think spay neuter and release is the best plan for feral and abandoned but I go a step further and provide them their little comfortable houses and shelters like cabinets and cupboards and my recycling bin filled with dry nutiplan cat food and lots of fresh water and I mix canned cat food with carrots, brewers yeast, olive oil ( it helps with furballs and constipation and you know what those feral and abandoned cats that live around my place look very healthy and when I can trap one they get altered We cannot do everything for these creatures but there are things we can do I even give them toys to play with imagine that I have feral cats on my porch chasing little ping pong balls and they are happy even 'though they come from a feral lineage

ellendar
August 27th, 2007, 11:57 PM
he needs a little break

catsnatcher-CDN
August 28th, 2007, 08:01 AM
there is a sturdy shelter under my balcony already. But trust me, the winters in Quebec are very brutal and not the same as the winters in Idaho.

I would re-release him without a second thought but Martin is a house cat who literally stalks us to come inside.


But I have no choice anymore. He's been living it up at the vet since august 8!
(20 x 16$ /day boarding x 3) + tax = Martin is being re-released.

The 4 kittens he fathered have been adopted (of course). The last one is being operated today and transported to her new home on Friday.

The Mom cat has been fixed. She is also tame and adoptable and beautiful and about 4. If there is anyone who can integrate her into their home, let me know.

I have pics, I just didn't want to take the spotlight away from Martin.

Thanks Everyone. Please don't forget about Martin. Keep asking around (as will I). Winter is approaching and he's still homeless.

cpietra16
August 28th, 2007, 09:48 AM
Catsnatcher I'm waiting for a call from a lady I know...I can't promise but I'll do my best. Can you hang on a few more days?

catsnatcher-CDN
August 28th, 2007, 10:18 AM
YES!

I have to pick up the kitten on friday. I can keep him there until then.

I also have Tiger's sister who is adoptable and friendly. But I don't want to push my luck.

So :fingerscr for Martin!

I'll deal with her next.

Frenchy
August 28th, 2007, 11:25 AM
Catsnatcher I'm waiting for a call from a lady I know...I can't promise but I'll do my best.

:pray: :fingerscr

happycats
August 28th, 2007, 11:37 AM
Ditto..........:fingerscr :pray:

catsnatcher-CDN
August 28th, 2007, 08:02 PM
OMG! I keep checking here every hour!!!
:fingerscr :fingerscr :fingerscr

rainbow
August 29th, 2007, 02:41 AM
:pray: :fingerscr :goodvibes:

cpietra16
August 29th, 2007, 06:57 AM
Catsnatcher, the lady could not come through. Her old cat is very close to the rainbow bridge and she does not want to stress her at this time with a new cat. I am waiting to hear back from lady number 2. She will be calling me today. I don't want to give you too much hope. If I had a bigger house I would take him in myself. Can I help with his stay at the vet. I may be able to pay at least for a few more days. Let me know

happycats
August 29th, 2007, 08:09 AM
Can I help with his stay at the vet. I may be able to pay at least for a few more days. Let me know


What an :angel: you are!!! And what a great idea, maybe with some financial help we could help keep Martin safe for a while longer.

catsnatcher-CDN
August 29th, 2007, 10:05 AM
Thanks everyone,
I'm gonna have to think about what to do.

:sad:

I'll keep you posted.

cpietra16
August 29th, 2007, 03:08 PM
Catsnatcher , Just got some positive feedback. I will know soon. My friend's mother in law is looking for a cat, but she doesn't know what she's looking for. I will call you later or you can reach me for details. Don't give up girl. If you can place 5 ferels, you can place Martin....where is the catsnatcher I know...goldielocks thinks you are cool and cool people don't give up that soon..have faith...:)

catsnatcher-CDN
August 29th, 2007, 03:24 PM
I'm so crushed! I brought a friend to see him, he agreed to take Martin right away but needed to ask his landlord (who has 2 dogs, so of course he'd say yes) AND THE LANDLORD SAID NO! I tried everything! Every argument I could come up with.

F***K!!!!!!!!!!

Cpietra,

I saw them today. I'll leave them until Tuesday morning. They are getting too restless in the cage.
Please, you have my number. Call me...whatever time.....

chico2
August 29th, 2007, 03:42 PM
Kudos to the wonderful people at Pets.ca putting their heads together trying to help Martin,CPietra you are a true :angel: as are you Catsnatcher..
:pray: This lady will work out:pray:

catsnatcher-CDN
August 29th, 2007, 04:34 PM
You had to see how he was meowing and reaching for me to come out of the cage today. And to have finally found someone I trust willing to take him and then lose him, all in one afternoon.

Je suis si désespérée....:sad:

Frenchy
August 29th, 2007, 08:26 PM
Je suis si désespérée....:sad:

:grouphug:

canine14
August 31st, 2007, 08:50 PM
Any updates? I really think about this little guy often.

catsnatcher-CDN
September 1st, 2007, 08:23 AM
nothing.

I'm going to pick him up on Tuesday morning.
I had found an adopter for the 10 week old female kitten but her husband now changed his mind.

So if anyone knows anyone who wants a kitten.... (mostly white with grey patches; friendly, female, fixed, vaccinated)

rainbow
September 1st, 2007, 06:33 PM
:sad: :grouphug: :pray: :fingerscr :goodvibes:

NoahGrey
September 2nd, 2007, 09:58 AM
ooooo...I hope Martin finds his forever home..Keeping fingers crossed here!

ACO22

catsnatcher-CDN
September 3rd, 2007, 09:06 AM
:sad: I haven't found any alternatives but to release Martin, his lover and the kitten tuesday afternoon.

Thanks for your help everyone :sad: :sad:

canine14
September 3rd, 2007, 09:42 AM
Check your PM.

hazelrunpack
September 3rd, 2007, 07:41 PM
:fingerscr So was there good news in the PM?? :fingerscr

catsnatcher-CDN
September 3rd, 2007, 07:53 PM
well, shelter from the cold for the kitty but not the most ideal for a kitten.

But the kitten is too friendly and too young and healthy to be spared the chance of living with a family.

canine14
September 3rd, 2007, 08:05 PM
It was just an offer because I couldn't bear the thought that the kitten would be released out onto the street. If you are going to keep her and find her a home then that is infinitely better. Best of luck with all the kitties. Keep us posted.

chico2
September 4th, 2007, 07:22 AM
C-S,I really don't know what to say,I am saddened and feel a bit guilty about not beeing able to help these kitties,the same way I feel going in to our HS with donations.
I feel like tearing open all the cages take all the unhappy cats home,but that's just not possible:sad:
I hope after all your efforts with spay/neuter etc,just like last year with the 5 kitties,there will somehow be a solution:pray:

NoahGrey
September 4th, 2007, 10:47 AM
I hope hope you don't put him back outside. There has to be another soluation. It will be getting colder outside soon. That and also him having food, water and shelter everyday for as long as he has been at the Vets, to then throw him back into the streets, to fend for himself. He will most definatly lose his trust in humans...again.

I hope you don't do that.

ACO22

catsnatcher-CDN
September 4th, 2007, 10:52 AM
ACO22,

Sorry, did I miss something? What solution was there?

Frenchy
September 4th, 2007, 11:14 AM
ACO22 , catsnatcher-CDN is an extremely devoted volunteer to the homeless cat situation. She is looking for a family/foster for this cat because there is nothing else to do. There is NO other options.

NoahGrey
September 4th, 2007, 11:57 AM
Thank you AC022....

I'm not too keen on giving a cat to a rescue for 2 reasons:

1. they are overloaded. I don't want to put Martin in a room with 10 or more cats. Situations like that are not always a better solution.

2. I don't want to pass on the responisibility to someone else.

Thank you AC022 for your help. You never know someone at the rescue may know someone....

First just let me start off by saying, I didn't mean to offend, if I did. I can see that you have improved his life in a short while.

I would not give up on rescues groups though. Here we have alot of rescue groups that foster cats in their homes. Some have a couple cats, while others only foster one..Expecially if it is a special needs cat, like Martin.

I would give it a second thought, if you have not already. I just can't think of putting him back outside, after all you have done to him.

ACO22

canine14
September 4th, 2007, 12:06 PM
What about Martin's lover? Are you trying to find her a home as well? Do you have more info on her? Is she FIV+ too? Maybe we can spread the word about her too and at least help her.

catsnatcher-CDN
September 4th, 2007, 12:34 PM
AC022,

I'm not offended. I am absolutely looking for a foster for Martin as well. Nothing has come up over the last month that he's been at the vet. No foster, no adopter. Nothing.

Unless it is a home where all the cats have their own personal space, I do not believe that putting him in a room (a rescue specifically) with over 10 cats is a better situation. Cats cannot share confined spaces with several other cats.

Also, Martin was a housecat who's not afraid of humans and would fare better in an environment where he doesn't have to compete for attention.

Canine14,

Martin's lover (Lola) and the kitten will have their own bios by tonight/tomorrow. All my efforts were concentrated on Martin's adoption. But Lola is freakin gorgeous, long hair black and white. I thought she was absolutely feral but within a few hours at the vet, she was purring up a storm!

I'll be asking Frenchy to post her bio and the kittens bio this evening.

rainbow
September 4th, 2007, 12:48 PM
Lola is very pretty. :lovestruck: I sure hope someone can help all three kitties soon. :pray: :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes:

catsnatcher-CDN
September 4th, 2007, 01:08 PM
I may have just bought Martin and Lola 2 weeks in someone's garage. I'll know by 5:00 pm.

( no place for the kitten as of yet. I'm hoping for a miracle on my way to the vet this afternoon)

rainbow
September 4th, 2007, 01:16 PM
GOOD LUCK !!!! :pray: :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes:

NoahGrey
September 4th, 2007, 02:14 PM
I may have just bought Martin and Lola 2 weeks in someone's garage. I'll know by 5:00 pm.

( no place for the kitten as of yet. I'm hoping for a miracle on my way to the vet this afternoon)

Good Luck, I am sure everything will turn into a happy ending.

ACO22

catsnatcher-CDN
September 4th, 2007, 05:11 PM
I left the kitten at the vets.

Lola and Martin are in the temporary garage for the next 2 weeks. They seem ecstatic though they don't get along.

canine14
September 4th, 2007, 06:50 PM
Cats cannot share confined spaces with several other cats.

I disagree. Mine are all in one area and are happy as clams. They have hiding places to go into when feeling stressed out but most choose to stay out in the open. They love to stalk each other, share each others' toys and pounce on one other. Occasionally one or two are not the best of friends but they just ignore each other. They all sure know how to agree on one thing though: my lap! It may also help that all are spayed/neutered. Please do not blanket judge multicat situations as even every home needs to be assessed on a one-to-one basis.

I am glad the cats are in the garage and warm and fed. I am sure the kitten will be scooped up immediately. Lola will find someone; she is so beautiful. Why don't you reconsider a rescue for Martin as ACO22 posted?

catsnatcher-CDN
September 4th, 2007, 07:46 PM
Well, we'll have to agree to disagree. However, I do agree that it depends on the environment and whether they do have the space to hide or call their own. Unfortunately, rescues don't always have that kind of space to allocate each cat.

1. No rescues in Montreal have space for one more cat
2. I don't want to pass on the responsibility of getting him adopted onto someone else (especially someone who has a house full cats trying to get adopted).

catsnatcher-CDN
September 5th, 2007, 05:44 PM
I've got videos of Martin and Lola in the garage!

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BEFCFEEA01C39C2F

There are 5 videos. So please, someone, anyone ...FALL IN LOVE!


ps. I'm not 37. Not that there's anything wrong with that ;)

catsnatcher-CDN
September 5th, 2007, 05:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BEFCFEEA01C39C2F

chico2
September 6th, 2007, 06:54 AM
C-S,The videos are really dark,but I can still see those kissable sweet noses,maybe it's possible to brighten them up a little,by someone more PC savvy than me?

NoahGrey
September 6th, 2007, 07:58 AM
Maybe the person who is sharing his garage with them, will either take them or talk to people who might want to adopt them. Keeping fingers crossed.

ACO22

catsnatcher-CDN
September 6th, 2007, 08:23 AM
Maybe the person who is sharing his garage with them, will either take them or talk to people who might want to adopt them. Keeping fingers crossed.

ACO22

I don't think so. I'm really pushing my luck with the garage. They don't like cats at all.

NoahGrey
September 16th, 2007, 01:08 PM
Any updates?? I have been thinking about them.

ACO22

rainbow
September 16th, 2007, 01:12 PM
I've been thinking about them too....their 2 weeks is almost up. :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes:

Frenchy
September 16th, 2007, 08:43 PM
I don't have any updates , but I'll ask catsnatcher-CDN if she has good news for us. :fingerscr

catsnatcher-CDN
September 17th, 2007, 06:23 PM
Martin is still in the garage.

catsnatcher-CDN
September 21st, 2007, 09:32 AM
Now that Martin is alone in the garage, I thought i'd give him a break and let him visit for the day.
(my pets are locked up in the bedroom)

rainbow
September 21st, 2007, 06:55 PM
Martin is one handsome boy. :lovestruck: Have you talked the garage owners into keeping him yet? :pray: :fingerscr :goodvibes:

growler~GateKeeper
September 22nd, 2007, 12:46 AM
aww so handsome :lovestruck:

Look @ those feet - he's a polydactyl :cloud9:

Someone needs to adopt this sweet boy, step up east coasters :D

catsnatcher-CDN
September 22nd, 2007, 07:36 AM
The garage people don't mind keeping him as long as he lives in the garage. That means outside in the day, in the garage at night.

But Martin is very attached to humans and needs either another cat or a doting human with him. I can't see him adjusting to a life without a human.

I've also noticed that Martin won't eat when he is alone but only in the company of another cat or human. Very cute and strange.

NoahGrey
September 22nd, 2007, 08:30 AM
The garage people don't mind keeping him as long as he lives in the garage. That means outside in the day, in the garage at night.

But Martin is very attached to humans and needs either another cat or a doting human with him. I can't see him adjusting to a life without a human.

I've also noticed that Martin won't eat when he is alone but only in the company of another cat or human. Very cute and strange.

Hello,

I can get in contact with one of our rescues groups that knows someone who takes in Cats like Martin. I am in work on Monday. It might take a couple of days for her to get back to me. Only problem is I live in Ontario..about 45 mins from Toronto. I see you live in Montreal. I don't know were exactly the lady lives who takes in cats like Martin. But I can find out on Monday. What do you think?

ACO22

catsnatcher-CDN
September 22nd, 2007, 10:36 AM
Well, when I brought Martin over for a visit, I realized that Martin is very much a lapcat. He followed me everywhere and just kept trying to climb into my arms (even with warmed roasted chicken a few feet away).

A few years ago, something quite disastrous happen to a beautiful cat named Louise after I placed her in a place where I KNEW she wouldn't do well. And I placed her there for the sake of placing her somewhere ignoring my instinct.

It has become quite clear to me that this casanova cat claims his humans as his own. Being a very clingy cat, I dont think he`ll fair well with too much competition.

I am grateful for the opportunity of placing Martin in her home ( i'm glad the option is there). But Martin's best case scenario is a home with a family ( with at most one female submissive non-territorial cat).

The garage people are now letting him roam the house for a few hours a day. But they have to lock up their NASTY, NASTY, NASTY shihtzu who has so far taken a bite out of everyone I know.

So I`m gonna hold off as long as I can for that perfect match.

Thanks AOCC

rainbow
September 22nd, 2007, 12:26 PM
He sounds like such a great cat. :lovestruck: There has to be someone out there that can give him the forever home he deserves. :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

chico2
September 22nd, 2007, 02:01 PM
C-S,I remember sad Louise,I suppose she was never found:sad:
Do you ever here anything about the other two?
I know CPietra has Charlie and Tigger and they are fine..

catsnatcher-CDN
September 22nd, 2007, 02:47 PM
Chico

No, i think about them often but I won't call to check up on them since I can't really impose my ideals on them and tell them what to do.

They were nice enough to give them shelter, I'm assuming they are nice enough to watch for their well being.

chico2
September 22nd, 2007, 03:51 PM
C-S,I understand how you feel,hopefully they are doing ok:pray:
As for Martin,I wish he did not have to live alone in a garage,he needs cuddles and love.
I was hoping these people would warm up to him,but if they have a not so nice little dog,I suppose that will not happen:sad:
I am not bitching,after all I cannot offer any help,I just wish there is someone out there,who would love this little guy:cat:

ellendar
September 26th, 2007, 12:50 AM
I would not mind having this cat to live among my ferals in my garage or porch or basement but I am having surgery soon and I cannot come to get him myself

TeriM
September 29th, 2007, 02:19 AM
Still hoping for a home for Martin :fingerscr.

catsnatcher-CDN
September 29th, 2007, 08:15 AM
Top 10 reasons why Martin is a cat with character:

10. When we open a bag of cat food. He dives into the bag. DIVES IN, people! (I'm gonna get this on video)

9. When Martin wants to be picked up he spreads his arms apart like a 4 year old. ( I swear)

8. When he is in your arms, Martin doesn't just sit in your arms, he plays dead. ( he doesnt use one muscle to hold himself up)

7. Martin never sits, he sprawls

6. When Martin first met my cats, he strolled passed them like he possessed the power of invisibility.

5. Martin refuses to eat unless he has company.

4. Martin never eats a full meal without taking multiples beaks.
a.He'll eat a few bites.
b.Jump in your lap purring and kissing your face
c. Repeats steps a and b.

3. Martin prefers dog food to cat food, comes when you call him, meows back when you talk to him, sits on command, plays dead...WTF!!

2. Martin thinks every lap belongs to him and behaves as though every man, woman and child is "THE CHOSEN ONE".

1. Martin doesn't realize he's homeless

NoahGrey
September 29th, 2007, 09:05 AM
I still have hope!

ACO22

rainbow
September 30th, 2007, 02:44 AM
If I lived back there I would take Martin in a heartbeat. :lovestruck: He is definitely going to make someone a very lucky owner. :cloud9:

CyberKitten
September 30th, 2007, 03:16 AM
Re: When Martin wants to be picked up he spreads his arms apart like a 4 year old.

My YY does that - ohhh, Martins so needs a home. Wish I was closer!!!!

chico2
September 30th, 2007, 07:18 AM
C-S,that's a description of my Rocky,except the homeless part:sad:
Where is the kitty:angel:who's life would be enlightened by pretty Martin:shrug:

Frenchy
September 30th, 2007, 08:29 AM
He sound like such a good cat , I will keep talking about him , keep hoping we can find him a forever home. :pray:

rainbow
October 9th, 2007, 03:08 AM
Did Martin find a home yet? :pray: :fingerscr :goodvibes:

rainbow
November 2nd, 2007, 03:08 AM
Did Martin find a forever home? :fingerscr :goodvibes:

Frenchy
November 2nd, 2007, 11:52 AM
Did Martin find a forever home? :fingerscr :goodvibes:

I don't know :sad:

rainbow
November 4th, 2007, 12:46 AM
:pray: :pray: :fingerscr :fingerscr :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

NoahGrey
November 4th, 2007, 11:14 AM
I am keeping my fingers crossed too.

ACO22

catsnatcher-CDN
November 7th, 2007, 03:55 PM
Martin is still available for adoption. :sad:

He is great with other cats. He's very submissive, very friendly but doesn't belong in a home with dogs.

kiara
November 16th, 2007, 11:31 AM
Any news yet? I know it is already two months ago that you tried to get him a home. A thought came to mind that you could try your local old age homes. Good luck.

CyberKitten
November 16th, 2007, 10:15 PM
Awwwwww, I've been wondering about Martin. (also wonder if the kittens found good homes - the ones mentioned in the 1st post).

What about a home that already has an FIV positive kitty. There is a wonderful blog by a British family (the cat writes the blog - kind of like YY's blog that is just soooooooooo outdated, lol) and this cat writes every week and is going quite well - spends time at the vet but is living a fine life.

He writes extremely well -can be quite humorous at times. Here is the ul- - it's best to begin at the first entry and work your way to the present, otherwise, some of the stuff may not make sense.

www.siliconhell.com/madcat/diaryindex.htm

Note: For some unknown reason I do not have time fix just ye, my copy and paste routine is not working on this computer - will ave to figure it out at some point tho, sigh!! It's a nucience! So, if the url doe snot work, it's my notoriously bad typing - type in diary of a mad cat in google and he should come up - tho pick the one with a black cat named JACK.

catsnatcher-CDN
November 17th, 2007, 08:13 AM
So ya want the good news or the bad?

:sad: The bad news:

Martin is no longer up for adoption.

Since Martin has left the vet's office, he's gotten an ear infection, an eye infection and his gums are getting redder... and something weird is now happening in his stomach. His FIV may be starting to act up. And so he's in no condition to be adopted out and I'm not quite sure how much worst or better he will get.

:) The good news:

Martin is no longer up for adoption.

He's gonna live out the rest of his days here with us. The only unfortunate thing is my dog just won't accepting him. Martin tries to avoid him as much as possible but my dog is always ready to chase him away. But my cats have stopped hissing and have accepted him and they play together all day. Martin likes to hide in my tub and jump on top of a passing unsuspecting cat. He cuddles on a warm king size bed and gets lots of lovin' from the humans.

I see now that he's a very submissive cat with many battle scars, which is probably why he caught FIV when he was discarded to the streets.

But until his body finally betrays him, his submissive nature has ensured him a permanent family with a warm and safe home, the company of playful cats and human representatives to speak for him.

PS> CK: All of Martin's offsprings (and his li'l Lolita) have all been adopted.

Rottielover
November 17th, 2007, 08:20 AM
way to go Martin. He is looking amazing. Looks really happy, and reassured that he has a forever home.:cloud9:

chico2
November 17th, 2007, 08:47 AM
I am sorry to hear he's sick,hopefully something unrelated to his FIV and it can be cured:pray:
I know you usually cannot keep the many kitties you rescue in your home,but I am soooo happy for Martin,he's in the best home possible as long as doggie leaves him alone:dog:
Martin you are one beautiful boy and FIV aside,a very lucky boy:thumbs up

Frenchy
November 17th, 2007, 10:31 AM
You're an :angel: for taking him in ! Let's hope he'll be healthy long enough to enjoy the comfort of a real home with people who love him. :fingerscr

catsnatcher-CDN
November 17th, 2007, 12:32 PM
ya, I have a feeling the stress of living with my dog is the reason that his FIV is acting up... but, there are no other alternatives.

Winston
November 17th, 2007, 05:15 PM
You are an angel! and anything is better than a garage!! He may not like the dog...but cats are pretty tough and I suspect Martin is..so I think things will settle down...:thumbs up

Cindy

hazelrunpack
November 17th, 2007, 07:16 PM
He is so handsome :cat: ...and so lucky, catsnatcher! You're an :angel:.

:fingerscr that the dog finally decides he's not as interesting as he seems right now. :D

rainbow
November 29th, 2007, 03:13 AM
Thanks so much for giving Martin a forever home. :angel:

How is the situation between him and your dog now? :fingerscr :goodvibes:

growler~GateKeeper
November 29th, 2007, 10:34 PM
I :headslap: somehow missed the great news that you've taken in Martin :grouphug: :thumbs up that's awesome

How is Martin feeling now? symptoms any better? :goodvibes: :fingerscr

How is he & the dog doing together now? :goodvibes: :fingerscr

Love4himies
November 30th, 2007, 10:14 AM
I missed it too, Catsnatcher, you are an :angel2: for allowing this kitty to live out his days in a loving home.

Hope he is doing better.

NoahGrey
November 30th, 2007, 12:22 PM
This is such great news. I am so happy to read that you are keeping Martin.

ACO22

catsnatcher-CDN
December 4th, 2007, 07:49 PM
Well, things are not better between my dog and Martin. My dog just wants to smell him but Martin is terrified and hisses and scratches and hides from him.

It's unfortunate. I was hoping to give him the chance of having a stress free life but it doesn't look like that will happen.

He has an eye infection that comes and goes. But his health is better overall.

I also catch him playing with my other cat. And he does sleeps on a plush king size bed nestled between two humans.

Frenchy
December 4th, 2007, 07:56 PM
I also catch him playing with my other cat. And he does sleeps on a plush king size bed nestled between two humans.

......AND he gets food AND he's not freezing outside AND he gets some human loving !!! So other than the encounters with your dog , I'd say he's in heaven because of you !!! :thumbs up :grouphug:

rainbow
December 5th, 2007, 01:17 AM
Does your other cat get along with your dog? If so, then maybe after Martin sees them interacting he will come around. :shrug: :fingerscr :goodvibes:

chico2
December 5th, 2007, 07:07 AM
Catsnatcher,like Frenchy says,in spite of your pup,Martin must think he's in heaven:cloud9:
If your dog is not aggressive towards him in any way,Martin will realize he is no threat,:pray:
This summer,my cats accidentally got out while Bailey(Cocker) was here and Rocky attacked her,the other 2 ran in to hiding,I don't think I could ever introduce a dog to them..
But as long as Martin is only showing his displeasure with hissing,I am sure he will eventually be ok with the dog.
Your poor dog must wonder what he did wrong:dog:
Still,I am soooooo happy for Martin:thumbs up

TeriM
December 6th, 2007, 12:50 AM
Martin is looking like he is in heaven :cloud9:. When we adopted Desi she was absolutely terrified of Lucy and would hardly move off the back of our couch where she laid as flat as possible. We really thought that we would need to take her back but they worked things out after a few months. I just kept placing Desi across the room from Lucy and that forced her to walk slowly (would take her about 10 min cause she was trying to be invisible) to her safe perch. Eventually she figured out that Lucy wasn't gonna hurt her. She is still much more cautious with the dogs then Fred is but now even if they chase her she doesn't really stress.

catsnatcher-CDN
December 6th, 2007, 08:02 AM
My dog gets along with the other cats. But he plays rough with them. They love it because they trust him. He chases them, pins them down, licks them from top to bottom.

My dog just wants to play with Martin but he's gotten swiped twice so far.

SARAH
December 6th, 2007, 08:58 AM
Poor Lucky Martin :)

It sounds like some dog scared the :censored: out of him when he was on the streets and even though he sees the dog and cats playing he's still weary. He may come around, or not. But at least he's not jumping the dog all 120 claws at the ready!

I was away from the forum for too long, but I read the entire thread and kept my fingers crossed till the end! Who needs soap operas when we have pets.ca!? :lovestruck:

You're an :angel2: for keeping him!