Our Christmas Cat – An Open Letter

To the person who owned our Christmas Cat:

On Friday, I found your cat. He walked with a limp and looked, for lack of a better word, ragged. He was friendly and had a notched ear. I was sure he was a feral, but he seemed like he needed help. So I scooped him up and carried him into my home. I gave him food and water and a safe place to sleep. He is skin and bones and so full of love.

Feral KittyToday, I took him to the vet. They informed me he is likely at least 15 years old. He is obviously too thin, missing many teeth, nearly blind, and likely suffers from numerous age related diseases. It seems I took him in just in time for his final months. My humble apartment will be his retirement home.

I am not telling you this because I assume you’ve dumped him. In fact it’s quite the opposite; I believe you loved this boy. You see, when my vet scanned him for a microchip, they found one. But it was incorrectly registered to a dog on the other side of the country. The phone number associated with it was disconnected, and thus the owner unreachable.

bathtime for the new catI feel heartbroken for your cat. I’m sure he misses you, and for his sake I have to assume you miss him too. I just want you to know that even if I never find you, I will give your baby the same love you did way back when. I will make sure his bowl is always full of food and his bed stays warm and dry. Anytime he meows I will come running. He can’t see me, but I’m making sure that he feels the love you would give him if you could. I am sorry you’ve lost your baby, and that I haven’t been able to find you. Please don’t worry about him. He’s got a home for Christmas.

Family time with Christmas CatSincerely,
Your kitty’s loving caretaker

3 thoughts on “Our Christmas Cat – An Open Letter

  1. Kayla, your post brought tears to my eyes. It goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyway) what a wonderful thing you’ve done. Over the years my brother and I have rescued, placed or kept a number of cats. Our family right now consists of our dog Annie, our boy cats Orphee and Handsome and Belle a beautiful diluted calico we are in the process of taking in. I know you will take good care of that four-legged senior citizen. His bad times are behind him now because you opened your heart and your home to him. There should be more people like you…

    • Thank you so much! I was so thrilled to take him into my home, but I actually ended up finding his loving family! This surprised me for sure, but they were so happy to have him back. I’m glad I didn’t assume they were neglectful; they’re truly sweet people. 🙂

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