Merle has spent the last two weeks in the excellent feline resort spa known as my awesome neighbor Maria's 'cat-partment' -- an insulated air-conditioned structure built onto the back of her house, specifically for stray cat rescue purposes. Before that, he was starved and matted and skittish, suffering from an eye infection as well as a respiratory infection -- and intermittently fathering white fluffy kittens all over the neighborhood.
After two weeks on eye drops and antibiotics, yesterday he became an ex-tom-cat! He's healthy again and ready for a forever-home. Spending all this time under Maria's loving care, Merle has become very affectionate and friendly, and will make someone a great companion!
Merle looks like a Persian cat, with an adorable fat fluffy face and haughty air (yes, even by feline standards!). We had to have him extensively groomed, because he was in such a sorry matted state; they had to trim his coat down short, since he was such a mess -- except the groomer (for reasons unknown) left a hilarious little pom-pom poof at the tip of his tail... right now, he kinda looks like a bossy Dr. Seuss creature!
BUT: he's going to be a beautiful cat once his fur grows back, and he puts on another couple pounds to reach his ideal (vs. starved-stray) weight. He probably needs an indoor home, just because of his high-maintenance longhairiness... but he hasn't shown any behavior problems at all, and is completely lovey-dovey now that he's not scared of humans anymore.
If you have room in your heart and home for a feline friend, please contact me at email@example.com.
Also, Merle's veterinary care cost more than we'd hoped, due to his many issues... if you would like to help defray his medical bills, please notice we have a 'Donate' button now, on the Faunahope home page! Any and all help, in any amount, is appreciated more than you know.
At this stage of the Faunahope project, 100% of donations through this site will be used for direct animal care.
Thanks for all you do!
And adopt Merle. That is all. :-)