February 3, 2017

Meet Sylvester The Enforcer

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , at 6:14 pm by havenoftheheart

He was one of three day old kittens that the local shelter had called me about.

At first I said I could not take them but agreed to take a look anyway. Three tiny kittens, one smokey grey, one tabby/white and one much smaller, black and white, whose head just flopped motionless to one side. The shelter manager asked if I would consider just taking the two stronger ones as she did not think the tiny one would make it. Well… I took all three.

I fed them every half hour, stimulated them and nurtured them. The little black and white whom I named Sylvester was half the size of the others but he was the most demanding and ornery. He loved the bottle once he was strong enough to latch on and was the most vocal and reluctant to give it up. In fact the others were able to lick softened food within a month and were weaned off the bottle at seven weeks but little Sylvester demanded the bottle until he was almost 16 weeks of age. He was grumpy with strangers and bossy with other animals but was attached to me like an apron string.

Eventually all three were adopted out but sadly all three came back one by one for a variety of reasons. I placed them into the cat barn in the hopes of finding them another home. The two brothers, Nigel and Benjamin, adjusted well to the cat barn but Sylvester did not like being one of many. In fact he was much more comfortable amongst dogs whom he was able to keep in line. He would make a point of spending all night sitting by the gate in the outside enclosure wailing miserably until the wee hours of the morning until I’d venture out and bring him into the house where he wanted to stay in my bedroom. Unfortunately it was already occupied by other very old cats whom Sylvester proceeded to tyrannize. Consequently off to the cat barn he would be banished once again.

Patiently he waited, once the old house cats had crossed the Rainbow Bridge, Sylvester finally joined the house gang where he keeps all of the canine clan mustered and in respectful form. After more than a decade and a half, one of his brothers Nigel succumbed to kidney failure but Benjamin and the much smaller but feisty Sylvester still toddle on keeping us all entertained and on our toes.

Beware of Cat – Sylvester The Enforcer is on duty!

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