Gerrie and Loki have a large catio in which they like playing and relaxing while watching the world go by outside. A new cat came up to the catio one day to say hi. The cats’ parents assumed he was a neighbor’s cat and didn’t think much of it until he reappeared and a neighbor noted that he was a stray who had lived in the neighborhood for years.
They gave him the name Ziggy and began courting him as soon as they learned of it.
Ziggy began to visit twice a day for food, but was first terrified of being touched. His new pals wanted to make him feel comfortable whenever he came around, so they decided to construct him his own tiny house. They reasoned that if he remained aloof as the winter months came, he would have a warm place to stay, so they began feeding him in there to acclimate him.
Ziggy seemed to enjoy the house and was gradually warming up to the couple, but it was evident that he still had a long way to go.
Renee, the cats’ mother (who requested that her last name not be used) told The Dodo, “After a few weeks of feeding, I could finally touch him as he was eating.” “However, as soon as he finished his meal, he refused to be touched.”
The couple was still debating what to do about Ziggy — whether to keep feeding him outside until he was more comfortable or attempt to bring him inside — when they discovered him curled up in his small house, wounded and in need of assistance. They raced him to the vet, where he had the operation he required, and then drove him home.
“We kept him in a separate room for a few days after he had surgery,” Renee explained. “After a few days, we reintroduced him to Gerrie and Loki. We chose to keep Ziggy with us since they still got along.”
Ziggy had his own tiny outdoor house made by the couple so he could feel protected, but it was their home where he actually found protection and comfort in the form of a brand-new permanent family.
Ziggy is now entirely established in his new home and loving life, despite the fact that it took some time. He seemed to have concluded that his new parents weren’t that terrifying after all after they helped him recuperate and took such wonderful care of him. His new favorite pastimes include stretching out close to the window and resting near the warm dishwasher. He still enjoys spending time outside with his new siblings, but now he has to share the great, huge catio with Gerrie and Loki instead of having his own small abode.