What happens to lost cats? The Crazy Cat Lady Speaks Out

Today marks a sad anniversary for me in two ways. One is my Grandma Starkenburg’s birthday. While she may have passed away many years ago, many memories remain. All good ones.

It is also the one year anniversary of losing our cat, Catzilla to cancer.

Catzilla was a “found” cat. Dumped at our farmhouse, she hardly ever left the house or the front steps after we invited her in, and preferred to sleep in my computer chair. She earned her name, but we’ll never know what abuse she suffered before she found us. She loved snuggling in bed, but did so rarely. She ate until she was round as a Butterball turkey and when she ran playing her cat games through the house, it sounded like a Clydesdale loping through. We miss you Catzilla!

Here’s the story of the ones we’ve “found”.

Sylvester was found in the Wal Mart parking lot. He’s doing fine. 20+lbs, but lost an eye when some other nasty human gave him a kick to the head. Purrs louder than a freight train, loves nap time, sleeps with a paw on my shoulder.

Marmalade was found in the kitten shelter near here. This girl rules the roost, loves to take a nap with her mom and loves to go for rides in a wheelbarrow.

Spook was an extremely underfed gray cat in the Hy-Vee parking lot. Now he’s beautiful. He sleeps with his tongue sticking out. He’s mild mannered and after several months of good food and attention, his stomach ailments from near starvation disappeared.

Tygrrr was given to us by a neighbor who was worried he wouldn’t make it through the winter. He’s had a time of it, our boy. Dislocated his hip and broken toes that left him with a lame leg and permanent limp, but I wouldn’t trade him for the world. He’s strong, independent, loves to go for walks and nothing makes him happier than burning trash with his dad.

Bear was found as a 2 day old baby under the hood of a truck in a parking lot. After weeks of hand feeding through the night and day, our boy is now a hefty 18 lbs. He loves to travel, going 1/8 mile each way to the neighbors and back. He’s big on mousing and the best cuddler of the group.

Catzilla was found crying in our back yard. It took many months to get past the abuse she’d obviously suffered, but she enjoyed sleeping in my computer chair, teasing the boy cats and going for walks with her dad.

Oscar Mayer the Weiner was also found crying in our back yard. He’s beautiful. He loves Whiska’s Temptations treats, rolling in the dirt and bringing in a variety of animals (dead and alive) to his ma and pa. He cuddles in his sleep and sees nothing wrong with waking the household at 4am for biscuits and a good scratching.

We’ve found others here and there, and we’ve found other homes for them.

Sometimes, being a lost cat means you’ll be found by the “right” family.

But for every cat we’ve found, there’s thousands that haven’t been. Shelters are full, many lost cats die of starvation or disease.

Please do your part and spay or neuter your cat. It’s the right thing to do.

12 Responses to “What happens to lost cats? The Crazy Cat Lady Speaks Out”

  • Hola Carrie!

    While I was brushing my teeth this morning, Paxil was rubbing up against my leg anxious to go downstairs. I had to lint roll myself twice before I made it out of the room. Why they don’t sell lint rollers in the pet food aisle is beyond me.

    Okay, so tell me…how much does your lightest cat weigh?

    It’s also a good idea to microchip your cat or pet.

    • Microchipping is a great idea Jen…..it’s not widely pushed here in small town Iowa…but brilliant for cats who really ARE lost!
      my lightest cat weighs about 6-7lbs…..Marmalade…she’s SO skinny, but the most ferocious of them all!

  • I remember the days on the farm when cats just appeared. I didn’t know you could have cats inside and how much extra personality they contained when you do until I was on my own and rescued several myself. One at a time, mind you.

    I miss the fuzzy menaces deeply, but I don’t want an animal to have to go through quarantene or shots and inspections as we go from one country to the next. Other boater do, but it’s not for me.

    I’m so glad you give the lost souls a home and bring them back to health.

    • Nancy…the quarantines would be a huge problem…lots of paperwork I’m sure too! And talk about personalities…lol…..with 6 cats on board, we definitely have the variety pack!

  • Those lucky cats! Sadly my husband has developed serious allergies so there are no more cats in our home and I sure miss the enjoyment of having feline critters around. I get my cat kicks now from reading posts like yours!

    • Patricia, I’m so sorry you can’t have cats anymore…most of the time =) they’re an absolute joy…..lol…and sometimes, at 430am…they’re not!

  • Thank you so much for reminding people to spay and neuter. I currently have 7 cats, all of them rescues that I’ve taken in, spayed/neutered, and otherwise loved and cared for. And there have been so many more that I couldn’t take in personally. It makes me furious when yet another one shows up and I know that someone, somewhere, decided to be cruel and irresponsible. (In a way though, I’ve benefited from it because I love the ones I’ve been able to keep 🙂 )

    • I agree with you 100% Marcy! I wish I could take in more, but 6 seems to be about the max our household can handle….and somedays, it might be just one! =) Ours are definitely all spayed and neutered…

  • Aww, what a sweet post. All of your cats are so lucky for having you as their mommy! I’m sure Catzilla is missed by all of them as well. At least you have a little kitty angel.

  • It always makes me sad to see cats and dogs being dropped off in the middle of nowhere, parking lots, plazas or out in the sticks where the poor animal can’t fend for itself. Thanks for telling us about your darlings Carrie. There’s a special place in heaven for people like you:)

    • Kate, it makes me sick too! So many of them end up dead or starved. Find a shelter, or have your pet put down if you don’t want it anymore. Otherwise, it’s a terrible way to go.

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