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14 July 2008 @ 09:44 am
Handsome Tom, the big black tomcat that started visiting us this past May, has completely adopted Don and I. He attended our party a little over a week ago, and he's there most mornings to walk us to our cars as we head off to work. When it's hot out, he lounges under the gardening table or the rhodedendron, but should we come outside he always trots over and graciously allows us to skritch him. He loves being brushed. He has, unlike Esme, excellent table manners.

I never did the old note-on-the-collar deal, but it's pretty clear that he doesn't have another home. Since we already have a houseful of kitties and Thomas is very much an outdoor cat, we've decided to make sure he's the healthiest outdoor cat he can be. To that end, I took him to the vet this morning, where he'll be getting blood work and shots and de-worming and - sorry, Tom! - the old snippity-snip. Now, everything hinges on the blood work being clean. If he's got Feline Leukemia... well, I gave permission to do what must be done. I somehow managed not to burst into tears at the very thought. Thing is, if you have any spare happy healthy thoughts for the old boy, please send them his way!

Oh, how stately and handsome!


But stateliness goes right out the window when there are belly skritches to be had.


He's man enough to show his softer side...


...and comfortable enough with us to totally zonk out.


I feel: worriedworried
Kathytoosha on July 14th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
He is beautiful. My fingers are crossed that the bloodwork comes out ok.

I had a job where we had strays and we use to catch the adult, get the blood checked and fix them before releasing them back in to the wild. The kittens we tried to get adopted.
acelticmist on July 14th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
You are a true friend of the fur bodies. It's the rare people like you that makes me not hate the world we live in. Thank you for taking care of that handsome big boy. Best of luck and health.
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on July 14th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
That is a BEAUTIFUL kitty. I hope he is healthy so that soon you can mock his poor naked belly :)
Blaidd Drwgfairyrune on July 14th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Look at the smile in that last picture! So much with the cute!
kitmfkitmf on July 14th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
He's gorgeous. I hope he's healthy.
Bird on a Wing: Apples are worth the trouble...caragana_leaves on July 16th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
OH EM GEE KITTEH!!!!! *loves the tomkitteh*