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updated: Nov 03, 2012, 9:00 AM

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He was a "wee kit" (small kitten) when we got him. A co-worker of my daughter's in Goleta was taking the Express bus from Santa Maria to and from work every day, and there was a dumpster behind the bus stop where she sat each morning. She became aware of a pregnant cat, which she and her husband tried to catch to no avail. After awhile they realized that the momma had had her litter in the dumpster, so they brought her food and kept an eye on her, planning to catch her and her kittens as time and circumstance allowed.

In due course they did manage to rescue and provide good homes for all the cats - we ended up with Oscar, who was the last kitten captured, and was and is the shyest and most skittish of the lot. He received a lot of intense socialization at our house as a kitten, but even so will absolutely not appear if anyone outside of the family is in the house. In the beginning he had a number of hiding places, all of which we discovered and sealed off over time, but his last and best escape we left for him. It is a small closet off of what was once the shared bedroom of our two youngest boys, but is now my husband's office. We leave the closet door open, and there is an old bunk bed ladder that the boys used to use to access the attic for use as a fort. Oscar is adept at climbing the ladder, and now the fort is his fortress. Oscar comes in and sleeps on our bed at night, and he comes downstairs in the morning (the office is upstairs, off our bedroom) and sits with us as we have our coffee. If it is a nice morning, we all sit outside.

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 COMMENT 338674 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-03 09:11 AM

OMG Oscar is sooooooo cute! What a beautiful face....cats are best!


 COMMENT 338735 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-03 11:50 AM

most beautiful ever!


 COMMENT 338741P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-03 12:22 PM

Oh, I think I'm in love!! He is so precious! I am so glad you have given him a good home away from the dumpster. Thank you for sharing him with us. :3


 SUMMERTIME agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-03 01:20 PM

Thank you for sharing the story behind this sweetheart....


 COMMENT 338813P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-03 04:05 PM

Oscar is adorable!!!!! I love his little white marking on his nose. It makes him look so unique with the way it wanders up his nose.


 COMMENT 338847 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-03 05:44 PM

GREAT cat. GREAT story. Bless you and your tenacious friend for your love & care.


 COMMENT 338933P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-04 05:21 AM

I was watching a program on Animal Planet earlier today and they described kitties like yours as a "tuxedo" cat due to the fact they look like they are wearing a tuxedo. A beautiful cat by any description.


 UPONTHEHILL agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-04 07:54 AM

He is gorgeous!- We too have one who hides from strangers. People accuse us of having an imaginary cat.


 COMMENT 338983 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-04 08:30 AM

Is he microchipped? Best insurance for finding your cat if by some accident he gets out. It happens all the time. County charges $20 to microchip. A deal.


 COMMENT 339001 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-04 09:15 AM

microchipping, and vetting in general, are quite the challenge for feral-adoptive 'parents'. My feral adoptee is a real challenge to take in. She doesn't bite or claw, but tries to wrangle out of grasp before being 'pored' into the cat carrier. I hope Oscar is more cooperative.


 COMMENT 339227 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-05 09:08 AM

I had a feral kitty too. She also was intensely socialized as a kitten but as she reached 6 months, her feral-ness kicked in and she would refuse to come downstairs when company was over, she would not allow me to pick her up, etc. I was grateful that I was her guardian; I'm not too sure how many others would have cared for such a difficult cat.


 COMMENT 339258 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-05 10:15 AM

Great & Happy Story!!!


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