The Last Neighborhood Stray: Arthus’ Leap into Indoor Living

Posted in Cat Stories - On: September 8, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: November 21, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

In the heart of Montreal, a black and white long-haired cat once roamed its streets.

Luckily, this lonely kitty soon found solace in the company of other community cats that were being fed by a compassionate neighbor.

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As the number of stray cats in the area surged, dedicated animal rescuers heeded their call for help.

Teaming up with rescue organizations, including Chatons Orphelins Montréal, they embarked on a mission to ensure every cat was spayed, neutered, and placed in caring foster homes.

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While many were rescued, one resilient tom cat remained elusive.

Grizzled, matted, and dirt-laden, he had braved the elements for at least two chilly Montreal winters.

Despite the toll it took on his appearance and health, the cat's will remained strong.

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Even the traps set up for him were frequently outsmarted.

But hunger eventually led him into a food-baited trap right outside the familiar neighbor's home, marking a turning point in his life.

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They named him Arthus and his days of wary evasion began to melt away even though traces of his rough past still clung to him.

But after a visit to the vet and some much-needed medical attention, layers of his troubled past were shed, both metaphorically and literally.

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He given a quiet room to himself and Arthus began his journey of healing and rediscovery.

Even in his timidity, a gentle glint was evident in his eyes.

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The once reluctant cat found solace in human touch, actively seeking affection and companionship.

Every pet, every caress, sparked a light in Arthus, unveiling his endearing nature.

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Gradually, his health flourished, his coat gleamed, and a vibrant spirit emerged from within him.

No closed door could hold back his love for human company. He relished every moment of his new life, exuding the playful exuberance of a kitten once again.

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Arthus’s playful antics and heartwarming demeanor now never fail to spread joy.

As he lies on his back beckoning play or nestles close to his beloved humans, one can't help but be enchanted.

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This resilient cat, with a tale of hardship and redemption, now eagerly awaits a tranquil home.

And truly, after all he's weathered, Arthus is more than deserving of a forever home filled with love and care.

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From a stray kitty new to human touch, this 4-year-old tuxedo blossomed into a proper lap cat, loudly purring his joy to the world.

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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