This cat is so special to me. Gifford was shot in the city and trapped by the dedicated work of Carol's Ferals, as one by one his colony began to disappear. Sometimes you just get a feeling and I knew the moment I saw his picture online. I had to have him.
His rescuer feared that he was too feral and would not adjust or be happy indoors. In truth, he did seem that way on arrival. But I was not giving up without trying. I couldn't bear the thought of this cat being put back outside, with a healing gunshot wound and a sneaking suspicion he had a polyp causing that head tilt. But more so, I couldn't stand the thought of this cat knowing only the ugliest parts of this world. He would know kindness and that better existed.
He was kennel mates with Scar, which I think helped him to be bombarded with human presence, to see that he wasn't going to die in my company. Scar had just had a full mouth extraction and I spent many a night those first two weeks falling asleep in his crate. Every feral is different and finding something positive for them to associate with people is my goal. Gifford LOVED cat nip toys. There is no better feeling than seeing a cat find joy in their first toys. It was our first sign of friendship.
Gifford is FIV+, which sadly scares people away due to misinformation and so many of these cats lose their lives unnecessarily because of this. He has one of the most gentle little souls, kind and sensitive and not phased in the slightest by the other cats. He can live with other negative cats and so deserves to finally find his place in a loving, caring family.
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