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Milo Domestic Short Hair Mix Ottawa, ON
- Black & White / Tuxedo
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
- Prefers a home without
- Other cats.
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Within the past year, a young house cat named Milo was shot twice. Last year he was shot in the abdomen, rupturing it and requiring intensive surgery to repair the internal damage. Shortly thereafter, Milo's owner gave him away because her new partner was allergic to him.
The second owner moved away a few months later. Just before Christmas of 2009 a person who feed strays in the area found a note on her door asking her to feed Milo. They had moved and Milo kept returning to his old home, so his owners decided to leave him. Milo spent the winter outdoors, hanging around the neighbourhood trying to get people to take him in or feed him. He was allowed to wander in and out of at least one house, but nobody gave him a home.
He became the neighbourhood vagabond. Some people liked him, many did not. Those who did not called the Ottawa bylaw department, who then visited the people who fed the strays and ordered them stop harbouring' strays or they would be fined. The feeding stopped.
Hungry, cold and desperate for attention, Milo would follow people home, and even jump into their cars. When they went for walks he would follow them like a puppy, and come when called. When people stopped to pet him, he would roll on his back or rub against their legs.
The gentle, neutered cat was not as street savvy as a feral. He was routinely attacked by other animals and driven away by the people who detested strays on their property. They were probably ashamed of the way they were ignoring the quiet desperation of the innocent, friendly animal. In the summer of 2010 Milo was shot again, this time in the chest and the bullet has since migrated to his back.
Milo was found lying on the ground, almost dead, by CHWCC, a rescue group associated with the Cat Rescue Network, while they were out searching for a missing cat. His wounds had formed abscesses and the infection had spread throughout his body through his blood and lymphatic system. He was in excruciating pain and cried out when moved. He was unable to stand on his own.
Milo spent days in hospital connected to an IV drip, and was given antibiotics and painkillers. He had X-rays, ultrasound, and multiple blood and urine tests. The good news is that he does not have Feline leukemia or FIV.
Milo has now recovered from his wounds. He is neutered, his vaccines are up-to-date and is micro chipped. Milo loves people and would make an excellent pet for a family with children. Milo does not get along with other cats but he has become very close to his foster mate Dove. It would be wonderful, but not absolutely necessary, if both could be adopted together.. .
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