It was October 2013, and my boyfriend and I were doing TNR for a feral colony through a cat rescue organisation. It was about 3 a.m. on one occasion in particular when I saw a beautiful, sad black and white cat curled up on a fast food wrapper under a bush. It let me get quite close before it got spooked and disappeared into the undergrowth. For five nights, we saw the sad cat under the bush and set the trap in the same place, and on the 5th night, it took the bait.
We took it home and quickly realised it wasn’t feral. It was dirty, infested with parasites, and terrified, but it had been close to people before. We had it checked for a microchip (no luck) and the vet nurse told us that she was a girl! We tried every way to find her family, but they never came forward. After a few days, it was clear that she had suffered abuse. She was so scared but just wanted to be loved. She became immediate friends with our two resident cats and two semi-feral foster girls. We named her Mimi.
Mimi constantly flirted with our neutered boy, Jam. She was totally smitten with him, and when she was big and strong enough, we took her to be spayed with the other foster kittens. Imagine my surprise when I got a call from the vet to say that Mimi was actually a boy! He was re-dubbed “Prince Mimi” and became a part of our forever family, along with his foster sisters. He and Jam are still deeply in love and living happily ever after with Ebony, Pym, Moonpie, and their new little brother, Tiny Tim.
Story submitted by Tomasina Poynder from Torpoint, United Kingdom.
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