Thursday, November 19, 2009

Max is Bax...

Max in his new digs in the shop:



So now the question is--what to do with him? I will give him a week or two in the cage to catch up on his eating and sleeping and generally de-stress. Then we plan to introduce him into the shop addition--an area where he will have no rivals and lots of room to patrol. That was our original thought when we first let Max outside.: that he could have free run of the outdoors and have the shop addition for shelter and warmth. In the hope that Max would eventually return, Denny installed a pet flap last month in the wall beside the man-door. But I think we will keep the flap blocked off until Max has had the chance to adjust to his surroundings and the weather gets milder.

All that is in the future.

As to where he's been and what he's been doing, Max remains mum. I know he wasn't two-timing us with a second family because surely someone would have noticed his collar maladjustment and come to his aid. So he has been subsistence hunting since July, perhaps supplemented with the dry cat food I kept available in the shop addition. I know he and Amber's kitty, the fluffy red guy from across the block, disputed the ownership of our lot because we heard the sounds of cats squabbling in the night occasionally during August, then less frequently. Then all we ever saw was the red kitty.

Cold and hunger must have driven Max back to brave his rival. I had heard the sounds of a cat argument Monday morning but when I ran outside to the shop addition and called, no one came running. Still, I just had a feeling--or a hope--that Max would remember where he was sheltered last winter and come back to us.

5 comments:

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

What a handsome, beautiful boy he is. Reminds me of my sweet Rainbow Angel KittyBoy. I loved him so.

Glad Max is back home and eating and warm!!

possumlady said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed that Max will adjust better this time and want to spend the winter inside. He sure is a handsome boy.

Meggie said...

So happy he is home. Hope the adjustment goes well.

Ana-Maria said...

Beautiful cat!

MmeBenaut said...

Hooray for Max, finding his way back home. My Lillipilli was also missing for three weeks after I came home from my trip; I'm not sure how long she had been missing either as I was away for 4 weeks and my husband was feeding the cats. About a week ago Lilli came home, a bit thinner and certainly a lot lighter. I suspect that she was also subsistence living and sneaking in at night to eat the biscuits that I always leave out for the cats. Since she's been home, she is always at my feet although she tends to disappear into the shed if my husband is about. He patted her last night though which is a good sign. Hopefully she will become a little bolder - less tentative. She ate fresh chicken pieces yesterday but threw it up immediately, along with some undigested dry food. I need to take her to the vet for a check up, she's never been before although she was desexed when she found us, six years ago.