Sally first arrived at our house during heavy floods that affected most of South East Queensland, Australia in 2011. We live next to a river and we think Sally was washed about 10kms down stream, ending up near our house.
When Sally arrived on our door step she was very distressed and in desperate need of some warmth and a meal. We fed her some run of the mill tinned cat food and kept her warm in a blanket. She came around after a few hours and moved herself into our spare bedroom and made herself very comfortable on a pile of pillows and blankets.
We tracked down Sally’s “owners” with the help of a local vet and returned her to her home the day after the flooding subdued. Sally’s owners didn’t seem all that worried that she was missing and said she is just one of those cats that likes to roam around.
Sally’s owners didn’t seem all that worried that she was missing and said she is just one of those cats that likes to roam around.
A couple of days later Sally made her way back to our house where we discovered her curled up in the spare bedroom again!
We didn’t feed Sally this time as we didn’t want her getting to comfortable and deciding that our house was her new home. My father fed our own two cats and Sally came running out of the spare room and dined alongside them. Our cats didn’t seem to mind her presence at all! We let her finish her meal and returned her to her rightful home once again the very next day.
A few days later Sally was found sleeping on the spare bed. She made her own way home later that day, however she has soon since returned again. Sally has kept up her habit of coming and going ever since and as I am writing this she is once again asleep on her bed.
Topic for Discussion:Were Sally’s owners right in letting her go outside carefree, or should a cats outdoor activity be closely monitored? Let us know in the comments below!
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