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Mrschocolate Mon 12-Aug-13 19:12:11

FIL went to his bosses house today with some documents. His boss is on holiday for 3 weeks and asked FIL to take the key from his next door neighbour (a mutual friend) and to leave the documents in the kitchen.

When FIL got their he found a cat. It was yowling and he said it looked very distressed. There was no water in the cats bowl and no food out. FIL called his boss to tell him about the cat because he assumed that whoever was supposed to be watching the cat hadn't turned up. (the neighbour is housebound so wouldn't of been looking after the cat)

His boss said that know one was looking after the cat. He got it two months ago for a girlfriend who then left him. She didn't want the cat and he didn't want one in the first place so he just left it there whilst he went on holiday. He left the cat flap open and assumed that when it got hungry it would leave and not bother coming back. However the cat is a house cat and his boss guess that is why the cat hadn't left yet.
FIL was horrified and told his boss he was taking the cat. His boss said do what you like with it.

The cat is black and white (like Jess the cat off postman pat) it's a female and it doesn't look full grown though it is thin. It has drank a lot of water and FIL fed him some chicken out of a packet that he bought from a local garage on his way home.

The cat is asleep on the sofa cushions. PILs called me around for some advice because they have never owned a pet. However I have only owned dogs so I have no idea either. I have called my vet and they are taking the cat in first thing in the morning.

Could you please give advice on what to do for this cat. FIL is going to go to the supermarket to grab some cat stuff so I am hoping you can give us some advice as to what to get

cozietoesie Wed 14-Aug-13 21:57:46

Sadly, I guess your FIL will have to work with him in the future. A job is a job and all that, however difficult he's going to find it.

NorfolkIngWay Wed 14-Aug-13 22:03:20

OOOOOH ! she is gorgeous - rocking the eyebrows !

Mrschocolate Wed 14-Aug-13 22:03:40

Sadly FIL will have to work with him. However he is retiring after Christmas so at least he won't have to deal with him much longer.

cozietoesie Wed 14-Aug-13 22:05:09

Now that brought a smile to my face Mrsc.

Mrschocolate Wed 14-Aug-13 22:07:44

Norfolk Yes she does have brilliant eyebrows

thecatneuterer Wed 14-Aug-13 22:11:34

I've just found this thread (I'd spent far too long in Chat arguing about cats and landlords ....) anyway that heavens she's been rescued.

Unfortunately the callousness of her owner doesn't surprise me as much as it should. We come across it all the time. Even if she had managed to survive by leaving the house and fending for herself, she would have quickly become pregnant and yet another feral colony would have been formed. What a horrible, horrible man.

Anyway I just wanted to check that she's now booked into to be spayed? I'm sure she will be, but it needs to be soon as she will be coming into season already.

And what a gorgeous face she has! Well done to all the rescuers and may very unpleasant things happen to that bastard of a man!

Mrschocolate Wed 14-Aug-13 22:15:05

thecatneuterer The vet wanted her to but on weight before she is spayed. She has an appointment next week to check her progress and they will book an appointment from there.

thecatneuterer Wed 14-Aug-13 22:27:44

Fab. I expect she's being kept in at the moment anyway - so not so much of a problem.

LetUsPrey Wed 14-Aug-13 22:34:17

Was telling a friend at work about this today and that PIL would be changing cat's name. Apparently, they should still use the old name but tag the new name on to the end each time. After a little while (not sure how long), drop the old name and carry on using the new name.

Disclaimer: I have no idea whether this is right but the person who told her about it is a long-time cat owner of many cats.

On the other hand, little Poppy may be used to her new name straight away!

We also agreed that boss man is a dickhead and your FIL is a very very lovely person grin

cozietoesie Wed 14-Aug-13 22:41:17

I suspect Poppy couldn't care what she's called as long as it has Princess or Her Majesty in front of it. Easy to recognize who is now in charge in that household.


LetUsPrey Wed 14-Aug-13 22:46:14

Princess Poppy - I like it grin

Selks Wed 14-Aug-13 22:49:03

Ahh she's lovely...what pretty markings. The name Poppy suits her. smile

Mrschocolate Wed 14-Aug-13 22:53:19

letuspray Princess Poppy sounds about right.

Apparently she didn't really respond to her old name anyway so it shouldn't be too hard to train her.

ToffeeWhirl Wed 14-Aug-13 23:08:52

'Unfortunately the callousness of her owner doesn't surprise me as much as it should. We come across it all the time.' CatNeuterer - it is really chilling to think that there are so many people amongst us who lack such basic empathy sad.

Thank goodness FIL is retiring at Christmas and won't have to deal with his boss anymore.

I love her photo, Mrschocolate - what a poppet.

ratbagcatbag Thu 15-Aug-13 08:51:03

My cat tends to ignore all names anyway unless she decrees us worthy of a saunter over purely to scratch her chin grin

RabbitsarenotHares Tue 20-Aug-13 16:14:08

How's Poppy doing? Has your FIL bought up the entire feline stock of P@H yet?

Namechangingnorma Tue 20-Aug-13 16:49:10

I have just read this, I am so so horrified, it has brought tears to my eyes. I cannot understand the cruelty of some people. What an utter utter b**tard. Thank goodness little Poppy is going to have a loving home. It just makes me so sad, he really should be reported.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 20-Aug-13 19:24:41

I'd love an update too.

timtam23 Tue 20-Aug-13 22:34:52

I have just read the thread from start to finish and am so glad that little Poppy has a happy new home, can't believe that your FIL's boss was going to leave her to starve though OP! That's awful but what a lovely man your FIL is to rescue her!

SparkyTGD Wed 21-Aug-13 11:54:31

Just had a look at pic, she's very cute grin

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