Detroit Community Cat Rescue (DCCR) has been a source of assistance for numerous cats and kittens over the years. Several months ago, an outdoor tomcat managed to find his way to the shelter all on his own.
One morning, Liz Haack, the shelter manager, was in a community room when she heard loud cries coming from the backyard. Peering out the window, she spotted an orange and white cat strolling through the area and heading towards the shelter.
“He seemed to know exactly where to find us,” Liz recounted. “I hurried outside to the driveway with a can of food.”
As soon as the cat heard the tin can opening, he sprinted beneath the wooden gate and made a beeline towards Liz. Famished and friendly, he couldn’t get enough of the affection showered upon him.
“I quickly received permission from the director to bring him in. He allowed me to pick him up without any resistance and appeared overjoyed to be taken indoors.”
The orange and white cat was lovingly named Sigmund, or Siggy for short, and was estimated to be between 3 and 5 years old. When he arrived, he exhibited signs of a rugged life, likely spent entirely outdoors.
Siggy had a lot to say right from the start and never tired of seeking attention. He eagerly embraced the notion of being loved and cherished in a safe environment, free from the hardships of fending for himself.
“He had such an outgoing personality. Even upon being brought inside, he showed no shyness or nervousness. He was incredibly vocal and demanded pets whenever someone was around at the shelter,” Liz shared.
“He may appear rough and tough, but he’s an absolute sweetheart.”
In no time, Siggy transformed into an affectionate lap cat with a purr that seemed to never cease. Although he tested positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus), it didn’t hinder his ability to lead a long, healthy, and normal life.
“This guy is a combination of rugged charm and playful affection. He adores being brushed and receiving plenty of attention. However, he’s not particularly fond of other male cats and makes it known when you stop petting his enormous head.”
After spending most of his life outdoors, Siggy was more than ready to settle down in a place he could call his own. He patiently awaited that special someone who would open their home and heart to a cat like him.
Eventually, Siggy’s story caught the eye of a young man who instantly fell head over heels for this endearing feline. The young man promptly submitted an adoption application, committed to providing Siggy with his well-deserved happily-ever-after.
Today, Siggy basks in the warmth of a welcoming lap, available on demand, and couldn’t be happier.
“Siggy waited patiently for the right person to step into our shelter, someone who understood that FIV+ cats deserve love and care just as much. We’re delighted that his time has finally come.”