Thursday, August 23, 2007

Oscar



The cat who's trying to adopt us.

I should say, the wild tomcat who's trying to adopt us.

The wary cat who won't let us near him, but who will handle all the food we might happen to leave lying around.

The wily cat who really needs to go to the vet but can't (so far) be caught.

Fresh from a recent Odd Couple viewing, Hubby named him Oscar.

21 comments:

KimberlyDi said...
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KimberlyDi said...

I nearly tamed a wild cat. Had him rubbing up against the sliding glass door, though he would run if I opened it. Then the neighbor shot him.

Like the name Oscar.

He also reminds me of the comic strip cat. Name eludes me right now. The one that loves lasagna.

Mark said...

Looks like our two semi-wild cats, whose mom is nearly tame. Like Oscar, our Dusty and Rusty hang around and eat, but run from me. They let my wife touch them every once in a while, but then they run from her. I consider them ingrates, but then I'm a dog person.

Sabine said...

What a beautiful fellow! Mine was the same wild and wily thing in dire need of a vet. We left the transportation box standing outside with the door open. After a couple of days he decided it was a nice place to sleep in and entered it voluntarily. Later he found a few drops of valerian inside the box irresistable. Noawadays he is too old to put up a fight and can just be picked up and put inside the box.

Sabine

lime said...

he does sort of have a curmudgeonly look about him.

Laura @ Urban Hennery said...

How great is it to be adopted by a new cat! We had a stray coming around for a while that we were calling Oscar, but he was gray. Turned out he belonged to the neighbor down the street, he just liked to pretend he was homeless...

robin andrea said...

He's a beauty. I hope you do find a way to gently get him to the vet. He looks like he'd make a great companion to your other cats, minus a bit of testosterone. He sure was smart to find you and Mr. Rurality.

bill said...

we've got a wild cat who has adopted us too. I posted a picture awhile back. He needs a vet really really bad but won't let us touch him. I don't know what to do about him.

Anonymous said...

We just lost our formerly "wild" cat, Walter, this past weekend. It took several months to tame him. I would put food in the dish, and sit there on a stool. He would hide under the bush and try to wait me out. But, the canned cat food worked, and I was able to start touching him. He ended up being a lovey-dovey cat. We miss him.

swamp4me said...

Such a face! He posed so nicely for his photo. Good luck in taming him. I found a cat this morning when I came into work. Looks to be about 3 or 4 months old and has decided the rain sewer will make a nice home. He is on property adjacent to the park - and I hope he will stay there. Feral cats and wildlife don't mix.

DeeMom said...

WE think cats around here must be using the old HOBO signs. The signs have to say HERE is a good home they will LOVE ya. She is a push over, just meow, act coy and kill a mouse or two and you’re in like Flint!

casey said...

I love crusty wild tomcats like Oscar. Especially when they are orange and stripey!

Rurality said...

Kimberly, oh no! Poor thing. I believe it's Garfield you're thinking of.

Mark, for some reason half the feral cats I see are this color. May be just a coincidence though. This cat likes my husband much better than me.

Sabine, I'm going to try your trick! We will see if it works.

Lime, yep in that way he does resemble his namesake. (I was arguing that Felix was the better choice for obvious reasons.)

Laura, I thought that about this cat too at first but now he stays here pretty much all the time.

RA, I hope so too... he definitely has ear mites, in addition to too many manly parts. :)

Bill I will let you know if Sabine's trick works for this one. He really does need the vet.

Anon, sorry to hear that. I have tried to wait Oscar out but he's better at waiting than I am in this heat.

S4M, well don't try feeding him in the park, I guess. :) This guy started hanging around a lot more after Hubby decided we needed to start feeding him.

DM, Hobo signs, I think you're right! Ha!

Casey, that would have been a good name for him too - Crusty! :)

TurtleHeart said...

He's a handsome and solid looking fella.

We have many stray cats in the neighborhood, but none want to be adopted, they just want to use my herb garden as a litter box.

OldRoses said...

The stray cat that I feed is pretty smart. He knows when he hears dishes rattleing in the house in the morning that I'm up and it's time for breakfast. He even knows the sound of my car engine. Yesterday, as i was driving home (in time for his "dinner"), I saw him running for my house from several blocks away. It became a race to see which one of us would reach my house first.

Chris said...

Have food? WILL EAT!

Cathy said...

Awwww . . . well, I guess the name 'Oscar' does defray a bit of the pathos sifting from these unfortunate feral creatures.

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Laura said...

He looks like my Oscar - my first cat. What a sweetie pie he was.

kathy said...

He is adorable! We've had 3 cats take up at our various houses over the years...and oddly enough, all orange toms. All turned out to be wonderful pets. Including the one now asleep on my bed downstairs. :)

Hope you are albe to catch him and tame him some!

lisa said...

Poor dude...looks like he needs a good bath, too (heh, good luck with THAT!). Hope it all works out!