Cat Rescue Bleg – Minneapolis

From commentor & rescue angel Debit:

When I got home tonight, I saw two boys attempting to climb a tree in the park across the alley. Then I heard them calling “kitty kitty.” Then they saw me and asked if I was missing a cat. I was not.

I lured this little guy out the tree and brought him inside where he wolfed down a can of wet food and most of a bowl of dry. He looks about 6 month old, is probably not fixed and is the sweetest little lovebug. And with a household already full of pets I can’t keep him.

I have a call in to the local Humane Society to set up an appointment to surrender him, but if a local is looking for a cat I’d rather go that route.

He is such a sweetheart and was flirting like mad when he was in the tree, slow blinking back at me and me and rubbing his entire body along each branch.

I hope someone here can give him a home. Please, before my daughter convinces me that six cats is not madness.

Leave a comment below, or email me at AnneLaurie (dot) bj (at) gmail (dot) com, and I’ll forward your message to Debit.

71 replies
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    OCD says:

    6 cats is not madness.

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    Geeno says:

    OMG He’s gorgeous. I wish I were in the area.

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    debit says:

    @OCD: When you consider that means a minimum of 12 litter boxes, yes. Yes it is.

    I have a couple of slightly better photos. Here and here.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Such a beautiful kitty with (apparently) so much love to give.

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    debit says:

    @Geeno: He really is a pretty boy and really really affectionate.

    It’s almost the first of the month. My guess is that he’s been outside for only a few days and either got out while someone was moving or was let out because his owners were moving and couldn’t take him. He’s been happy to hang out in my furnace room, is using his litter box and curls up in the cat tree. I don’t know how he is with other animals, as he’s been quarantined from mine and will remain so.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @debit: Such sad eyes, though, they are breaking my heart.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Haha, I knew that would be the first comment!

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    caphilldcne says:

    I’m just doing a drive by to say I love this community for exactly these kinds of posts. Unfortunately not able to take a cat and I live in DC anyway. Also miss EFGoldman and just to say thank you to everyone. I read you all – including comments – every day and it keeps me somewhat sane in my poor, powerless District of Columbia.

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    debit says:

    @WaterGirl: Yeah, I don’t like leaving him locked up but unless I get a clean bill of health I can’t risk exposing my cats. My daughter and I are spending as much with him as we can. There’s a chair so he can curl up on a lap if he so desires, which he does.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    Wow, one litter box is enough of a pain. You must really love your cats = )

    Being a cat owner, though, I can understand. My guy’s such a perfect little cinnamon roll, I’d do anything for him. Too bad I don’t live nearby, or I’d be sorely tempted to adopt the little dude.

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    Elizabelle says:

    His picture is in the dictionary under “adoptable animal.” Also “winsome.” I am tempted. But, alas, nowhere near Minnesota.

    What a doll. Go for it, Juicers. If I was in the States,would be requesting transport assistance.

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    khead says:

    I hope someone here can give him a home. Please, before my daughter convinces me that six cats is not madness.

    Well, I can’t help you on the madness thing. Heh. I’d keep them all if I could. But he sure is a handsome little fella.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Six is good. I have 4. And 3 large litter boxes. Clean them once a day, no problems. You can get by with less litter boxes, if they’re big enough. Frisco pine/corn litter from lasts a really long time.

    That said, if the kitty is so socialized, maybe it’s lost. Consider notices and signage.

    Of course, understand wanting to stay at 5. So as usual, no one should let distance keep you from claiming this boy. Little kitty can fit in carrier in airplane cabin. Someone will be flying from Minnesota. Transportatin can be funded.

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    debit says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: I love my calm, poop free home. The rule is one + litter box per cat. This increases with each cat because each one is going to have a preferred box and sometimes even a different preferred one for pooping and peeing. And since cats are territorial there can be issues with one controlling who gets access to a box forcing the other to improvise. I don’t like it when they improvise. So, multiple boxes in various areas.

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    Geeno says:

    @debit: I’m at the far end of the Great Lakes from you in upstate NY, but his loviness (that should be a word) comes through in the pix. I wish I were closer or had the cash for a “side trip” to MN, but I’ve had to be staycation man for the last few years. I hope he gets placed in a loving home.

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    MazeDancer says:


    You know the rule – if you’re in love, transportation can be arranged.

    ETA – Oops missed the not in states part But rule stands for everyone.

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    debit says:

    @MazeDancer: I checked on the local Craigslist, Petfinder and Humane Society lost and found boards. No luck. And while this area isn’t as bad as the campus for abandoned pets, it’s pretty close. It’s why I currently have 5 instead of 4.

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    MazeDancer says:


    Giant and enduring props to you for all your animal love and assistance.

    .@Geeno: Cash for side trip is likely to be offered, 5 to 50 bucks at a time.

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    khead says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷:

    Try doing ~12 (we use the ~1.5/cat rule). Usually twice a day. It’s not for everyone but, hey, it was our choice to do this. :)

    Edit – Also, we have some of those territorial issues debit mentioned so we try to keep as many boxes as possible out.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    What a cutie… Very soulful eyes.

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    satby says:

    Well, it appears donation for transports for the Dayton dog bleg won’t be needed as that dog may be rehomed fairly locally, so we can do transport donations to get this sweetie to an adopter like Geeno. Let us know! He may also be chipped.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Sweetie! And he has that Tunch-like coloring, too.

    I’m too far away, but lurkers should remember that Juicers are always willing to chip in for pet transport.

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    eclare says:

    I’m in for a transport donation. Those eyes! Such an expressive face.

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    debbie says:


    If he’s that friendly and lacks skittishness, he’s used to humans and could just be lost. Can you put signs up around the neighborhood?

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    germy says:

    I urged that kings were dangerous. He said, then have cats. He was sure that a royal family of cats would answer every purpose. They would be as useful as any other royal family, they would know as much, they would have the same virtues and the same treacheries, the same disposition to get up shindies with other royal cats, they would be laughably vain and absurd and never know it, they would be wholly inexpensive, finally, they would have as sound a divine right as any other royal house. … The worship of royalty being founded in unreason, these graceful and harmless cats would easily become as sacred as any other royalties, and indeed more so, because it would presently be noticed that they hanged nobody, beheaded nobody, imprisoned nobody, inflicted no cruelties or injustices of any sort, and so must be worthy of a deeper love and reverence than the customary human king, and would certainly get it.

    – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

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    debit says:

    @debbie: See my reply at 17.

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    MazeDancer says:

    @Smedley Darlington Prunebanks (formerly Mumphrey, et al.):

    But everywhere is near enough. Very little kitty. Very transportable.

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    eclare says:

    Didn’t someone fly a kitten from somewhere in the Midwest to Baltimore/DC?

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    Gex says:

    I wish I wasn’t maxed out at two pets (apartment’s rules, not mine) or I’d be all over this. Definitely can find some cash to support a side trip for a jackal or transpo money for the cat though.

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    debbie says:


    I did. Around here, people will still put signs up on phone poles. Hope he finds a home — he oozes love through the pixels!

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    debit says:

    @eclare: That was my Dani’s sister. A very kind Juicer was going to visit Minneapolis and volunteered to fly back with her. I wish the other adopters of that litter would post some pics.

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    debit says:

    @debbie: Ah, got it. All our power poles are in the alley.

    If I can’t place him with a Juicer he’ll go to the local Humane Society, where I’m sure he’ll be snapped up right away.

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    randy khan says:

    Six carts is not madness. We’ve had seven. That’s madness.

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    John Cole says:

    This looks like a Tunch starter kit, just add food. And more food. And then some more.

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    rikyrah says:

    Looks adorable 😍

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    Mohagan says:

    @debit: I like the two bonus pictures of him on Flicker even better. They show his lovely markings better! Good luck with a new home for the lovely, loving boy.

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    HinTN says:

    @Geeno: We’ll make the nut, go for it.

    ETA: Where would you fly from?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @debit: I totally get that and I wasn’t trying to guilt trip you at all. Just hard to see such a sweet kitty with such sad eyes.

    It was wonderful of you to rescue him and do what you’re doing.

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    Auntie Anne says:

    In for transportation help!

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    debit says:

    @WaterGirl: Oh, no worries, I know you weren’t. My daughter, OTOH, is really working on it. But I hold strong!

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    Laura Too says:

    I’m in for transport money or a leg of a trip. I’m in S. Minneapolis.

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    J R in WV says:

    @randy khan:

    Six carts is not madness. We’ve had seven. That’s madness.

    No, no, we had 9 !! Three farm cats, then a gift of 2 Maine Coons, of which we were promised she didn’t need to be spayed until she was nearly 3, as Maine Coons mature more slowly than regular cats.

    Not so!! She was two and proud mother of 5 kittens. They were a ball of joy, storming down the stairway banister in a herd, etc.

  46. 46
    Sab says:

    @debit: I had four cats and one dog after our Lily died. Then we took in my uncle’s dog as our new second dog, and my dad’s cat as our fifth cat. Five is too many.

    We finally put a puppy wee pad in the kitchen because I will NOT have a litter box there. Several somebodies use it several time a day. Now we have another by the front door. Ick.

    I try not to think about what visiting friends and relatives think of our household.

  47. 47
    Timill says:

    Six cats is perfectly reasonable.

    We only have 12. Plus 3 on loan…

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    Sab says:

    That is one gorgeous kitten. Does he yell like a siamese cat?

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    khead says:


    Do we have a winner? I was thinking of asking which jackal is responsible for the biggest clowder. Plus, I’ve always wanted to use the word “clowder” in a sentence.

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    Sab says:

    @khead: How many cats does it take to qualify as a clowder?

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    debit says:

    @Sab: No, he has a tiny meow. But a loud purr.

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    Sab says:

    @khead: I was just wondering if my five qualified. Tho’ since we got number five they are more of a glaring. I had no idea it was a thing (“how many cats”) until I googled it after our comments.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I’m glad you did. Clowder is a most cromulent word.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Does the little charmer have a temporary name?

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    debit says:

    @Amir Khalid: No, I don’t dare. Once they have a name I can’t let them go.

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    Timill says:

    @khead: Well, we have a strict limit of six cats. Sometimes seven, since we always try to adopt kittens in pairs. We also foster bottle babies for the local humane society.

    But mostly, it’s that pesky First Law: “or, through inaction, allow a cat to come to harm”.

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    B says:


    Here is a recent picture of Callie – the cat that debit is referring to. Callie is not a lap cat. She rarely lets us pet her. She would much rather wrestle.


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    debit says:

    @B: Oh my god, she is so beautiful. Dani has also become rather standoffish as she grew into a proper young lady cat, but will sometimes insist on lap time. Pets have to be negotiated beforehand.

    Dani in a bag says hi to Callie in a box.

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    B says:

    @debit: They don’t look very much alike do they, although Dani is very cute. Callie will sleep near us but prefers her independence. She rarely gets in a box. She prefers that we take the brown packing paper from Amaz*n shipments and make a big pile of it. She will hang under the pile and terrorize my large golden retrievers as they go by. It is funny to watch the 7 pound cat terrorize the 65 and 85 pound dogs.

    In any case we are very grateful to BJ who paid for and arranged transport for Callie from Minnesota to Maryland.

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    debit says:

    @B: I have heard that Calicos do not tolerate any nonsense and rule their home with an iron paw, so I’m not surprised.

    You can’t see in the picture but Dani has blobs of orange coloring all over, making her a tortoiseshell tabby (same gene as a tortie and calico) so it’s no shock that she’s a strong willed little terror. She’ll do something awful and my daughter and I will look at one another and say in tones of sort of helpless bewilderment, “She’s a monster.”

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    debbie says:


    How did she get inside that bag???

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    columbusqueen says:

    Am tempted to take him but not sure how my other three would react.

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    debit says:

    @debbie: She’s a good jumper. Also, tiny and nimble.

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    debit says:

    @columbusqueen: Anne Laurie can give you my email if you want more information. I will sat that I don’t know how he is with other cats, as he’s quarantined without a vet visit.

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    Aleta says:

    Hi Debit, We’ve talked it over and would love to have him live with us if you’re OK with that. If someone else is a better choice or the help with transport isn’t feasible (it’s quite a ways to Maine), I understand completely.
    I’ll answer questions so you can decide … 3 funeyama at gm etc (remove the spaces)
    Our animals will be fine with him and we’ve done slow careful adaptations before.

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    greenergood says:

    @Aleta: Aleta and all the jackals: Reading this from Scotland, you are amazing and generous in your love for the critters, and it warms the heart of this expat
    jackal. Happy Mothering Sunday from the UK – yours won’t be till May!

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    debbie says:


    Like the feline version of the cartoon acrobat high-diving into a glass of water!

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    debit says:

    @Aleta: I am super excited. Just shot you an email.

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    Aleta says:

    @debit: Answered + another to come.

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