the kitten


This is Spartacus. He’s the tiny kitten I found outside my place, covered in ringworm.

I got him treated. I got him vaccinated. I washed him in special shampoo. I fed and cared for him while keeping him in isolation in my tiny back enclosed yard.

He got better, but not before infecting Lainee with ringworm which she is only now getting over. As for my ‘spots’… a staph infection, I can’t totally blame Spartacus as I could have got that anywhere from scratching at a mosquito bite and infecting it.

Anyway, mom was dead set against a cat and more upset due to him spreading his ringworm to us. In her mind he’s a filthy animal and needs to go.

When I found him I thought for sure I’d keep him. He was so tiny and helpless and cute. Of course as he grew and got stronger and healthier he turned into hell on wheels… due mostly of course to having spent weeks in isolation without enough human interaction.

So, I thought it was a sign for me to get a cat… an indoor house cat at that. Then I realised that he’d have to be an outside cat cause I often go away for weeks or months at a time. I can’t leave him in the house or in the yard even if my neighbour is good enough to feed him for me. He needed to be a free cat. After neutering of course.

Then one day my mom told me a neighbour told her that his brother was looking for a cat. Theirs had died and they wanted another… I was wary at first… but it turned out to be the best home Spartacus could wish for!

He now lives on a farm with an older retired couple who adore their animals. They live on Paros all year round and Sparky will be an indoor/outdoor cat. He’s now got playmates in all shapes and sizes. There are sheep, goats, chickens, a dog, a donkey and 2 cows. And he’s already chasing mice. They are besotted with him.

I’m so pleased. And really incredibly lucky. There are so many abandoned cats and kittens on the island, they could have gotten one anywhere, but Sparky was the lucky one.

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3 thoughts on “the kitten

  1. It makes me happy that Sparky found a better home and can run as a neutered male! 😂
    My daughter’s cats had always been in and out until her favorite didn’t come home. Now we only have indoor cats. One went in the back fenced yard recently and didn’t go in the front. If she would be content in the back she could go more. The other two don’t even try to go out the door. We have windows galore! Some low and some in high up places so they look out.
    So happy Lainee got well.

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    • I’ve seen some wonderful and inventive cat enclosures at friends houses… Some are simple, out a cat door, then a ‘tube’ into a cat enclosure in the yard. Others are really imaginative. One had a ramp and a shelf in her sun room leading up to a cat door right under the ceiling. From there the cats would be in an outdoor tunnel which lead into an enclosure. Another was from a window with a deep ledge which had been closed off into a sort of porch area for the cats. To that they added an outdoor tunnel made of wire across the back of the house, along the side of the garage and into an enclosure which included part of the yard. Still another, similar, only this time the tunnel went under the porch and out the back. I think the cats love that sort of adventure.

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  2. I’ve seen some wonderful and inventive cat enclosures at friends houses… Some are simple, out a cat door, then a ‘tube’ into a cat enclosure in the yard. Others are really imaginative. One had a ramp and a shelf in her sun room leading up to a cat door right under the ceiling. From there the cats would be in an outdoor tunnel which lead into an enclosure. Another was from a window with a deep ledge which had been closed off into a sort of porch area for the cats. To that they added an outdoor tunnel made of wire across the back of the house, along the side of the garage and into an enclosure which included part of the yard. Still another, similar, only this time the tunnel went under the porch and out the back. I think the cats love that sort of adventure.

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