Two Rescued Cats Join a Happy Family

My brother and his wife have had two cats, Bonnie and Clyde, for eight years.  In addition, they have always put out food for any strays who venture into the yard.  One of those had such remarkable coloring that they gave him a name – Pierre, after Pierre Bezukhov (“earless”), a character in “War and Peace.”  Pierre the cat, while mostly white, had what looked almost like a black beret over one ear.  He stopped by every day for quite a while, and then suddenly disappeared for a few days. Alarmed, my brother scoured the neighborhood, but Pierre was nowhere to be seen.  One day, his wife heard someone softly knocking on the door. She opened the door, and there was Pierre, his mouth and the white ear covered in blood, knocking – not scratching, but knocking! – on the door with a bloody paw.

They picked him up and rushed him to a vet. Poor Pierre, denizen of the garbage dumps, has caught an infection so serious, that he had to have major mouth surgery, in addition to treatments on all four paws and the ear.  He weighed 3 lbs, and had to have special diet and a medication regimen.  He is well now, a respectable 12,5 lbs, and has become a part of the family. Bonnie and Clyde, who at first shied away from a poor sick kitty, finally accepted him.  The white ear, though, has somewhat lost its shape, so now, unfortunately, he does justify the name.

Pierre has a loud, demanding voice. My brother claims that the cat actually curses in Russian. A couple of days after hurricane Sandy hit New York, Pierre was taking a nap on the coach, when suddenly he jumped on the window sill and started frantically hitting the window while loudly cursing – in Russian, according to my brother.  They looked out the window, and there was a fur ball, so tiny that he could barely be seen in the twilight. Of course, they ran out, picked him up, and rushed him to the vet. The little kitten who must have been no more than four weeks old, was probably lost from his house after the hurricane and spent those two or three days desperately looking for a home. He was starving and barely alive. My brother pasted flyers all over the neighborhood, but no one responded. So the little one, named Kiryusha, joined the happy family.

Now Kiryusha is a gorgeous, lively, rambunctious youngster who would race Uncle Clyde back and forth all day, given a chance. Pierre tries to discipline him, verbally and very loudly, but Auntie Bonnie always takes him under her protective motherly paw.

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28 thoughts on “Two Rescued Cats Join a Happy Family

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    1. Thank you! The credit for these two goes to my brother, but I also have two rescued cats.

  2. I love how Pierre curses in Russian and knocked on the door. Also, how he found a poor kitten in need and let everyone know about it. Truly a sweet story with humor and a happy ending.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Shell! Yes, Pierre is very special, but then, they all are!

  3. That you so much for sharing this story! My husband and I are also cat lovers, who just took in a very pregnant stray who blessed us with 6 kittens! We were so relieved when everyone got a clean bill of health! The kittens are now 6 weeks old and the introduction with our two cats and two dogs is going slowly! I am so happy to know there are other compassionate cat lovers out there! If you would like to know about our new brood of 8 see my blog 5 Kittens and a blog at clamonnaturalhealth.com.

    1. Dear Elizabeth, thank you for your lovely comment. I would love to see your little kittens and big cats, but I couldn’t find the post on your blog. Could you send me a link, please? Thank you in advance,
      Dolly

    1. Thank you, Sheila. Unfortunately, not all of them manage to find good homes, but every little bit counts. Love your blog,
      Dolly

    1. Thank you, dear Rose! I love your blog and your incredible creations – and the cat fabrics are adorable!

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