The man was going to clean up his boat before the start of spring. As soon as he removed the tarpaulin, he noticed a tiny ball of fur, which, frightened, froze in the corner. Suddenly, the lump began to squeak. “My husband was cleaning the boat and found this lonely toddler. He brought it into the house,” says Louise Scofield.
In the small town where the couple lives, there is a colony of wild cats. The family later learned that the kitten they found, and its sibling were born in a garage about a block from their home. “The owner of that garage is a big fan of cats and regularly feeds the animals in the area. A few days after the kittens were born, one of them was found dead in the driveway.
The owner of the garage immediately went to look for the second child, but he disappeared. He could not find a wild mother cat and decided that her entire brood was dead. This was just before the Scofield family discovered a small squeaking cub in their boat.
The couple knew that the neighbourhood was unsafe for such babies, so they took him away and began to feed him every two hours. “We took full custody of him and became his surrogate parents. We gave him food, helped him go to the toilet, and caressed him. In general, he did everything his mother would have done” says Louise.
People gave the new pet the name Whisker. The little friend joined three other cats living in the house, who were also rescued at one time. As Whisker grew, his attachment to his adoptive parents grew stronger. “This is the most loving cat I have ever seen! He wants to lie on our heads, faces, necks and knees every second. Its purring motor constantly runs at high speeds.
“We have three other cats – Sylvester, Joe and Shadowpaw. And Whisker gets along great with all of them. However, his main playmate is our Chihuahua. They love to wrestle and chase each other around the house,” says Louise. Whisker and his human brother are resting after dinner. One of his favourite things to do is sit on his foster dad’s favourites.
The cat wants to keep him company in any business – apparently, in this way he thanks the person for having been saved once. When Whisker was found, he was a tiny kitten about the size of a palm. And now, after 5 months, he has blossomed into a magnificent fluffy cat who shows love and appreciation to his people every day.