Ouigi showed up hungry at feeding time for a colony of feral cats near Newark, DE on a snowy, cold February night. The colony caretaker knew immediately that he was no feral cat; this definitely was someone’s lost or abandoned kitty. She placed an ad in the newspaper and called the local shelters, but nobody reported missing this gorgeous, declawed, neutered longhaired cat.
As it turned out, Ouigi may actually have been on his own for a while, because his beautiful coat was dirty and matted. He had itchy earmites so bad that he had damaged the cartilage of one ear by scratching it so hard. He tended to eat rapidly and vomited frequently because he had ingested a lot of fur in trying to keep himself groomed.
Ouigi is feeling and looking much better, but the one ear will always be crinkled. He is a very large, intelligent young adult who shows evidence of Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest Cat genes. He is about 3 to 5 years old, front declawed and very well socialized. Although he is a wonderful companion with humans, he may have been an only cat in his previous home. He can be surprisingly aggressive with cats who challenge or show fear of him, but might well adjust to a multicat environment with a very careful introduction. He has lived in a home with a large energetic dog without incident.
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