A woman is surprised to find her foster kitten cuddling with an outdoor cat
Megyn Scott-Hintz first saw Garfield at the local veterinary clinic a few weeks ago. After finding the five-week-old stray cat alone outside, a good Samaritan gave him up.
Scott-Hintz realized she had to take in the frail orange cat who needed a foster home. “He was infested with fleas, and mites and had only skin on his bones,” Ms. Scott-Hintz told The Dodo.
Garfield was remarkably peaceful and relaxed when she took him home. “He was very friendly with humans,” Scott-Hintz said, noting that most outdoor kittens of this age are still hissy and wild. “At that point, he didn’t seem to have any problems with humans – no fear of anything.”
Garfield found comfort wherever he could find it, and he quickly befriended Captain Pickles, Scott-senior Hintz’s semi-firm alley cat. “One night Pickles came in for dinner and watched [Garfield],” Scott-Hintz explains. “As soon as Pickles sat down on the couch, Garfield ran up to him and smelled his nose, and that was the end of the story.”
Pickles had shown little interest in the other children placed by Scott-Hintz, but he quickly established himself as Garfield’s most devoted janitor. “It takes a lot to make [Pickles] want to come inside, so it was unexpected that he wanted to spend time with Garfield,” Scott-Hintz says. “It’s especially nice that he’s looking for Garfield.”
Pickles was adopted by Scott-Hintz nine years ago. She knew he had been raised in a cat colony since he had been neutered and had his ears clipped. Pickles had been trying to become a house cat for years, but Mrs. Scott-Hintz could see he was not happy.
Scott-Hintz said, “He would hide all the time, he would never come out.” “Once he had access to the outside and could spend as much time as he wanted on our porch, he turned into a whole new cat.”
Garfield’s health problems proved to be more serious than Scott-Hintz had anticipated, and he was soon back at the emergency vet.
Garfield arrived home after a few difficult days, and Pickles was happy to see his baby again.
“Pickles groomed him brilliantly as soon as he got home,” Scott-Hintz adds. “He told me, ‘You need to clean up your act. ‘You’re revolting.’ Pickles would try to bite me if I tried to convince him to stop grooming him. Don’t touch the boy,” he would say. ‘Don’t go near him. ‘I know what I’m doing,’ she said.
“I’m curious if Pickles sensed something was wrong with Garfield,” she continued.
Pickles’ attention never wavered as Garfield’s condition deteriorated. Pickles comforted Garfield during his health concerns until the little cat seemed to be on the mend.
“I can see that Pickles wants to be around Garfield now that he’s feeling better, but he’s calmer with the situation,” Scott-Hintz said. “He’s not watching him as closely.”