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A family’s resolute commitment results in the establishment of a warm and welcoming home for the stray cat they are determined to rescue.

Gerrie and Loki enjoy spending time in their spacious catio, playing and lounging as they observe the world around them. One day, a new cat approached the catio to greet them. Initially, the cats’ owners assumed he belonged to a neighbor and didn’t pay much attention. However, when he returned and a neighbor mentioned that he was a long-time stray in the neighborhood, they named him Ziggy and immediately began reaching out to befriend him.

Ziggy started visiting twice a day for food but was initially fearful of human touch. Eager to ensure his comfort during these visits, his newfound friends decided to build him a small shelter. Anticipating the colder winter months, they believed providing him with a warm place to stay would be essential. To help him acclimate, they began feeding him inside the shelter.

Ziggy appeared to find comfort in the shelter and was slowly becoming more receptive to the couple, yet it was clear that there was still a considerable distance to cover.

Renee, the mother of the cats (who preferred not to disclose her last name), shared with The Dodo, “After a few weeks of providing meals, I could finally pet him while he was eating.” “However, once he finished his meal, he remained resistant to touch.”

The couple was still contemplating their next steps with Ziggy—whether to continue feeding him outside until he felt more at ease or to try bringing him indoors—when they found him nestled in his little house, injured and in need of help. Swiftly, they rushed him to the vet, where he underwent the necessary operation, and later drove him back home.

“We isolated him in a separate room for a few days following the surgery,” Renee elaborated. “After a brief period, we reintegrated him with Gerrie and Loki. Given their continued compatibility, we decided to make Ziggy a part of our household.”

While Ziggy had his own small outdoor shelter, thoughtfully crafted by the couple to provide a sense of security, it was within the confines of their home that he truly discovered protection and comfort, ultimately becoming a cherished member of a newfound, permanent family.

Ziggy is now fully settled in his new home, relishing life despite the initial adjustment period. Over time, he came to the realization that his new parents, who aided in his recovery and provided exceptional care, were not as intimidating as he once thought. His current favorite activities include lounging near the window and enjoying the warmth emanating from the dishwasher. While he still delights in outdoor moments with his new feline siblings, Gerrie and Loki, he now shares the expansive catio with them instead of having his own small abode.

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