Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Bus cat to beloved pet

Looking at Baggypuss today, you wouldn’t guess at his past life as a starving stray, pushed away by people in a bus queue as he searched for scraps.

“He’s settled in absolutely wonderfully,” says Vivienne Husband of the ginger tom she adopted from CP’s Swale Branch in July.

Baggypuss has thrived in his new home
Things were very different six months ago. Frightened, hungry and dehydrated, the skeletal cat was forced to live off discarded scraps. In his search for food, he tried to board a bus in Halfway, Isle of Sheppey, but was shooed away by the passengers.

Luckily for Baggypuss he was spotted and taken home by a local man, who contacted Swale CP then took him to the vet.

Swale’s Branch Co-ordinator Sylvia Foster visited the cat at the clinic the next day. “He was so weak that his back legs could hardly support him. His fur was ragged and tufty and his eyes were sunken,” she says.

“I picked him up very gently and he snuggled into me and started purring. I thought: ‘You poor mite, I’ve got to do something for you.’”

When he was found, Baggypuss could barely support his own weight
Sylvia guessed that the cat must have a lot of medical problems, but tests showed that he simply had an overactive thyroid which could be controlled through medication.

Baggypuss was taken to his temporary new home, a cosy Cat Cabin at the home of Branch Fosterer Val Hadnutt. With Val’s care and devotion Baggypuss gradually improved, putting on more than half a kilo in weight. 
With CP's care and attention, Baggypuss's health improved
And then - at last - he found a new owner.

Vivienne Husband first caught sight of Baggypuss at a branch open day at Val’s house. “He walked into my heart and that was it, I wanted him there and then,” Vivienne says.

In early July, Baggypuss moved into his permanent home with Vivienne. He has thrived in her care, and is now a healthy weight.

“When I look at him sleeping, all curled up, he looks totally content to me,” she adds.

18 comments:

  1. Well done to all of you for helping Baggypuss - and thank goodness for the kind man who took time to bring him to you. Gilli @ Textile Cottage Studio and Membership Secretary for Glastonbury & Wells CP Branch (Somerset)

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  2. Awwww Baggypuss! I try not to think of how you were shoved away when you were only trying to survive but instead concentrate on how all these lovely people helped you!!! Take care
    x

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  3. My Allah blessed you V this is very sad story about a stray cat in my country also have a lot stray cats n dogs

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  4. He looks so much like my Mister Jinx. Little ginger toms have something very special about them. So glad he was rescued and has found happiness now. It's the very least he deserves. Hugs for Baggypuss!

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  5. Amen, a lovely outcome, so fed up and sick of bad news...well done to all concerned.

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  6. Lovely story! So sad that all those people on the bus shooed him away, but so happy one kind hearted soul took the time to help this little guy x

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  7. Well done to everyone who gave this lovely cat a 2nd chance. Particular thanks to the C.P.L. for all the work you do on behalf of cats everywhere.
    If you like feel good stories about cats can I recommend "A Street Cat Named Bob" by James Bowen to you.

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    1. Yes, that is a wonderful book. I have had ginger cats all my life, and they are wonderful. Well done to that great man who saved this lovely chp

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    2. Thank god for people who care about animals-I wish there were many more-he's a gorgeous ginger puss!

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    3. Can't wait to read it - have it ready for when I finish my current book. Another good one is "The Cat who came in from the cold" by Deric Longdon

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  8. How heartless can some people be in shoving this gorgeous puss away. I'm so pleased that a wonderful man took him to CPL who turned his life around for him & gave him a second chance so that he now has a loving home & family & is also in good health. Have A Nice Life Bagpuss XxXxX

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  9. Aw I love him what a heart warming story! If i'd have been on that bus and seen the state he was in I would have cancelled my day plans and helped him.

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  10. The CP do such good work - I got both my cats from them - they deserve all the support we can give them so they can carry on saving lives like baggypuss!

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  11. Anyone who could ignore, push or neglect any animal must not have a heart. I seriously wonder about people who can do this. Baggypuss is a beautiful boy and anyone could see that he was so ill and undernourished yet it took one very kind soul to take him under his wing to get him help. Like Amy said if I saw any creature in this state I wouldn't care about my plans I would be getting him to a vet and would not care about cost or anything. I have a semi feral cat that has been coming to me for three years. He is part of my family now and I love him that much I have just brought him a Kat Kabin!!!. Baggypuss looks like a new cat now and I am so happy that he has a wonderful and caring owner who will love him for the rest of his life. Well done Cats Protection and all involved in the rescue of Baggypuss xxx

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  12. Amazing outcome. Such a handsome boy too. How could anyone not want that lovely chap. Great work as ever by CP and well done to the new parents for taking him in. Bet he loves his new home. I got my two babies from CP and I love them to bits.

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  13. There are so many unwanted and unloved cats out there it makes me so sad.Thank God for CP and RSPCA also the kind man on the bus who took Baggypus to a place of safety and got him help what a beauty he is with such fab eyes.It is up to every animal lover to do their part and help where they can to make a difference.

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  14. We are a cat lover in the family, I adore cats so much. I love them just like my babies, and this one is adorable too. This guys should be loved just like us, they also had life..

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