If you follow me on Twitter, you have probably seen a few pictures of a cuddly little kitten. I thought I would share with you all Chad’s story and how she became the office cat (yes, Chad is a she!).
A little over two weeks ago, it was a normal day at work (the day job that is). I was busy working on some kits to get mailed off to customers when a co-worker asked if I had seen the cat. This isn’t that strange of a question for this office. On any given day there is usually at least one four-legged animal running around here. You see, the office is pretty laid back and some people bring their dogs in to hang out with them. I think it makes the office a fun place to be.
I had not seen the cat though and being an animal lover, I was intrigued. I went back to her desk and in a box was the smallest kitten ever. I Ooo’d and Ahh’d for a few minutes and then was shocked by the story of where the kitten came from.
This brave little girl started her day out 20 miles from the office. My co-worker said when she got in her truck to come to work she heard little kitten meows. She looked under the truck, behind the truck; no kitten. She got in and started driving. The whole way to the office she kept hearing the kitten and even when she stopped along the road there was no critter to be found. When she got in to the office, she had someone crawl under the truck to look for her. Finally, up on the axle of the truck sat a precious little black and white kitten.
She has already started to change colors a bit. Her solid black is now black with some brown/reddish color stripes.
No one knows how long she had been there, where she came from or how she stayed there the whole time. She was so dehydrated and starving. I felt so bad for her. Poor little girl was most likely dumped off at my co-workers home. (She said people drop off unwanted animals there all the time. What a horrible thing!). Everyone wanted the kitten but no one could take her home. My puppies would not appreciate me bringing home a cat, that would NOT fly! We tried to find her a home but time after time it fell through. By the end of the day, it was suggested that she became the office cat. I was all for that and everyone else was open to the idea.
We all thought the kitten was a boy, not exactly sure why. She got the name Chad the first day. The next day I took little Chad to the vet. She got an exam and everything looked fine, other than the fleas! We were also told that Chad…was a girl. She was also only 4 weeks old and needed a lot of love, food, water and a stable environment. We got her all of the necessities and then lots of toys of course. Everyone calls her Kitty (not so original!) but to me, she is still Chad.
I have never seen a kitten as calm and cuddly as she is. With her restored energy and health she still isn’t crazy kitten like most are. She runs around all day while everyone is at the office and then at night she roams around. Each day she gets a little more brave (She can now jump the gate..must rethink that situation) and goes all over the office by herself. She doesn’t go too far away since she is a very people loving cat. There have only been a few times that I couldn’t find her (the bell on her collar helps so much) but all I have to do is shake the treat bag and she comes flying back to you.
In the past couple of weeks she has already gained a pound! I am so glad we were able to save her as she truly is a precious little kitten.
As you can see…she has made herself at home. If you can’t find the kitten, this is usually where she is. It definitely makes coming to work a lot better!