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Adopting throw away pets. Meet Freddie the Freeloader

Updated on April 16, 2014

Freddie after his trip to the vet

He took over the house and our hearts
He took over the house and our hearts

How we met

Selecting a pet should be a positive event. Sometimes they select us.

Fred was a stray that came out of the woods one day. He came to the back porch, looked through the glass sliding doors, saw cats inside and turned around, backed up to the glass door and 'sprayed' it while i sat there watching him flabbergasted. So i went to the door and chased him off into the woods. What little good that did.

He was back daily and sprayed the glass door for about 3 weeks. The smell was dizzying and was starting to get to me every time i opened the door. Spray washing and spraying neutralizers did not stop this behavior and neither did my chasing him off into the woods every time i caught him on the back porch or in the back yard.

So, i thought i would try a new tactic. I would feed him until i could get my hands on him - then off to the vets he would go to find him another home to haunt. It took a couple more weeks before he trusted me enough to get close enough for me to grab him. So i did it. And quickly popped him into a cat carrier i had in waiting to carry him to the vet for disposal.

You know the old saying about the best laid plans of mice and men.

All the vet had to say was: "what a beautiful tom cat. Looks like he is not quite a year old. What's he here for today?" I promptly corrected him and said he was not my cat. Just a stray that keeps "spraying" my glass sliding doors. The vet just laughed and said "we can fix that." I asked sarcastically, "How? You got a rubber band small enough to tie around his little "sprayer"?

He said laughingly "no he needs to be neutered. It takes about 30 days before the testosterone level is low enough to stop his need to spray to 'mark' his territory to attract the female cats." so i just turned to him (the cat) and said - why you little gigolo! He looked up at me and gave me a quiet little "meow" as if to say, "please don't do it". And at that moment i knew i could not send him away.

Freddie's big life with us

Freddie and friends
Freddie and friends | Source
where he sits to stare at me staring at the T.V.
where he sits to stare at me staring at the T.V.

Freddie's big life with us


So, he had his little surgery and promptly moved in to the house with the other cats. He soon became part of my little family, that seemed to be growing rapidly.

Fred loved to play. He would find something to bat around the floor and do that for hours. As he got older his favorite past time was following me around, and as you can see in a couple of the photos - he was content just sitting on the arm of the couch staring at me nodding off in my recliner while watching t.v. (I think the snoring noises fascinated him - or at least amused him).

He also enjoyed spaghetti, actually all pastas, all vegetables, potato chips, cookies, spicy foods, and loved ice cream and yogurt. I had to put him on a diet when he reached 35 pounds. He was a happy and playful cat up until last year when he started losing weight and stopped eating. He was diagnosed with feline leukemia and went down hill rapidly. I finally had to have him put to sleep, i could not watch him like that any longer. I held him at the vet during the procedure. It was very sad. He had a peaceful and painless passing. His suffering was over - my sadness just beginning. It always hurts deeply to watch someone you love suffer and pass on.

He still lives on in the musical DVD slide show i made of all the pets, and in my memories. I posted some pix so you could enjoy and celebrate his life with me. I came to love that little stray that just showed up at the door one day and never left. He lived to be 12 - 13 years old before he passed on. I think about him often.

by: d.william 09/19/10

Freddie on the inside

Freddie (on the right) looking out the glass sliding doors he used to pee on from the outside.
Freddie (on the right) looking out the glass sliding doors he used to pee on from the outside. | Source

My tribute to Freddie the cat

This is tribute to my beloved cat.

His name was Fred. We nicknamed him "Freddie the Freeloader" after the old Red Skelton show character.

Freddie was born in 1998. Died in 2010.

Freddie the Freeloader Part 1

Freddie the Freeloader Part 2

© 2013 d.william

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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR

      d.william 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      always exploring:

      when i wrote the above comment, i realized the one to you was missing..

      Sometimes, when i visit the "my account" page and check under comments section, i reply directly from that capsule instead of going to the actual hub to write a comment. Most of the time they take, but lately those comments are not being forwarded to the hub as intended, like they used to do.

      Anywho, i just wanted you to know i did write a reply thanking you for reading and commenting, and it is always a pleasure hearing from you.

      Dave

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      d.william 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      iscribble:

      thanks for reading and commenting.

      A feral cat won't let you get close enough to touch them. There is one living outside of my house at present. He is a beautiful orange tabby - male i would suspect. As soon as he sees me he runs like a bat out of hell. I tried leaving food out to entice him to become more friendly, but this one is a lost cause. He either was abused, or born in the woods. He is a true feral (wild child) tom cat.

      Freddie, on the other hand, kept coming to the glass sliding doors to look in the house (being a male cat, i am sure he was just looking for a little kitty loving). He was better groomed than the orange cat, and although he was leery of me (i suppose because i kept trying to shoo him away), he ultimately came to me when i decided it was easier to take him to the vet than have him spraying the glass every day.

      What he did not know was that all the cats living inside were neutered, so he was wasting his time anyway (poor little fool). And if he knew that was his ultimate destiny too, i am sure that, he too, would have run like hell every time he saw me.

      I am glad he didn't, cause he turned out to be a wonderful addition to my little pet family.

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      i scribble 

      4 years ago

      This is a sweet story. How do you know a cat isn't feral? Was it because it kept coming up to your glass door?

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved this story. I must admit it brought a tear. You are an old softie and i love reading about your animals. Thank you..

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR

      d.william 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      The one i lost was jet black and quite big. There have been a few sightings in the woods of small panthers in this area. Since all the rednecks in this area have 100 guns each, i am sure they were shooting these animals for practice, pleasure, or to satisfy their lust for killing. I only hope it was a quick death.

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      Lela 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I know! I've lost two very special cats to 'disappearances'. One of them just a month ago. We're still wondering where Flash is and what happened to her. She was mostly an indoor cat too. She just went out the pet door and never came back. She was the sweetest, most intelligent cat we've ever had. I miss her terribly.

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      d.william 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Austinstar: It is sad when they start dying off. I had 7 cats and 4 dogs at the highest point. Several died from leukemia as well. One had a massive stroke, one had kidney failure, and one went outside and never returned (that one bothers me the most - as i picture all sorts of bad things happening).

      It is only a mild experience though in comparison to the horrors of when parents lose a child that they never discover where, why, or how.

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      Lela 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I currently have 2 very old dogs and 3.5 cats. The half cat is still a stray that only comes around in the middle of the night to eat, I haven't been able to catch him or pet him.

      I've lost several to feline leukemia and it is a horrible disease. I try to vaccinate any cats I find.

      I don't envy you taking the animals in a long car ride, that's for sure.

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      d.william 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Yes, i agree it is always a win-win when we take in stray or abused pets. I am down to 2 dogs and one cat, and am anticipating moving from Florida to Maine next year. I have nightmares about taking those three in a car with me on a 3-4 day ride. L.O.L.

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      Lela 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I've had three cats like this. One still freeloads around here. A new tom cat has appeared too. Over the last 21 years, I know we have 'adopted' a dozen or more cats. They keep the mice away, so I feed them. It's a win-win!

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      d.william 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      There was one comment on this original hub before i removed it. I am posting it here to give credit to the hubber who left it.

      From: Twilight Lawns 8 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Level 6 Commenter

      Nice writing. It is clear, concise, but full of heart, and very touching in many parts.

      Looking forward to reading more about your friends.

      My reply: from d.william 8 months ago from Florida Hub Author

      Thanks i am glad you found your way here. Freddie was certainly one of my very favorites. The picture of him sitting on the couch with his legs (arms) crossed on the arm rest is my favorite. He really looks like he was paying attention to every word i was saying to him.

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