Cat Seeking Home with his Emotional Support Animal: Another Cat!

Why have one cat when you can have two? Isn’t that the age-old question… Well, for these cats, staying together is a necessity.

Camp Fire Destroys Paradise

Our story begins one year ago in Paradise, CA, during the raging fires that destroyed a town: A fire now known as the Camp Fire.

Tyler and Elizabeth Frank captured this photo of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Paradise, Calif., burning as they were stuck in gridlocked traffic
Tyler and Elizabeth Frank captured this photo of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Paradise, Calif., burning as they were stuck in gridlocked traffic.

The fire was the worst in California history. It devastated over 150,000 acres, destroyed 18,000 buildings, and left thousands of people and animals displaced, homeless, and injured. Out of the flames came many stories of successful rescues and reuniting, as well as heroism, love, and collaboration, but to this day, Paradise is still struggling and trying to rebuild. There are still animals that have never been reunited with owners, and animals that are still waiting for forever homes. These are two of those animals.

Blade: Arrives at FIVCR’s Foster home (6/25/19), then 22 days later (7/17/19).
Blade: Arrives at FIVCR’s Foster home (6/25/19), then 22 days later (7/17/19).

Blade & Captain Morgan Survive

Meet Blade (survivor #A015571) and Captain Morgan (survivor #A015605), just two of the many, many ‘Fire Cats’ saved during this terrible event. These two cats’ experiences are similar, though they suffered different injuries and maladies. By the time each of them was humanely trapped, Blade was living with a mouthful of broken teeth and a severe upper respiratory infection, and Captain Morgan had a damaged leg, fractured teeth, eye worms, and ulcers in his mouth. 

Captain Morgan: Prior to Rescue in Paradise, CA
Captain Morgan: Prior to Rescue in Paradise, CA

Cat’s Histories Unknown

The story of these cats before the fire is not known. Both are thought to have been strays because they were un-neutered and never claimed after the fire. They may well have been living on the streets before the fire ripped through the neighborhoods they had come to know as home. Blade, after his rescue, reacted with feral-like self-protectiveness towards people, while Captain Morgan seemed unfazed by his experiences, and was outgoing, friendly, and loving. ​

Captain Morgan with FIV Cat Rescue Founder Frankie Kangas. (8/29/19)
Captain Morgan with FIV Cat Rescue Founder Frankie Kangas. (8/29/19)

FIV Positive Results

Both cats underwent extensive vetting and both tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which, as people are learning, is no big deal.

FIV does not affect a cat’s lifespan or quality of life, and FIV cats can live with Non-FIV cats without transmitting the virus in a stable household.

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FIV Cat Rescue Steps Up

The local shelter did not have adoption resources for FIV cats in the overwhelm after the fires, so a neighboring non-profit, FIV Cat Rescue (FIVCR), stepped up to create an Emergency Foster Network for FIV Fire Cats. This is how Blade and Captain Morgan ended up at the same foster home in Fort Bragg, CA. ​

The Two Fire Survivors Bond

As far as we know, the first time these two cats met each other was when they suddenly found themselves housed together in a 7’ x 9’ catio after a curvy, 8-hour-long car ride from Paradise to Fort Bragg. Even so, they accepted each other immediately without objection.

 Blade clearly had PTSD from his experiences, hissing at anyone who came near and striking out if anyone dared try to touch him. The FIVCR foster started out by petting him with a wooden spoon and talking to him, especially while he ate. She observed a beautiful bond growing between the two cats, and how, whenever Blade got nervous, Captain Morgan would come over and start grooming his head, and it soothed Blade. 

Within a week, the two were sleeping in the same bed and wanted to eat side by side. Another thing the foster realized was that neither of them sprayed, and both always used the litter box, leading her to think that at some point, they must have been someone’s pets and not just strays.

Blade Progress: First time allowing Foster, Lenny Noack, to hold him! (8/29/19)
Blade Progress: First time allowing Foster, Lenny Noack, to hold him. (8/29/19)

Blade Begins To Trust People Again

During their time in foster care, Blade has made headway in trusting people again. The foster is now able to pet and brush him, pick him up for short periods, and has even taken him to the vet without need for sedation upon arrival.

For a cat initially described by the shelter as “aggressively feral,” these are huge steps, and we feel a lot of this was made possible by the comfort he found in Captain Morgan. Frankie, founder of FIVCR, and the foster feel confident Blade will continue to flourish with a dedicated owner who is patient, loving, and understanding of what the two cats have been through and their special bond.

Blade & Captain in their Catio looking for their forever home. (11/4/19)
Blade & Captain in their Catio looking for their forever home. (11/4/19)

BFF’s Looking For Forever Home

It’s time now for Blade and Captain Morgan to find their forever home. They made it through the fire, survived through being strays, and landed in a sheltered catio with steady food and human affection. With winter approaching, though, it’s their turn to have a real home, indoors, with their very own person(s).

Blade (10/30/2019)
Blade (10/30/2019)

Blade, An Older Cat

Blade is guesstimated to be 12-years old. He is a solid black male with thick, medium-length fur. All of his teeth had to be removed. He has recovered from his upper respiratory infection. His remaining chronic “snuffling” is in check with a little lysine added to his food. ​

Captain Morgan, A Youngster

Captain Morgan is thought to be about 4-years old. He is a long-hair orange tabby male. He had two toes amputated due to his injuries, the eye worms removed, and fractured teeth removed. As it turns out, Captain does not enjoy the company of dogs, though Blade seems unfazed by them. Both are now neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. ​

Captain Morgan (8/29/19)
Captain Morgan (8/29/19)

Information On Adopting

For more updates on Blade and Captain Morgan, including progress videos and photos visit the FIV Cat Rescue Facebook page.

If you’re interested in more information or in adopting, please contact Frankie at FIV Cat Rescue at FIVCat@gmail.com Blade and Captain Morgan’s perfect home is out there and ready for them. If it’s you, reach out today!