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Meet Pepper. She came walking up to me casually one evening as I was walking up to my apartment. I had never seen her in the area before and she was way too well groomed to be an outdoor cat so I took her in (with the wife's permission of course) and we asked around to see if she belonged to anyone in the apartment complex. Turns out a neighbor had already done that so we decided to take her in for the time being. We immediately brought her to the vet the very next day and had her bloodwork done and checked for all of the possible problems and diseases and she had none (no ticks, fleas, or ID chip either) so she was obviously someone's pet who either lost her or let her loose for some reason. My guess is that being in a large apartment complex the possibility is there that someone was moving somewhere they couldn't have pets so they left her to her own devices. Problem is, we can't keep her. My son is HIGHLY allergic to cats (thanks to Pepper we found this convenient fact out) and we now need to find a loving home for her.
Pepper is absolutely adorable and I am not just writing that to get rid of her. When I first met her she rubbed on my leg like we were old friends. From there she has done nothing but cuddle with us, sleep, and occasionally play. When my son first met her I was a little apprehensive because I did not know her temperament and a 6yr old rushing a new animal is always a scare but she simply rolled onto her back and let him pet her. I was amazed. If there is one "complaint" (if I could call it that) about her is that she is a "finicky" eater in that she won't eat just any brand of food (we've tried a few). She seems to like Whiskas with chicken broth added. We also put out some dry food in case she gets hungry during the day and she nibbles on that from time to time but won't eat it exclusively. She was VERY skinny when we first got her (you could feel all of her bones!) but she is at a healthy weight now and as I mentioned before, all vet tests show she is healthy. She has been given a round of 2 different antibiotics just to make sure she doesn't have worms and something else (I don't remember) but those have been completed. We are at the end of month 2 of our now-foster for her and have been told that if there were any problems with her we would have seen them by now. OH! And she took to the litter box right away! Like, immediately. We bought it, put it down and she went. It was that easy. So with all of this information (the cleanliness, lack of ticks, fleas, bad behavior, going in the litter box so easily, etc.) we believe she was someone's pet up until recently. Best guess at age by the vet was between 4 and 5 judging by the dental development but she is so small everyone (the vet included) believed she was a kitten.
So if this was a normal situation we would be keeping Pepper, no doubt about it. But with my son feeling miserable and definitively being diagnosed with being allergic to her the coin flip decided Pepper has to go (it was a close one). With that, we will provide the following:
All vet records showing what we've had done and verifying her health along with vaccination shots
Large sized litter box with cover to prevent scatter (Brand new)
Large sized litter box mat to make sure any litter that could escape the litter box will stay on the mat (Brand new)
Large sized litter scooper (WAS brand new)
Pepper's bed (Brand new)
Whatever food we have left over
I live in northern NJ and will also transport her within a 2 hour drive.
BTW...She is not spayed at this time but if that is a determining factor we can work something out.