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Cat is all smiles: It’s Miley, not Miles

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Turns out the cat I took in off the streets of South Baltimore — just to watch over until you (and I do mean you) adopt it — isn’t a boy after all.

Miles, from nowhere, is now officially Miley.

I first noticed Miley about two weeks ago, when I stepped out of Bill’s Lighthouse Inn for a cigarette. She was living on, and under, the wooden stairs of the empty house next door. I walked over and said hello, and she was happy for the company, making me think that she probably wasn’t one of the feral felines that roam the corner.

I gave her a spare dog biscuit that was in my coat pocket, which she ignored until I broke it up into little pieces. At that point, she scarfed it down and began nuzzling up against me.DSC07890

After that, my dog Ace and I began stopping by on our way to Riverside Park to check on her, dropping her off some cat food from time to time — as others were doing as well, including Brooke, a neighbor who lives around the corner.

The cat spent most of her time in a well beneath the stairs, filled with wooden planks, which were full of nails she had to navigate past on her way in and out.

Four nights ago, Brooke and I happened to check on the cat at the same time. She’d been feeding her everyday, and even brought her home, only to learn that Miley, while she didn’t have any problem with Caesar the Rottweiller,  didn’t get along with her two cats.

We’d both done some checking around to see if anyone knew the cat. Nobody did, but I found out she had squeezed her way into both the Lighthouse and Leon’s Bar, across the street, only to get ejected. There were some reports as well that some street corner lowlifes had been kicking her.

With a big snow on the way, we decided to take the cat, who I was calling Miles by then, to my house, TEMPORARILY, make sure she and Ace got along, and schedule an appointment with a vet to see if her limp, her scratches and her hair loss were signs of bigger problems.

DSC07909Yesterday, Jill Shook, the veterinarian at City Pets on Charles Street, offered a complimentary check-up and pronounced Miles to be a 12-pound, three-to-four year old tabby, missing some teeth, but otherwise in good health. She also pronounced him to be a her.

Miley is spayed, has no microchip and tolerates dogs well. Her limp went away after a couple of days. Her hair, probably scraped off by the nails, is growing back in and her cuts are healing.

While I had my doubts at first — Miley apparently did not relieve herself during her first 24 hours in my home — she does know how to use a litter box. Fearing she might not, Brooke brought over some cat poop from her house (the gift that keeps on giving) to put in the litter box in hopes Miley would get the message. She did.

She’s a tough, independent and affectionate cat and all she needs now is a human. (Miley Cyrus fans are welcome to apply, as is Miley Cyrus). If you’re interested, contact me at muttsblog@verizon.net.

Meanwhile, I’d like to say a big thank you to Brooke DiRusso, for caring, and to Dr. Jill Shook at City Pets for the check-up.

In case you missed the original video on Miley, back when she was Miles, here it is again:

(Photos: John Woestendiek / ohmidog!)

Comments

Comment from Fanny
Time February 3, 2010 at 9:07 am

Very sweet John…are you sure Ace is willing to give her up?

Comment from bluhawkk
Time February 3, 2010 at 10:25 am

Thanks for having Miley checked out. I was concerned about possible feline leukemia.

Fingers crossed that a permanent home is quickly found.

Comment from Barbara Williamson
Time February 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm

You are a good man, John and she’s a beautiful tabby girl

Comment from Peter
Time February 11, 2010 at 8:24 am

God bless you for the good deed you have done. As the owner of 4 felines, I have taken some in myself. She will be forever greatful to you. Perhaps you might keep her yourself if you cannot find a suitable home.

Comment from patty turner
Time February 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm

You are Miley’s savior; I have four (formerly) feral cats and have never missed a day thanking them for their devotion, loyalty and love.

Bless you

Comment from Peter
Time February 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I was wondering how Miley is doing and if you still had her. She sounds like a wonderful animal who either ran away or someone dumped (damn them).

Have you found anyone interested? Or are you going to keep her for yourself? Your kind heart and good deed make you a wonderful human being.

Comment from Molly, Shadow and Trooder
Time February 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

We seem to finks Miley has found a gud furever home wif yoo. Won’t yoo keep her’s? She looks happy on yer stairs. We is all rescued kittehs and we know the feeling of being lost and then found by a kind bean. =^.^=

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Time March 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm

[...] wooden planks, which were full of nails that she had to navigate past on her way in and out. A kind Baltimore pet blogger has given her temporary shelter, but this girl needs a forever [...]

Comment from Beth Taylor
Time March 19, 2010 at 1:11 am

thank you for rescuing miley!!! i would like to kick the people that kicked her, nothing, i mean nothing, makes me more angry than people that are cruel to animals & children, but karma will always prevail! god bless you hun, i hope she finds a forever home and will pray that she does!

Comment from sonia
Time March 21, 2010 at 11:04 am

you are a really good person for rescuing this cat! there should be more people like you.
i hope she finds a nice home where she will be cared for and loved. i really liked this story aswell as the video. thank you!

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