|When Lucky first started coming to Josie's house, he was the product of a broken home.
During a time of disruption and upheaval within his family, Lucky's stress manifested itself the way most cats' would. He soiled inside his previous owner's house, which resulted in his being banished to the outdoors. That's when he started showing up on Josie's porch.
Keeping Regular Hours
"He was sick and hungry," Josie recalls, but "his eyes and heart were filled with love. He came to our back porch every day at the exact same time, twice a day, for food and attention.
"He slept on a rain soaked doormat waiting until I got up and fed him," Josie continues. "Then he left until dinnertime."
Who Gets Lucky?
Eventually, Lucky's first family moved out of their house without claiming their cat. One day, when Lucky showed up at Josie's house badly injured, it was time to settle the question of who would care for Lucky.
"I took him to the old owners' new house and told them he was in bad shape," Josie remembers. "He looked really depressed and would not eat." Lucky's former family said they were unable to care for him and told Josie she could keep him.
"When we had to tear down the back deck
to remodel, he came inside for good."
Lucky came home with Josie and was treated for his injuries, but there was no break in his well-established routine - waiting to be fed, returning at dinnertime - until Josie began a home renovation project. "When we had to tear down the back deck to remodel," Josie says, "he came inside for good."
A New Routine
Now, instead of sleeping on a wet mat and waiting to be fed, Lucky "comes to our room in the morning and jumps in the bed." Instead of dining alone, "he eats breakfast with our other two cats." And, instead of roaming all day - and coming home with injuries - Lucky "sits in the dining room and watches intently when there is activity in the kitchen."
In addition to sleeping on the deck when the weather is cool outside, Lucky still spends plenty of time outdoors, "socializing with the neighbors."
"Lucky likes to go to the neighbors' houses
and look in their windows."
"Lucky likes to go to the neighbors' houses and look in their back patio sliding windows," says Josie. No one seems to mind. "Everybody likes him in the neighborhood," she explains.
"He loves people, parties, music and food," continues Josie. "He is very social and loves attention." The neighbors who care for him when Josie is away can count on a visit from Lucky whenever they're gardening or working in the garage.
A Purr-fect Gentleman
"He especially likes the ladies," says Josie. "I have a 14-year-old female cat named Ginger who is orange. He follows her all around when she is outside, protecting her. There is also a pretty Longhair Siamese named Bubbles who lives next door. Lucky likes to go over to her porch to see her, but she just swats him away."
A Sensitive Side
"Lucky is very sensitive to crying," Josie says. "If he hears a child crying, he comes running over to see what's wrong." When Josie's household laughs out loud at something they're watching on television, "Lucky thinks we are crying and comes jumping on the couch."
And, when Lucky patrols outside, keeping intruders out of the yard, "he is gentle and doesn't mind the birds or rodents who pass through the yard; he never hurts them," claims Josie.
Ruler with an Iron Paw
Gentle though Lucky is, "he is NOT afraid of dogs of any size," Josie says. "I've seen him go nose to nose with a giant Great Dane - and the dog ran away. I've seen him attack a German Shepherd and growl at other stray dogs. He defends his turf with a furry iron paw."
Lucky and BLUE
"Lucky just loves BLUE cat food!" exclaims Josie. "His coat is so shiny and sleek and he no longer scratches incessantly." She started feeding Lucky the BLUE Spa Select Turkey and Brown Rice Recipe for cats with sensitive skin, which was recommended by a BLUE sales representative a year ago, "and I've been using it ever since." Lucky is doing so well on the food that Josie convinced a local pet store to start carrying it.
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