What happened? That’s all we really want to know with Geoff, but we don’t get to find out.
Geoff, you see, was adopted out from Tabby’s Place some time ago by an individual who lived in north Jersey. When we did our standard callbacks (at 3 days, 3 weeks, and 3 months after the adoption), everything was going beautifully; Geoff was proving to be a sweet, loving cat, as he was while he was here. But some weeks ago (it’s early July, 2010, as I write this), we received a call from Animal Control in the Poconos. Geoff had been hit by a car; he had a fractured femur and several broken ribs. When he was found, Animal Control had used his microchip to try to contact his owner, but she had moved and left no forwarding information. Unable to contact her, they traced him back to us via the chip.
We immediately sent a team out to PA to pick up Geoff and get him to a specialist. He now has a plate and some screws in his leg, and he’s been on strict cage rest, but we’re hoping he’ll be declared fully recovered within a couple of weeks. To our amazement, he seems to be as affectionate with people as ever he was. Even better, he’s showing signs of wanting to come out of his cage, something he wasn’t doing just a couple of weeks ago.
We estimate that Geoff was born in 2006, so he’s still a young cat. We’ve found that he now has a heart condition; he requires one inexpensive heart medication for that at present, and he’ll need an ultrasound about twice a year. Geoff may have some arthritis in his injured leg as he ages. It is imperative that he be an indoor only cat; we will not risk his going outside again.
Geoff is good with almost all people; he’s a pretty mellow guy all around (he’s even good about taking his medication!). He’s been a little standoffish around our other lobby cats, but we suspect that’s because many of them are older and not great with other felines. He’s a handsome swirl tabby, with dark brown patterns against a medium brown coat.
We don’t get to find out what happened in Geoff’s past, but we’d love to find someone who can give him the “happily ever after” future he so richly deserves.