My tragic month

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I posted already about losing “my buddy smoke”. This came on the heels of losing my mother. Unfortunately, there’s more to the story and it’s eating at me.
For various reasons, I lived with mom the past few years. Mom loved animals. She had dogs, she had cats, & she left out food for a possum that visited. She always had animals. I grew up always caring for animals. She had cats inside and 3 strays that she fed outside. They had a shelter we bought and placed on the porch. They weren’t really strays. They were family.

We rented a small home from a lousy landlord. He had two unoccupied homes beside us that he allowed to decline. Homeless broke in and started fires. Our home was safe but it was a frightening experience. Then the landlord decided to tear all the homes down and asked us to leave. My mother also began to get sick. I’m trying to find a place to stay, take care of mom, & work. To get the landlord off of us, we put everything in storage at the end of August. Mom then went to the hospital. I was beyond stressed. I paid one last month rent and told the landlord we were mostly out. I still had pets inside the home and a few odd things to get. I was staying at the hospital with mom & trying to find an answer for the cats. I told him to give me a warning before any demolition. Just a day or two.

Mom then passed away. I was still going to the house and feeding the cats. I asked someone to help me find homes for some of them. I sat with them one night and told them I wouldn’t let them down. I knew how much mom loved them. The very next day, demolition started without warning. The landlord said he didn’t think I needed a warning. It had only been 2 weeks since I told him & we were his only tenant. I ran in the house to try a rescue but couldn’t find anyone. I watched our house destroyed and prayed the cats got out.

The outside cats and 1 inside cat survived. Three beautiful angels did not survive. At least I haven’t seen them. I have been devastated. I did everything I could but I had so many things going on. I failed them though. I posted this because I felt I was ignoring their tragedy. It’s on my mind every day. I’m working to keep the remaining cats together and will take them to my next home. God I wish I hadn’t had so many problems at once. I’m sorry Butter, OJ, & Kinky.
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I am so sad for you. You were faced with a demolition that you could not stop. What was wrong with the landlord, did he not know there were cats? So upsetting.

It is not as though you did something wrong. The problem was that you were helpless. Sometimes we are, despite our best efforts.

You might try checking your local shelter and rescue groups, or perhaps signs at your local pet food stores; or, if you have a Next Door app near you. People are very helpful in the case of lost animals. Cats are survivors, and they may still be out there.

Please keep us posted.
 

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I know how you must be grieving, but I will tell you this...your missing babies may well still be out there, somewhere. They would have been frightened off, and headed for the hills, so to speak. Don't give up on them turning up at the same property at some point. I'd suggest going there as often as you can, around the times that they were used to being fed. My heart with yours.
 

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My heart breaks for what you are going through. Please don't blame yourself, you were doing all you could with what you had. My heart goes out to those three missing babies, I pray they are just hiding somewhere, but if not, may God bless them. They have peace because they have your thoughts and love, the bond you formed with them will be with you forever. There was nothing you could do, especially since there was no rent paid that last month. (?) If there was, you could file a complaint against him, but pets are considered property and you wouldn't get much.
You have a good heart, I pray you get home for your remaining little ones or find a place you all can stay. I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and know we care.......
 
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I go to the spot of the house and feed anyone who shows up twice a day. These are mostly the cats that lived outdoors. I keep hoping someone else shows up.
We had rented from this landlord for 15 years at least. He was the worst you could imagine. We did our own repairs whenever it was necessary. In the last few months, we paid him several hundred dollars extra each month thinking he would give us more time to find a place. I accept a lot of blame but I also put some on him.

Because of my mom, I’ve cared for cats my entire life. It hurts so much that I wasn’t able to keep them all safe. I loved them all so dearly. Kinky the black cat in the pictures, was named that because his tail was shaped like a lightning bolt. I often remarked he was too good to be living with us. He was sweet, spotless, purred like a motorcycle engine, and was loving to the other cats. I watched him talk to to them, making these sounds that seemed to relax them. He was a saint! God he did deserve this.

Before my mom went to the hospital, she stayed with her sister some. I’d take her videos of the cats and her eyes lit up! She sent me a text saying “I’d feel better if I had my babies”. My only comfort is that maybe she has some of her babies with her now. Im sure she’s shocked to see them though. I love and miss them all.
 

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Well a small miracle happened a few weeks ago. One of the cats that I thought I’d lost showed up! I almost didn’t recognize him he’d grown so much. I started feeding him and he put his paw on my shoulder. He just stared me in the eyes and I knew it was one of my mom’s cats. I’ve already found him a home with my aunt. She’s taken two cats now. I’m determined to make sure everyone has a home. That would make mom happy.
I do wish I could’ve saved the two angels in my last picture. They were the sweetest. My heart hurts every time I think of them.
 

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You were the victim here as much as the cats. You did not fail them; you did advocate for the cats in the house and were ignored. I am so sorry that this happened to you and was very happy to learn that one has returned.

Several years ago my cousin who lived in the FL panhandle lost her entire house in a hurricane. The cat was inside the house which was washed out to sea as she lived almost directly on the beach. A few weeks later she found the cat hiding in the sea grass, skinny and terrified, but alive. Don't give up. I wonder if your cats all bolted at the first sign of demolition and are hiding elsewhere.
 
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