While it remains to be seen whether he's staying with us or not, I thought that I'd share this with everyone!
Miraculously, we never lost power during hurricane Sandy. A dear friend of ours, Dave Chase did however, along with half of everyone else we know. After a few days of trying to tough it out, Dave decided he was sick of cold showers and not being able to charge his phone, so he decided to stay with us for a night or two.
The catch is, Dave doesn't drive right now. (Super long story, don't ask him. Trust me.) So I had to get up at 5am to run him to work on Saturday. And it's a good thing I did! When I got home, this guy was sitting by the neighbor's porch. He cried and ran up to me and I scratched behind his ears a bit and started to walk away. And he followed me. And when I started up our front walk, he ran ahead of me to the door and cried to be let in.
Which presents a minor problem: I know nothing about this cat's temperament or health and we already live with a 12 year old cat. This guy:
Who is used to being the only fuzzbutt in the house.
So we took the new guy to the vet, and got him checked out to make sure he's as healthy as he is friendly. He's about 3 or so years old, feline leukemia negative, and overall, pretty healthy. No fleas, no ears mites, and neutered. So we got him a rabies shot and snuck him into the 3rd floor so we can introduce the boys to each other gradually. We're thinking of calling him Chase, if we keep him, after Dave, since he's the reason that I was outside in the first place. (Sorry, Dave, I just don't think that "Dave" is a great name for a cat. Or at least not this one.)
I'm totally sold on keeping him, Carl's pretty convinced, but Galen gets the deciding vote. I'll keep you posted!