Not long after I moved into my current home, around March 2008, Felix started hanging around my property. He looked very sick, and was just skin and bones. He was super friendly though and it was clear that he had a home at one point but was abandoned. After a short time of him hanging around and me feeding him, I called up Friends of Abandoned Pets and they agreed to help out getting Felix looked after at the vets, but they had no foster homes so I would have to foster him until a home was found. I agreed. At the vets he was neutered and received treatment for all sorts of things like fleas, ear mites etc., and had to be locked up in a room in my home afterward for about a month in total while he healed and we waited for test results (which were negative). While locked up, I discovered that Felix is a pee-er. He pissed all over the room - he would even jump up on my dressers and pee down the walls. Every day I would get home from work and clean up at least 3 messes. This kept up even after he was able to have free reign of the house so he was put on Chlomicalm, a drug to chill him out. That has helped immensely and he doesn't pee randomly anymore. But this meant he could not be placed on FOAP's adoption list and I had to agree to keep him. He is also no longer skin and bones. In fact, the last time I took him to the vets he weighed an astounding 20 lbs. I am pretty sure he's now about 25 lbs. He is a gorgeous cat, with amazingly thick blue/grey fur. He has quite a personality and gets along great with all the other cats and loves people. I don't mind being stuck with him. :)
This first photo is one I took before I decided to save Felix. He would curl up like that on my deck and sleep for hours.
It was heartbreaking.
The next photo is one of a few I took of Felix after he had been to the vets and was locked up in my second bedroom.
And look at him now!