Gizmo, The Kitten No One Wanted
Heather set up to meet her friend Rebecca who has two cats. When I got to Rebecca's apartment, there was only one cat and it's not Gizmo. According to her, Gizmo usually just stay hidden when there are other people around.
So you rescued Gizmo?
Gizmo was in the back of my apartment when I lived in Brooklyn. My cat sitter rescued him, the mother cat and his eight brothers and sisters. But he had a lot of issues. He had ringworm. He was really skinny. His eyes were popping out, a really skinny tail. No one wanted him. So I ended up adopting him, even though I had two cats already.
And then, when I was dating my husband. When he came over, he thought I only had one cat, and I ended up having three. He's like, "Oh no! What did I get myself into?".
Was it because you took pity on Gizmo, that's why you adopted him?
Yeah. I felt bad cause no one was gonna adopt him. I was like, "Okay, what's one more?'. I had to leave him at the vet for a week, to get rid of the ringworms, because he couldn’t be around the other two cats.
And then, he integrated with Jasmine and Fred, my other two cats. He was very active and he used to jump on top of my armoire and run around the apartment. He can still jump up on some things but now that he is older he can’t jump quite as high.
How old is he now?
He is fourteen years old.
So what's Gizmo like aside from being aloof from people?
He's a really sweet cat. He'll never scratch or bite anyone. He used to try to get my other cat Fred to play with him. He would stalk Fred and try to get him to interact. Fred would show him who was boss with a bit of playful cat boxing. Gizmo was not afraid of Fred, even though Fred outweighed him by about 8 pounds.
How did Gizmo get along when you got Leo?
Gizmo will lick Leo’s head when they are about to be fed. Other than that, Gizmo doesn’t interact too much with Leo. Leo is very rambunctious and likes to tear around the apartment, chasing his toys. They both share the window seat and enjoy watching pedestrians and the workman outside.
Even the kitten who was sickly and nobody wanted, found a good home. Thanks to Rebecca and Michael for taking care of Gizmo through all these years.
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|Age:||14 Years Old (@time of posting)|
|Location:||Central Park West Side
June 21, 2015
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