Florida woman and her cat reunited after two years but he came back declawed

A Florida woman and her cat Oreo have been reunited after Oreo failed to return inside one night after being outside. He was an indoor/outdoor kitty whose “mom,” Carol Corbin, provided him with a cat door so he could come and go as he pleased.

Cat reunited with caretaker after 2 years

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Two years passed and then when Carol’s mother was watching TV one night and saw Oreo when he appeared with a staff member from a local animal shelter. Apparently the shelter and the news station would team up to advertise cats at the shelter. Oreo had been found near a park in Lynn Haven on January 15, and the Lynn Haven Animal Shelter picked him up. In mid February Oreo was featured on a noon segment of WJHG News 7.

Ivan Rogers from the shelter noted Oreo was declawed on his front paws. Carol doesn’t know at what point her cat was declawed. News anchor Donna Bell told the viewing audience she believed Oreo was lost, and didn’t have the look of a cat who had been a stray for very long. Carol’s mom was watching the news that day and recognized Oreo.

Carol arrived at the shelter before Oreo made it back to the shelter after his TV appearance. She knew immediately she’d found her missing cat, and was able to provide confirmation Oreo was hers.

“I just knew instantly [that the cat was Oreo]. He looked at me and the tears almost flowed, because it had been two years.”

Carol believes someone found Oreo after he disappeared, and had taken him in. Channel 7 visited Carol and Oreo at home for an update. He’s settled back in well, although it’s tragic someone had him declawed.

Although Carol believes a cat should be able to spend time outdoors, from this point on, because of Oreo being declawed, he should remain indoors for the rest of his life. Oreo may or may not be happy. For a cat used to having his freedom, the necessity of keeping him inside reminds me of a prison sentence. He’d have to have a very secure enclosure for his life to go back to the way it was.

Not that Carol will ever allow Oreo out of her sight again. Hopefully she’ll have Oreo microchipped, just in case. The person who had him declawed was clearly an idiot. To have Oreo declawed AND to permit him outside into a world that’s extremely dangerous to a declawed cat shows that his latest caregiver knew nothing about cat welfare.

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21 thoughts on “Florida woman and her cat reunited after two years but he came back declawed”

  1. I don’t think that we can assume that Oreo was abandoned or allowed to roam by whoever had him after Carol. It’s more likely that Oreo became an indoor only cat once declawed but escaped at some point. Some indoor only cats are master opportunists and just wait for the door to freedom to open just a crack and bolt.

    It’s very unlikely that any shelter would have him declawed also. I, actually, don’t know any county or private shelters that would do that.

    We don’t know if the “second” human made any attempt to locate Oreo’s “first” or not, just as we don’t know if Carol made any attempt at all to find him when he didn’t come home.

    We don’t know if even more people were involved.

    It’s very sad that poor Oreo was declawed sometime during those 2 years. I think that the only possible way anyone would be able to get a glimmer of Oreo’s life those 2 years would be to locate the butchering vet. Do we think Carol might go clinic to clinic with Oreo’s picture? I would.

    • “by whomever”. If I had to spend my life correcting everything that cat-lickers have wrong in their astoundingly ignorant and disrespectful lives, I’d be at it the rest of my life.

    • You are so stupid and as I say, unfortunately there is no cure for stupidity. Declawing does NOT teach people to care for their cats properly, what is does is cause them to turn the cat out when the problems from declawing begin.
      Go and have your finger and toe ends axed off and live outside and try to fend for yourself you moron and find out how it feels!

      • Amazing, you don’t even understand my comment. If a cat is declawed and cannot defend itself, then the owner will keep the cat safe from all other harms in the world by keeping their cat safe indoors or in a safe enclosure where it belonged from the very beginning — if the owner truly cared about the life and well-being of their cat, that is. Are all of you this myopically blind? No wonder your cats are dying in all the streets of the world.

        • But the owners do NOT keep their declawed cats indoors safe, they kick the cat out when he starts biting or develops litter box avoidance, 2 of the most common problems declawing causes.
          Do some research before you make yourself look even more of a fool than you already have.

  2. It looks to me like someone picked up Oreo as a stray and took him home and had him declawed, without bothering to find out if he had an owner.
    Then when the problems from his declawing began that person abandoned him in the park as many people relinquish or abandon their declawed cats as ‘bad cats’ even though they themselves paid a vet to cause the problems.
    I’m so sorry for Carol who had made his life as a cat happy and fulfilled by providing a cat flap, but now poor Oreo has to pay the price by being a prisoner for no crime of his own and she has to watch him being denied fresh air, sunshine and grass and doing the things cats were born to do.
    It’s very very sad!


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