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.
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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