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About two weeks ago, I was walking down our street and heard a rather pathetic meowing from a neighbor’s place. I didn’t figure out where it was coming from until later, when the neighbors were out. A cat had gotten himself stuck in the top few feet of their pine tree, and didn’t seem able to get down. He was too high to get with a ladder. We chatted, and they decided to give him overnight to see if he came down on his own.

He did not. I went down the next morning, thinking I might try my old tree-climbing skills. Fortunately, another (younger) neighbor was there first. I ended up holding the ladder while he climbed ladder then treetop to reach the cat.

Cat was removed from tree more-or-less successfully. Cat rubbed up against everyone’s legs in gratitude and hung out for a while before moving on with his cat life.

The following day, my wife and I were walking the dog, and spotted the cat hanging out one street over. It came running over to greet us, and we noticed he had a slight limp. He wasn’t worried about the dog, and continued to rub our legs and purr. He was skinny, his ears filthy and a little bloody from ear mites, but all he wanted to do was snuggle.

Yep, we’re suckers. We took him home and gave him some food and water, then took him in to the vet for a checkup, ear mite treatment, and shots. He didn’t have a chip, and isn’t listed on any of the missing pet sites. As malnourished as he was, he clearly hasn’t had a good home in a while.

I wanted to name him Treebeard. My wife and daughter vetoed that one, pointing out that a) the cat had no beard, and b) Treebeard was the tree — the cat should be named after one of the hobbits who was clinging to the top of said tree.

Today Pippin was released from ear mite quarantine. So far, everything’s going pretty well. Of our other cats, Sophie is cranky about the new addition, but Chewie thinks he has a new best bud to play with. He’s been following Pippin around like they’re best friends from a Disney movie.

Chewie and Pippin

What are you looking at, human?

Pippin Pippin Pippin

I think he’s going to fit in just fine.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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justphoenix
Jun. 8th, 2017 05:44 pm (UTC)
Welcome home Pippin!
sartorias
Jun. 8th, 2017 05:56 pm (UTC)
What a handsome cat! Though not a Treebeard. Good call, family!
faecat
Jun. 8th, 2017 06:21 pm (UTC)
Aw, he looks just like our Kiara :)
martianmooncrab
Jun. 8th, 2017 07:19 pm (UTC)
with that flash of white on his chest, he is more of a Great Catsby... (I would have gone for Treebeard too, or Ent...)

congrats on a new feline overlord in your house..
martianmooncrab
Jun. 8th, 2017 07:19 pm (UTC)
with that flash of white on his chest, he is more of a Great Catsby... (I would have gone for Treebeard too, or Ent...)

congrats on a new feline overlord in your house..
Deborah Blake
Jun. 8th, 2017 07:21 pm (UTC)
He's adorable! They do tend to find us, instead of the other way around. Congrats on the new addition!
zippybeta
Jun. 8th, 2017 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for being so kind, your new kitty is beautiful!
reynardo
Jun. 8th, 2017 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Sheesh - only the most soft-hearted easily-manipulated fool would fall for a kitty like that...

Bilqis says congrats to Pippin and make sure you purr at the Food Apes as a thank-you.
thebluerose
Jun. 8th, 2017 10:49 pm (UTC)
Lucky lucky kitty!
zen_kitty
Jun. 10th, 2017 05:17 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your new addition, Jim!
That last picture of Pippin is truly wonderful. It is so difficult to photograph black kitties.
notalwaysweak
Jun. 15th, 2017 12:00 pm (UTC)
I have a Pippin too! Mine is white and black.
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