Meet Orange Boy: a tough street cat who became the biggest softie as soon as he found the right place to call home.
Orange Boy, or OB for short, spent his first years living with a feral cat colony on the streets of Boston. A woman named Lynne Gramer, who works with animal rescue group Boston’s Forgotten Felines, found the cat on the street one day. She put food out for him, and he happily ate it, but he wouldn’t let her get close to him.
Lynne kept giving OB food, and she decided to get him neutered to help decrease the stray cat population. After the surgery, a vet suggested that Lynne release the cat—he seemed like a feral cat who didn’t want to be tamed.
Over the next few months, Lynne continued feeding OB. Slowly but surely, the cat started to warm up to her.
“He started to come near and allow pets while she fed,” Boston’s Forgotten Felines wrote on Facebook. “Then he would come up to the porch and lay down and show his belly, seemingly wanting to come inside.”
Soon, OB had moved into Lynne’s backyard, and he showed no signs of leaving. The cat had decided he was ready to become an indoor animal! Lynne wanted to take him in, but she already had a dog and she was fostering another cat. OB didn’t get along well with them.
“At the time I had nowhere for him to go so I put a small shelter in the yard,” Lynne told The Dodo. “It broke my heart every time I would look outside where he would lie on my stairs. He would meow as if to say, ‘Let me come in.'”
The cat Lynne was fostering found a forever home, and so she was able to let OB inside. But it wasn’t a permanent solution—OB and her dog tolerated each other, but it was clear they were never going to become friends.
One day, Lynne’s friend Sophie Higgins came over. OB plopped down in Sophie’s lap, and Sophie fell in love with him. It was clear the feeling was mutual.
“I cared so much for this big orange boy I wanted to make sure he found a perfect home,” Gramer said. “I asked [Sophie] if she would want to foster him and without any hesitation she said yes.”
Sophie brought OB home, and he hopped onto the couch and snuggled with Sophie’s boyfriend. The cat immediately felt comfortable in Sophie’s home.
“We fully intended to just be a stop on OB’s journey to his forever home,” Sophie said, “but looking back … I can see immediately that we were doomed (in the best way) from the start.”
Now, Sophie has a hard time imagining OB as a tough street cat. The cat loves cuddling more than anything—he spends most of his time snuggling with Sophie and her boyfriend. OB is so happy in his new home.
OB is a sweet cat who has found the perfect place to call home. We’re so glad this cat has found two owners who are giving him the love he deserves!
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h/t: The Dodo