Readers’ cats: Spook (RIP) is replaced by Gus

What shall we have to close a long week? Would a cat do? How about one without ears? (Yes, I know there have been many cats this week, but the laws of physics determined that long ago, and I had no choice in the matter.)

In December reader Carol (aka Taskin) lost her black cat Spook, who was memorialized on this site. But I’ve recently heard from her that she’s adopted another cat—a stray—and she sent a note and some photos:

I’ve adopted a new cat!  His name is Gus and I’ve included a few pictures. He has lost his ears due to frostbite.  A friend of mine is a vet and this stray cat was brought into her clinic after having been caught in a trap during one of the -40° spells we’ve had here. Seriously, what sort of idiot do you have to be to set a trap in that kind of weather?  (It also seems as though he was the intended victim of the trap.) Anyway, the folks at the vet clinic thought of me since my previous cat, Spook, was all black.  A bit of a yin and yang, you know.

The vet was worried he might also lose some of his tail, but fortunately that didn’t happen.  The pads of his feet lost skin but they are okay now.  He’s a fantastic cat, probably not quite a year old.  He is still pretty skittish around other people, but is playful and affectionate and coming around really well.  He’s going to make a very nice companion.  I think of him as a designer cat with designer ears.  (Actually, I’ve become so used to his ears that I’m surprised to see cats with full ears now.)

Gus in the window

Except for the missing ears, Spook reminds me very much of my late and beloved cat Teddy, who was also pure white with green eyes.

Gus in action



  1. gbjames
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    I would have guessed that Spook would have been followed by Ghost.

    • Taskin
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      The naming of cats is a difficult matter…

      • John Scanlon, FCD
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

        …a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.

    • Posted March 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Or Casper?

      Anyway, what a gorgeous and lucky cat! You deserve a medal, Carol.

      • Taskin
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

        Huge amounts of credit goes to soft hearted veterinarians, I think! 🙂

  2. Posted March 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    People are vile. I’m so glad he is OK and has a loving home. What a gorgeous boy!

    • gbjames
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      They can be, yes. Vile, that is.

  3. Posted March 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    …aaaaaand now it’s time for Baihu’s early midafternoon earrub….


  4. Woof
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    How ’bout we track down Mr Asshole Trapper and put a little frostbite on his dangly bits?

    • gravityfly
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      Count me in!

  5. Posted March 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    That first photo is unbearably cute.

  6. Maria
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Gus is lucky to have found one of the good humans. Hope he owns you for a very long time. 🙂

  7. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    His ears suit him – they aren’t completely gone and they seem to suit his expressions. I’m glad someone found him in that nasty trap! I’m surprised you can even use traps like that!

  8. aldoleopold
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    What a sweet baby! That’s a lovely story 🙂

  9. Diane G.
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Aw, thanks for the illustrated feel-good story of the day!

  10. Mike Leegaard
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    That is a handsome fella.

  11. still learning
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    He almost looks like a Scottish Fold with those redesigned ears. He’s gorgeous!

  12. kansaskitty
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Aww. What a sweet boy Gus is, and he looks so happy in his new digs! I’m so glad you have him safe and sound in your home now. Boos & hisses to the evil trapper!

  13. Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    So cute! He’s very pretty and looks delighted to have a home.

  14. jagsncats
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Years ago I dated a young lady who stumbled upon a gang of kids who had set fire to a cardboard box containing a kitty in NY’s Central Park. She ran them off and took the cat home. It did lose one ear but was fine otherwise. She named it (wait for it…) Amelia Earhurt.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 15, 2014 at 6:27 am | Permalink

      Good for her! I would’ve done the same thing! What is wrong with people? Poor kitty!

    • Taskin
      Posted March 15, 2014 at 7:15 am | Permalink

      I can barely stand to think of something that horrible. Fantastic name though!
      (Gus is happily having a bath right now.)

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