1. Diane V
    December 7, 2018 @ 11:44 am

    Lovely post. My husband and I also gave up a cat to the neighbors when they moved. Sebastian was always at their house playing with their two daughters and only came home at meal times and at night. When we brought him over to their new house, he jumped out of the carrier and immediately rolled around on the floor, marking his new territory. No question – he was at home. They had him for his last ten years, always king of the household and much adored.


  2. Laura Laskey
    December 7, 2018 @ 11:45 am

    Feliway is AWESOME! I just love Webster, I am rooting for him!


  3. Michelle
    December 7, 2018 @ 11:48 am

    Delighted that Webster has a new family that loves him! With all the kittens and cats in your home, how do you combat fleas?


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 7, 2018 @ 11:52 am

      BATHS! Fleas die in water, so all the kittens get a bath (with unscented non-toxic dishsoap)… adults get a flea treatment at the shelter, but the kittens are too little… they usually get more than one bath anyway because kittens = OMG MESS.


  4. Brenda
    December 7, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    I would love love love to adopt a kitty. Unfortunately everyone in my house is allergic to them. Especially my daughter which really breaks my heart because she is the one who wants a cat the most! Damn allergies!!!


    • NevadaNy
      December 7, 2018 @ 1:08 pm

      What about a hairless cat? A friend of mine had one, and it worked for her. With so many cats needing homes, you could probably find one to rescue.


  5. Lisa D.
    December 7, 2018 @ 11:52 am

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and risk sounding corny, but this just makes my heart sing. I’m so glad Webster found a home with your best friend. Webster is obviously a special little guy. (Well, they’re all special, in their own unique ways.) Now you can visit Webster whenever you like, and Webster will know you are still a part of his life. A happily-ever-after ending.


    • Elizabeth Hull
      December 8, 2018 @ 12:21 am

      Well if you are corny, I am right there with you! I had been wondering about Webster and how he was doing, and when I saw this in my inbox, I couldn’t hit the link fast enough. It’s so wonderful to see a cat appreciated for his own little quirks, which make him his own kind of perfect. 🙂


  6. Barbara H.
    December 7, 2018 @ 11:57 am

    Oh gosh, watching Webster with the kittens just broke my heart all over again, in a good way. He’s such a special guy. How wonderful that Lara’s husband fell in love with him – it makes the getting acquainted stress easier for all. Thanks so much for this update. It looks like a happy ending is well within reach.


  7. Lisa D.
    December 7, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

    BTW, it’s good to know that Lara had luck with Feliway. I tried that on my rescues, William and Harry, when I first brought them home, but it didn’t seem to have any effect. Harry, especially, is a very sensitive, anxious little guy, even after over two and a half years of living with me. My vet prescribed Buspar at one point, which is an anti-anxiety medication that can be prescribed for humans also, but trying to get medication down a cat’s throat – well, you know. I have had some luck with Bach’s Rescue Remedy, something a friend who has many animals, recommended. It’s a is a colorless, odorless, homeopathic product derived from floral extracts, and comes in liquid form. I usually put a few drops on their food in the morning when I have to take them to the vet.


  8. nemo
    December 7, 2018 @ 12:26 pm

    You might want to mask that phone number, if it’s a phone number.


  9. Bobbi
    December 7, 2018 @ 12:28 pm

    You & Webster just made my whole day — maybe week. I’m giving extra extra kitty love to my girl tonight — snuggles on the couch!! (in honor of Webster)


  10. sylvia
    December 7, 2018 @ 12:43 pm

    This gives me hope that the three babies I took home from the shelter one week ago, will eventually get along. Two are bonded, but the third is non stop hissing and even a little swatting action. Does that ever end? I think the hissing lady wants to be a solo kitty, but that’s not happening. Any advice greatly appreciated. Many thanks.


  11. Linda
    December 7, 2018 @ 1:26 pm

    Wish I could show you pictures – my 23 year old son just adopted a 10 to 12 year old female cat with one eye. So proud of him for seeing beyond “perfect.”


  12. fiverx313
    December 7, 2018 @ 2:05 pm

    really happy for this update, thank you 🙂


  13. Bonnie
    December 7, 2018 @ 2:12 pm


    Narrator: She is totally crying. 😭😍


  14. Joy Meyer
    December 7, 2018 @ 2:15 pm

    Our family adopted two feral cats from our local animal shelter. Maria and Binx. We are enjoying them so much. Binx is taking his time adjusting. But just last evening he got up on my bed with me and went to sleep. It made my day. At last some progress. Love your posts.


  15. Sarah
    December 7, 2018 @ 4:50 pm

    Victoria- I love Webster. So much! He reminds me of a foster I had this year, Corky, who hid under the bed for the first 3 weeks and then discovered the joy of playing with my track toy and never stopped batting it back and forth. I’ve never been so emotional giving up a foster. What do you think about a VEB trapping event in Philly? I am a trapper in Philly and fell in love once someone taught me – I bet a number of your readers would be interested in learning and cutting down on our outside cat population.


  16. Mary J
    December 7, 2018 @ 4:58 pm

    Tears (of happiness) for Webster 🙂


  17. Lisa W.
    December 7, 2018 @ 5:43 pm

    How wonderful !!! Webster has a home with your best friend !! I am glad his new parents love him and I hope his new cat sibs will too . Fingers crossed for him !! I love it when my best friends/family take one of my needy strays !!! It’s the Best ! Congrats !!!!! Too many !!!!!!!!!!. I know . …. can’t help it !


  18. Sheila
    December 7, 2018 @ 6:07 pm

    Soo happy for Lara and Webster! I completely agree every librarian should have a kitteh named Webster. And Roget…. I am sure Kitten and Webby will be best of friends, and SOON!
    ….Webby’s story had me crying joyous tears 🙂


  19. Marianne in Mo.
    December 7, 2018 @ 6:35 pm

    So glad Webster has found a home with your friend. I can tell by the photos that it won’t be long before they are bonding like old buddies. Wish I could adopt a feline, I miss the purring! Mister just keeps saying no, which makes me feel like a child, and this child knows better than to bring one in where it’s not wanted. Been there, done that, and it was miserable for 15 years for two of us! But who knows, maybe one day????


  20. judy
    December 7, 2018 @ 6:35 pm

    We really need some strong legislation against-unspayed, unneutered pets,it is beyond sickening that we pay to have millions of unwanted animals killed instead of insuring that all or most animals born are going to have a forever home. I also disagree with keeping packs of feral cats alive if they are killing large numbers of birds especially our song birds. I don’t know what the humane solution is and I love Cats and have cared for feral cats and all of our cats through 59 years of marriage have been strays that hung around and eventually became house cats. Just feel very very sad at the plight of the birds.


  21. Connie
    December 7, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    I LOVE Feliway! I always use it during new cat introduction period. First, in the new cat room during closed door period. Second, in other areas of the house during remaining introductory stages. Another really good time to use it is if you have a cat who is ill or is especially stressed out.

    I’m so glad Webster has a very loving home. He certainly deserves it. Maybe someday soon he and his kitty family will become fast friends.

    Of course, I have a soft spot for him because he looks like my kitty, Domino, who is also a long-hair, black and white Tuxedo boy. Dommie also has the sweetest, most loving personality and is so loving with one of his Snowshoe kitty sisters. With the other sister, not so much (she can be a bit of a bully).


  22. Tanya Batz
    December 7, 2018 @ 10:03 pm

    I’ve been lovingly stalking you for over a year and this is my first reply. =)
    How have you not heard of Feliway?! It has been amazing for my cats. I have not used the diffuser. I like to use the spray bottle. A tiny one lasts forever. You spray it once on the areas the cats use most. With new cats it’s once every other day the first week. After that it’s 2 times a week until you no longer need it. The spray works wonders when you have to take kittens or an adult cat to the vet. One spray in their carrier and they’re not as anxious to take a trip. Kittens are a lot less freaked out by new felines than adult cats. So if you’re ever fostering an adult I highly recommend using Feliway.

    Also. In April I adopted THREE 4-week old abandoned kittens and it’s all your fault. One of them looks like Elvis. We call him Oreo. One went to live with a good friend. A few months after the adoption our grown up fluffy cat was hit by a car. It was a huge shock. I experienced a moment of insanity/frustration/fury/severe pain, that the very next day I adopted an 8 week old kitten that looks exactly like the one we lost. We (2 kids, husband, 3 dogs, kittens) all fell in love with him instantly. He is now mine and I am his. He thinks I’m his mom and like to nurse on my fingers and neck if I let him. I try to keep him away from my neck because, you know, my husband might get jealous if I got a hickey from another man.


  23. April
    December 8, 2018 @ 2:13 am

    VEB you are the most wonderful cat person and writer! Thank you for being you, and for caring so much!! Thank you for sharing the joy and the sadness!

    Last summer I visited the Montenegro. It’s a tiny country, part of the former Yugoslavia. There are an estimated 100,000 stray cats and dogs there. They have a handful of municipal shelters for dogs. At least they call them shelters. Fenced enclosures, with dogs chained to wooden dog houses. No vet care, lots of disease. When they run out of food the dogs eat stale bead. Maybe contain 500 dogs total in all the shelters combined. Probably fewer than that.

    For cats there is nothing. No shelter. Lots of disease, injuries. Those plus the brutally cold winters are what keep the population in check. I was prepared to donate to a spay and neuter program there. But there wasn’t any program. The people who feed colonies of cats are demoralized and have no hope for improvement.

    So we started a group, Kotor Kitties, to create a program to spay and neuter the strays and spread some compassion. I would love to talk to you or any of your readers who would be interested in helping! You can find us on Facebook: Kotor Kitties. Taking on a whole country’s strays seems crazy, but what can you do?


  24. Darling Lily
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:52 pm

    Another cryer over here. So much sweetness in one post! Thank you for sharing!


  25. Ralna Cunningham
    December 10, 2018 @ 10:15 pm

    I adopted an older lady several years ago, who reached through the bars of the cage at the shelter and tapped me on the shoulder. She chose me. She turned out to be an inscrutable tortoishell manx, who came to my pillow the first night, slept on my head and gave me a literal shoulder massage. Wow, I had no idea what a friend she would be.


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