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The Julius Story - More On the Travels and Eventual HAPPY ENDING for a Wonderful Homeless Cat - Part 2

  Orange Julius enjoying his 'indoor outdoor extension' ala Ornji, cage connected to patio door so cats can enjoy the outdoors from the safety of indoors! We will help  YOU set one of these up , too, by calling us (925-788-3316)[/caption]

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The Julius Story - More On the Travels and  HAPPY ENDING for a  Wonderful Homeless Cat - Part 2

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'Orange' Julius enjoying the Hi-Life 8-8-17 

LATEST UPDATE ON 'ORANGE' JULIUS  8-8-17

SOME still ask  about Julius, the 'skinny orange cat' happy ending who we adopted last month. I didn't want to over-do it on Next Door, but 'Orange '    Julius is doing great. WE HAVE a daily morning routine that keeps him happy and healthy   HE is eating his special hyperthyroid diet and even gaining some weight (not surprising some described him as the 'skinny' orange cat... He plays a lot , running my other cat Zack ragged but good as he needs to lose weight and even gets on the bed and on my chest for brief periods, goes outside in our 'indoor -outdoor extension'... so everything is working out well including our followup appt at the vet who said he is doing well and gaining weight. Julius' thyroid level is almost back down to normal now. (Julius has the opposite problem of Zack- I barely give Zack any food and he doesn't seem to lose weight whereas with Julius, he eats way more than Zack and barely puts on any weight (he's now 12.5 lbs, up from 12 pounds last month when I first brought him to in).

DAILY ROUTINE:
(Much like the old days with Ornji...)

5-6 am - Julius usually the first one up and comes on the bed and sits on my chest until I , very willingly , get some food for him.  Zack generally joins in about the same time, looking for food. We then all run down the hall, chasing the laser to the kitchen where we have our first breakfast (consisting of Julius special thyroid diet, both wet and dry mixed and Zack with his special weight loss diet (wet and dry mixed).  Then it's back to bed for awhile
6-7 am We play with laser and snake charmers before going into 'new' clean garage to hang out for awhile where cats play with their toys and catnip bananas in loungers while I work on my garage organizing. Then it's out into the outdoor 'extension' with the rising sun where one or both of the cats hang out for a short time. Then, it's brunch time  ( Usually, the cats have several smaller meals rather than two bigger ones. I pick up the food when they stop eating so that one doesn't get the other's food. ) We also feed the birds just outside the window so the cats enjoy WASHING themselves as they WATCH the birds feed.

7-8 am Back to finish sleeping with Julius and Zack joining me (one or the other, on the bed - though the two get along they're not at the point where they'll jet be on the bet together.

9-10 Julius will usually take his first siesta , in the shower or bathtup , of all places, while Zack will usually get on the bed or cat bed in living room

SIESTA TIME (See picture below) The rest of the day isn't a whole lot different with much of the above repeated with some naps in between though Julius keeps on the go more than your average cat

Julius and Zack becoming fast friends - when they can nap together 8-8-17

PS  In honor of 'Orange Julius' I learned to make the old orange drink (with milk and

YET ANOTHER STRING CHRONICLING JULIUS SIGNIFICANT RECENT HISTORY 

PRIOR TO BEING ADOPTED BY US (BURT) - continued 

PERHAPS THE BEGINNING OF JULIUS' WANDERINGS FOLLOWING HIS BEING LEFT BY PREVIOUS OWNERS WHO MOVED AWAY, THOUGH WE ARE TOLD BY SOME NEIGHBORS THAT HE HAD BEEN WANDERING FOR YEARS...  WILL TRY TO PIN THIS DOWN.  If you don't want your name listed below let us know and we'll replace with initials or delete.

MAY 24 2017
F W ,

Orange Tabby Cat Searching for Home

There is an orange tabby cat in our neighborhood (near Boulevard Way and 24 in the Saranap) that is trying very hard to find its home. It is hungry, but looks like it was recently well cared for. It is very much a people cat and wants to come into our house. We thought it might be Robin May's cat but she paid us a visit and it is not hers. Someone is missing this cat very much and we would like to help reunite the cat with its home. If you can help, give me a call at 925-285-9092 - Fred Warren   (EDITOR'S (burt) NOTE: THAT'S DEFINITELY JULIUS LEFT OUT ON HIS OWN OVER AMONTH BEFORE WE GOT HIM
24 May · 46 neighborhoods in Lost & Found
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SW ·24 May
See if he answers to Harley. Then call Robyn May at 925-395-1390. Their cat went missing the other say
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Lynn Lyons
Lynn Lyons, ·24 May
Are you near Clover Lane?there was a large tabby that used to come on our porch. I a worried that he might have belonged to neighbors who moved recently.
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Kt, ·24 May
Fred ~ this is Julius! His family has moved and a few neighbors on Clover Ln are taking care of him, me being one of them! He is very very sweet and just wants a home. Problem is he doesn't really get along with other cats. He is about 15 years old. So please feed him, love him & keep an eye on him!! And if anyone close by wants to give him a forever home, please let us know as I look for him when I haven't seen him in a few days! Edtior's note: confirmed by KT - JULIUS! 
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Fred Warren
Fred Warren, ·24 May
Thank you Lynn and Julius! Clover Ln. is just behind our house, so this is certainly the same cat. We have four cats so he cannot come to live with us, but I can try to give him food when he comes by. He is a wonderful cat and deserves better than being abandoned. I hope someone can find a place for him. EDITOR: Thanks FW -
Wed did take him in! 
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Anne Staunton, ·24 May
Karen, I'm confused, are you saying that this sweet senior cat aged 15 was abandoned by his family?! And he was left to fend for himself on the streets? This makes me very angry. (Editor note: Yes, we agree, but, thankfully, we were able to adopt him)
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K T ·24 May
Hi Fred ~ sorry, I wasn't really clear....Julius is the name of the cat! He is a love!! Thank You for watching out for him!!
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Kt  ·24 May
Hi Anne ~ well yes and no. I took in their other cat so they asked my neighbor across the street if they would keep an eye out for him. Kay said she would but he can't be inside because she has a cat. I have 6 cats myself. But he hadn't lived at their house in years...he didn't like their dogs. So we've been taking care of him for years. He is very comfortable in the neighborhood and it sounds like there are at least 3 of us that are for sure watching out for him. Yes, it is very disheartening when people don't take care of their animals...Julius is a very sweet kitty and very independent. But trust me, we are taking care of him <3
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Cindy Humphrey
Cindy Humphrey, ·24 May
That's great news. So he doesn't need a home correct?
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Karen Trestrail
Karen Trestrail, ·24 May
Well Cindy ~ it's a tough question. He is very comfortable in our neighborhood ~ all the people that are caring for him LOVE animals and we would never just let him wander around without food, water & love. I have 2 cat beds in my yard for him and my neighbor had one on her front porch but he quit using it. He is 15 years old and does not get along well with other animals. We've been taking care of him for years! Even when the owners lived here he never went to their house. So far he is doing ok!
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Anne Staunton
Anne Staunton, ·24 May
Karen and others helping this kitty, well done! But older cats get confused and cold and more in need of indoor protection. Hopefully all will work out well!
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Karen Trestrail
Karen Trestrail, ·24 May
Very true Anne ~ if he needs vet care we will take him. I do worry about the evenings and last winter for sure, but he did fine. My neighbors who feed him has kids that just love him!! As long as it's working out for Julius, I think it's ok. When that changes we will make the right decision for him <3 We just want him to be loved, fed and happy!!
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Karen Trestrail
Karen Trestrail, ·25 May
I would like to add that if there is a neighbor who would want to give him a "forever" loving home, where he could sleep inside when he wanted, I think that would be great! Please contact me if you are interested.
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Gemma Boyd
Gemma Boyd, ·25 May
For cold weather, if someone could give him shelter in their garage at night it would be nice. I have warming beds for in garage all winter for my outdoor cats. They are trained to go in at night with a nice meal of canned food, in addition to their kibble. Easy to do. Older cats lose muscle and don't have as much protection.
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Karen Trestrail
Karen Trestrail, ·25 May
Hi Gemma, who I get all my kitties from!! This is a really good idea. I can't provide my garage but maybe someone else in our neighborhood can...I can provide the warming bed.
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Juliet Montagnon
Juliet Montagnon, ·25 May
We had a similar neighborhood "left behind" cat that I started providing nighttime heated bed, garage facilities. We started bringing him in before dark and letting him out late morning to protect him from coyotes, cold nights and bad weather. He lived to 20+ years! Would be best for Julius if someone nearby your area could do this as he knows his territory.
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Karen Trestrail
Karen Trestrail, ·25 May
I totally agree Juliet ~ that's exactly what I do for the other cat they left behind. Unfortunately she and Julius do not get along.
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tina woodworth
tina woodworth, ·25 May
i would so take in Julius ... he looks so sweet and it breaks my heart that he is rooming. It is so kind of all the neighbors pulling together to help care for Julius. It sounds like Julius is not comfortable around dogs. We have 2 dogs. However we had an older cat ( 19yrs old) that we took into our home ...he passed away after being with us for only 1 1/2. He was not well when we took him in but he got to live comfortably, loved and etc... my dogs were great with the cat. But from all the posts it sounds like Julius we not be comfortable with us. so sad.
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tina woodworth
tina woodworth, ·25 May
oops - typo.... roaming not rooming.
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tina woodworth
tina woodworth, ·25 May
would no we. ugg
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Karen Trestrail
Karen Trestrail, ·25 May
So sweet of you Tina ~ Julius does not like dogs. I'm pretty sure that's one of the reasons he ran away from home! Same with their other cat.
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Anne Staunton
Anne Staunton, ·25 May
My goodness, they left behind two cats??? Disgraceful!! Karen, thank you for helping these kitties.
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Fay Johnson
Fay Johnson, ·26 May
I might be willing to give this kitty a home if the owners don,t claim her
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