Cat Appears on Doorstep, Signals to Family He’s Ready to Leave Stray Life Behind


A stray cat showed up on a windowsill one day, ready to leave street life behind.

Carlton, the orange tabby cat, appeared outside a home in Brooklyn, New York, where he befriended a young girl. She began feeding the friendly stray, and he kept coming back. Late last month, Carlton returned with an injury, hopping onto the windowsill and crying for help. The young girl and her family rescued him and took him to Little Wanderers NYC for the medical attention he needed.

“Little Wanderers does not turn a blind eye to friendly cats on the street. Carlton (the orange cat) was sick and had a huge cut behind his ear that required sutures,” Little Wanderers NYC shared.

A Cry for Help

Despite his tough life on the streets, Carlton was sweet and mellow, like a teddy bear. He was estimated to be at least five years old and tested positive for FIV, which doesn’t prevent him from living a full life.

Carianne, an experienced fosterer from Staten Island, New York, saw Carlton’s story on social media and offered to help. “All the rescues right now are overflowing with cats and kittens due to kitten season and also the overblown population spilling over from last year,” Carianne told Love Meow.

Finding Comfort

When Carlton arrived at his foster home, he was wary of the new environment but quickly found reassurance from his human friends. Despite being a bit rough around the edges, Carlton was a gentle soul with a huge heart. He was pleased to be catered to and happy that he would never have to worry about food, shelter, or fending for himself outdoors.

“A lot of his hair was matted and the ear wound needed a cleaning around the sutures. He is missing many teeth but loved any food I gave him. It was easy to gain his trust because he really does love people. He is so mushy,” Carianne told Love Meow.

Embracing Love

Carlton instantly melts into his humans’ arms when cuddled. He enjoys being in the company of his people and completely immersed in their love. The orange tabby has turned into a full-time cuddler, seeking attention and hugs from his foster parents as if to make up for the lost time on the streets.

“Immediately after I groomed him a bit, he was purring. Now, he really likes to just lay his whole body on my lap, and I’m stuck,” Carianne said.

“He’s like a big friendly mountain lion. He will headbutt you if you’re not petting him enough and will flop on his back for belly rubs. He’s completely the perfect cat. Whoever ends up adopting him is very, very lucky,” Carianne shared with Love Meow.

Ready for a Forever Home

The sweet tabby has made a full recovery thanks to the help of Little Wanderers NYC. He is now ready to find a place of his very own.

“He is probably the friendliest, chillest cat we have ever met. He is an orange golden boy and an absolute treasure,” Carianne said.

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