Stabler is adopted!
He actually left last Thursday — off to Jen’s store. But I did kind of hustle him out the door …
Last weekend, I was doing laundry after a busy few days, and probably wasn’t as vigilant as I should have been. Stabler snuck out. He went straight for Murphy, chasing him up the cat tree. As I was herding him back into the bathroom, he spotted Jonesy and gave chase again. Unfortunately, he caught him and there was a big fight. Very scary. I got them apart and got Stabler back in the bathroom. When I went to calm and comfort Jonesy, he had blood on his shoulder. I checked and checked and checked but couldn’t find a wound. As I was looking around, I found a claw, covered in blood. Not the flimsy kind you find that they’ve shed. This was a full claw (hollow) with firm edges. Clearly it had not come off naturally. I checked on Stabler and, sure enough, there were bloody footprints all over the bathroom. Not dripping blood, but little smears. I don’t think it came off from contact with Jonesy, or he’d have a wound. I suspect it tore off from contact with an object — the love seat or something.
Two days later I picked up Jonesy and stood him in front of the bathroom door. He had a hissy meltdown and ran away.
Since Stabler is healthy now (and no longer stinky!) and young and cuddly (with people!) and playful we decided to send him to the store. Jen very kindly picked him up (I’ve been down with a cold) and set him up in the store. She tried him with a harness, walking around the store, and he loved it! (Except his toe/nail/foot started bleeding again.) He had less than two days of adventure before he was adopted. He even had a line-up of potential adopters!