I have bittersweet news. Theo has been swept up in The Capture. He is no longer struggling in The Shadows.
The reason this news is bittersweet is because the timing of Theo’s capture was dictated by the fact that he had developed a serious health problem. The Guardian’s had hoped to be able to work with Theo until he could be integrated into someone’s home, but within the past week he started to show signs that he was having trouble with his mouth. When one of the Guardians approached him, he hissed, and this gave the Guardian a clear view of a mouth full of broken, infected teeth. The Guardians immediately went into action.
The Guardians phoned a local animal shelter and were instructed to take Theo to a nearby Bad Place to be cared for until they could pick him up the next day. The Guardians then set up the live-trap that they have used so many times over the years, including last year for The Capture of Thomas. Theo entered immediately, and they transported him to the designated Bad Place for care.
Theo is a perfect example of the life that exists out there for Shadow Cats. He lived under the house of a neighbor who didn’t even know he existed. He was starving and struggling. He desperately needed help from the species that domesticated him, but he was terrified of all humans, even those that could help him. Given more time to work with him, it’s possible that the Guardians could have brought him around. But as is so often the case with Shadow Cats, time ran out due to the effects of his life in a world without walls.
I have no doubt that Theo’s life journey has come to an end, but he will not disappear under the cloak of The Shadows with no one to acknowledge or mourn his passing. He will not succumb to injury and infection after a prolonged period of pain and suffering. He will depart in the light, surrounded by caring individuals who will make his passing as peaceful and pain-free as possible. And we here at The Cult of Otis shall both acknowledge and mourn our dearly departed feline brother.
So Sayeth Otis