Life isn’t easy for a stray cat, especially when you’re not prepared for it.
For one cat, he found himself at the age of seven suddenly on the streets and having to fend for himself. He was thankfully not declawed, so he at least had those defenses, but that wasn’t enough to keep him safe against the dangers out there. So, by the time he found his way to the animal shelter, he had an abscess on his right hip, most likely the remains of a deep bite wound. Also, he was missing some teeth, including his top canines.
As June is Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month, I thought this presented an excellent time to talk about the two happy cats who call my house home.
To be honest, they were not shelter cats, but they were what I call "rescue cats." Rupert (yes, that’s her name, and yes, she’s a female) came to me when I rescued her from my parents barn several years ago. As my mother says, she’s the only cat that ever went to college. I hauled her back and forth between college apartments and my parent’s house for three years until I finally graduated.
Cats love people who love books. That's my theory, anyway. I have two cats, who both want to be close when I'm reading. Or, maybe, they want to be close to me and I'm always reading. One will be in my lap and one across my shoulders. It is possible that I'm occupying their favorite chair, but I prefer to believe they love it when I read. So my best wishes to anyone who has a cat who loves a reader.
Around the Platte City Branch, we are very pro-pet. Bring your dog to our drive through window, and we’ll give them a dog biscuit. Bring your cat through and we might look at you funny……and then give you a dog biscuit. If your cat is anything like the Felis Silvestris Catus, which we all seem to own, they’ll eat it regardless.
I grew up in a house full of animals. We always had two dogs and a cat or two cats and a dog. For a short time, we had two hairless rats and a cockatiel. You would think I would be used to the chaos that comes with this chosen lifestyle, and I thought I was until…This fall, we introduced a 5-month-old puppy into our house already occupied by our two 5-year-old cats. I bring up their age only to demonstrate how set in their ways they are. Cats are notoriously opposed to change.
Because I have no children, I’ve adopted two cats as my very own. As such, I treat them as most people would treat their children; they’re both spoiled rotten and get away with murder. Recently, however, one of my four-legged children has been giving me problems. Make that litter box problems.
Without being too graphic, just imagine that my kitty was having some accidents on the carpet. I scrubbed and scrubbed, changed litter, everything I could think of to alleviate the problem. But nothing seemed to work.
I know that we have a lot of pet lovers here at the Riverside Branch. My husband and I share our home with two rather elderly cats, one of whom sometimes drives us nuts! When my daughter got her own apartment and left us empty-nesters, she wanted to leave with Cuddles, "her" cat. After much discussion, we both decided that such a move would be too upsetting for a sixteen-year-old cat.
So, your family is ready for a new pet! The next big decisions you have to make is what kind of pet you want and the age of that animal. Some people just go to a shelter and pick the first animal they see, while others go in with a specific animal in mind. There are people who want puppies or kittens; there are others who want a fully grown pet.