Mister Cat is getting a full blog post because this is his forever home and I want to be sure everyone has met him.
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When he first showed up, he was scratched and dirty… you can see photos of him here in this post.
At the time, I wrote:
As soon as he sees me, he RUNS to me calling– hello! hello! I have been inviting him in, and he will come in just to the doorway, so we will see if he wants to have an inside home by winter.
Did he decide he wanted an inside home?
He is the BEST.
He is a true companion.
He is an excellent communicator.
I am his person.
He loves shoes and catnip.
His paws are ginormous.
His purr is a rusty old motor.
Genetically, I believe he is part bear.
He is the MOST handsome man.
He HATES the garbage truck.
He LOVES petting.
Sometimes he likes to get feisty with a string or stick.
He prefers his catnip on a towel.
volume UP to hear him purring.
I feel so lucky that he came to ME.
So many strays do not have a cat lady to care for them… they brave freezing weather, lack of food, and very short and hard lives.
Unwanted cats STRUGGLE to survive.
PLEASE make sure your animals are spayed and neutered.
Get involved with TNR programs! Trap. Neuter. Return.
Did you know that nearly ALL of the kittens who are euthanized at shelters are born to the stray, feral, and other unfixed cats who live outside in our neighborhoods… shelters are unable to meet the demand for caring for all these baby animals.
We can make a difference! ESPECIALLY if you are already feeding stray cats! You are halfway there! Getting them fixed stops the cycle.
I already wrote a post about how you can help your local shelter… Fostering is great because it allows your shelter to have more space and resources to help more animals… BUT there are also LOTS of ways you can help without even having animals in your home.
REDUCING stray cat populations also REDUCES cats in shelters; which in turn gives the cats-already-there a better chance at adoption.
To me, entering the shelter system is the very worst thing that can happen to an animal– ESPECIALLY cats… the dogs get out for a walk AND are given cages with access to fresh air and sunlight.
The cats at the shelter I foster through are caged in TINY spaces in a room with ZERO WINDOWS. My sweet man Webster waited in one of these cages for nearly a year.
This is UNACCEPTABLE.
If you are unfamiliar with TNR, Alley Cat Allies is a great resource.
wait for it… he is SUCH a character.
What I’m reading: SLOW DEATH BY RUBBER DUCK.
Read this book.
Chemical companies say to humans: PAY MONEY, to make your home a TOXIC WASTELAND
Rather than this ENRAGING humans, we do as the advertising instructs– we buy dryer sheets, glade, febreeze… how else will the corporate lobbyists get paid?
Yes. DRYER SHEETS ARE TOXIC… I already wrote a screed against fragrances and their toxicity, it’s the second half of this post, I LINK TO SCIENCE.
I’m banging the gong again because NONE OF THIS IS FINE.
Why do we AGREE to this bizarre equation? Why do we agree to sacrifice the wellbeing of ourselves and our families? WHY?
That is not a rhetorical question… I truly fail to understand WHY humans do not say– NOPE. GET OUT.
This makes SO MUCH no sense to me. If someone can explain, I would genuinely appreciate it because it MAKES ME INSANE.
ps– I know I owe you a kitten update… they have had issues that have melted my brain, but just in the last two days, things are FINALLY improving… I’ll tell you more soon!
pps– whoever recommended the Cat Dancer toy… THANK YOU!!! These babies were scared of every single thing I tried to show them/play with them… this was the thing that finally got their attention enough that they forgot about being too scared to play with me! they LOVE it! I am using it every day and their interest has not diminished!