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Bloviating Zeppelin

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Feral Cat Buddies

I have two feral cats that seem to have adopted me at home.

There are two more on the periphery; a gray-and-white unit and another younger tabby unit. I can pet the first two. The second tier cats are standoffish and skittish.

The first two cats seem to have made my house their home.

Where I live, there are bears and raccoons and bobcats and, likely, cougars.

Over the years, since I've been here, I've lost 3 cats and, after we broke up, my ex-girlfriend later lost Ida, a large Red-Boned Coon Hound. To our local big-ass brown bear, I'd wager. A bear I have personally seen, at 2 am, in front of the local post office parking lot about a month ago. He was about 4' high at the shoulders.

Those who have read my blog can recall I got my own cat, named Mose, in 2005. He came from a local cat rescue organization and had his very own stuffed white teddy bear (which, the staff insisted, go home with him!). I raised him from a kitten and a finer cat never existed. He became bi-coastal -- meaning, he had two homes; my home in the mountains and my wife's home in the valley below. Unfortunately, whilst at my wife's house, he exited out the dog door one evening and never returned.

I don't think he was predated; I believe he wandered off and was captured by a local neighbor.

He was a great cat; friendly, loving, swift to ramp up the Cat Motor. I can only hope that he found a good family who are treating him well. He even won over my wife, who is a Dog Person and not a Cat Person in the slightest.

I miss Mose to this day. I miss him terribly. He used to be my blogging buddy (see the photo) and would lay on my upstairs desk with his head over the keyboard as I would create posts, snow falling outside the window, warmed by my desk lamp.

In Winter he would also jump up on the bed and nose himself under the covers, and sleep at my side or at my feet. If I lay on my side, he would curl himself up between my arm and my body. He knew where the Heat Generator was located.

Because of my inconsistent schedule, I cannot have any more animals at my house. Sometimes I'm at my house three days a week; sometimes I'm here four days a week. Sometimes I'm at my house for only one day. Sometimes, schedule-dependent, I won't hit my house for two weeks. The fact that I cannot have another cat disappoints me greatly.

I still work, I'm not retired, so I am subject to work.

I'd love to have my own dog, or my own cat. But quite frankly, that is not in the cards.

I must settle for my Feral Cat Duo. They greet me, loudly, when I return home, no matter the time, no matter the day. And they always manage to bring a spontaneous smile to my face.



Anonymous gunz said...

Hey BZ,

I gotta admit I never was a cat person until I met Eby.

She has 2 named Bella and KeKe...

Both cats took right to me, and Eby had said that with their personality that it was unusual so I opened my mind a bit and I love those cats.

What I discovered was that they are a lot like me; everything is on cat terms, like me, if they want affection and/or attention they'll let you know.

Otherwise leave them/me the Hell alone. LOL.

Sat Aug 18, 08:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Gunz: see? Much more in common than you possibly thought! Hope you guys have a GREAT honeymoon!!


Sun Aug 19, 06:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Ranando said...

Me neither, wasn't a cat person until we got Maggie.

Our dog groomer in Malibu found a litter in a plastic bag in her dumpster. All pure black and we took a female, that was 2003.

What a great cat. Loves and plays with both dogs and is just a joy to be around.

The other day I had to run out for awhile and put the dogs in their crates. When I walked in, Maggie was laying on top of Molly's crate.

We have:
1 cat
2 dogs
14 fish
1 bird
6 horses

We love each and everyone of them.

Sun Aug 19, 07:25:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

08 19 07

BZ: I hope Mose is safe too. But at least you have the feral buddies. After having my Lena and watching Marley, I certainly can attest to the bond we have with our animals!

Your schedule sounds so gosh darned busy! I hope all is well at your end. In a few posts or maybe sooner, I will post pics of my Lena:) Thanks for sharing the pics of the cats; they are too cute!

Sun Aug 19, 10:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

I like cats a lot.

They're smart and have enough independence that you can safely ignore them if you have things you need to do. They are very affectionate without being dependent.

Sun Aug 19, 01:35:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Ranando: wow, a menagerie of sorts!

Mahndisa: I'd really like to see some pix of your cats!

Shoprat: folks are either primarily Dog People or Cat People. I tend to be a Cat Person; I find dogs nice, but mostly too needy, too loud. I like cats because they are quiet, reserved, and can pretty much fend for themselves when necessary. Which is not to say that I don't raise good cats; I raise EXCELLENT cats. They are friendly, acclimated, socialized -- except for when they're feral.


Sun Aug 19, 03:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

I love cats, they taste just like chicken... :)

Sun Aug 19, 04:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

08 21 07

Hehehe BZ:
I have two dogs, not cats. I am deathly allergic to cats, although I love them lots! But yes, I will post some pics of Lena and Marley at some point:)

Tue Aug 21, 09:19:00 AM PDT  

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