Every cat is beautiful and entertaining
RE: 64 REASONS TO CHANGE A LIFE (NOV. 26)
The last line in Hamilton poet Jeff Seffinga’s book “All We Like Cats” expresses a sentiment all cat lovers would understand, and readily drink to: “Cats are not animals.” We would also imbibe in any toast dedicated to Marion Emo of the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA, and all those who assisted in the recent rescue of 64 cats, collected by some well-meaning good Samaritan — although one not up to the onerous task. Yet homes have been found for all, even the blind.
I wish I could have taken every precious one into our home, where they would find all the love and care they could ever desire. And in return we know each of them would be beautiful, interesting, and entertaining. He or she would have a comfortable bed in a wicker basket, a litter box kept clean and neat, full bowls of cool water, a variety of wet and dry foods, including plenty of Temptations, a variety of toys heavy on the catnip — and a loving family.
Every cat I meet is unique, each with its own personality and idiosyncrasies.
We have two, widely diverse in their ways: Bootsie, an indoor calico, and a big orange guy we call George, who prefers life in the outdoors.
I brought the former home from the SPCA three years ago, while the latter simply appeared at our door six years back — and returns every day unless the weather is terrible. As to idiosyncrasies, Bootsie relishes licking the salt off potato chips every evening, waiting while I turn them over so she can enjoy the other side. (We had a cat named Spot who was not so fussy; he just ate the whole thing.)
George is satisfied having a hearty meal on the deck, preferably with a little milk on the side. Although Bootsie appreciates cuddling and stroking, Georgie demands a “hands off” situation, although his gentle little meows assure us he is no tough hombre.
Both cats make our lives happier.
Robert Nielsen, Stoney Creek