Ev­ery cat is beau­ti­ful and en­ter­tain­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - Comment -

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

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