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Pets: Sentimentality & Decisions…………….

A couple points to lead with: my Dad had an uncanny way of attracting stray cats. Growing up, I think every one of the cats my parents had, over the years, was a stray…a hungry stray.

Also, yesterday on the 4th of July, was my dear, departed Aunt’s birthday. We headed up to the cemetery with cut flowers from the yard to pay respects to a few fine folks. My Aunt, her husband Felix and my departed Mom’s dear friend, Eleanor.

graves collage SwittersBOf course, these are always, for me, awkward moments. Reflection, prayers, thank you’s, memories, pronouncements aloud of love. But, the day was beautiful and after all it was to in some way acknowledge the birthday of my Aunt, who held that day as particularly special while alive.

We departed in fine spirits and thought we should go by my Aunt’s old house to check on things and water the flowers etc. (this is our other life that I write about over at Hoarding Woes & You). The neighborhood was deadsville, not another soul in sight. We immediately heard a very plaintive meow in the bushes nearby. It was quite similar to the plaintive meow of Penny the Cat 25 months to the day earlier when we found her up a tall tree in brisk winds.

Felix Cat SWittersB

The forlorn, pathetic kitty.

It took some doing for the kitten to trust any approach. Weak, wobbly, gangly legs and truly skin and bones…very weak. Hmmm? Enquiries from a neighbor revealed there had been a litter of kittens scurrying about near the Reed Gulch earlier in the week…an area patrolled by Coyotes, Racoons and roaming dogs. But, none had been recently seen.

Of course, we tentatively touched the cat, held the cat, looked into the eyes. Tentative I say not because of any physical dangers, but rather that emotional bonding that ever so slightly can intrude into the defenses.

Felix2 SwittersB Well we thought we have to feed the poor thing. A run to the store for a tin of wet food and evaporated milk and the kitten was ravenously consuming its weight in food. And, it did again back at our home! How did that happen? 

Oh my, Emma the Lab, Harley the Multipoo and Penny the Cat were not at all pleased, at first, with this pint sized intruder. After a long night (is it really true my wife used to get up in the middle of the night with two infants to feed them while I faked deep sleep?) there seems to be a bit a truce in the household. Two cats? Are we going to keep this kitten? What would my Dad have done? My dear departed Uncle’s name was Felix. Doesn’t it seem fitting?

Update: A trip to the vet revealed what some on you may already have know…Tortoiseshell colored Calico’s are almost always FEMALES! No Felix the Cat. Reconsideration of names is due. 

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13 Responses to “Pets: Sentimentality & Decisions…………….”


  1. July 31, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    There’s always room for one more, lesson learned from Father…

  2. 3 Felix
    July 9, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Felix. Or Felicia is a beautiful name for your baby blessing.

  3. 4 Anonymous
    July 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Great story happened to me along time ago and we had Bertie for 18 years never regretted a minute. Cheers John

  4. 6 buckytoo
    July 5, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    The name Felix we chose for our 1lb. 12oz. little doll will have to be changed! Just returned from the vet and learned our little kitten is a girl! Update to follow…….

  5. July 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    It’s fine to be sentimental, particularly with animals, and anyway, just look at the colour of all that dubbing. Giving that cat a home is an investment really, love, affection and free nymph bodies. :-)

  6. 8 Sabrina
    July 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Felix is a fine name! And I have to think that maybe, just maybe, your dear Auntie was giving YOU a gift to celebrate her special day. What better gift…a sweet frail creature, from one who was the same in life! Hopefully you will keep the kitty :)

  7. 9 Anonymous
    July 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Felix is a fine name, and I have to think that …just maybe…. your Aunt decided to send him to you…especially since you found him on her birthday. What better celebration of her life than to save such a sweet, frail creature :)

  8. July 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Once you have named him, he is part of the family. I know what your dad would do!! :)

    “The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats…”
    ― Albert Schweitzer


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