What’s The Matter?

two black cats on flowered rug

Sunshine and Mewsette want to know.

Mommy, what happened?

We heard you talking and you sounded sad. You got very quiet and you were talking very softly.

We lost a kitty today, my two little precious gems, and I was talking to a friend who knew him too.

We lost him? Where did he go?

You said that when Peaches died. You mean…he died?

Yes, he was very sick and in the hospital, and he died while he was there.

Who was the kitty? Did we know him?

No, but it might be that your mom knew him from when she was an outdoor cat. Do you know that tabby cat with the white paws who walks through our yard?

I sure do! I’d like to get him one day! I hope it was him!

No, but this cat was like that tabby cat, he lived outdoors all the time, he had cuts and scratches all over him and he was, well…I’ll let your Mama Mimi explain about neutering and tom cats.

What’s ‘nootering’?

You mean he never came inside?

No, he didn’t have any home or any people, at least not for a long time.

But how did he eat?

And who petted him and what bed did he sleep on at night?!

He hunted animals and he didn’t have those things you do, and it might be that he didn’t want them, sometimes cats like him don’t care about those things.

But he was cold! And he got wet! Why wouldn’t he care?

But what happened to him?

He got in a fight with another animal, maybe a cat or a dog or a raccoon, and he got a bad bite on his neck.

You mean like Mr. Sunshine bites me?

No, much worse, because the animal’s teeth went all the way into his skin and he got a really bad infection like the one Cookie had under her chin, but all the way around his neck.


And he came to visit my friend’s porch and ate the food she had out and she knew he needed help, so she called me.

Is that where you went the other day, and you came back all smelly?

Yes, we tried to catch him. We didn’t get him then, but he did get in the carrier all by himself and we took him to the hospital.

Like Jelly Bean went?

Yes, like Jelly Bean went. Only this cat was much worse than Bean.

Bean really hurt. He couldn’t pee.

But what happened?! You still didn’t tell us.

He was so sick that when they tried to fix him his body just quit working.

His body quit working? Like he laid down and went to sleep?

Kind of.

But mom, it’s been cold outside with snow, and tonight there’s rain and there’s been ice. He was out in that?

He probably found a protected spot.

He would come inside even if you asked him?

Probably not.

I’m sure glad he’s not outside tonight. What would happen if his body stopped while he was outside in the cold and rain and snow?

Well, that’s one of the reasons we wanted to catch him and bring him in. He wasn’t in a house with a bed, but he had food and water, he was warm and dry, people petted him, and then he went to sleep.

But he would have gotten all wet and cold and frozen…if he had stayed outside?

Yes, and we wouldn’t want that for any cat, no matter what they did.

But that tabby cat…!

He makes faces at you and he pees on things, but that doesn’t mean he should freeze.

Mommy, I don’t like outside, it’s mean.

Mama Mimi doesn’t like it either. She lived there.

But that kitty didn’t get to sleep on a bed!

And that kitty didn’t get kisses and hugs! [Sounds of kisses and struggling cats.] That kitty probably got about as much of people as he wanted, but you are stuck with me! Whenever we lose a kitty I love all of you even more!

Now go and ask your mom about tom cats and she’ll tell you what their priorities are!

The world has one less crusty old tom cat tonight. RIP Skeeter, oh, the stories you are probably telling at the Bridge!


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Littered With Cats

six cats in one photo

Littered With Cats

Funny, I posted this last January, but this is just what it looks like this morning in January! There’s Cookie looking out the door, Mimi having a sun bath, and the Fantastic four just, well, littering the floor. Something about that January morning sun

What happens when the winter sun shines in the back door in early morning for the second day in a row? Everybody takes advantage of it.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a lasting sunny morning, some bright ones with cold haze, mostly cloudy or overcast covers it before an hour has passed. Yesterday and today were bright blue and sunny; yesterday everyone in the household (including me) stepped into this strange, unfamiliar substance, warm sunlight in the house. Today, all the cats had it down right away and after a brief romp around the house and a sip from the bathroom faucet, all of them came back to the kitchen, collecting in the warmth by the door.

From the front is Mr. Sunshine, crouching, and Giuseppe, sitting up; these two have a way of looking slightly guilty no matter the situation. Then Mewsette is cleaning her foot and Jelly Bean is purringly balled up next to the door. In the far distance, Mimi is on the left, swinging around for a lick on the hip, and Cookie is longingly gazing out into the yard; she and I had been out earlier, but she can never get enough of her outdoors, except when I haven’t managed to make it warm for her. Only Kelly isn’t in this photo; she’s a little intimidated by the Big Four and while she was mingling a bit she left for her other sunny windowsill.


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