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Blessed Are Those Who Love Cats!


It's World Cat Day!  I'm not sure who decided that but Wikipedia says it, so it's gotta be true, right? :-)  With five furkids in residence, every day is Cat Day at our house!  Their intelligence, devotion, and antics are the highlights of our days.  I am greeted when I wake up in the morning, greeted when I come home from work, begged by pleading eyes to share the food from my plate, and fought over for my comfy lap space. I've stumbled over them, grumbled as I've cleaned up after them, cried tears into their soft fur as they've tried to comfort me, and laughed endlessly as they bounce off furniture and walls trying one more time to catch that illusive red laser dot!  My furkids ARE family, and tonight we'll be having chicken in their honor!

My furkids are pictured over in the sidebar.  Stormy, at 16 years old,  is the patriarch and rules the house.  Sophie is the sweetest, Chloe is the most agile and clever.  Tiggy is the softest, and her tiny sister Gracie is our brat!  They all get along beautifully, and I cannot imagine my life without them.  I've noted that a lot of bloggers are cat aficionados; cats make great muses, or is that nuisances? :-)

Let's do a kitty roll call.   If you have, or have had, a cat in your life that you treasure, add their name in the comments below and tell us a little bit about them.

14 comments:

  1. I have known some very noteworthy cats in my day - Silver, Gracie, Brambles...but I do not have a cat. I am not opposed, but Hubs is highly allergic and would be swollen indefinitely if we had one.

    Happy Cat Day!

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    1. That would not be a good thing then Carrie, however it has worked effectively for me, keeping my older sister at bay for years ;-)

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  2. Hey! Wiki didn't tell you this, your Crazy Cat Lady friend did! It is my goal in life to educate & honour critters, much the way you do people, Josie. God bless you for it.
    Currently: "Sweet Magnolia Purrl", 2009 CFA Midwest Champ Polydactyl Maine Coon, Grizelda Zoe & Chloe Jo rescued as newborns. But over the years, there were many: Schatzie, Thomasina, Druscilla Penny, Omega, Jigs, Bob, Lee, Floyd, Oddibe, Echo, Shade, Rhubarb, Chanel, Avery, Oscar, Wilbur, Purrl, Charlie, Sam, Rue, Eddie, Taz, Kizzy, Iris, Tootsie, Django, Moon, Willow, Frank, Jesse, Girlie...and others..we will do anything for them. Love is it's own reward!

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    1. My friend Annie DID alert me to this event, and she isn't one bit crazy, but she IS a Cat Lady par excellence! :-)) I'd never heard of World Cat Day before so I went to Wikipedia to check it out, and sure enough, it's there! I'm with you about loving cats, given the choice of spending my hours with humans or felines, I'd choose the critters 9 times out of 10! They are so much easier to get along with! I tried to come up with a few of the names of cats I've previously loved on... there's Tanzi, Toki,Samantha, Cooter, Buzzard, Boo, Smokey Joe, Molly, Noah, Goldie, Mao, Tigger, Daisy, some I don't recall the names of, and about a dozen feral cats and assorted kittens, but I think you've still got me beat by quite a few... and God bless you for it! If I ever win the lottery we're going to start that cat sanctuary I dream of!

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    2. who didn't just LOVE the disney movie Thomasina??? oh you both have some wonderful name kitties. Our cat if Phoebe but before her was Toby still alive but lives at the ex's house when we moved he offered to take her she was old & we were afraid the mountains wouldn't suit her, her sister Ima died the year before we moved so that was tough on her too, cats are sensitive souls. We also had a Midnight ( he was an abandon rescue), Lucky, Sugar, Ginger one of her kittens Whitey, lil Whitey, Humphrey I rescue him from the pound he was a purebreed Persian so beautiful but sickly from neglect so our time together was short. I have loved Many Cats in My Life and I will Love many more I am sure!!!

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    3. You are another cat lady after my own heart, Janice! Your last statement says it all... AMEN! It is said that the very best way to honor a beloved pet who has departed is to adopt another who is desperately in need of the love you have to give. Rescue animals make wonderful friends!

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  3. These days I have Teddy to love. He is from a shelter and is shy but less so than when I first brought him home.

    There was Dolly and Henry before Teddy. Henry was the most loving-lovable cat I have ever known, a real sweety. I had to take him for a final vet visit when he was 16--renal failure. Dolly was a CAT,and therefore a superior being, she went on spaz attack zooms daily, coughed up amazing hairballs, was demanding, and beautiful. She went for her final vet visit at 19. She had some sort of stroke or something--it was horrible. She never made anything easy for me and I miss her terribly.

    Before that there was Kitzy. He died in his sleep at 18. A wonderful independent cat who once saved my life--literally.

    I love my catkids!

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    1. The fact that your beloved furkids lived so long is a testament to the caring and love they received from you! I can't bear to even contemplate the day that Stormy will reach the end of his life journey, he's been with me thru all the hardest times. Papa Bear had a cat that lived to twenty, and she was devoted to him. I try to focus on how much love each of these furry angels has brought to our lives...even when they are displaying cattitude at it's very best! :-)

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  4. Thank you for the post, And special thanks to Ann for alerting us all to ‘cat day’. I have lived with cats all my life, and have learned much from them, as well as being inspired by them. I have to add here, that I love human beings just as much, and get along with them just as well, if not better. I presently live with a cat, Nechama (which means ‘consolation’) since she adopted me 7 years ago, when she was a very little kitten. Aside from that, I have friendships with a number of cats who live in the neighborhood (in Jerusalem, cats are free citizens), who visit me often, as I visit them. I take my morning walk with Nechama, every day, and she walks alongside me without a leash or restraint of any sort.

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    1. Hello Shimon! I love the meaning of Nechama's name - most certainly that is a fine attribute of cats - to console us, they seem very tuned in to our emotions and know just when we need their affection. I also love that Nechama frequently makes appearances on your blog, I've come to watch for her in your photos. :-) Cats make wonderful life companions, their loyalty is unmatched. It is good to read that cats are permitted to live freel in Jerusalem, I should love to see more photos of them from your walks.

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  5. My very first cat was called Tiddles (very unoriginal, I know.) He was a ginger cat who was a tad conceited and would only eat from a china plate. Once he didn't eat for three days because I put his food in a plastic bowl and he refused to touch it. It took me all that time to figure out it wasn't the food he didn't like but the bowl.

    I had another cat called Obs who was a rescue cat and was as black as obsidian. A beautiful cat. The sweetest nature ever.

    Then there was the indomitable mother of all cats, my dearest Olive whom I had for 18 years. A black and white cat with white sox and an often bad attitude. She put the B in bossy, but I loved her so.

    You have made me want to get another cat. Cats rule!

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    1. I just knew you had to be a cat lady, Selma! :-) Eighteen years is a very long life for a cat, you took good care of her! I do love cats for their independent and sometimes arrogant personalities, each so different. Yup, I believe the china plate story! I had a friend whose cat refused to use her new round litter box, went right beside it as a protest! When she replaced it with a rectangular one like she had before, all was well! You definitely need a new kitty.. a rescue kitty, you have so much love to share! :-)

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  6. Happy World Cat Day!
    Finally, a day that I can celebrate being a FurMomma! It's like Mother's Day to me... :)
    Love,
    Buddy, Bella, Marmalade and Chrissy

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    1. LOL Chrissy! As far as I'm concerned, Mother's Day is for Furmomma's too! We love them and care for them, and put up with them, just as we would human kids! My own grown children will tell you that the cats in our house get away with far more than they ever did... so true! :-) I love your cat names, I chose some of ours, some were chosen by my children, others by spouses. They all fit perfectly though... except the rescue one we once had that was a big black male named "Fluffy"... poor guy! We didn't do that, he came with that name. :-)

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