The Stay at Home Cats of Summer

Posted by Raja on August 3rd, 2010 — Posted in Pet Adoption, Social Commentary

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Our blog takes it energy from the nomadic willingness of dogs to trot about in the big wide world.  Taking Raja anywhere is absurdly simple…  Put his little feet on the trail and he’s off.  OK, that’s a dog for you. 

And then there’s the cat.  Some cats travel well, but they are the exceptional cats.  Almost all cats are very happy staying at home, sitting in a comfortable chair, reading blogs like StashYurCatnip.com and watching squirrels out the window- harmless dreams of vivisection.   When you travel, cats wave bye-bye and take over your bed pillow.  When you return- after a few hours of the cold, furry shoulder- they’ll take you back.   

Maybe this summer you want to adopt a cat?  We MEAN it.  Cats are ubiquitous in summer just like, um, pumpkins in Fall and tulips in Spring.  But unlike pumpkins and tulips, cats are sentient beings with real, furry, needy little souls and, in summer, the shelters fill up with them.  

Here’s a common tragic story:   http://trentonian.com/articles/2010/08/02/news/doc4c562f50aaa46117677996.txt

In Ewing, New Jersey, 17 lovely cats need homes or they will be euthanized.  I bet this situation also exists in your home towns all over the world now (except for readers in the Southern Hemisphere, but, just wait a few months, and the problem will appear). 

If you need an animal to keep the home fires burning (not literally) while you globe trot, a cat does the trick.  Dogs are horrible at that skill. They howl and claw the rugs and sicken.  Won’t it be nice for you and your dog to return home with sand in your paws, toting a bag of saltwater taffy and a new refrigerator magnet, to a cozy cat interested in hearing about your adventures, actually happy to see your slides and completely grateful you did not take her? 

Raja and I hope to support our friends the cats this summer and, especially for those of you in New Jersey, we hope you might spread the world about the precarious cats of Ewing.

6 Comments »

Comment by Carolyn

Raja,
Hooray for you for supporting cats needing homes. I hope your story will bring new awareness and find some kitties new homes. You have pointed out some very good things about sharing a home with a cat.
Thank you,
Tasha, Cy & CT

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 4:03 am

Comment by PAT & BUTTERCUP

GOOD FOR YOU RAJA AND HELEN SUPPORTING THE ADOPTION OF CATS. YES, WE HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM HERE IN MARYLAND OF SHELTERS OVER RUN WITH GOOD KITTYS LOOKING FOR A FOREVER HOME ! THANKS FOR SHARING !

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 4:13 am

Comment by Robert R Blease DVM

Cats do well at home with someone looking in preferable once a day. There are many reliable people available to do this.

I have several clients who travel frequently with both their cats and their dogs in motorhomes. One client decided on a motorhome so they could take their pets rather then board them. They went to Alaska.

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 4:59 am

Comment by The McLane Cats

Thank you, Raja and Helen! Being homeless is no fun and very scary. Every one of our feline family (past and present)was living on the streets or scheduled for euthanasia. We are all extremely grateful to have been given a forever home but that works both ways. When our people come home we always brighten their day; nothing makes you feel more special than an aloof cat coming over to welcome you home and meaning it. So please, open your hearts and homes to a kitty in need.

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 6:40 am

Comment by Sheryll & Critters.

Oh my yes, there are so many kitty kats here as well. We are now lucky that one of our older neighbors that is retired and sold a junk yard business and land for a ton of money, that will take every homeless, feral or otherwise in need of… kitty kat to be spayed and neutered and brought back to live in our neighborhood. He told me he got it done for FREE, although I have not figured out his ‘IN’. And I am now trying to get up the nerve to ask him to take my last one to be spayed. Still procrastinating though. I don’t let any of mine outside anyway and all are fixed, except her and the boy pup.

And how do you think I got three kitty kats and three pups that I can in no way afford????? They needed me to save them.

So, right now, the pups are playing like crazy under my feet right now and the kitty kats are adjusting to what they think are three monsters…… especailly Sunshine, who wants so much to play with them, but they refuse, even Sadie Lady….. and she so begged Rufus to let her rub on him when he was still here, now she won’t let the little girl play with her…… I keep telling her that turn about is fair play.

And Sapphire is/was the first to come sleep in the big bed with them too and what a surprise that was! Sugar is so layed back he does not bat an whisker about any of them now. Although he is still grieving over The Rufus being missing.

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 7:14 am

Comment by Donna Stansberry

I hope those cats find homes. They are good pets for humans who have to travel, but aren’t able to take the pets along. We used to have a pet bunny named Flash, and he had to travel with us wherever whe went, but he was easy to take, and he enjoyed the trips.

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 7:22 am

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