It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Adventures of a Cat Rescuer

This place I live in, in Florida is quite nice ... a "gated community" meaning we are supposed to think we are safer with gates and fences around us.
All of the homes are lovely, large and modern and in good condition. The front looks like a house, the back is almost completely windows and a wall of sliding glass doors.
Mine faces the forest ... my window walls ... so the view is fabulous and ever changing.
The front is windows in my bedroom upstairs where the view is skies and the neighbors across the street.
Mostly I see clouds, sunsets , moons and the occasional raccoon, deer, wolf ??, one green snake and lost/roaming house cats.

The "House Cats" I use loosely since the morons who chose to live with a forest full of wild creatures that would eat a cat for lunch, let their cats out all the time to wander.
I know of one little cat that  was killed in the visitors parking lot ... napping under a car is never a good idea.. poor sweet thing, bad choice of humans.
And now we come to my situation. .. I have cats. I had my own cats upon arrival, then my Mom died and my daughter told me take her cat or she would take it to a shelter.
You Know I was not going to do that to that poor cat whose life just changed like mine did ! We lost our mom and then ...... ?
So I took her ... she is enormous .. one of those Believe it Or Not cats ... but as huge and impossible to pick up as she is , she has this little girl cat meow and she is affectionate and funny and I love her.

So I have seen the wolves/wild animals in the forest lately, coming out onto the grass where the town homes are... like my back yard.
They are beautiful but dangerous. I will not tell anyone, I am minding my own business, especially after last night .

A cat came to the door crying. There had been something in the woods earlier that was large and worried me enough that I made the cats come into the house instead of out on the lanai that is only screens ..
and now here is this cat , crying to come in and I have no idea what to do ... so I let it in.

I fed it then opened the door so it could go home. It didn't want to go.

I took a walk down the street and knocked on a door and asked the man if he had a cat missing.
And I was insulted, yelled at and threatened for asking ... what a good neighbor, how lucky am I ?

So I went home planning on my trip back to NY where crazy people are much nicer and  an old woman with a dozen cats won't be noticed at all.

The little cat from somewhere else, slept in a nest that I made for her, on the lanai .
I opened the door for her this morning so she could scurry home.
She yawned , purred and went back to sleep.

Today will be tough, my cats have to stay in and be safe, they want out.
She has to stay on the lanai or go home, right now she wants in.

I am having coffee and staying upstairs with the computer and I want to go back home.
Not once in the time we lived in NY, did a neighbor ever speak to me in any way but kindly or with good manners.
Here, in a matter of months, I have had a total stranger / neighbor, yell at me in a threatening way.

The cats and I are weighing our options.
Honey is napping ..


sillygirl said...

The outburst from the "neighbor" (isn't that supposed to be a kind person???) is all about what is in his mind and heart and has nothing to do with you. It is all on him - don't absorb any of that negative energy - it isn't any of yours.

Candice @NotesFromAbroad said...

Thank you so much .. this "neighbor" was never kind or thought of as kind but I didn't expect the anger and aggressiveness ... slightly scary but not kind.

Thank you so much for your words.. I will remember them.

Candice @NotesFromAbroad said...

Thank you anony
Yes a sweet grey tiger stripe with big green eyes. Sh comes to the door and when I talk to her she purrs.
My cats pay her no attention.
I will manage with the cats but I am done with the humans.

Anonymous said...

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that how a user can understand it. Therefore that's why this post is great.

Candice @NotesFromAbroad said...

Anony, I am not sure what you meant but thank you :)

Fat Dormouse said...

It looks like this new Kitty has decided where s/he wants to live! If the owners can't care for her, and your cats don't seem to worry, then I'm with Anonymous. 4 cats are no more trouble than three!!!

Candice @NotesFromAbroad said...

The one BIG problem is that I rent this condo and the owner made a point of allowing me to have the cats I came here with and then the cat that I 'inherited' from my mother.
No More Cats were his last words on the subject.
I will tend to her the best I can and hope she goes home and stays there ... or if she is still around when I decide to move, she will come along with me .. For now- she is a sweet little visitor who has breakfast and dinner and free naps daily.

Candice @NotesFromAbroad said...

She is still here free to come and go.
Until my living arrangement changes, she will be my outdoor cat.
She sleeps in the crate with blankets and food out on the lanai..which has a locked door. So she is my part time cat.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like she is a very lucky cat to have you.

Candice @NotesFromAbroad said...

I found out that the one jerk that I know of in the community, is the owner of the little cat.
She and I will continue to be Besties and I avoid him and he would not want to come to my door .
My lanai door is always open to the little cat ..

Candice @NotesFromAbroad said...

You never know when I will maybe move house again and if I will leave with the same cats as I arrived with LOL

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