Stray ‘Cat’

When I was a child I had a keen sense for stray cats.  Whether we were travelling, camping or just walking in our own neighbourhood I would come across a stray cat.  My desire to take the cats home was quite overwhelming but I was always met with a “No” from my mom.  I did have two cats, Tiger and Snowflake, so it wasn’t as if I was lacking in the department of feline love.  But somehow these strays spoke to me.  One of my childhood dreams was to have an animal shelter.  I have yet to fulfill that dream but over the years I have had the opportunity to bring home a couple of lost kitties.

Last summer I was at the river with my children.  As we were leaving we came across a white and orange cat that seemed to be injured.  As soon as he saw us he began to call us with his meow, almost a begging type of call.  We went to him and as soon as we approached he came right up to us.  I picked him up.  He was all scratched up and very skinny.  Right in that moment my daughter asked if we could take him home?  Without hesitating I said “Yes”.
We already have a cat and a young dog, again not lacking in the pet department.  But we brought ‘Cat’ home, named by my 4 year old.  Fast forward to today.  After much peeing, being chased by the dog numerous times, a very stressful neutering, and many months ‘Cat’ (also called ‘Chulo’ or ‘Fat Louie’) has adjusted very well into our home.  He is our cat and we are his family.  Pictured below is him sleeping in his favourite spot, who doesn’t like to use a Bamboletta as a pillow?









6 responses to “Stray ‘Cat’”

  1. Kim Giovannini Avatar
    Kim Giovannini

    What a great story Shauna! I volunteer with a lab rescue and have kept our last foster, Tamber (a 12 year old yellow gal). I think the rescued ones love you a wee bit more. hehe

  2. Darice/Healing Gems Avatar
    Darice/Healing Gems

    That was so kind of you. All of my animals are rescues and I love them to pieces.

  3. Christine Avatar

    OT…. I had to chuckle to myself when I saw your doll with the froggy hat…. One was included in my bambo parcel (thank you) but my doll has been wearing it backwards and I was left wondering why the eyes are facing the back. It all makes sense now! 😀

  4. Skye Copeland Avatar
    Skye Copeland

    I love this story! I was always bringing home stray cats when I was younger and hiding them in my parents barn (my cousin usually was there to help). My parents would ask why there were cats out there and we would do our most innocent look and shrug our shoulders. 🙂 There are tons of stray cats around our house now (they’re very wild), I’ve named all of them and leave them food and water on our porch. Plus we have our own rescue kitties. 🙂

  5. Belinda Avatar

    He’s a very handsome boy! 🙂 My cat Marley likes to curl up with my Bamboletta too.

  6. Shauna Avatar

    I think that we should have a photo contest with our pets, rather than the kids. Sounds like our pets like the dolls as much as we all do 🙂

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