Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How To Change a Neon Sign

We have a neon sign above our house. It's blinking and flashing for all to see. Sure, you may not know it's there, but it is. The reason you don't see it is because you aren't a homeless hungry animal looking for a dish full of food, a warm bed, and a person to take care of you.

The problem lies in the types of animals we attract. Over the years, we've gotten blind deaf dogs, ugly disease ridden cats, mean cats, ugly cats. Ok, maybe no cat is really ugly, but frankly some ARE prettier than others. Would it kill the sign to read: Disease infestations we'll treat, but please be attractive? I'm not asking for much. I'm just for a PS:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door"

PS - Pretty fluffy cats and poodles preferred

The sign follows us from house to house, and evidently there's also one on the car, since animals have found us in parking lots, and stores as well. Many find new homes, others never leave. Mercury was a starving sick cat who never left of course. So was Neptune. Really, I can't understand people who go looking for a cat, all I have to do is merely think 'boy things are peaceful around here' and one appears on our doorstep.

Case in point. A week ago a little tiny calico cat was sitting on our rocks outside. Thinking nothing of it, we left her alone. When she came back the 2nd day I fed her and also gave her a quick exam (she was a purry happy patient). I decided her weight was ok, she probably had a home. Over the next week we saw her every day, wandering around. We didn't feed her, or encourage her in any way. And then 2 days ago, I walked outside to have the little cat racing up to me purring away. But this time she felt markedly skinnier, her ears were dirtier, she had a cut on her neck, and looked a little dehydrated. I fixed up a room and brought her inside where she drank a bunch of water and slept for over 12 hours straight.

I have posted found ads, and looked around but no luck so far. Just in case we simply found a cat someone is frantically looking for.

No, she has no name, or picture yet. She's not officially part of the family though she's now much brighter, has been wormed, ears cleaned, wounds cleaned, and is pretty thrilled with the situation.

But really. Another short haired normal looking cat. Aren't there any long haired fluffy strays?

1 comment:

  1. Very funny! We have 3 stray cats roaming around outside but won't come near humans. They seem to be doing fine on their own. We usually have dogs show up sometime in the summer -- as a surprise when we return from vacation! We've had a Weinheimer, a Jack Russell, a Lab and a Pit Bull puppy. Thank goodness they all found other homes. Unfortunately we are the last house on a dead-end road, with the cemetery at the end. We suspect that people coming up to our area on vacation think this is a good spot to dump their unwanted pets!