Friday, March 31, 2023

Remembering Absent Friends: el Gato perfecto

Many years ago, when I was in college, a hungry black tomcat with a deformed ear lived near the town's student apartments. I began feeding him, allowing him in the apartment despite my roommate's concerns that the cat might have fleas. My roommate spoke Spanish, so after he talked about the "gato," I began to call the cat "Gato" as well. Maybe I felt that if I didn't give him a real name, just called him Cat, I wouldn't become too attached.

Gato would often stretch out on my bed while I studied next to him and stroked his fur. He was affectionate in a hard-boiled Humphrey Bogart way, a tough guy who wasn't asking for any favors, but if you were offering a little help, he'd gladly accept it. He loved cottage cheese, and when I poured the water from a can of tuna over his dry cat food, he gobbled it up.

Since he had never been neutered, Gato wanted to roam at night. I didn't know better, so when he went to the door and meowed insistently, I dutifully let him out. Once someone at the apartments ignored Gato's collar and well-fed tummy and called the town's Animal Control, which caught him and took him away while I was at class. I went downtown and bailed him out.

In late spring, the end of the semester and the end of the lease on the apartment were approaching, and I had just begun to wonder what to do next. I didn't want to move and leave Gato behind.

One afternoon, I returned to the apartment and found him waiting outside the front door. He stumbled while trying to trot over to me, and he wouldn't eat or drink. He didn't respond to the vet's treatment, and on Good Friday 1983 I had Gato euthanized.

Gato had been a good friend at a time when I needed one. 

Forever Home Friday: Kozmo and Ponderosa

On Fridays we'll post pictures of Tabby's Place cats who recently have been adopted.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Tabby's Place at 20 - Throwback Thursday: Tashi

Tashi   (2008 - January 17, 2014)   He was a cat who touched many during his lifetime, including the founder of Tabby's Place, who wrote this shortly after Tashi passed. 

Tashi, never trashi. 

Tashi loved to play, as here with creamsicle Gumbo.

Angela T. took this and sent it to me, with the title "Cyril and Uncle Tashi."  He does look protective of the little one.


Friday, March 24, 2023

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Tabby's Place at 20 - Throwback Thursday: Charlie

His picture looks down benevolently on visitors in the lobby at Tabby's Place.  Charlie was a big man cat, and a special needs cat if there ever was one:  FIV-positive, diabetic, hyperthyroidism, heart disease.  

He was also the most loving cat I have ever known.  Possibly the Greatest Cat Who Ever Lived.


Friday, March 10, 2023

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Tabby's Place at 20 - Throwback Thursday: Paulette

I was Paulette's Special Needs correspondent beginning in January 2014.  For that month, I wrote to her supporters:  "During a recent visit, she accepted both a treat of a little chicken baby food and a lot of petting.  ...[S]he was enjoying it so much that if I stopped even for a moment, she would nudge my hand with her nose as if to say, "Get back to work!"   But eventually she was satisfied... and lay down in contentment."

In September of the same year, her adopter wrote: “At first glance, she looks plain, scarred, afraid. She’s anything but, however. She’s strong, she’s smart, and has nearly the loveliest peach-colored hue under her chest and belly. When the sun hits her just right, she glows deep russet. Her doe eye looks at you and melts your heart straightaway."  More about Paulette and her adopter at the link below.

Paulette (arrived October 2011, adopted August 2014)

Friday, March 3, 2023

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Tabby's Place at 20 - Throwback Thursday: The Okinawa 3

These three cats came from Okinawa to Tabby's Place, with the help of a young Marine who was stationed there.  (Just another reason to tell him "Thank you for your service!")  Angela wrote their story in 2010...  

...and all three were adopted together in May 2011.