Well, we're down a porch baby. Three feral kittens are still making a home on our front porch, but the little tortoiseshell decided she liked us too much to stay outside. Of course, I couldn't let her roam the house yet, exposing my old girls, Katie and Jenny, to whatever outside kitty germs she might have. So we wrapped her in an old receiving blanket yesterday, and Big Sis held her as I drove to the Cat Hospital. Mabel has a foul stench - I mean, she stinks to high heaven - and I noticed she hadn't been eating with her brothers and sister lately. Sure enough, besides the expected case of roundworm and fleas, Miss Mabel has a nasty protozoan infection. It's highly contagious to other cats, so she is being quarantined in one of my grandma's bathrooms, while she undergoes three weeks of drug treatments. The good news is that she was still purring during and after the vet visit, and she took her first dose of medicine like a champ!
We'll go visit her every day, while we wait for her to get well. Meanwhile, I think I'm going to call a local trap and release cat program regarding the other three. They aren't as friendly as Mabel, and I just don't know what to do. All because we tried to help our late neighbor's cat - and he doesn't even come to our house anymore!
We get to delay introducing a kitten to Katie and Jenny. Poor old things. They will be 15 and 14 this year, and I don't think either one is going to take too kindly to a new kitty. In fact, I didn't want another pet yet. My idea was to allow our kitty girls to live out the rest of their lives being pampered and adored. Then when they died, I wanted to get a dog. But we aren't really adopting Mabel - Mabel adopted us. She needed help, and she was smart enough to figure out we could help her. Let's hope she doesn't change her mind once she meets the boss ladies of the house.
|Mr. B and Katie in 2001, soon after we started dating. She was his baby.|
|Me with Jenny, 2001. We adopted her in October of that year.|
So to celebrate our new addition - even if she cannot live with us yet - I thought I'd celebrate the felines today! Sorry, dog people. (The joke? Although my mom and her sister come dangerously close to real-life Crazy Cat Ladydom - they'll admit it, too - I'm more of a dog person myself. I just haven't had one of my own in a long time.)
Top Row: Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag. Coward-McCann, 1928; current edition published by Puffin, 2006. I Don't Want a Cool Cat by Emma Dodd. Little, Brown, 2010. Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes. HarperCollins, 2004. Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel. Roaring Brook Press, 2005.
Second Row: Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner. Dutton Juvenile, 2003. The Grannyman by Judy Schachner. Puffin, 2003.
Third Row: The Shy Little Kitten (Little Golden Book) by Cathleen Schurr, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren. Simon & Schuster, 1946; current edition published by Golden Books, 1999. Hello Kitty Friendship Doodles by Sanrio. Running Press Books, 2011. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean. HarperCollins, 2010. Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone. Houghton Mifflin, 1986; new edition, 2011.
Bottom Row: Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. (See Wikipedia for other editions.) There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz. Candlewick, 2010. Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton. HarperCollins, 2008. There Are Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz. Candlewick, 2008.
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg, but these are some of my favorite characters and stories involving cats in book form. And it's by no means a complete list of my own favorites: I left out this out-of-print gem and managed to leave off The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back! Sacrilege! Sleep deprivation!
And for the record, I loved Garfield as a kiddo. I remember Here Comes Garfield! airing for the first time when I was in kindergarten. I loved the Christmas special and the Garfield and Friends TV series. The comic strip? Meh. I think this is much funnier. And what about cats in the movies? I admit, my favorite kitties in the movies are by Disney. One of my favorite movies ever is The Three Lives of Thomasina (1964).
And for Hayley Mills fans, there is That Darn Cat! (1965).
When I was little, I enjoyed Saturday afternoon showings of The Cat from Outer Space (1978).
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