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Tales "O Cats"

Lets start off with a poem about Vera, our senior pussycat.

Vera – The Beginning

I pulled in for gas.
The kitten lounged against
the gas pump
looking very worldly
and very bored.
But I knew better.
She had been dumped.
I pumped gas ignoring
her as she ignored me.
The gas tank filled up
and cut off with a clunk.
I opened the pickup door
and zip
the kitten was in the
passenger seat
Quick as a wink.
I had a new master
named Vera.
Off we went as
friend and friend.

Agnes Goes Outside

When Agnes moved in, she had never been in the great outdoors.  At the feed store they kept her inside because of the busy highway running in front of the store.  We had Agnes about a month before getting her ready for the big adventure.  I had a plan for making her an indoor and outdoor kitty.  I will be projecting what Agnes felt and saw as she entered a new maybe dangerous cycle of her life.

house1           hallway            backporch

Holy cats!  Did I fall into cat paradise?  Let me tell you about my new place (see above).  First, it is huge and I can run from one end of the place to other end of the place and I do love to zoom.  My humans call it Home but I call it heaven.  The floors are wood and I can turn, swerve, jump, stop without sliding into a wall or furniture.  By the way, I am learning all these words from my Humans as they talk to each other.  They think I don't understand, but I do.  I am now bilingual - cat and human.  I learn more human everyday.  They call me Agnes, whatever that means.  I make them feel good every now and then by looking at them when the say "Agnes".  It makes them so happy.  I never ever walk over to them when they say my name. We have to have some boundaries.

The food and water comes twice a day.  Always some good fresh water in my bowl and are you ready for this - wet food and dry food every single day!  I wish my mom could see me now.  They even have a huge box that I visit every now and then to make a deposit or two if you know what I mean.  My humans even clean it out every day.  Pull my tail!  I must be dreaming!

My house mate cat is Vera.  She is much older but still cool.  We get along just fine. I noticed when I first arrived that she would disappear for long periods of time.  I wondered where she went and one morning I was looking out one of the windows and I saw her on the other side of the window.  How did she get there?  I started looking around for a way to get out there with her but could not figure it out until I happened to see my big human open the door and let Vera in.  Duh, that must be the way she gets out. So the next time I saw the door opening, I slinked up to it and checked the smells coming in the door.  Wow! So many smells, so little time.  So, now every time the door was opened, I checked out the smells and inched closer to the door for a better smelling position.  When I started getting too close to the door, the human would say "Back" and stick their foot in my face.  Seems like they don't want me to know what is on the other side of the door.

I heard them talking about "Outdoor" and I figured out that's what the call the other side of the door.  My humans were worried about me getting out to the Outdoor and I overheard them talking about getting me Outdoors safely. They seemed to be worried about me running away or getting lost in the Outdoors.  Why would I run away from Paradise? I just do not understand them sometime. Anyway, they started hatching a plan to get me on the other side of the door.

The next day my big human cornered me and picked me up.  I am not crazy about being picked up and I went all stiff to let him know I was not happy.  Then he opened the door and stepped  into the Outdoors.  Holy Catnip, I was surprised and suddenly being in his arms was not a bad idea.  The light, the sounds, and the smells all hit me like the first time I saw a dog. The Outdoors was scary!  I thought very seriously about making a break for the Indoors but the big guy settled me down by talking softly and petting me telling me all the time it was going to be alright.  I relaxed a little, but was still was on mouse alert. 

We moved off the porch and when I looked up, there was nothing but this big blue nothing and lots of green and brown things coming out of the ground.  He explained everything to me as we moved about what he called "The backyard".  The big blue thing was sky, and the green and brown things were trees and grass. There were lots of other things he did not talk about but I figured we would get around to them later or let me figure them out.  I was starting to think maybe this was not a bad place when this huge blue thing zipped by making all kinds of racket.  Tense time again and my tail fluffed but he told me that was a Scrub Jay and it was a bird and I would see lots of different birds in the Outdoors but they were not dangerous.

We had been out for a while and I was getting tired so we headed back indoors.  He put me down on the porch, opened the door and I just walked in like I owned the place. What a day! I moseyed over to Vera and told her what I had done today.  She was not very impressed.  "Come back and talk to me when you have been Outdoors by your self "she said.  By myself! By myself! My tail fluffed again!

Anyway, to make a long, traumatic story short we went out everyday for about a week with me safe in the arms of my human. We walked around and discovered the "front yard" and the "road".  The road is a bad place where bad things happen to not only cats but other animals as well. I was told to stay away from the road in no uncertain terms. A couple of days later my human sat down on the back porch and I scooted down onto his lap.  We sat there for a while looking, smelling and listening to the backyard. He looked down at me and said it was time for me to become and outdoor cat for awhile.  With that, he pushed me out of his lap onto the actual back porch.  Of course, you know what fluffed and I tried to get back onto that wonderful, safe lap. He stood up and there I was, alone on the back porch. I un-fluffed and started walking around the porch not quite ready to go out into the trees and grass with that screeching bird.  We stayed out there for about an hour and he opened the back door and we went inside.

The next day, he just opened the back door and stood there until I walked out onto the porch all by myself!! He came out with me, closed the door and sat down on the porch with me.  Well, after about five minutes, I got tired of staring at him and started exploring the porch.  With us cats, exploring means smelling everything with in reach.  I added so many new smells to my brain smell section in the next hour.  When I paused for a moment and looked around, no human! I was outdoors by myself - fluff.  Then I heard the door opening and I headed for the inside. My human was just inside the door.  He had been watching me all the time.  He is so cool! I gave him a great big rub.

Since then I have explored and conquered the back yard and the front yard. Learned about grass, butterflies, lizards, rain, thunder(bad news), and too many things to go into.  I found out those trees are great to climb just for fun or to escape danger.  Thank goodness for trees! Me, Vera, Lucy, George and the next door cat now spend many wonderful hours in the Outdoors. Hey, I highly recommend the Outdoors to any cat.  Thanks to my humans.

PS. We all come into the house before it gets dark.  Lots of dangerous critters out there that are very scary.

Agnes

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