Adopted Pet Parents

  • For the last few months, my neighbor’s big, black, fat, lazy, Tom cat has decided that he likes my house better than his own. He isn’t bashful, he’ll walk right in the door the minute it is opened or he sits on the patio and cries until we let him in.
    He has made himself at home to the extent that he sleeps on my kitchen table! My cat is not allowed anywhere near the table, so she just sits back and shoots crusty looks at him until I notice and toss his furry ass off. Five minutes later, he is back on the table sound asleep.

He has learned which cupboard I keep the cat food in and now will sit on the floor whining until I feed him - AGAIN - for the 10th time that day. The guy is FAT!

He wanders the house like he owns the place and won’t leave unless I carry him home. I am very good friends with my neighbors (we have lived next door for 17 years). They don’t mind that he likes our place better, in fact, we have a hard time keeping the kids straight.

I think he is now our cat whether I like it or not.

  • My sister had a snake that her son caught out in the ditch. She bought 10 little feeder fish (goldfish) for his food but he only ate 9 before they let him go back in the ditch. The fish was hiding behind a rock so they thought the food was gone. That ugly little goldfish is now more than 2 years old, 3 1/2 inches long, friendly (maybe he just wants food - I dunno) and beautiful!

She never wanted pet fish, he was only meant to be snake food. The guy at the pet store only sold them 10 feeder fish at a time because they aren’t supposed to live very long. HA!

I have a feeling that this fish is going to out live us all!

Anyone been adopted by an animal?

Coffee, chocolate, men . . . Some things are just better rich.

Yep. Currently have the world’s laziest cat living with us. His name is Sovtek, and he makes Garfield look like a cheetah. He just showed up on our porch one day, no tags or anything. He’s been here for about a year now.

Yes, I have a big grey cat that I’ve started to call Princess come live with me. Well, not really live with me, but she’s figured out the dog doors and lets herself in and out as she pleases. My cats, on the other hand, are not all that excited about her being there. She eats a lot of food, so I’ve taken to throwing her out rather violently when I see her in the house. We’ll see if it works.

Before I was married, I lived with my wife-to-be and her mother in their house. The neighbors had a little black cat named Midnight, and they never, ever, ever let him come in. He was outside all the time. (FTR, their son also hit their dog with a plastic baseball bat all the time, but we were never able to photograph him to sic the ASPCA on him.)

Anyway, Midnight always wandered over to our house. We put a can of food out for him every day, and when it was raining or snowing, we let him come in the house to eat and rest. He was always getting in accidents and fights and showing up wounded. At one point, he showed up with a huge abcess on his head.

The neighbors threatened us constantly to leave their cat alone. Basically, I told them to fuck off. We didn’t let him come in the house permanently, though, because we had 2 indoor cats. But we took him to the vet more than a few times, and we always ate the bills rather than try to get money from the neighbors.

Eventually, long after we were married, he turned up again on the steps there. Dead. He had been wounded in another fight, and he died. Lousy fucking neighbors.

Phil, what an awful story. You did your best by taking that poor cat to the vet. It is people like your neighbors that really make me mad.

And not to throw a damper on the cute pet stories, but allowing stray cats into your home is not a good idea if you have other pets. Feline AIDS and leukemia are easy to catch and once caught are incurable. Having your own pets vaccinated helps reduce risk of disease, but nothing is 100 percent. Stray tom cats are the most likely to have AIDS and/or leukemia because they get into fights. An infected cat may not show signs. Don’t risk your pet’s well being.

Resident Veterinary Technician

“Love given when it is inconvenient is the greatest love of all. Kindnesses that are shared at a high cost to oneself are the most dear.”

Don’t know who said it, but I like it.