If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Making Friends

Meet Victoria.


Victoria has the tiniest little cat feet you've ever seen. She's one of the many cats that belongs to my next-door-neighbor. My neighbor is gone for the week and it is very hot outside. Victoria is lonely. We put some water out for her and she spends her days (and nights) hanging out on our stoop or in the shade of a tree on our front lawn.

Victoria would like to come inside but we don't think that is a good idea. Mostly because our current pets tend towards jealousy but also because we don't think she would ever leave. Not that we aren't very fond of Victoria (and we worry about her a little) but 3 cats and a dog is going a little over the edge. Also Victoria threw up on our steps the other day and having two puking cats in one house is two too many.

Pupzilla and The Brute did say hello through the glass door.


On another note, it seems all the kittens that are going to be adopted have been adopted. Our neighbor told us she has plans to give away the two mother cats so she can keep two of the kittens. This seems cruel and heartless to me. I don't think I could ever give up any animal in my family because someone younger and cuter came along. Sometimes I don't get people.

9 comments:

Nit said...

Victoria is very cute, but I agree...not a good idea to add another to the bunch. Pupzilla doesn't look like he wants any more sisters :)

I agree..very cruel to get rid of the older cats for the kittens. Some people.

k8 said...

Another point is that since Victoria spends time outdoors, you don't know what illnesses she could introduce to your pets.

That neighbor does not deserve to have pets. She sure doesn't seem to have an emotional attachment to them if it would be so easy to give them away. Even back in the days when I grew up on the farm, we never gave away or got rid of the adult barn cats (not that anyone asked for them, but still) even though we gave away kittens once they were old enough. They weren't "pets," so to speak (they had a job killing rodents that kept them in lots of cat food, catnip, and fresh water + attention for the not-so-feral kitties), but we still cared about their well-being.

She just sounds careless. And cruel, really.

Hilaire said...

Victoria's a sweetie. Poor her. Poor mother cat!

I kind of hate your neighbour, I must say...

life_of_a_fool said...

Poor Victoria. I kind of hate your neighbor too.

Brigindo said...

Yeah, to be honest no one in the Brigindo household is fond of her either. I'd say we vary from barely tolerate to despise. She did tell Boy that the mama cats were going to become farm cats so I guess that's good for them (they are great hunters BTW). Also, before she went away, she told Boy she wanted all her cats fixed or spayed and said she was putting a trap out for one of last year's kittens who had gone feral. It seems he's been spraying around her house. She wanted Boy to keep an eye on the trap and if he was caught to take him to a vet for her to get him fixed (she'd pay him laterI. I think Boy didn't quite know what to say but the trap never did materialize.

Seeking Solace said...

What a sweetie. I really hate your neighbor.

Perhaps she is happy as an outdoor cat?

Deb said...

Aren't they too cute - checkin each other out. Yes your neighbor sux - although I might consider giving up my HUSBAND because someone younger and cuter came along - only if he doesn't snore or have anxiety though. Otherwise it would be just a lateral move - dont judge people - walk a mile and all that...

My name is Andy. said...

Oh come now.... "3 cats and a dog is going a little over the edge"

No it's not!! We once peaked at 12 cats, 1 dog and a 9 month old! That was over the edge!!

Thanks for looking after Victoria! I hate people who go away and leave their pets outside.

Lee said...

That is one cute kitty!