We Haven’t Forgotten About Valhalla

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

I just want you to know that we haven’t forgotten about Valahalla. We know Thomas is hiding something up there, and Brother Henry and I still intend to get to the bottom of it. I’ve even tried to sneak up there a couple times this past week, but each time I did I encountered Thomas on the stairs. He didn’t say a word. He just gave me this look:

Thomas on stairs

This is the look Thomas gave me.

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Pat The Cat Is Missing

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

The Guardians have found yet another lost cat poster during their travels through the neighborhood. This time the missing kitty is named Pat the Cat, and he has not been seen by his people since August 5.

Lost Cat Poster- Pat the Cat

Pat the Cat is missing. We purr he is someplace safe.

These posters are always sad, but I hope that they are also motivation for cat guardians to become true Guardians. A true Guardian always keeps his or her kitty safely confined. This does not mean that kitty needs to be locked up in the house never to see the light of day. It just means that the kitty should always be provided with safe boundaries, be they the walls of an outdoor enclosure, a harness and leash, or a yard with kitty-proof fencing.

There are many ways to keep kitty safe while still allowing him or her to get sunlight an fresh air. It just requires a little human creativity to create the safe boundaries. And if you use your creativity now to keep your kitty safe, then you won’t need to use your creativity later to create the posters announcing that your kitty has been lost. That seems like a no-brainer to me!

So Says Brother Henry

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Never Before Seen Mama Cat Photo #1

People and Fur People who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas.

I’ve really been feeling a closeness with Her Majesty The Queen Mama Cat since I was moved by Her spirit a few days ago. Because I have been missing her, I have been looking at a lot of photos of Her on the computer recently. As I was doing so, I discovered that there are a number of photos of The Queen that I had never seen before. Many of them were taken before I was even born! I decided that these photos of The Essence of The Cult of Otis should be seen and enjoyed by all Disciples, so I am going to post them from time to time here on the blog. I already checked with Brothers Henry and Oliver, and they agreed that this was a good idea. They also said that there are hundreds, if not thousands of photos of The Leader that have never been posted, so we will be posting some of those periodically as well. Here is the first never before seen shot of The Queen. It was taken in 2011 when She still belonged to the neighbors and was still living in Limbo.

Mama Cat Playing

Mama Cat executing a perfect Squatting Tiger circa 2011.

If you are new to The Cult, I highly recommend that you get to know Her Majesty Mama Cat by reading the past blog installments that feature Her. She was an amazingly powerful presence who made her mark on the world and on all of our hearts.

Long Live The Queen!

Thomas Out

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Operation Knight Distraction Part II: The Distractors Are Distracted

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

When we last left off, I was trying to sneak out of the room and head up to Kitty Valhalla, but I was drawn back in when Thomas suddenly executed a perfect Super Wheelie. I couldn’t leave after that. I had to get in close to see what would happen next. And what happened was, on the next pass of the Artificial Bird, Thomas shouted, “Hallelujah Paw Raise!”, and then did what he had said.

Thomas Halleluja Paw Raise

Next, Thomas performed an amazing Hallelujah Paw Raise.

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Operation Knight Distraction Part I: Putting The Plan Into Action

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here. As you may be aware, Brother Oliver and I have been dying to know what Sir Thomas is hiding up in Kitty Valhalla. So far though, our attempts to find out have been thwarted either by the knight himself, or by his creepy minions. Well, yesterday Brother Oliver and I put our heads together and came up with a new plan, and it seemed certain that this one could not fail!

Putting our plan into effect, I told Sir Thomas that, after a few year’s hiatus, The International Catlympics Committee had decided to resume the Catlympics this fall. I told him to meet us in the living room where we would all begin training to compete in the competition. Meanwhile, Brother Oliver was busy yowling at one of the Guardians and then looking at the artificial bird toy in order to convince the Guardian to act as bird handler for the training. It worked, and by the time Sir Thomas walked excitedly into the living room, the Guardian was already waving the artificial bird overhead.

Sir Thomas asked Brother Oliver and me if either of us would like to go first. Brother Oliver quickly said, “Ummm… no, Sir Thomas, I want to take photos of this. Why don’t you go first?” Sir Thomas then looked at me and I said, “Uhhhh… yeah, I think you should go first. I just had some catnip and I’m feeling a little tipsy…” Shrugging, Sir Thomas assumed the ready position in the middle of the room.

Thomas excited

Thomas was very excited to hear the Catlympics were being reinstated. We convinced him to go first at practice.

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Kitty Power Pose #14: The Muscle Is Back

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

I thought my Kitty Power photography series was complete with installment #13: The Inspirational Leader, but I saw something yesterday that made me realize I was wrong. It happened while I was searching the house trying to locate Sir Thomas. I wanted to make sure he wasn’t up in Kitty Valhalla so I could sneak up there and see what he is hiding up there.As I entered the living room all thoughts of Kitty Valhalla left my mind as I spotted Brother Henry sitting on top of the Guardian’s folding craft table.  He looked stunning!

You may recall that, in the past year, Brother Henry has been struggling with sores in his mouth. He even had to have most of his teeth removed because of the problem. Even the tooth removal didn’t seem to work, and the Guardian’s took Brother Henry to The Bad Place many more times until he was put on some medications that finally seemed to help.

During the time he was battling the mouth problems, Brother Henry did a lot of hiding under the couch. It was hard to eat so he also lost quite a bit of weight. He went from 17 pounds of Tabby Fury down to about 13 pounds of Timid Tabby. But yesterday, when I saw him sitting on that table with soft sunlight hitting his face, I saw that my old brother had returned. Brother Henry is once again a confident, happy, 17 pounds of Tabby Fury. The Muscle of The Cult of Otis is back, and I just had to add this image to my Kitty Power Pose series. Here it is:

Kitty Power Pose #14

Kitty Power Pose #14: The Muscle Is Back

As soon as I snapped the photo, Thomas walked into the room. He said, “Whoa! Looking good Brother H! If the wiener dogs could see you now their comically stubby legs would be shaking uncontrollably!” He then said, “All right, well, I am going to go upstairs to Valhalla and take a… ummm… nap… so please don’t disturb me.” I’m not sure whether or not he heard me swear softly under my breath as he departed.

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

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The Recon Mission Part II

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

When we last left off, Brother Henry and I had put our plan to discover what Thomas has been doing in Kitty Valhalla into motion. The only problem was, the way into Valhalla was blocked by Thomas’s minions. I didn’t know what to do so I called Brother Henry in for backup. After Brother Henry arrived and got over his initial shock at seeing the Minions, he said, “Brother Oliver, forget about the minions for a second. Can you see anything up there in Valhalla?” I strained to see over the unnerving plushiness that stood between me and Valhalla.

Oliver trying to see into Valhalla

Brother Henry asked me what I could see from where I was sitting. I mostly saw unnerving, plushy things.

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