I’ve received a lot of inquiries recently about the various Limbo kitties that used to visit Me in My Outdoor Domain. Many of those kitties are no longer around as their guardians have moved away. Two of those kitties are no longer in Limbo as one was re-homed and one now lives with Me. But there are still many kitties out there in Limbo, and one of them is Stanley. Stanley stopped by recently and, although I was excited to know that he is still alive and kicking, I was sad to see that he is still in Limbo.
I meowed to the Guardians to tell them that they should give “The Mighty Stanley“, as I call him, some catnip. They obediently complied and Stanley seemed to appreciate it.
Stanley is a total nip addict. He not only enjoyed rolling in the nip, he eagerly lapped it up with his tongue.
It was nice to see Stanley enjoying his herbal treat. Not only did I know that he was finding a little joy in life, I also knew that as long as he was in My backyard he was not getting run over by a car, attacked by a dog, or running into one of the myriad other dangers that exist for a cat in Limbo.
Once he was done enjoying himself, Stanley seemed truly grateful for the care and attention the Guardians had given him. I wondered what his own guardians thought when they opened the door and let him walk outside into the unprotected world at large. Did they ever worry about him? Did the danger even cross their minds?
I really don’t know what Stanley’s guardians, or any other guardians, think when they let their cats roam free and unprotected in the world. Do they not believe that there is a risk that the kitty will never come home? If they are aware of the risk, why do they think it is worth it? Perhaps I will never understand, but that doesn’t mean I will quit trying to convince people that keeping their kitties safely confined is one of the most loving things they can do.
I came from a group of 23 stray and feral cats, many of whom died horrible, agonizing deaths in the world without walls. My sister was among them. Please, please, please do all that you can to prevent the kitties in your care from being placed unnecessarily in harm’s way. And please do all that you can to convince others to do the same for their cats.
So Sayeth Otis