Disciples of Otis,
Brother Oliver here. It seems that a new Limbo kitty has appeared in our neighborhood. The Guardians met him recently when they saw him peering at them through the neighbor’s fence.
Even though I’m pretty sure this new kitty is a boy, the Guardians have been calling him Bessie. Ever since we were all fooled by Whisper, the Guardians seem to have stopped caring about gender specific names for kitties. At least I think that’s what’s going on. Why else would they call a boy cat Bessie? Humans are so weird sometimes.
Confusing name aside, one thing about Bessie is for certain- his people let him roam free in the world without walls. He is a Limbo kitty, more commonly referred to as an indoor/outdoor cat. Statistically speaking, his life will likely be much shorter than a cat that is always safely confined. He will be more susceptible to diseases, parasites, and a host of life-threatening dangers. He may even end up on one of the dozens of lost cat posters that show up on telephone poles in our neighborhood each year.
The Guardians will do what they can to keep him safe when he visits their yard, but that is no substitute for the constant protection Bessie’s own guardians should be giving him. If your kitty meows at the door to go outside consider this: If you say “no” to your kitty, it may result in his temporary disappointment. If you say “yes” to your kitty, it may result in his premature death. And actually, you can build an outdoor enclosure or teach kitty to walk on a leash so you can say “yes” without endangering his life.
There are too many Limbo kitties like Bessie out there already. Don’t put your kitties in that situation. Join The Cult of Otis in our crusade to ensure that every kitty is happy, healthy and safely confined.
So Sayeth Brother Oliver