The Limbo Kitties Keep On Coming

My Disciples,

A new Limbo Kitty has appeared in the neighborhood. The Guardians looked out the window yesterday and saw him looking back in at them from the fence in our side yard.

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The Guardians looked outside and saw that there was a new Limbo Kitty in the neighborhood.

As they always do, the Guardians immediately went outside to try to make contact. As is the case with most Limbo Kitties, this tabby boy was very tense. His fight-or-flight instincts kicked in when he saw the Guardian standing by the house.

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The kitty went into fight-or-flight mode when he noticed the Guardian by the house.

The kitties first instinct was to run away. He moved to jump down from the fence, but hesitated. The Guardian did not move.

Unknown Limbo Cat, 091413-4

The kitty first thought about jumping down, but hesitated.

Next, the Limbo Kitty retreated back along the top of the fence. Still, the Guardian stayed put, not wanting the kitty to feel like he was being chased.

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The kitty retreated along the top of the fence.

The kitty hid behind some branches that were overhanging the fence. He stared warily out from behind them, unsure of what to do next. Still, the Guardian did not move.

Unknown Limbo Cat, 091413-6

The kitty hid behind some branches that overhung the fence.

The Guardian began to give the Kitty Kissy Eyes to the Limbo Kitty. The Kitty did not fully relax, but he did decide it was safe to come out from behind the branches.

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After receiving Kitty Kissy Eyes from the Guardian, the Limbo Kitty came out.

The kitty walked to the end of the fence and jumped down. He moved off through the neighbor’s yard.

Unknown Limbo Cat, 091413-8

The kitty jumped down and moved away.

The Guardian last saw the kitty as he paused in the alleyway. The kitty then headed off and crossed the nearby road.

Unknown Limbo Cat, 091413-9

The kitty paused in the alley before crossing a road and disappearing.

I don’t know if we’ll ever see that kitty again. The bell on his collar won’t protect him from coyotes, dogs, cars, poisons or people with cruel intentions. We might see him again in the yard, or we might see him next on missing cat posters plastered on telephone poles throughout the neighborhood. As long as his guardians allow him to roam free, they have very little control over his ultimate fate.

It is My wish that we do see this kitty again. Not in the yard. Not on a poster. No, I want to see this kitty sitting on a comfortable perch looking out through a window or through the wire of a secure enclosure. I know the odds are against it, My Disciples, but I wish it none-the-less. And I hope you will continue to help Sir Thomas, Mama Cat, The Brothers and Me spread The Good Word about keeping kitties happy, healthy, and safely confined.

So Sayeth Otis

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16 responses to “The Limbo Kitties Keep On Coming

  1. Otis you are a very wise kitty. Isaiah also looks out at the world through the windows as he basks in the afternoon sun or watching “Kitty Television”, which is the bird feeder by the window. He is very happy as he has toys and many other things to keep him amused.

  2. mistletoeandhitch

    We too hope this kitty’s time outdoors in Limbo is brief. We know it is possible because the HuMom has lived on this block over half of her life. When she was young, seeing kitties out and about during the day was frequent and hearing them in the night was commonplace. Now we see kitties in the windows throughout the neighborhood but to see a kitty wandering outdoors alone is unusual enough to spark a search for it’s home. So take heart and know we will continue to spread the Good Word.
    Mistletoe & Hitch

  3. Dear Otis, thanks to your blog three more kitties now lead safe, happy indoor lives. My Person told her friend about your blog. She checked it out and last week she built an secure enclosure off of her front porch for her cats. Selleck and His Person, Emily.

    • That makes Me so happy Selleck and Emily! Thanks so much for helping to spread The Good Word, and please give your friend My thanks for being a true kitty Guardian! 🙂

      • Thank you Otis. I am happy being an Indoor Kitty. I am glad that My Person is a true Guardian. Earlier this year I saw a poor little four-month old kitten almost get ran over by a car! Selleck and His Person, Emily.

  4. CindyD

    I built a nice screen porch on my house some years ago. I thought it was for me, but now realize it was for Stanley, Henry, Ollie, Thumper and Lucy. Sometimes they let me visit, but it’s their space…no doubt about it. Their little bit of heaven.

  5. We wish that this new limbo kitty becomes a former limbo kitty and his humans keep him inside.

  6. At least this kitty’s guardians keep a tag on his collar along with the bell. So many outdoor cats in our area just wear flea collars.

    • Kitty almost got his collar caught on the tree when he was trying to hide in the branches, Pezcita. It was a breakaway collar, so he could have gotten free if that happened, but he would have left the collar, bell and ID behind. I imagine it is only a matter of time before that happens. 😦

  7. Fabulous blog Leader Otis…i have shared the link to your blog here many times & some of my friends now are being more responsible about their felines. I am spreading the word about Condos for Kitties & this has helped too!!! Everyone in my building is keeping their cats inside which was not always the case….it is unfortunate that the lady on the next street over lets Scrambler & Juno, her 2 cats roam at large despite them being caught in live traps on at least 3 occasions & she has had to pay a fine to get them out of Kitty jail. She refuses to keep them in & they do wander over to see me once in a while….I always plead with them to go back home…..I also pray they never get hit by a car or posioned….because THAT would break my heart & make me angry all at the same time!
    So all we can do is spread the Good Word & hope people listen…we lead by example…..
    With much respect & admiration, Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too.

  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Sherri-Ellen and Nylablue, for spreading The Good Word and for leading by example. You are a true kitty Guardian Sherri-Ellen! 🙂

    • No problem Cult OF Otis!! I have been advocating for cats safety since I was 12 years old. My Mother believed that cats should be indoors unless harnessed or enclosed in a safe outdoor place…she would have loved to read of your Outdoor Domain, I will continue to spread The Good Word wherever I can! 😉
      Thank you for the compliment….Kitty Guardian has a lovely ring to it 🙂
      Sherri-Ellen xo

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