It’s official. So many lost cat posters have appeared in The Blog of Otis I have lost count. I know it is more than 60, and probably more than 70, and, unfortunately, there are more to add to the total today. I don’t point this out to depress you, but rather to acknowledge the magnitude and ongoing nature of the problem. Clearly people are not choosing to keep their cats safely confined, and both they and the cats are suffering as a result of their choice. It’s time to choose differently, not only for My feline brothers and sisters, but also to prevent psychological suffering among guardians whose cats disappear without a trace. Cats like Kiwi, whose whereabouts are currently unknown.
And cat’s like Kirby, whose family misses him and wants him home.
Or cats like Guy, a handsome black boy who has the misfortune of being missing very close to Halloween, a day that is notoriously bad for black cats.
Or the two, nearly identical black cats that were featured on this badly weathered poster. The person who made the poster says the cats have been hanging around his or her garage since September 10. They have green eyes, are mild mannered, and have no collars.
Don’t let these posters depress you. Instead use them as motivation to do the right thing for the cats in your life, and to encourage others to do the same. Giving your cat safe boundaries is the loving thing to do. If you have human children, you no doubt do this for them, so please do it for you furry, four-legged kids as well.
So Sayeth Otis