Disciples of Otis,
Brother Oliver here.
The Guardians have found two more lost kitty posters on telephone poles in the neighborhood. The two posters tell very different stories. The first poster is for a lost gray kitty who was an indoor only cat. His Guardians were trying to keep him safe, but perhaps he was a door dasher or found some other way to get out. The poor kitty is apparently very skittish so it is hard to say if he will trust anyone, even if they are attempting to help him. His Guardians microchipped him though, so if he is found at least there is a good chance that he will make it back to his family. The poster was very wet an crinkly so it must have been there for a while. We purr that this kitty is found safe, and returns to his family. We also purr that his family will take precautions to prevent future escapes.
The second poster was very different. It told of the disappearance of a 10 year old, male, kitty named Berta whose guardian leaves him outside. The poster said that Berta “has a tendency to make himself at home (for weeks on end) in other peoples houses this time of year…” (sic) The poster also said Berta travels surprisingly far from home, sneezes when he eats due to a crushed nasal passage, is a bit crosseyed, and has shorter fur on one cheek from a cat fight he was in a few months ago.
Brother Henry, Thomas, and I tried not to be judgmental, but after reading the poster we couldn’t help but wonder how many more red flags would have been necessary for Berta’s guardian to come up with a safe confinement plan for him. We decided that if Berta is currently living in someone else’s house, perhaps that is the best thing that could have happened to him.
Once again, these posters are good reminders of the dangers of the world without walls. It is not surprising when a cat that is kept outdoors disappears, especially when there are as many red flags as in Berta’s case. But even indoor kitties can sometimes slip out, so it is important to have a good, safe confinement plan, and to meet all of your kitties needs indoors so he or she is less likely to attempt an escape.
As always, we hope you will continue to work with us to ensure that all cats are happy, healthy, and safely confined.
In Otis’s Name,