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Today Is Meowmorial Day 2015!

People and Fur People who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas.

Today is Meowmorial Day, so please join us on Facebook and share your stories and photos of the dearly departed kitties you would like to honor.

For those of you who do not have Facebook, Below are the two honoring posts that we placed on the wall. I wanted to make sure you got to see them since it was my idea to try having Meowmorial Day in a different format this year.

Thomas out.

First Facebook Honoring Post

Cult of Otis honors our namesake, Leader Otis, on this Meowmorial Day. Leader Otis was The Light, and The Way, doing His best to spread The Good Word about keeping cats happy, healthy, and safely confined.

He named me and Henry His High Priests dubbing Brother Henry “The Muscle” and me “The Brains” of Cult of Otis. He knighted Sir Thomas and named him “The Heart” of The Cult, and He dubbed Mama Cat “The Essence” of our movement. We all worked together to try to make His vision a reality.

But before all of that, He was simply a cat. He was one of the millions of neglected, frightened cats wandering alone in the wilderness and crying out for help. Fortunately, His call was heard, and He got to live out the remainder of His life as every cat deserves- surrounded by love and kept safe from danger.

Today we not only honor Leader Otis, but also the cat He was before. The smart, loving, endlessly optimistic kitty that Brother Henry and I met in 2006. All we knew when we met him was that the Guardians called him Otis, and that he seemed bound and determined to make us love him. When he departed seven years later, we felt, to the very depths of our souls, just how successful he had been. – Brother Oliver

Otis

The Cult of Otis honors Otis, the cat that changed our lives forever.

Second Facebook Honoring Post

Cult of Otis honors Mama Cat on this Meowmorial Day. Brother Oliver and I decided to show you the lighter side of Mama Cat by brining you a never-before-seen photo of the dearly departed Essence of The Cult. Thomas had been hiding the photo because he felt it might mar Her royal status. Brother Oliver and I felt it could only serve to help everyone remember her even more fondly.

The Guardian’s put this dress on The Queen not long after she was swept up in The Capture and brought into The Promised Land. Strangely, she seemed to like it. We thought that was a little weird, but not as weird as the Guardians for putting it on her.

If you are new to Cult of Otis and do not know Mama Cat, We encourage you to read about her on cultofotis.com and in the Blog of Otis archives. She was an amazing girl and we miss her every day. -Brother Henry

Mama's Dress

The Cult of Otis honors Mama Cat, our dearly departed Essence of The Cult.

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Meowmorial Day Is Coming!

People and fur people who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas.

As you may be aware, Meowmorial Day is coming up next Monday! If you are new to The Cult and have not yet heard of this very special day, here is a description from The Cult of Otis website:

MEOWMORIAL DAY- THE FIRST MONDAY IN JUNE

Meowmorial Day is a day to remember all of the cats that we have loved and lost.  Our feline friends bring so much joy to our lives, they deserve to be remembered with respect and gratitude.  Plant a tree in their memory.  Donate to an animal rescue organization in their name.  Most of all, just remember them all for the special individuals they were.

I have suggested that we try something a little bit different for this year’s Meowmorial Day observance and the Brothers have agreed to try it! I am so excited that they thought it was a good idea!

Thomas

I am excited that The Brothers are letting me try my idea!

So, this year, instead of emailing submissions to us here at the blog, On June 1st we invite you to post your photos and stories of your dearly departed feline friends on the official Cult of Otis Facebook page. It is my hope that having the Meowmorial Day observance in that format will allow people to communicate and connect more easily with one another as they share their stories of love and loss.

I hope you will all join us and take part in this very special day of remembrance!

In Otis’s Name,

Thomas Out

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Never Before Seen Mama Cat Photo #1

People and Fur People who are Disciples of The Leader Otis,

It’s Thomas.

I’ve really been feeling a closeness with Her Majesty The Queen Mama Cat since I was moved by Her spirit a few days ago. Because I have been missing her, I have been looking at a lot of photos of Her on the computer recently. As I was doing so, I discovered that there are a number of photos of The Queen that I had never seen before. Many of them were taken before I was even born! I decided that these photos of The Essence of The Cult of Otis should be seen and enjoyed by all Disciples, so I am going to post them from time to time here on the blog. I already checked with Brothers Henry and Oliver, and they agreed that this was a good idea. They also said that there are hundreds, if not thousands of photos of The Leader that have never been posted, so we will be posting some of those periodically as well. Here is the first never before seen shot of The Queen. It was taken in 2011 when She still belonged to the neighbors and was still living in Limbo.

Mama Cat Playing

Mama Cat executing a perfect Squatting Tiger circa 2011.

If you are new to The Cult, I highly recommend that you get to know Her Majesty Mama Cat by reading the past blog installments that feature Her. She was an amazingly powerful presence who made her mark on the world and on all of our hearts.

Long Live The Queen!

Thomas Out

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Meowmorial Day 2014

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here… and Brother Henry… and Sir Thomas.

After much consideration, and after reading the many supportive and encouraging comments you all left on the blog, we decided that it would be best if the three of us shared the responsibilities of Master of Ceremonies for this Meowmorial Day observance. We have suffered a great and painful loss, as have all whose kitties are honored here today. Today let us all look beyond the feeling of loss and remember the feelings of love that preceded it. Most of all, let us just acknowledge that these amazing, beautiful kitties once walked the earth, and they forever changed the lives of those who were fortunate enough to have known them.

I will now turn it over to Brother Henry for our first meowmorial.

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The Leader And Mama Cat Watch Over Us

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here. The Guardians have done something that makes me, Sir Thomas, and Brother Oliver very happy. On either side of our favorite window they have hung portraits of The Leader and Mama Cat. Now whenever we want to feel their presence, we need only look up.

Henry with Otis and Mama pictures 2

The images of The Leader and Mama Cat are now hanging next to our favorite window.

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Meowmorial Day 2013

My Disciples,

Otis looking up.

Leader Otis

Today is Meowmorial Day.  On this day we honor the memory of the feline friends that we have loved and lost.

The most difficult part of being a cat Guardian is not the challenge of keeping kitties safe, healthy and happy.  Certainly, these things are not always easy, but the motivation for Guardians to take good care of their furry companions comes naturally from the love that they feel for them.  But no matter how well we kitties are cared for, the simple truth is our lifespans are much shorter than those of our human Guardians, and odds are good that our Guardians will live on long after our years are spent.  Living with this knowledge, and ultimately facing the day when we must finally depart is without question the hardest part of being a cat Guardian.

When you truly let us into your heart, the pain of losing us is unlike any other.  This pain flows from the sudden break in a chain of affection, joy, shared challenges and genuine love stretching back in time to the point at which you became our Guardian.  It hurts, and badly, but at the same time that pain is a testament to just how highly you valued your relationship with us.  For a kitty, the greatest thing we can hope for is to share our lives with a Guardian who truly values us as an individual being, and who loves us so much that they feel a profound sense of loss with our passing.

Now, let us honor the memory of some very special kitties.  They have departed from this life, but the love and joy they brought to this world lives on in the hearts of the Guardians who cherished and protected them.

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Meowmorial Day 2012

Otis looking up.

Leader Otis

My Disciples,

Today is Meowmorial Day.  On this day we honor the memory of the feline friends that we have loved and lost.

The most difficult part of being a cat Guardian is not the challenge of keeping kitties safe, healthy and happy.  Certainly, these things are not always easy, but the motivation for Guardians to take good care of their furry companions comes naturally from the love that they feel for them.  But no matter how well we kitties are cared for, the simple truth is our lifespans are much shorter than those of our human Guardians, and odds are good that our Guardians will live on long after our years are spent.  Living with this knowledge, and ultimately facing the day when we must finally depart is without question the hardest part of being a cat Guardian.

When you truly let us into your heart, the pain of losing us is unlike any other.  This pain flows from the sudden break in a chain of affection, joy, shared challenges and genuine love stretching back in time to the point at which you became our Guardian.  It hurts, and badly, but at the same time that pain is a testament to just how highly you valued your relationship with us.  For a kitty, the greatest thing we can hope for is to share our lives with a Guardian who truly values us as an individual being, and who loves us so much that they feel a profound sense of loss with our passing.

Now, let us honor the memory of some very special kitties.  They have departed from this life, but the love and joy they brought to this world lives on in the hearts of the guardians who cherished and protected them. Continue reading

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There’s Still Time to Send Your Meowmorial Day Photos

My Disciples,

Meowmorial day is fast approaching, but there is still time for you to see your kitty honored in the special Meowmorial Day Blog of Otis post.  If you have lost a feline companion, and you would like them to be included, please send Me an email with their name, date of passing, a photograph, and anything you would like to say about your kitty.  I will be honored to share these with all Disciples of Otis as a tribute to the memory of my feline brothers and sisters that have been loved and lost.

Otis on cloud

I sit on the Sacred White Cloud of Eternal Comfiness in Kitty Valhalla as I prepare to pay tribute to my feline brothers and sisters that have been loved and lost.

Please send me your photos and stories by 7 pm on Saturday to ensure inclusion in the special post on Monday. I will be waiting on the Sacred White Cloud.

So Sayeth Otis

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