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My Final Message- originally posted 10-31-2013

My Disciples,

If you are reading this, I have departed. Let us first just acknowledge the weight of that. Our journey together was not nearly as long as I hoped it would be, but please know that it has been an honor to have met so many wonderful people, furred and non-furred, and to have shared the trials and triumphs of My life with you.

Otis Honored

It has been an honor.

I know that during My long convalescence many of you were hoping and praying for a miracle to happen that would save My life, and it may seem like that miracle didn’t happen. But I need you to understand something. That miracle did happen. It did happen, and it did save My life, but it happened at the beginning, not the end.

Otis in the wilderness

The miracle happened at the beginning, not the end.

The miracle that saved My life happened seven years ago when two humans looked out into their yard and saw a desperate, starving kitten looking back at them.  They didn’t know who I was or where I had come from. They didn’t know what potential lay within Me, or the cat that I could become. They only knew that I needed their help. The miracle happened when they made the choice to rescue Me.

Otis's miracle

This was the miracle.

Had the Guardians not made that one, simple choice, I might have slipped into The Shadows forever. I would not have experienced seven blissful years filled with love and happiness in their care. I would never have met The Brothers, or Thomas, or Mama Cat. You would not know Me, or even know that I ever existed. There would be no Cult of Otis because there would be no Otis. In My darkest hour I needed a miracle and I got it, and the life I lived afterward was better than I could have ever imagined.

Otis living the good life

I loved my life.

As all lives must, My life has come to an end. I know that, due to My young age, My end may seem tragically premature, but a life should be judged by its quality, not its length. I had a rich, full life, and all of you helped make it even more so. For that you have My everlasting gratitude.

Otis thanks

Thank you all for enriching My life.

But now I must finally say it, My Disciples, the hardest word of all.

Goodbye.

Although My spirit has departed, a part of Me will remain. When you look out into the world without walls and see a cat in need looking back at you, I will be there by your side. You will feel My soft breath on your cheek and My purrs of encouragement in your ear. Listen closely, and through the purrs you will hear My final commandment come to you in a whisper.

Be the miracle.

So Sayeth Otis

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Charlie’s Consolation Prize

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry Here. I saw the whole thing! I was sitting on the cat tree in the front window when it happened! The Limbo Cat named Charlie from across the street almost caught a squirrel! I think it might have even been the squirrel that sometimes taunts me from the fence when I look out the window in the office. Anyway, it all started when I looked down at the walkway under the window and noticed Charlie hanging out there. I don’t think I knew I was watching him.

Charlie sitting on sidewalk.

I noticed Charlie sitting on the walkway in front of the house. I don’t think he saw me.

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Charlie Makes Himself At Home

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

As we mentioned last week, Charlie has been visiting the Guardians a lot more in Cookie’s absence. Well, this afternoon I noticed him doing something else I rarely saw him do when Cookie was still here. He was sleeping in one of the Guardian’s little plant growing house thingies!

Charlie in greenhouse 1

Charlie was sleeping in one of the Guardians’ plant growing houses!

When I saw him out there, I yowled for the Guardians so they could see what was going on. I must have yowled a little too loud because Charlie woke up and looked in my direction.

Charlie in greenhouse 2

I must have yowled too loudly. I woke Charlie up!

The bigger Guardian responded to my yowl and when he saw Charlie he went outside to say hello. Charlie walked over to the entrance to the plant house and stepped out.

Charlie in greenhouse 3

When the Guardian went out to say hi to Charlie, Charlie walked over to the plant house entrance and stepped out.

I thought that maybe Charlie had suddenly reverted to his old ways and he was about to make a run for it, but when he heard the Guardian talking to him he did something I didn’t expect.

Charlie in greenhouse 4

This is what Charlie did when the Guardian talked to him.

Yes! Charlie stopped and gave the Guardian Kitty Kissy Eyes! I heard the Guardian say, “Awww… thanks Charlie. You can sleep in there anytime you want.” And I hope Charlie will take the Guardian up on that offer. Even though the plant growing house is not a proper cat enclosure, it still provides Charlie with more protection than he would have sleeping out in the open or under a bush. Plus, if he’s sleeping in the plant house he won’t be running around in the street where cars could hit him or on the sidewalk where unleashed operatives of the Long-feared Dog Uprising might get ahold of him. Best of all, if he sticks close by he will be able to enjoy more love and attention from the Guardians. That’s something that is sorely lacking in the lives of most Limbo Kitties.

So Says Brother Henry

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Charlie Gets Bolder In Cookie’s Absence

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

During the week or two that Cookie has been absent, I have noticed a change in Charlie from across the street. With the exception of one peaceful moment witnessed by Brother Oliver, Charlie used to always be on edge when he came into our yard. Since Cookie left though, it’s like he’s a whole new cat.

Charlie 1

Charlie has changed in Cookie’s absence.

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Cookie Might Have Gone To A New Home!

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

We’re not sure, but we think Cookie might have gone to a new home. She has not been coming for meals or using her warm and toasty spot on our front porch. Nor has she been scaring the poop out of us lately by making us think a monster is outside.

Cookie 1

We haven’t seen Cookie in several days, but we think we know where she went.

We aren’t officially worried because we believe we know where Cookie went. Last week we saw the son of Cookie’s guardian loading things from Cookie’s house into a moving truck. Cookie loves her guardian’s son, and we have seen him paying lots of attention to her whenever he is around. She doesn’t even try to scratch him, which is more than I can say for her interactions with the Guardians of The Cult of Otis. Actually… Cookie once attacked Leader Otis Himself!

Cookie 2

Cookie is a beautiful girl, but living in Limbo has given her a hard edge… well… that and being a tortie.

Anyway, Cookie stopped coming around after we saw her guardian’s son, so we believe he may have either moved his father and Cookie to a new home, or he took Cookie to live with him. Whatever the case, please purr with us that Cookie is happy and safe wherever she may be… WHAT THOMAS? NO. WE HAVEN’T STARTED WRITING IT YET. PLEASE PUT ON YOUR PATIENT PANTS YOUNG KNIGHT!

In Otis’s Name,

Brother Oliver

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Many Posters, One Cat

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

The Guardians have been out and about in the neighborhood again and have discovered three new lost cat posters. At first, when Brother Oliver, Sir Thomas, and I heard this we thought “Oh no! Three more cats have gone missing!” As it turns out though, there were three different posters, but all for the same cat. The first poster simply said “Lost Cat!” and it had a photo of a Bengal kitty and a phone number to call if you have seen him.

Lost Cat Poster-1

The first poster just said “lost cat!” and had a photo and a number.

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It’s Confirmed, Stanley Is Ok

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

It’s Thomas.

I know everyone has been worried ever since the Guardians found Stanley’s collar in the yard, but I am very excited to tell you that he stopped by yesterday and he seemed to be OK. The Guardians were so happy to see that he was still in one piece they immediately broke out the catnip for him! He seemed to appreciate that. I watched from the safety of my Outdoor Domain as Stan enjoyed himself.

Stanley rolling in catnip

Stanley appreciated the catnip the Guardians provided for him.

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A Peaceful Moment For Charlie

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

I know everyone has been worried about Stanley since Brother Henry’s post a few days ago. As Brother Henry reported, Big Stan had been fighting with Charlie, the cat formerly known as Minerva. I actually still really like the name “Minerva” but the Guardians talked to “Minerva’s” guardians once and then suddenly started calling him Charlie, so I guess that’s his real name. But I’ve gotten off track a little here. What I wanted to tell you is that I think Stan is OK. I know the Guardians found Stanley’s collar and a clump of white fur, but this morning I saw Charlie sitting on the table in our backyard, and I’m pretty sure I can safely say that the clump of fur came from him instead of Stanley.

Charlie in the Sun

I’m pretty sure it was a clump of Charlie’s fur that the Guardian’s found. I mean… look at all that fur!

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What Has Become Of The Mighty Stanley?

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

Last night, at about 2 am, we were all woken up by the sound of very angry kitties growling and yowling in our yard. The noise escalated to full-blown cat fight levels and one of the Guardians went to the door. As he opened it, he saw Charlie (formerly know as Minerva) scurrying back across the street to his house. After Charlie left, all was quiet, so we all went back to sleep. The next morning though, the Guardians made a disturbing discovery in the yard. A collar belonging to The Mighty Stanley was laying on the ground surrounded by a big pile of white fur!

Stanley's collar 1

The Guardians found Stanley’s collar sitting in a big pile of white fur!

Clearly, Stanley had been the other kitty involved in the late night cat fight. It must have been a nasty fight too, considering all the fur that was left behind. Plus, even though Stanley’s collar was a so called “safety” breakaway collar, it had not broken away as designed. Instead, that plastic had actually broken during the kitty altercation. It must have been quite a fight.

Stanley's collar 2

Stanley had a “breakaway” collar, but it actually broke instead of breaking away as designed.

The Guardians called Stanley’s guardians to inform them of what had happened, but they have not heard back from them yet. Charlie looked to be uninjured when the Guardian saw him, but he did not see Stanley. We all hope he made it home and is not too badly injured. Beyond the physical injuries they may cause, cat fights are also the best way to transmit diseases like the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukemia between cats. Even minor skirmishes can result in transmission when a cat bites another cat. Why anyone would find it acceptable to put their kitty at such risk is beyond my ability to understand. After all, I’m just a cat, but I am very thankful I am both well-loved, and safely confined. Brother Oliver, Sir Thomas, and I wish all cats could be so lucky.

So Says Brother Henry

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We Still Have Work To Do In 2015

Disciples of The Leader Otis,

Brother Henry here.

All of us here in The Cult’s inner circle were hoping that 2014 would be the year that all humans finally agreed that cats should not be allowed to roam free in the world without walls. We hoped that lost cat posters would be a thing of the past since all domestic kitties in the world would finally be safely confined by responsible Guardians. Unfortunately, as the poster the Guardians discovered today can attest, we seem to have fallen short of that goal.

Lost Cat Poster- Norton

The Guardians discovered this poster today. Norton is missing and we purr that he is someplace safe.

Brother Oliver remains optimistic, pointing out that Norton probably went missing in 2014 and this poster may be the last one we ever see. I don’t believe that is the case. I think we still have a lot of work to do before our dream that every cat is happy, healthy, and safely confined is realized. Whoever is right, I know we will need to remain ever-vigilant if we are to make lost cat posters a thing of the past, and we hope you will continue to join us as we attempt to create a better, safer world for all feline-kind!

So Says Brother Henry

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