This photo reminds my of my favorite tabby, our Penelope.
The kitty who goes on car trips with us. Who’s been with us a bit over ten years, but who looks young for her age, and has very beautiful skin, both according to her veterinarian.
Tabbies have a reputation of being easy going, and that’s been my experience, from the ones we lived with, over our lifetime. Penelope has been the only “in the house cat” for years. Now she is having to put up with Vanna, another type of tabby.
Vanna has unique markings, including one leg that’s an orange tabby pattern. Maybe it’s that orange cat in her that gives her a bit of spunk. Though they don’t actually fight, she and Penelope are sorting out their relationship with staredowns and gentle punches.
We treasure them both, as we have all of our pets. They give us solace, when humans fail us.
Much research has been done on the benefits of the pet-people bond. But we don’t need studies to feel the love of our cats, dogs, whatever type of creature with whom we share our lives.
How many readers have cats who love car rides? Our tabby enjoys drives every Sunday – to the lake or just around the local countryside.
She visits drive-thrus with us for dinner, appreciates views of woods, fields, and Christmas lights in season.
So many cats have anxiety attacks when driving to the vet. I wonder if they would have a different reaction if they were taken on pleasure trips too.
Introducing kittens to trips in motor vehicles early may be the key to lifelong relaxing travels with felines. Or, perhaps some cats are just born with a calmer demeanor.
A friend I know is leaving this week for Florida with her kitty. She’s done it before, and says he settles down and sleeps after initially showing a touch of anxiety.
When planning a trip with your cat, make sure he or she is on a leash or inside a secure carrier when the car door is open. A stretchable, break free collar with ID is a good idea for extra security. (Penelope wears a harness and a safety collar, both with ID) Cats can be immensely more difficult to catch than dogs, should they inadvertenetly slip away.
With proper preparation and safety procedures, your cats may learn to enjoy car trips, as much as Penelope.
Feel free to share your own experiences of traveling with felines in the comments section.
Another shot of the two black kittens, carried by their mother to the roof over a storage area. The tree that grew over the roof offers shelter. There are also a calico and two mostly white, spotted with black.
They are social with humans, not feral, but getting them used to handling is a challenge as they remain out of reach.
Earlier, I posted a picture of Kitty Carlisle during her early summer pregnancy. She had five kittens, in a cozy nest in the tall grass of a nearby field. (Yes we did try to catch her and have her spayed, resulting in a doctor visit for my husband.)
She later moved them to the roof over an old storage area. A tree that has grown to encompass much of the rooftop serves as their shelter.
A friend mentioned the old movie, when I expressed the fact that I had never seen a cat take kittens onto a roof.
How we will deal with this problem remains to be seen. We can’t reach the kittens to tame them, the roof is much too fragile for humans to crawl onto. But something must be done.
I used to be a dog person. In recent years, I’ve gone to the cats. Never thought it would happen to me, but cats are simply an easier fit with the style of my life these days.
I miss training and showing in obedience trials. The shelties were so intuitive, the beagles great fun to work with too, in spite of their distractable demeanor. But I must admit, winter is easier with felines. They don’t have to be taken outside into the snow three or more times per day.
Pictured is Maxwell, who loved the lake like I do. I remember this beautiful day in September though I can’t immediately recall the year. The little town on the lake held a delightful festival, centered upon canines and other four legged friends.
Max would have made a wonderful therapy dog. He loved all creatures except for horses. And everyone except those who rode bicycles. A wonderful find from a local shelter, Max completed the first two levels of obedience titles with ease, and filled our lives with love and lighthearted moments for sixteen and a half years.
Our stray kitty – the one we can’t catch to spay or take for preventative shots is staggering with the weight of kittens. She rests in the sun this bright morning, awaiting the adventure of bringing more felines into the world.
Tame as can be for petting, she becomes violent at the threat of capture, and she’s too savvy to trap. So we continue to assist her as we can, hoping one day she will trust us completely.
It won’t be long till a new crop of kittens arrives – adding their demure wonder to our springtime world.
Unfortunately, not all will find nice homes with the perks of catnip toys, free massages, or even just the essentials of food, water, and a place to sleep free from worries about hawks, owls, and speeding cars.
Local governments seem loathe to provide services for spaying, neutering, providing shelter for homeless cats.
They rely on the charity of wonderful people many of whom have difficulty meeting the payments on their own homes.
In this season of great need, please seek out shelters in your own area in need of support. Offer what you can spare, whether money, towels and bedding, coupons for cat food, volunteer hours. . . a home for an animal in need.
No, this is not this is not my kitten, but a lovely stock photo from a free site. Hopefully the stray we’re supporting, but have been unable to catch doesn’t offer us any gifts. Adorable as kittens can be, the two adults who make our home with us are enough for now.
Felines seem quite prolific in our lives this winter. I can’t seem to recall the source of this illustration, but believe it’s probably one of the thrift shop finds I love to photograph, since I can’t afford, and don’t have space for all of them.
Such lovely green eyes, inquisitive expression.
At our home, we have tried to help rescue several feral cats over the past few months. Apparently a neighbor who fed them is no longer in residence, leaving them seeking sustenance elsewhere.
Captain Jack, a cat who has lived with us for years recently passed, leaving space for one more in our home, Vanna, who paces back and forth like a little runway model, or the famous star of the Wheel of Fortune game show.
Another, we call her Kitty Carlisle after the 1960’s star, is quite tame when we stroke her, but shredded the hands of the person who tried to place her in a cage for a trip to be spayed. Super smart, she won’t enter a live trap or a large animal carrier even for a tempting meal. She’s still a work in progress . . .