Childhood cats remembered.

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
September 28, 2007 4:26pm CST
I grew up in a small village, at a time when people made very little money. There were no cans or packages of cat food, only scraps from the table, unless, like my cat, you were lucky enough to have someone catch fish for you. My first cat was a grey male, whom we very inventively called Tom. There was no kitty litter either, so the cat was outside at night. There was shelter though, so it wasn't as bad as we might think. I remember that mom would search the house to make sure that the cat was outside before going to bed. Tom was smart though, and sometimes would outfox her. On more then one occasion I awoke during the night, to find him, snuggled under the covers, head on the pillow and one paw around my neck. I would simply smile and go back to sleep. He left home one time when I was about 10 years old and never returned. I heard that someone had shot him. A little later I got a black cat, and maybe you can guess guess her name! Blacky was like a fixture around the house for the next 8 or so years. Unlike Tom, she never strayed from home. During the summer I would spent hours catching little fish for her. I left home just short of my eighteen birthday, and about 2 months later, mom wrote that Blacky had died. She was to be the last cat in my life for many years.
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@Mirita (2668)
• United States
5 Oct 07
Well, I never had cats when I was small ,but now I have a female cat by the name of Princess and she is so affectionate. I used to feed homeless cats when I was a little girl because I always like the way they looked and I would feel sorry for them.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
6 Oct 07
Hi mirita, Thanks for responding. Blessings.
@lgwlong (199)
• China
29 Sep 07
afer read your text i feel somehow sad ,miss your cat Tom and Blacky ,give my best bless to them
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
29 Sep 07
Hi lgwlong, thank you for commenting and for your best wishes. Blessings.
• United States
28 Sep 07
my very first cat of my own was named Puff, a huge yellow tabby male. I got him when I was 3 and do not remember why I named him that. We moved a lot while I was little because my father was in the Army, so having pets was very difficult. However, Puff stayed at my grandparents house and my grandpa took car of him while we were away. Puff lived to be 17 and by that time my father had retired and we were settled into a permanent home where Puff lived with us. Since then I have had many many cats, but Puff was my only childhood one. I will always remeber him and have pictures of myself holding him when he was as long as I was tall, when I held him beneath his forearms, his back feet touched the ground. I would sleep with my head on his middle like a pillow and he didn't seem to mind at all. He was a great cat and a great pet. I will always carry his memory in my heart.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
29 Sep 07
Hi catskisses, Thanks for responding, it's good to meet another cat lover. Blessings.
@thefortunes (2368)
• Netherlands
28 Sep 07
Hi Pose123, I also remember the cats that I had while living with my parents when I was little. We had a very pretty siamese cat with the name Mary-Lou, and she was so smart :) This baby was going inthe toilet when my parents or me went there for our needs and within a few weeks after we got her she started using the toilet for her needs too :) WE had never seen nor heard of such cat behavious before and it became news with all of our family, extended family, friends, and aqcuitances. She lived up to an age of 17 years, and she never stopped using the toilet :) Believe me, I have always wanted to have all of my cats being so smart but unless a cat wants to learn this herself, we are not able to teach it to any of them... TheFortunes
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
29 Sep 07
Hi thefortunes, Thanks for commenting. I have heard of a cat using the toilet before, but it certainly isn't common. Most are not that smart. Blessings.