Thor the cat

A cat's point of view

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Part 1: My life.

I’m currently living in a big castle, but before that, I was living in the street. It was though times, but fortunately, there were some nice people who used to feed me every day.  I was very lucky, because other cats told me horrors stories about cats being shot, drown or even beaten by humans. But my humans were good people: each night, they left food and water on the porch for me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t live with them because, as they told me, they were “Allergic”. I don’t know what this word means, but I’m pretty sure it is pretty serious. I was sad at first, but they were very kind with me, so I’m not mad at them.

One day, it was very cold outside, so cold that the water of my bowl froze and I had to lick the ice to have a little. I was hiding under the still hot car of somebody when someone came near and said “come here kitty! “. I love to be cuddled so I went out to see this person. She petted me a little, and then she took me in her arms and gently put me in a kind of plastic box with a grill. I was scared at first but I couldn’t believe that a person so gentle could be mean. I heard her speak with the nice people and telling them that I would be “in a nice and warm place with friends”.
The person took the box to her car and we had a little ride. I enjoyed it but it was short. She took the crate and went inside a room. As she said, it was warm and it felt so good.  She took me off the box and put me in another box, but bigger. She gave me water, that I drank very quickly because I was very thirsty, and closed the gate of the box, then left.  It was very silent in the room but I could smell the odors of other cats. I was a little worried but I was too tired to investigate, so I slept.

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(source: http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/saskatchewan/2013/02/14/003-femme-amende-animaux-souffrance-sask.shtml )

Next morning, another person came in the room. She said “hello kitties!” and took her coat off. Then, she opened the gate of the cage next to me and started to clean the cage. The other cat was playing in the room while she was cleaning but he kept an eye on me. It was a big, fluffy, white and brown cat. He looked mean so I looked somewhere else. The lady took the cat and putted it back in his cage. Then she opened my cage. I was very happy to get out of this little box so I’ve rubbed against her legs. She petted me a little, and then came back to her work. After a few minutes, as she was about to put me in my cage, she looked at the last cage, witch had an orange cat that looked like me. She put me on the floor and opened the cage of the cat. I was a little suspicious (because of the other cat that looked so mean) but he was very friendly and we became friends! She cleaned the cage of my new friend, Fletcher, petted us a little then left us free in the room.

A few days after that, the lady decided to take me to her palace. She said it was love at first sight !

See you next time !

-Thor

Part 2: Caroline’s advice

Hi! Caroline’s writing now!

Adopting a cat is an important decision. Often, people adopt animals thinking that it will be easy, but they’re always things that you have to keep in mind when you decide to have a furry friend.
 First of all, do you have enough money to take care of it ? Having a cat, for example, means having to pay for the food, the litter, the veterinary (for his castration and/or cares if he gets sick), toys, and even the animal itself! Even if I do recommend adopting animals from your local
shelter, some people prefer to buy an animal at the pet shop or a breeder. So it can go from free to more than 500$ for a cat.

Secondly, you have to think about your place. Even if a cat is relatively small, it needs space. It also needs a place that is inaccessible for the others animals ( like a shelf or a cat tree). Also , cats are very exigent  and needs special cares ( for example, most cats will refuse to eat/drink if it’s bowls are too close from his litter box) . So, if your cat could only access to a small room, I think it is better for him to wait until you have a bigger place.

Finally, and that’s the most important thing, you need time. You need time to play with your animal, time to take care of him ( brushing, nail trimming, brushing it’s teeth, etc.), time to educate him and, maybe, time to deal with his behavior problems! Also, you always have to keep in mind that a cat lives at least 20 years. Are you ready to take care of an animal for 20 years, plus extra cares when he’ll be old and, maybe, sick?

All in all, what I wanted to say is that deciding to adopt an animal is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Animals are living entity that feels fear, love, and other feelings, just like us. If we think more before taking little decisions like that, I’m pretty sure that there will not be 500 000[1] abandoned animals  each years, only in Quebec.


[1] http://fr.canoe.ca/infos/environnement/archives/2010/07/20100702-222658.html*

*most of my sources are in french

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Blond cat by Aouniat on Flicklr

Hi.My name is Thor and, as you probably noticed, I’m a cat. A gorgeous cat (anyway, that’s what my minions tell me all the time…). My fur is blond and long. I’m pretty proud of it and I take care of it by cleaning each part of my body more than ten times a day. I’m about three years old but I’m not sure because I don’t know how to count… 
Anyway, I tough it was time for a cat to tell the world the secret but royal life of a cat. So here I am!

Blond cat by Aouniat on Flicklr

Hi.
My name is Thor and, as you probably noticed, I’m a cat. A gorgeous cat (anyway, that’s what my minions tell me all the time…). My fur is blond and long. I’m pretty proud of it and I take care of it by cleaning each part of my body more than ten times a day. I’m about three years old but I’m not sure because I don’t know how to count…

Anyway, I tough it was time for a cat to tell the world the secret but royal life of a cat. So here I am!

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