Adopt a Shelter Cat Month in June

Little Kitty

Little Kitty in red rocking chair. She was a sick kitten at the local animal shelter who grew into a healthy, fat cat. Her story is below.
Little Kitty in red rocking chair. She was a sick kitten at the local animal shelter who grew into a healthy, fat cat. Her story is below. | Source

History of Adopt a Cat Month

It's that time of year to focus on cat adoption. How did "Adopt a Cat Month" start? Well, first, the official name seems to be "Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month." While I have not been able to pinpoint how the promotion originated, I think it is a very important public awareness campaign.

So many cats are turned over to shelters, or--worse--just dropped off in front of houses, on the street, or out in the middle of nowhere. Failure to spay and neuter cats results in literally hundreds and thousands of unwanted kittens all over the country.

As a pet lover, it breaks my heart to think that so many lovable pets--both cats and dogs--are waiting in cages across the country for their forever homes. It hurts even more to think of how many thousands of pets, many of them perfectly healthy, are put to an early death due to overcrowding.

If you like cats and have room for another one (or even more), consider adopting a cat or kitten in June. I have known people who didn't know they liked cats until they were around them. Yes, these were the cat haters who so adamantly declare, "I don't like cats." Cats are cool. There are many folks who really like them once they give them the chance.


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Blackette

Blackette in the window.
Blackette in the window. | Source

Adopt a Shelter Cat

I've had quite a few cats in my adult life, a couple of which I adopted from a shelter. Others were given to me or sort of dumped on me. About those shelter cats, though . . . well, they have their own special stories.

Blackette chose me. She sure did. I had one male cat, Blacky, who had just lost his brother, Stinky, and needed a friend. (Yeah, I was great with names back then, huh?) I thought Blacky might like another adult cat, so that's what I had in mind when I visited the local animal shelter.

I was enthralled with all the cats and kittens and had a hard time making up my mind until this fluffy black cat pressed herself against the cage as I came near her. I touched her through the cage, and she purred. I took her out and held her. She was a soft ball of fur in my hands, not resisting me at all. I put her back in the cage. She immediately started rubbing against it again. Not one to make a quick decision, I went home to "sleep on it." I couldn't get that sweet cat off my mind. The next day I went back to get her. Or she summoned me.

Blackette was a joy. Graceful on her feet, she was referred to--aptly--by one of my friends as "Ballerina." It fit. Blackette touched my life for about eight years until she passed away in 2002. That's a sad story itself, but I cherish the time we had together.

The year after I adopted Blackette, now used to having two adult cats in the household, I had a hankering for a little kitten. I visited the shelter, and, of course, there were lots of cats, young and old, to choose from. What caught my eye this time was a tiny, tiny kitten with watery eyes and a bandaged front leg. She was sickly, had been given some kind of injections, and would surely be on death row soon if she wasn't adopted. This time there was no hesitation. I couldn't leave without her. I called her my little kitty, and that became her name.

Little Kitty was a doll who sadly died from a congenital kidney defect at only five years old. With the help of my friends, I gave her IV injections daily to try to keep her alive, but that wasn't enough. She died the same year as Blackette, just six months before. That was a tough year, to say the least.

Why do I tell my stories? To show what special bonds come from connections with shelter cats. I gave both of those cats secure homes filled with plenty of fun and lots of love. I gave them what they needed, and I was rewarded with the special bonds that we formed.


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Cool Things about Cats

Are you convinced yet to adopt a cat? Cats are just cool. Their personalities are unique. Each one has its own quirks, likes, and dislikes. There are boo-coos of neat reasons to adopt a cat or two . . . or three.

  • Cats are cuddly. On a cold night, I am sure to have a cat at my feet and one near my head. They like to get close, which comes in handy when the heat is out.
  • Cats maintain themselves. Some people bathe cats. To me, that's a death wish, or at least a serious accident. Cats have build-in sandpaper tongues that do the job just fine. And if the job isn't good enough, another cat will step in to finish the job.
  • Cats can be left alone. Unlike dogs, who have to be fed at certain times so they won't gulp down their food all at once, cats can be left with a couple days worth of food and be fine. Plus, cats don't have to be let out to go to do their business. I have noticed dog litter in the pet stores these days, so maybe dogs are trying to compete in this area. I just know that I can leave six cats alone for two days (just one night away) with several containers of cat food and water, plus two clean litter boxes, and they will be just fine. I do have them checked on if I'm going to be away longer than that.
  • Cats are super photogenic. Why are cat websites, books, pictures, and youtube videos so popular? Because cats are so darn photogenic. Photos capture cats' incredible personalities--their curiosity, their ingenuity, and their darn cuteness. This is the same in videos. Cats are entertaining. They do funny things. Ask any cat owner.

These are only a few of all the great advantages to having a cat.


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Look for deals in June

Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now. You have the information you need.

I hear that some shelters and other rescue organizations are having special deals in the month of June, such as waiving adoption fees on certain cats, such as older ones, in order to push more adoptions in June.

I hope you will consider visiting your local animal shelter to find your own special connection with a cat who needs you.Who knows? Maybe it will choose you to make it easier!

Petfinder.com is another source to help you find your perfect feline match. If you can't adopt a cat yourself, you can find tips on ways to promote Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month. Make a difference in a cat's life in 2014.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I know you love cats, Vicki, but I'll have to pass on this. LOL We have three dogs and a cat, plus nine chickens and we are thinking of getting two pygmy goats....so no to the cat idea. :) I support the hub, though....more pets need to be adopted.


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MizBejabbers 3 years ago

Vicki, yes, yes, yes, agree, agree, agree! I love your wonderful/terrible hub. Terrible because of the idea that there are so many needy cats and kittens out there. Our latest acquisition, adopted in April, didn’t come from the shelter, although we had intended to obtain our next cat at one. I can’t say she was a “replacement” for our 19-year-old baby that died three days before my birthday because pets are like children, one can’t replace another. It took us awhile to get over Katrina’s death, but Tas, our diabetic big boy, that Mr. B mostly calls “Blackasscat” was lonely and pining away. PetsMart brings in shelter cats so we went there. No cats – the cattery stayed empty for more than a month.

A trip to Petco yielded the same results with the explanation that the shelters were literally out of cats (unheard of!). That was really good news, but bad news for us. Finally a friend at work said her vet had a 6-month-old tabby that had been surrendered and needed a home. The description sounded just what we were looking for. Well, she turned out to be an ocicat, not a tabby, and she is such a trip I think I’ll have to write her story.

No, we have never adopted a cat from a shelter because in the last 30 years, eight cats off the street adopted us, anotherwas a stray a friend gave to us, two were born before we got a female spayed (we found good homes for the other two), and the last one came from the veterinarian’s office. So I think we have done our part. I just wish we could adopt more, and more…. Voted you up+++ P.S. Loved the video, too.


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Great hub, truly after my own heart. Thank you for sharing. I am going to go hug my 4 rescue babies and go check on my newest outdoor boy now! up++ and sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Bill, that's okay. It sounds like you already have your hands full. Goats, huh? My dad raises goats and sheep, mainly for the fun of it. Then he sells them and gets more babies. LOL. He has chickens, too, for the eggs. But I digress. Thanks for your support, at any rate! :-)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

That was a sweet story, but if you had left it on a happy note, I wouldn't be near tears right now :( Please tell me you got another cat that has survived, or that Blacky is still alive.

The first photo you have reminds me of a kitten that adopted me many years ago, Whiskers. Unfortunately, I don't have him anymore (I moved away suddenly, out of necessity, and had to give him away to an acquaintance), but he was my favorite cat for many years. I drove into my driveway, and saw movement. When I got out, I looked all around, and saw a scared little kitten. He was so little, he looked like he wasn't even quite old enough to be away from his mama. I noticed he was injured, and carefully caught him. He had really wet and sticky stuff coming from his eyes, and his leg was injured (no, I'm not copying you, that really is what he was like). I wasn't sure what I should do, but after giving him a bath to get the dirt out of his fur, I decided to bring him to the vet. I didn't have a whole lot of money to spend, but I knew I couldn't just let him go to fend for himself. Once I brought him back from the vet, I decided that bringing him to the shelter in that state would be cruel. It would be like sending him to his grave. So I kept him. He was so sweet, and he grew up with my two puppies, and really thought he was one of them! It was the cutest thing. He would actually put his "arms" around the dogs', and wrestle with them! The pups were gentle. He also curled up beside my dogs, too. Awww, now I miss them! Great memories.

Anyway, I agree that it is great to adopt cats if you can, because there are so many out there that need a home. I also believe in getting pets fixed, although when I had female cats, I didn't do it quick enough.

Thanks for sharing this with us. Goodness, I could have almost made this into a hub myself.

Voted up and shared! This is a great message.

Have a wonderful day, Vickie.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

What an amazing story and an important public service message. Unfortunately, there are far too many cats and other wonderful animals out there without loving and secure homes. It is so sad to hear about the loss your precious cats but it's nice to know that there are wonderful people out there like yourself giving these sweet creatures a safe and loving haven. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Wonderful stories. And I support your idea wholeheartedly. Over forty years my three sons and I have taken in abandoned, shelter, or feral kitties about 22 times. They have all been loving, interesting and wonderful companions. Everyone who can should adopt. :)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

MizB--You are certainly doing your part! It's great when those cats find you and adopt you! I'm sorry about your Katrina. I remember talking about it when I asked a question about my old cat who wouldn't eat. He died, too.

That's unheard of! A shelter out of cats! Wow! At least you tried. That's great, though. If I had more room and money, I'd adopt more, too. I have my hands full with 6 cats and 1 dog! Thanks for the comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. you really should tell your new cat's story! Perhaps Katrina's, too!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, btrbell, that's so awesome! Hug your 5 fur babies! That's wonderful! :-) Thanks for sharing the hub, too!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

We have three cats. Two of them showed up in our barn. They are now healthy cats with a nice warm home to live in. We just adopted a dog from the shelter a tiny little ball of fun. We've only had him a week and I think today he finally got enough rest because he was a busy little boy today just full of energy and not sleeping so much. Our biggest problem. He thinks he has to bark at the cats and the cats are not happy.

The day we adopted our dog a lady came in and adopted a big beautiful Siamese cat. He was so pretty I have a soft spot for Siamese I would have loved to have him if I had seen him first but we can't have anymore pets. She only paid $15.00 for him. They must have a special on cats.

Voted up and shared your hub.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Oh Victoria how I loved this gem too. I would love to do what you do but it is impossible at the moment; maybe sometime in the near future.

You are an amazing writer and I felt as I read here.

Have a wonderful day and here's to so many more from you on these beautiful animals. I share onto my FB page A Brand New Dawn.

Lots of love

Eddy.


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MizBejabbers 3 years ago

Vickie, I keep saying that I'm going to write their stories because Katrina's rescue was so dramatic. I meant to tell you how adorable the photo of Little Kitty is. Also Blackette looks just like my Tas (Blackasscat), a long-haired male.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I love the way you think and write about your cats. The two we have now also adopted us. I have written about Dusty, the "top cat" and Peaches was abandoned by her family that moved and did not take her with them. Unbelievable! They both enrich our lives. We are big supporters of animal shelters and also spaying and neutering. Up votes and sharing!


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Phyllis Doyle 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Victoria, thank you for writing this hub. The story of your cats is so loving and touching. My daughter adopted a beautiful adult cat that no one wanted -- mainly because he did not trust and like people at all. He would strike out or try to bite anyone who came near him. When my daughter went into the Cat Room, she just sat down and did not approach any cat. She waited to see which cat would come to her (all the cage doors were open and all the cats were out playing around the room, except for Nelson, who was curled up in the back of his cage . It did not task long for Nelson to approach her and hop onto her lap, begin purring and rubbing his head on her hands and arms. My daughter fell in love with him and went out to tell the front desk staffers she wanted to adopt Nelson. They were shocked and one lady said, did you read the sign on his cage? It says "do not approach, may bite"? My daughter told them how Nelson came to her for love. They thought she might have got the names mixed up and followed her back to the cat room. When she sat down, Nelson darted out of his cage and sat on her lap, loving and cuddling. To get to the point, Nelson now has a forever home with my daughter and her family. It took Nelson awhile, but daughter's husband and son are now trusted by Nelson. They are all quite happy together.

That same week, I adopted a 12 year old Pomeranian, Marvin. Marvin and I are inseparable now. Marvin is so precious and special to me.

It is so important to not ignore the sick or the older animals, to reach out to them, and give them a loving forever home.

Thanks again, Victoria. All ups voted.


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Awww. I would adopt them all if I could. I can't adopt a shelter cat this month, though. I just adopted a kitten that was being abused. I thought it was a stray (my mom's neighborhood is full of strays), and my daughter wanted it so I caught it. Later, a kid came over and told me it was his cat. the at was starved, covered in fleas, and incredibly skittish. I paid him for the money to keep from being accused of cat-napping. (this kid is a total monster anyhow...he sets his mom's house on fire every year.) Happy to report that Tickle is growing fat and is a total clown. I planted him a large patch of catnip in the garden and he loves to run and attack it. :)

I hope many people go out and adopt cats and other pets that need homes. Gret hub, passing it on!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi, what an amazing story, and reminded me of the time years ago when we adopted a cat, well, my mum did. there was a cat shelter up the road from us and she brought back this gorgeous ginger cat which we called jason, he was so scared to start with, but after a while he took over the house! lol!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kathryn, Blacky lived 11 years. He died in 2006. I miss him all the time. I picked up a few along the way, though, while he and Blackette were still alive. Setzer and Simon are 13, Oliver and Katie are 11, Trudy is 5, and Jazz is 3. :-) I hope the older ones die many years from now of natural causes as opposed to something tragic. :-)

I love your story about your kitten. Neat story! Dang, write your own hub! LOL. I loved your comments.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Rose, yes it IS so sad. I hope that more people who are able will get out there and adopt! I would adopt more if I had more room and more money! Maybe one day. Thanks for your nice comments. :-)


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I feel strongly about adopting from pet shelters, and of course I agree with all of your reasons why cats are awesome. Thanks for sharing your own story, too!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

phdast--Good for you and your sons! 22 lives saved! Yes, they are all wonderful and unique in their own ways. Thanks for sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

moonlake--That sounds just how my puppy reacted when I brought him into a house of 4 or 5 cats! They tolerated him, but he was relentless in barking at them and chasing them. He finally grew out of it and doesn't pay much attention to them now. LOL. Puppies are such fun, but they do have tons of energy!! Thanks for your input! And your story!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Eiddwen--Thanks so much for your kind compliments. A Brand New Dawn sounds wonderful! I'll have to check that out. Thanks, Eddy, again for reading and commenting!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

MizB--You should, you should! Write their stories. Thanks about Little Kitty. She was so pitiful and sweet looking when she was a kitten--until she turned into a fat cat! heehee. Blackette was beautiful. So fluffy. Blackasscat? Is that the name? I love it!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Voted ++++ You may help save some precious kitties. We have had a number of Shelter kitties and loved them till they left the planet. And a bit of each one remains with us to this day. For all the reasons you gave kitties are a lovely pet that steal your heart !!! Great hub. Angels are on the way. PS


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Peggy W--Thanks for saying that! I'll look for your hubs about your cats! Yes, everyone should spay and neuter! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Phyllis--I loved the story of your daughter and her cat. You should write your own hub about it. That's an awesome story. So many times we are drawn to certain animals--or they pick us! Bless you for adopting a 12 year old animal. Many people wouldn't mess with an older animal that might not be around too many more years. It's great that you did that! Loved your comments. Thanks so much!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Sharkye--I'm so glad you were able to keep Tickle. ( l love the name!) I've glad that neglectful kid didn't get the poor thing back. Sets his mom's house on fire? OMG! I love your heart. Thanks for sharing your story. I wish I could adopt more right now (I have 6 plus a dog), but I hope maybe some will be compelled to do so. Thanks for passing on the hub!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Beautiful! Adopting a shelter cat saves their lives and adds to your own. I spay and neuter every stray cat I can get my hands on to prevent needless suffering now and in the future. Voted up and shared.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Nell--Thanks for sharing your story. I've never heard of the name Jason for a pet. That's neat. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

random--I'm sure you would agree! Thanks for weighing in on this important subject!


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MizBejabbers 3 years ago

No, his name is Tas and that is what I call him. Mr. B calls him Blackasscat. I just mentioned it because it is so much like Blackette.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

pstraubie--I know what you mean about a part of them always being with us. Thanks so much for your always wonderful comments!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

MizB--Thanks for the clarification. LOL! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

FlourishAnyway--Good for you for spaying and neutering stray cats! Do you also keep them? You're doing a great thing. Thanks for the comments, votes and shares.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

I love cats and have several strays and one feral that visits us every now and again. I would love to take all the shelter cats home, but I cannot afford to do that.

I have a suggestion though that might help all those shelter cats around everyone's area. Too bad that I can't do it but I do spay and neuter the ones that I have around here in my home. You can donate spay and neuter fees right to the shelt and that would help with the OVER-population of cats. It's just a suggestion.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Lady G--That's a good idea if people can afford the spay and neuter fees. It would go a long way in helping to control the overpopulating. Thanks for your input!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

I am on a second visit Victoria and I would like to share this gem onto my FB page Tabs and Meg who are our recently adopted Mother cat and kitten.

Wonderful read second time round too.

Eddy.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Eddy, thanks for sharing this--and reading it again! I love that you adopted a mama cat and her kitten.So sweet!


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

Hehe, two things really stuck out for me in this awesome hub: first, you had a cat named Blackette? Ah, that's awesome. :P

Second, you've seen dog litter at the supermarket? For realz? Like cedar chips or something? No way! That's pretty interesting. I definitely would not do that for my dog - the boy is nearly 100 pounds! I wouldn't want to deal with the crap. HAHAHA.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great hub, cats are awesome cute and they are photogenic, it is great that you have adopted cats.


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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

Great Hub Victoria, though personally I dont like cats.


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heidithorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

Thank you so much for sharing the adopt-don't-shop message! I'm on the board for our area's animal shelter foundation and we've got a "spring chicken" promotion going on to help find homes for the more senior cats in our care (kitten season swells the total population!). I have two large dogs, but I definitely am considering cats as my "retirement" pets for many of the reasons you noted. Voted up and sharing!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Aw-this just pulls at me! I love cats!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yeah, CC, Blackette and Blacky! I was great with names. Little Kitty, too. I've graduated to real names since then, such as Oliver, Katie, Simon, etc . . . . I have seen dog litter for realz. I don't remember exactly what it was. I haven't seen it in a while, now that I think about it. Maybe it didn't catch on. LOL. Yeah, I don't think it would be cost-efficient (and very crappy!) or a big dog. LOL!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Vellur--You're right. Cats are some of the most photogenic creatures around! And so many need homes!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Now, MG Singh, why wouldn't you like cats? Have you ever had one? Don't knock them until you try them. They're really cool creatures! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

heidithorne--I love the "spring chicken" promotion idea. There are so many senior cats who need home. It's so rewarding to take them in. Keep doing what you're doing! That's great!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Me, too, Audrey! Cats are so cool, and so many need homes!

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