My Feline Friend Larry

King Larry

Hey, I was watching that!
Hey, I was watching that! | Source

My Friend, Larry

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Introducing: MEI HidingHell to the no! No collar for meWhy do you want the remote? I am watching thisDon't touch itI am handsome, aren't I?Please God, make her stop talkingDid you say something?I'm still sleepingAhhh, what a great nap!
Introducing: ME
Introducing: ME | Source
I Hiding
I Hiding | Source
Hell to the no! No collar for me
Hell to the no! No collar for me | Source
Why do you want the remote? I am watching this
Why do you want the remote? I am watching this | Source
Don't touch it
Don't touch it | Source
I am handsome, aren't I?
I am handsome, aren't I? | Source
Please God, make her stop talking
Please God, make her stop talking | Source
Did you say something?
Did you say something? | Source
I'm still sleeping
I'm still sleeping | Source
Ahhh, what a great nap!
Ahhh, what a great nap! | Source

Feral Cats

This is the story of how Larry, the cat, came into my life. The place where I used to work is a safe haven for animals, including kittens, puppies, an occasional raccoon, and a somewhat large population of feral cats. Feral cats can be real sketchy. Nevertheless, we fed them daily, caught the adults and had them neutered, caught the babies and domesticated them, and tried to find them forever homes. Their numbers changed constantly. Needless to say, this made my job very interesting and fun. At one point, we had approximately 12 kittens to adopt out and were scrambling to find homes for them.



Stray Cats

Larry

One morning my co-worker received a call from her best friend. She was told that a kitten had appeared on her doorstep and would not leave her house. She was not in the position to care for an animal and she knew that we would take good care of him. She named him Larry after a friend of hers.

My co-worker and her friend were finally able to catch the kitten. He was about 6 weeks old, hungry and scared out of his mind. She brought him to work and we began to he task of socializing him. He was reluctant to get with the program. He had been used to eating out of trash cans and one day we saw him disappear into one of our trash cans. As I picked him up out of the trash can, he growled at me from around a large subway sandwich he had found. At the time, he weighed less than a pound, but he was determined to survive.

Escape!

Larry became an escape artist. Every chance he got, he would zip out the door and run to the feral colony out back. A couple of times he managed to hide overnight. The third time he escaped was on a Friday evening and since we don't open on the weekends, he was outside until Monday morning. I came to work to find a very frightened and unhappy kitten. He was too scared to come out of the woods so he just hung at the edge crying. I lured him out with chicken pieces and I was finally able to catch him.

I put him in the crate so he could not get out again and all he would do was cry. I picked him up to comfort him and he tried to get so close to me that it felt like he was velcro-ed to my skin. All day I alternated holding him and trying to work. That is the day that I believe Larry imprinted on me.

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Larry Comes Home

Larry is now about 9 months old and he has lived with me for the last 5 months. He is very affectionate and very possessive of me. He still will not allow anyone but me to pick him up. I can do almost anything to him and he tolerates it, such as ; cleaning his ears, picking burrs, and giving him wet wipe baths.

I am very glad that he has come into my life and I believe he is very happy living in my home.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

That is great that you have helped all those cats find homes, and spay/neuter. Blessings!


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

Larry looks like a very beautiful kitten. I'm glad that he's happy. Kittens and cats are really nice. I have my neice's cat and she is really sweet and affectionate. Her name is Sasha. I have my own cat and she is a real nice cat, too. Her name is Bessie. Great hub! I voted up.


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janiek13 4 years ago from Florida's Space Coast Author

Thank you both!


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

hello janiek...great hub! i have been rescuing cats for nearly 12 yrs now, here where i live on an indian reservation. we have both feral cats and dogs to many to number. every year USHS and sometimes private vets, come out to do free spay/neuter/vaccination clinics in the hopes of getting the numbers down some. out here feral dogs can be shot on site and both cats and dogs suffer extreme abuse. one friend told me of going out to hang clothes and found 2 dead cats hanging from her clothes line. they had been tied tail to tail and caught on fire.

i am so happy for both you and larry...he looks so happy and i know he makes you happy to.


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shazwellyn 4 years ago from Great Britain

I love people like you. The giving of unconditional love is the most priceless gift of all.

Larry and you will have years of joy and adventure for you are both blessed.

xx


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janiek13 4 years ago from Florida's Space Coast Author

I am so glad that there are others out there that have compassion for our furry friends. They are so pure and innocent.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Bless you for sharing Larry, the cat you are a terrific person :)


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janiek13 4 years ago from Florida's Space Coast Author

Thank you kind sir!


Cassi 4 years ago

Larry is a very special cat. Another interesting part of the story is that he showed up on the death anniversary of Larry Erb (he commited suicide many years ago I think he was only 23). My best friend and he were high school sweethearts. Larry Erb had red hair and so does Larry the cat.

My bestfriend and I looked like Lucy and Ethel trying to catch him. He would not come near, so we used a fishing net. When this didn't work, my friend climbed under the couch grabbed him and I pulled her out by her feet. It was hilarious. I am so happy he has found his forever home.


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janiek13 4 years ago from Florida's Space Coast Author

Thank you for the addition to the story, I had forgotten that part. Love ya much!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A brilliat hu which must award my up upamd away,without a doubt.

Eddy.


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janiek13 4 years ago from Florida's Space Coast Author

Thank you, he is a source of entertainment everyday!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Larry has such a noble look about him--must be because he's been treated like royalty! I'm glad he was given such a good home to live in.


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janiek13 4 years ago from Florida's Space Coast Author

That you, I have recently found out that this type of cat is thought to be of the descendants of "bengals", so perhaps, he is royalty. thanks for reading and commenting.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

I loved your rendezvous with Larry and how you brought him to your home. This is a wonderful story of a great feline friend and how lovely that you call him as King Larry and take good care of him ! Loved reading the hub and enjoyed it most. Voted up.


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janiek13 2 years ago from Florida's Space Coast Author

Thank you, hon

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