The gratitude of the stray cat.

The Toof at Sunset ...
The Toof at Sunset ... | Source

The moggy moves in ...

Okay, first I better declare my bias. That's him, right there, in those photos. That's The Toof and he's a born-again ginger tom and a real smart cookie. So smart that when he was a starving, worm and flea ridden, abscess-oozing youth about the shrubbery he knew he needed help. Despite being a stray, or maybe even feral, who can tell, he knew that there were certain sorts of humans who could help, usually females.

So he moved in on my neighbour who lived alone ... except for the five cats she had rescued at various times. See the smart logic there? This person has cats, i.e. people like me, ergo it must be a safe place to go. He was a bit like an old dosser going to the Salvation Army for a meal and a warm up.

When my neighbour came home she found that her cat-flap had let in a stranger who was now basking in front of her log burner, fumes pungently rising from him, as her own cats kept a watching brief from a safe distance on the backs of the furniture. Even as soft-hearted as she was, another cat to feed and doctor was just one more cat too many.

So we struck a deal, she would have him neutered and I, who was between cats at the time, would give him a home. My husband, not a pet person, eyed him dubiously and pronounced him a 'rum-looking crittur' and sadly I had to agree with him, though I knew he would blossom with care and good food. We decided to call him Rufus.

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'... so I said to Eric Clapton, ' Like, dude!' | Source
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No teeth but cheeks ...

That was six years ago, and since then his name has degenerated from Rufus to Roof the Toof to The Toof, (a corruption of Tooth) or more familiarly Toofie, due to the fact that we found he had only one fang left, the other three having mysteriously broken off. Sinisterly his whiskers were also cut short when he arrived and I hoped all this was the result of poor nutrition. He was noticeably nervous of men and it worried me that he could have been ill-treated or even tortured.

He adored women however and was, and still is, quite an old tart. His age was anybody's guess, although the vet said he was over two years old because 'his cheeks had arrived' much to the delight of the vet's nurses whom he fawned over disgracefully (The Toof, not the vet). The cheeks thing is what happens to a tomcat when he reaches maturity. He develops especially thick muscles on his jaw to protect him when fighting as, the vet informed us in all seriousness, a tom cat is really an 'armoured fighting machine'. I looked dubiously at The Toof.

But despite the fact that he had very few teeth of any description, The Toof did in fact support this idea, fiercely protecting his garden, and anybody else's he might covert until the testosterone had drained out of his system. Now however it appears all and sundry are welcome in our house and garden, although he does rather draw the line at dogs and will escort them off the premises whilst hissing and inflating himself into the largest and most intimidating ginger sphere he can manage.

Gratitude and memory.

I have lived with cats all my life and have taken in many cast-offs but the thing that I have found most remarkable about The Toof is his constant gratitude. I make no apologies for sounding anthropomorphic.

Most people believe that cats trade affection for food but I have found this not to be so. The Toof has a ritual of meeting and greeting me each morning and being a creature of rigid routine this has to happen. My husband calls him and rattles his plate but he insists on touching noses with me (his wetter than mine unless I have a cold), being fiercely cuddled and having his famous cheeks rubbed. Only when he is content that we have bonded enough will he go and see what's for breakfast.

He still has what seem like 'flashbacks' if I can call them that, when I do something to panic him, but now he no longer lashes out with a lightning paw bristling with scimitars. Occasionally when I really annoy him by wrestling him too vigorously I get a half-hearted attempt at a soft bite but then, without teeth, it's a bit like being sucked by a duck.

Reward.

Whilst it is true that pedigree cats are lovely to look at and they may display your wealth 'cos they ain't cheap to buy, there is something undeniably rewarding about repairing, taming and nurturing a cat that has had a hard life. In my case the reward I've found, is love, devotion and the utmost satisfaction in seeing such a creature, once so derelict and neglected, blossom.

For more cat tales see: http://thisisangiesblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/travels-with-cat.html

http://thisisangiesblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/spirit-world-of-cats.html

Never underestimate the feelings of animals.

Experts are always telling us that animals are not like us and that we shouldn't anthropomorphise them. So how do they explain this clip below? If that isn't gratitude and love, what is? I warn you, you will weep ...

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naturegirl7 5 years ago from South Louisiana

You are a wonderful story teller and person. I enjoyed every word and my orange, adopted tom cat, Dax, gave me a questioning look several times as I giggled.

We have 4 adopted or rescued cats and wouldn't trade any of them for a perdigree.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi naturegirl7 - thanks for the kind words. I am in awe of anyone who adopts lots of cats even though they are all worthy of adoption. But we travel in a motorhome a lot and The Toof travels with us so it would be hell on wheels with more than one to cart about.

All the best, m'dear.


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Stan Fletcher 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

Loved this. I lost my cat, Cato, to divorce two years ago and miss him dearly. We have supervised visits occasionally. He too was a stray and just walked up to me one day with his brother and sister when they were wee kittens. He was the fearless one and that never changed. I named him after the character in the Peter Seller's Pink Panther movies, as he would constantly be jumping out from some hiding place to attack me when I least expected it.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Aww Stan - I can hardly write for the lump in my throat - no, seriously. I've lost a coupla cats to divorce ... I visited sneakily and gave them treats. Hope you've got another one - irreplaceable though they all are - life is too short to live without a cat- the ultimate homemaker. : ) x


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Aaawww, that's so cute! I enjoyed reading your hub as it gave me warm feelings all over :)

Congratulations to you Angie! Your hub has been nominated on the Hubnuggets, Pets and Animals category. Do bring Toofie with you and visit the Hubnuggets lair...

Hubnuggets goes to the Psychic Fair: http://tinyurl.com/49uflen

Participate in the Hubnuggets Forum: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/69415

Meow...enjoy the hubnuggets as you enjoy the company of your cat.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I love cats and enjoyed your hub. Congrats on your nomination.


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ahmiz 5 years ago

I'm a cat person and I love your hub. Very beautiful.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi ripplemaker, pamela99 and ahmiz! Thanks for the support, The Toof and I are overwhelmed by your kindness. We would love to visit the Hubnuggets lair, but Toofie just doesn't think he'd enjoy the flight over. Besides which he hasn't got a pussport.

All the best

Angie


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Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

Angie, I could not agree with you more. I have a feral boy named Shadow who is now 13 years old. He greets me every morning the same as Toof. I love that name. Shadow was rolled by a car at age 2 and has also broken fangs. He manages though. The love bites are just lovely. I love my boy. Congrats on your nomination. Welcome to the Hub.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi Golfgal,

I have just sent a reply to your fan mail and now here you are! It's Sunday morning here and The Toof and I are lying in bed writing this. We send our thanks to you and Shadow for your kind thoughts. Give him a hug from us ... and have one yourself!


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A_Monica76 5 years ago

I really loved this piece. I am an ardent cat-lover and I lost my two cats when they died more than five years ago. I felt really good reading your hub. My tom cat Lalloo looked just like your Toofie.I am currently writing an article about my felines and will be uploading it soon as my first hub. Do read it and tell me how you like it. I loved yours!! Kiss The Toof for me will you??


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hello m'dear ... sorry to hear about your loss. They sure leave paw prints on your heart, don't they?

Will certainly read your first hub and will report back. The Toof has been duly kissed - though he actually expects that as a right. You know what they say ' The Egyptians worshipped cats as gods .... cats have never forgotten this'.

Bless ...


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quicksand 5 years ago

Very interesting article indeed. Mine, the offsprng of an ex-stray, sprang out of the window on the way to the vet. He ran away into the wilderness. This happened several months ago. He never came back.

Anyway, your cat looks nice, and welcome to HubPages! :)


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

My goodness! I would have been distraught!

The Toof says 'We're not all like that' ...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, quicksand. ; )


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I used to take in strays when I was young. Guess we have a soft heart for the underdogs (or undercats). I enjoyed reading your well-written hub. Congrats on your nomination.


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Eric Prado 5 years ago from Webster, Texas

I loved this hub. I absolutely love cats. I lost my Russian Blue, Allya, in a bad break up. I wish all stray cats could have the gift of a good home. =)


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Elayne - many thanks for stopping by and your kind words. It's really heartwarming to find so many people who think like I do.

All the best!


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Eric - sorry to hear you lost your cat to break up. It can be tough when you lose a little personality. I just love Russian Blues ... they are so autocratic! But I really like to keep myself open to the cats that need rescuing ... it's been a family vocation through generations.

Namaste, m'dear ...


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Literary Geisha 5 years ago from Philippines

reading your hub makes me want to get a cat... but i don't think my puppy and he will get along. i do miss having cats around the house though. great story, lovely hub.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi Literary Geisha (love the name!) - I think you might you be surprised re: cat and puppy. My daughter had two rescue dogs and a stray cat. The dogs came after the cat and they all learned to live together. The cat and the greyhound were both black and as they used to sleep curled up together you could hardly tell who was who!

Thanks for the positive response ... all the best.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

This story is wonderful Angie! Congratulations on your WIN. I recently wrote two articles you may enjoy about my three cats: strays that came in to my life and made me fall in love! And I can understand that constant gratitude. I receive it from my Momma Kitty all the time. And she too has no teeth. A couple months after she nursed all her babies, I had the vet take the rest of her (few) teeth out. They were very loose and infected badly, poor girl. She had a really rough life on the street, but today, she is very happy!

Thanks again for a great read!

Sharyn


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Thanks for the congrats, Sharyn!

I'm so glad when people take in old wrecks of cats and look after them properly ... you deserve her gratitude. You are a kind person ... bless you!


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Joshua Kell 5 years ago from Arizona

Very lovely hub. Thanks.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Many thanks for the kind comment, Joshua.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

I want to just snuggle his cute, macho cheeks! What a precious story, and a beautiful exchange of gratitude and love. I enjoyed your hub very much. Welcome to HubPages Angie.

K9


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Yes K9 - they are rather plumptious! Thank you so much for taking the time to send a kind comment.

Bless ...


lizistanton 5 years ago

Thanks! My marmalade tabby (rescured, of course)is OJ. Oddly enough, with him came a gray tabby named Rufus -- aka Roofie. Similarities are striking. OJ knows he's landed in cat heaven and tenderly pats my face when he wants neck massages.


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Tayn 5 years ago from Australia

Home is where the cat is! Lovely hub. :-)


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Cats know things! I love my two kitties. One moved from one house to the other on our block until she finally decided to live in our carport. Then she moved into the house and now rules the roost!

The other cat I have looks like Toof! He's a jungle cat and mostly stays outdoors. He loves to hunt.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi lizistanton - I'm guessing OJ for orange juice? We started off with Rufus as that is another way of saying red but that is probably from Norman times in England. Long ago we had a king, William the second, who was nicknamed Rufus because of his red hair. Quite a nasty piece of work by all accounts - don't know why we called The Toof Rufus really! Thanks for you input lizi - enjoy your cats ... x


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi Tayn - thanks for the support ... you are so right ... cats make a home.

All the best, m'dear ...


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi Austinstar ... it's quite remarkable how cats move in on you in easy stages ... it's a bit like stalking! But who can resist them, eh? I've found when you have 2 cats or more that one of them takes on the alpha cat role, checking boundaries, seeing off rivals, hunting etc. They seem to agree amongst themselves who will do what ... they're so clever.

Kind regards ... and thank you for your comment ...


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice article,thanks for sharing this with cool pics.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Thanks, crytolite .. glad you stopped by : )


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

What a fine looking specimen...and the cat's not bad either!

You are to be commended for adopting felines that most need a home. It is a deprived existence to live life cat-less.

When our aged pair of cats both died in late 2009 it was just a couple of months before we acquired a gray and white kitten my daughter named Jasper. He gets along fine with our 4 dogs and has become quite the hunter. He comes in from the wild Vermont Winter weather and meows to be picked up and cradled for a while before going to his food dish. I appreciate his priorities!

CP


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Cheeky! : )))) Thanks for this, Christopher ... I fully agree with your 'deprived existence' idea.

Every time one of my cats dies I get angry and stamp about muttering about never putting myself through this again ... but then no-one comes to greet you when you've been out and meow about their day and the house seems dead.

Then, as if by magic someone down on their luck comes along and away I go again, not that any of those who went before is ever totally forgotten.

All the best from placid Devon to wild Vermont ...


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speedbird 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Nice hub, I really enjoyed the photos of your cat, they are really eye-catching. Voted Up and rated FUNNY


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Why thank you speedbird! The Toof says thank you too ... but he always knew he had star quality. He's getting a bit of an ego now. I am going to have to sit him down and have a firm talk with him.

Cheers.


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland

Hi Angie, I have just recently put in my own daft poem about my cat, who was also a stray and i came across this hub.I really like your hub. Great stuff. Michael.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Thanks Michael ... kind of you to say ... will check out your 'daft poem' now ...

All the best

Angie


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Angie...oh my goodness! How absolutely beautiful! Your story about Toof..the love you share..the appreciation which you both hold for oneanother...that you KNOW these things...and it is a part of your life. What a wonderfully loving soul, Angie..I am SO glad that you saw my poem for Bob Cat...we share this love for cats.

the video! Oh, you are so right...tears streaming down...chills...such love! And memory! If this isn't the perfect example of how absolutely amazing and fabulous is the animal-human animal relationship...I can't come up w/any better example! Just gorgeous..there aren't words striking enough or effusive enough to describe how I am feeling about all this..

thank you so much for visiting, commenting and sharing the link and the video's message...so very sweet.

It goes, without saying, that I pushed all the positive buttons! and, further...that I am going to follow you.

Your friend, Kathy

PS What a good looking boy he is, too


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi Kathy! Isn't he though! He's a remarkable animal and we love him to bits. He even converted my old man to being a cat person.

I have written a couple of other hubs about him and our adventures in a motorhome, because of course he comes with us when we travel. He's too clingy to be separated from us. We wonder if it was because he was abandoned by an owner when he was young. Even when we go out to the shops he sits under the cherry tree in all weathers to wait for us and boy, does he tell us about it when we get back!

Nice to see you here, Kathy ... I have returned the compliment of following as I know we have a lot in common. :-)


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Clucy 5 years ago from Frederick, MD

I loved your hub, wonderful writing. and the video! Oh I just loved it. How sweet. I love the name Toof.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Thank Clucy ... The Toof is keeping me company as I type this ... he has to make sure I'm doing it right.

Much love to Lucy and Cole ...


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KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Awwww, this is such a sweet story! :) We came upon our second kitty, Misty as a stray. My son and his wife (she was his fiancée back then) heard a meowing outside their apartment window.. and took in little Mitt and fed her, and she wanted to stay! They already had two cats and we had one...so, after a phone call "Doesn't Dixie need some company?" We ended up with Mitty as well. We had her spayed, but found out she had been pregnant.. probably why she was howling outside of the window. She seems to be so ... grateful is a great word! It's like everything she has now, she is so over the moon happy to have. She purrs constantly and has a VERY loud purr!! And both of these kitties actually turned my husband into a cat person.. he never was one before, it's sooo cute to see how they wrap their little paws around his finger! Are they spoiled? No, just "well loved!"

Excellent hub!! :) I enjoyed it so much! :)


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Thanks Kathy ... cats are truly amazing. The Toof turned my husband into a cat person too. He was totally unused to any animals as he had never had a pet as a child.

Now he is at The Toof's beck and call ...

Many thanks for your kind comment ... and long live cats!


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poowool5 4 years ago from here in my house

Darn it, there goes today's mascara. Cannot believe this video, and unlike so many modern video clips which can be cleverly edited, air-brushed and doctored so that you never really know whether to believe what you are seeing, this older clip is the real thing and proof beyond a shadow of a doubt of the genuine affection animals can feel for humans. Loved, loved, loved it, thank you!

Dear Toof, loved your story of your "run-looking crittur" too, how healthy and content he looks, proof of all the love and care you have lavished on him. I think people who dismiss animal affection as just cupboard love really don't get close to animals. Iknow plenty of cat-owners who just brush by their pets, never really getting on a level with them to get to know and understand them. Their loss!

When I'm gardening quietly, within moments my two cats just know where I am, and will hang out with me in that understated content way that cats will that says "I'm glad to be here with you". So subtle, and to me infinitely preferable to dogs' in-your-face-and-groin-with-plenty-of-saliva approach!!

Like your husband, I did not have pets growing up, not even a gerbil. Nada. My 2 cats now are my first, but as you can see, I am smitten...

Loved this hub, voted up and funny! Thanks for the great read (and the frigging tears...)


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

poowool! So sorry not to have replied to you sooner! HP never told me you had left a comment ...

Thank you so much for leaving such an interesting note - and I am so glad you love cats too. I totally agree that they have that special way of 'hanging out' with us ... The Toof just loves mornings on the bed with us. He's not content to sit at the bottom of the bed he has to actually sit snuggled up on both of us as we drink our morning tea.

And he drools like a dripping tap ... it's his sign that he is in utter heaven. We cope with it until our 'jamas' are sopping wet then we have to get up and get his breakfast. Maybe that's his plan ...

BTW .... sorry about the mascara ...


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

Angie, this is a wonderful story and you tell it so well. The Toof is a beautiful looking cat. My ginger tom, Foxy looks so like him. I have never been without a cat throughout my life. Sadly I lost two when I went through a divorce too, I have never seen them since and think about them often. They were two brothers and all I have is photographs of them. I wanted to take them with me when I left, but my ex had given them away and never told me where. Cats are just amazing creatures and very clever. I enjoyed your hub and voted it up - beautiful and interesting


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi jacqui ... The Toof sends his regards to Foxy. (There is another hub about travelling with him if you're interested, with a photo of him walking on his lead).

Like you I have rarely been without a cat in my life and I certainly feel sorry for you losing your two other cats. I will forbear to say what I think about your ex. giving them away to someone else!

All the best, m'dear ...


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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

Dear angle,

So that's the toof ? He's a super cat a real bruiser and master of all he surveys. He reminds me a little of Oscar a huge white cat that found us one day. We think he stowed away on one of the foreign trucks that passes near us. He was near starving and we fed him twice a day. I built him his own house outside out of my wife's sports car hardtop (she was initially not best pleased). We couldn't let him in because of our 3 delicate siamese. However he used to stand one side of the big wooden front door and talk to Jemima (our little tortie). We decided to take a chance and took Oscar to the vet for a check up and all his vaccinations. Sadly Oscar was FIV positive and we couldn't take the chance with our 3. We had him fully overhauled and joy we found mr snow another big white FIV positive cat. The two now live very happily in the village with a lovely couple and my wife and I see him occasionally. As you say they don't forget.

Incid. What an excellent film - if only humans could live like that

Kind regards Peter


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Oh, Peter, how lovely ... another cat person! Thank goodness.

The FIV thing is rather a poser isn't it? But you obviously found a very creative solution and even though Oscar no longer lives with you he obviously knows you were his saviour. You will never convince me that that is not gratitude ...

And that film ... I have had to stop watching it, I blub every single time!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

PAW-some!! An absolutely wonderful story, on both counts, both for your "Toof" and for the lion cub... Tissue alert, indeed!

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, interesting, useful and shared all over the place! Thanks for sending me the link to your Hub!


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Angie, I've always had strays and you're right, they know. My last, Zero, was a bowl of jello and a mellow fellow. Your story reminds me that I miss him. Give Toof a scratch around the ears for me.


Chris Hugh 4 years ago

I enjoyed your story so much!

Toof sounds like a character, and he's a very handsome cat.

Ha, buying a pedigree cat might show off wealth, but if you really want to spend money, get a sick cat! I've spent thousands on Twitch, but I wouldn't trade him for the world. So I've done everything within my power and understanding to help him, but he's done the same for me. I stopped breathing once and he patted my cheek until I woke up.

I'm gonna write a Hub about him.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

@DzyMsLizzy ... hi, thanks for reading this, Dzy. I admire your crusade to get people to take adult cats in ... few people realise how rewarding it is so the more such stories get aired the more publicity we can generate for them. It wasn’t all plain sailing with The Toof, I got quite a few scratches when he got stressed and felt threatened. I persevered as I knew he was replaying whatever had happened to him in the past. Now of course he has paws of marshmallow ... it just took time for him to forget and to learn to trust. He’s the love of my life ... just don’t let my husband know :)

@mollymeadows ... sounds to me like you need a new ‘old’ cat, molly. The Toof says ‘Purr’ to the ear scratch ... nice of you to send it.

@Chris Hugh - Yes. The Toof is out there alright. He is our homes resident 'meeter and greeter’ and rouses himself from his bed to personally ‘talk’ to anyone who comes to our house. i think your Twitch sounds like a right character too and I know he has already repaid you the money you have spent on him with love. I read your comment about him waking you so that you put on your oxygen mask. He’s obviously very clever too ... but then I think all cats are much more clever than they let on. Write that hub ...


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iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

That's a wonderful and touching story, this is really the mark of a true animal lover -- not just taking in the good-looking breeds. All animals are equal, they feel the need of care and love, and you've given more than that to Toof -- and he gives love to you in return. :)


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Thanks for your kind comment.

It doesn’t matter what your cat - or dog for that matter - looks like. If you treat it with love … it will love you back.

And if you rescue an animal, rather than just buy something expensive as a status symbol, that speaks volumes about who you are.


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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

Glad to see the "toof" looking well and sturdy and learning a little more of his history.

Kind regards Peter


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I say anthropomorphise away. Every cat is its own individual and has its own personality. The thing I like about animals is they are honest. Sure they may rub against you and lay down next to you, content as can be and the next minute take off and want nothing to do with you. But they won't lie to you and any affection they show is genuinely given. Didn't mean to ramble. The Toof obviously knows he's got it made with loving servants. Voted up and awesome.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hello guys!

@Peter … thanks for commenting and yes, I’m afraid The Toof is getting to be somewhat of a chunky monkey like the rest of us in this household. But he still lavishes affection on us and then goes and does his own thing - which is sleep, mainly.

@Harald … again, many thanks for taking time out to leave a comment about The Toof so feel free to ramble anytime. Sure The Toof knows he’s landed on his paws with such soppy staff but his nobility shows through and he is very gracious to us as we tug our forelocks when he passes.

In actual fact he is often mercilessly ’scragged’ and hugged and cuddled but he puts up with it stoically with soft paws. I think he realises that cuddly wrestles are all part of his 'paying his rent’.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada

Angie, Wow! You had me at the Toof, but that lion story is pretty amazing. I have four rescued cats, and the last guy was feral and it took about two years to get him 'in'. And very much like your Toofie, he shows his gratitude with ardent affection, prefers to stay inside, but when he does go out, runs back in to use the indoor plumbing (litter box) which he loves. He likes the routine, and is always first up for dinner. So sweet. Enjoyed this story very much, voted up! Regards, snakeslane


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Angie Jardine 3 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hello, snakeslane … how nice of you to comment on this hub. Even better is to find you are a fellow cat rescuer.

The Toof has little time for litter boxes … even when he is ill he will drag himself outside to the garden. The only time he uses a litter box is when we take him travelling with us in our motorhome. He fully understands this is the procedure in this case.

He may have been the cat who came in from the cold … but his smartness and his ability to learn never ceases to amaze me.

Just one thing … I am real jealous that you have four cats. I would really love at least another one as a companion for Toofie but don’t think the husband would wear it … perhaps I should trade him in for a cat?


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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

Very beautiful hub Angie! Nine months ago I took care of a stray kitten, a couple of weeks old, who was seperated by his mother and found his way to my porch, hungry and thirsty. Eversince, Ringo has become a member of the family :) Not exactly indoor cat, as he still likes to take his time outdoor but he will certainly spend the largest part of the day with us.


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Angie Jardine 3 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi Elias - many thanks for taking the time to leave such a kind comment on this hub.

So glad you are a cat rescuer like me!

I am also glad that you allow Ringo to please himself … too many people will not allow their cats to have a natural life i.e. go outside.

The Toof would be horrified if I tried to stop him wandering round our garden … and next door’s garden … and the garden behind ours … and … but you get the picture. He sends a friendly face rub to Ringo … :)


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Dj Thomas 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

Hello!

Amazing story and comments from everyone. It is great to find someone who understands that cats need love too and that they give what they are given.

A month and a half ago we took in two feral cats found in a colony; both female; One's Name is Storm and the others name is Blink. They are paired or bonded i dont know the proper term; They got rescued by a friend of ours from the colony and trained etc; Then 6 weeks ago they joined our family! Blink is the older cat who always is taking care of her sister; Storm is such a playful soul and even though they are still failry new to this household they have taken very well. I already love them to death and can see their character and personality shining more through everyday. They are very playful and love to be petted and massaged / groomed.

I do not know what i would do without them; They brighten up every single day and I take pride in loving them as much as they deserve. I know they have had hard lives and i respect them ever so much for letting me into their hearts. The way they look at me when they are happy and roll over on their bellies playing around stretching out ; Hopping onto my bed and hanging out observing everything makes my heart so warm.

I have never had any other pets and to all of you who have never had cats i greatly suggest you try getting some. They are my best friends and make me laugh so much and also when I am lonely or sad even crying they comfort me and make me happy.

Just wanted to post and say hello after reading this amazing Hub

Blink and Storm say Hi to the Toof and send their regards. I an only imagine how much stronger my relation ship with Blink and Storm will grow over the next years and i can't wait to enjoy every minute of it.

Enjoy the Toof's Company and always remember how much he loves you !

Best Regards,

Daniel, Storm, and Blink :)


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Angie Jardine 3 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi DJ … thank you for such a lovely comment! I have just picked it up before I went up to bed … The Toof has already gone up and is sprawled out on my bed. He likes to have a light supper and then go up about 10pm … creature of routine, The Toof.

It is so satisfying to know that someone who has never had a pet before has not just rescued cats but has also come to realise the great joy of giving and receiving love from animals that have found a much needed home.

My husband had never had any pets until he met me and had always thought he disliked cats. The Toof changed all that and now my husband is constantly amazed at how much love and attention he gets from ‘his’ cat :) He particularly enjoys the way The Toof just ‘hangs out’ with him whenever he is working in the garden … he suspects he is just checking on his work though.

We all send love to you and Blink and Storm ...


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Very nice story about an awesome cat. Glad you found one another. Voted up and awesome!


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Angie Jardine 3 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi FlourishAnyway … thank you for the comment and the votes. The Toof says thanks too ...


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ArtDiva 15 months ago from Yountville, CA

That's right, never underestimate the feelings of an animal. My cat Inu, once my Mother's companion pet, left behind after she was gone, still to this day misses her, feels the loss, and only recently bonded with me. And, like Toof, the ritual of the morning greeting before her meal is to cuddle and bury her head in the curve of my arm. Anyone who rescues an animal is rewarded 10 times over. They care for us, we should care for them. Nice article.

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