Scuba Diving Cat? Why Not! He Was So Talented

You all look so yummy!
You all look so yummy! | Source


Go Ahead - Make My Day
. . . and he did, every day . . .

As every cat lover knows, when you love a cat, not just tolerate it, you really loose your heart to him or her. You can also loose your mind as every one of your friends and family members will remind you. As an otherwise sane, intelligent, rational, conservative and mature human being you can turn into a babbling idiot, frenetic camera fool, and maniac ‘mother’ when it comes to your own special fur ball.

KC – The Renaissance Cat

As far as I am concerned, my cat KC is the perfect example of the loving, intelligent and talented cat that every cat lover thinks they have. KC is a ‘Renaissance Man’ among cats and has a wide range of accomplishments and intellectual interests that are important in a feline’s life.

Go Ahead, Make My Day

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KC the Accomplished Fisher

KC could spot the perfect fish (goldfish) from a room away! The stealth he used to approach the pond (fish tank) was amazingly crafty. Leaping to the pond’s edge (top of the fish tank) he was like a graceful two-stepper in sync with his partner. His lure was his magnificent whiskers which he would lower slightly into the pond (fish tank) to attract his prey to the surface. They thought it was dinner time! Interestingly enough, KC liked the deep sea diver (toy) most. Perhaps because of the bubbles it produced. He would sit for hours occasionally inserting his net (paw) and if he caught anything he would release it. You see KC practiced catch-and-release as a technique of conservation.

Oh brother, here he comes again

I know he's there. I'm just pretending to be asleep.  Oh brother, here he comes again.
I know he's there. I'm just pretending to be asleep. Oh brother, here he comes again. | Source

Magnificent Mouser

Being a generous soul, KC would love to give to others, especially me. His motivation it seems has always been to please the person to whom he is giving. I understand that gift etiquette recommends that you smile and thank the giver, paying close attention to making sure you express true thankfulness. When you see a very thoughtful giver leap across the grass and catch a beautiful little mouse to present to you unhurt, you just know that joy must be in the giving.

KC would bring his gifts right into the house and leap up on my desk with a rather haunting meow coming from lips and teeth held gently around his gift. If I didn’t scream at the suddenness of his appearance or the weird meow or the squirming gift but, instead, told him what a good boy he was, he would elegantly deposit his gift in front of me and depart, inevitably intent on pleasing me more. Because KC was such a humble kitty he would often provide me with gifts when I was asleep and, therefore, not able to thank him properly. I often awoke to little feet scampering across the floor of my bedroom. Once he had given the gift he didn’t want it back. He was quite open about that. I had to go almost to the next block to return the little critter to nature so it wouldn’t be presented as a gift again.


Sometimes it's hard to know who is watching whom

Snoozing on the job!
Snoozing on the job! | Source

Birder Extraordinaire

I love birds, I think they are very beautiful. I even enjoy painting birds (in the Chinese brush painting tradition). But I really don’t like birds in cages. I would rather see them healthy and flying free—just not in my house. I am not sure, but I don’t think KC quite agrees with me. Birds were the hardest gifts to receive. Once he had been told what a wonderful and very talented cat he was (I told him this so he would let the bird go) he would place the bird carefully in front of me and leave. If I wasn’t both quick and very gentle, the bird would fly away. Unfortunately, this was frequently in the house. Sometimes it is not easy to love a pet when it does those things that come quite naturally to it!

The quieter side to KC’s birding was when he would sit in a window and “chirp” to the birds flying by. He would make this funny “clicking” sound in his throat. If the birds couldn’t hear KC through the window, they could certainly see him. And, big or small most birds kept a very close eye on him.


You want ME to weed the garden?

Don't even think about it!
Don't even think about it! | Source
OK, that's it.  I'm done!
OK, that's it. I'm done! | Source

Best Gardener

KC was not like a dog who would dig up my garden before I finished planting it. He was more an observer and critic. When I pulled weeds (he refused to) or potted plants he would sit staring at me. He would paw my arm and meow from time to time. You would think he wanted some attention. And he couldn’t stand a radio or iPhone playing music let alone if I spoke on the phone. He thought I was speaking to him! He would meow and push up against me until I ended my call and turned everything off.

On the other hand, if things got too boring for him he would just go to sleep.

All in all, he got bored easily. Once he had approved what was being planted and how the job was being done, off he would go. The only time he really stuck around was when we planted cat nip for him.

Fine garden assistant he turned out to be!


Enjoying the pool

Scuba diving cat?
Scuba diving cat? | Source

Best Scuba Diver

KC and I had so much fun when I filled up the big plastic swimming pool on our deck. If I was in the pool leaning against one of the sides he would come and sit by my head. I don’t know why he never used his claws but he never ripped the silly pool. It was not unusual to see him drinking from the pool but he would not let other animals drink from his watering hole. He would stand at the top of the steps going down to the back yard and make sure no one (we had raccoons for awhile – wild ones, of course) could come and use his pool. KC didn’t really do any scuba diving. He just strutted around looking cool by the pool.

Happy Birthday KC

KC's 9th Birthday
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KC Loved Parties (especially his own)

Ah, the parties. KC just loved parties. But not when there were too many people around. Even when he matured he just loved the paper from presents he received. Truly, cats do not know when it’s their birthday nor what a birthday party really is about. But, I go back to the beginning…..if you adore your pet YOU know when to celebrate its birthday!

Happy Birthday KC.

This Hub is in celebration of KC’s birthday! He is 12 years old August 8th, 2011.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub so thank you for sharing and I now look forward to reading more by you.

Up/interesting for this one.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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

maralexa...I have a big knot in my throat and pit of my stomach thinking about you and KC. I really want you to find him. It would be ok..it should be GREAT...you love him so much and miss him. (I read your last hub before this one)...Just go to that pet store and place little ads if they'll let you..maybe there are records...put an ad in the newspaper or spread the word among the animal loving community...that you'd love just to see him again. If you both are on this earth - and I know you both are - then there is no earthly reason for you not to meet again. You obviously love him so much. He has another 12 years, possibly...my cat Lucky lived to be 25..(someday I'll write her story)...so, there has to be a way for you to see one another..otherwise would be the ultimate shame. I am sorry if I'm being insistant..I just can't imagine what it would be like to be in your shoes. Much love, maralexa..and KC


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epigramman 5 years ago

...wow meow what a great hub ....well my two best friends Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel would really love this hub too and so would my fellow hubber FLORA BREEN ROBISON (please let her know if you check out her hubs) .....as for me I am most glad that you found me and your endorsement of my humble little hubspace and because you are such a great writer with a wonderful selection of hub subjects - it really means a lot - and you are my proud fellow Canadian.

lake erie time ontario canada 12:43am and fall is in the air as I live 100 feet or so from the water - summer is gone and my cats are in beside me tonight


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

You know epi, I can just imagine you and your beautiful cats peacefully beside you warming the crisp night. I looks like the cat you are holding might be a long-haired Calico? What a beauty. Thanks for your comments. And yes, Flora BR and I are fellow British Columbians as well as fellow mystery lovers. I look forward to commenting with you more. Say goodnight to Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel for me - I am a fan.


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....well isn't that a small world about the BC connection and yes Tiffy was inside with me last night because of the cooler conditions but during the summer she stays outside all night because she has attained diva status - and yes she's a long haired calico with more fur than body.

Mister Gabriel is deaf and an all white cat and although he gets out on a leash or tied up he must be chaperoned.

Tiffy was my mum's cat. My mum died in 2004 so I figure Tiffy must be at least 16 now.

lake erie time ontario canada 11:39am a late good morning to you and have a great day


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quotations 5 years ago from Canada

I loved your story about the cat and I was really amazed to learn that your cat also does the same clicking noise as mine when looking at birds. I have a flock of ravens that I feed by giving them dried dog food. Every morning they gather in the trees in my backyard or on the railing of my deck waiting for me to feed them. Then they descend on the food making loud noises. For the first few months after I got my cat (he was a stray and I found him in my backyard) he would get on the kitchen table for a better view and then intently stare at the ravens. He would make this funny clicking noise that he would never make at any other time. I think he was marveling at so many birds so close to him. He has mostly stopped doing this now; I think it is too commonplace for him now. Strangely he never made that noise for any other birds, so I thought that the clicking noise must have meant "Look! Ravens!"


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Hi quotations, nice of you to stop by and read a hub of mine! Thanks for your comments. Once KC made that strange noise when he was 'watching' TV. Two large beautiful parrots flew by and landed (in slow motion). He sat and watched them fly (turned his head as they appeared to fly off the screen) then made the noise when they were still. They are amazing aren't they?


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

I'm a cat lover, too, and I loved your anecdotes about KC! Your photographs are terrific and show just how curious and cute cats can be. Thanks for a really cute hub!


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

You are so welcome Stephanie. I am so pleased that KC and I could brighten your day! KC is gone and I miss him terribly so this little hub brings me great joy. Thanks for commenting.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...just back here again to revisit a classic and to thank you for your support and lovely comments - and there is purpose in my trip here too - this time I will post your wonderful and beautifully written labor of love here to my Facebook page with a direct link back here - lake erie time ontario canada 4:18pm

and sending warm wishes to you and good energy too


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

You are an exceptional human being, Colin. Love and Best Wishes.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What a great tribute to a well-loved cat. He's a true fisherman -- not eating anything he caught. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Thanks for visiting, alocsin. KC was a "true fisherman" indeed. I really do miss him.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

I know the day is coming when we will be without our little furball. I can only imagine how much you miss yours. Thanks for sharing this fun hub with us. You clearly had some great times with your Renaissance cat!


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

I put this hub together during the time I hurt the most. It really helped -- I loved my beautiful cat so much. This hub is one of my favourites and I thank you so much for reading it and sharing your comments. I notice your beautiful cat in your profile image. All the best, Maralexa.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

Wonderful! I am not a fan of cats (in terms of owning one!) but I love cats like KC who have a big personality :o) I loved your photos which really add to this article, you brought that personality to life in a big way!


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Maralexa 3 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Thank you so much for reading about my KC! I miss him so much. I appreciate your comments and I am pleased you liked the photos. Best wishes, Jools99


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Lucky Cats 3 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi my dear Maralexa...I caught this on HP notifications and could not help but read it again....and, still...the same feelings are stirred. There will always be a special place in my heart and memory for you and KC....I'd like to share a story w/you....silly, but true.

I went to a yard sale looking for a specific item. While searching, I came across a very faded, framed photo of a large tabby cat. I asked the seller about the picture. He said that his mother just loved her cat and the picture was of him. I asked what happened (of course, I knew....kitty had passed and, now, his beloved human companion had, too)...The son told me that, yes, this was true. I left the sale w/out a purchase but kept on thinking about that picture...of the cat so loved by his friend but, now, his image was not of much consequence to the son or, for that matter, anyone. The next day, I want back and the yard had become quite empty due to sales but, there, alone and forlorn, was the picture of the kitty.

Marlexa, I bought that picture and had tears in my eyes as I paid the $0.50 for it...such a tiny price. Today, that picture hangs in one of the upstairs bedrooms where my Leukemia + kitty, Dusty, lives....out of the sun but in sight of anyone who enters the room...in honor of a well loved companion...human and feline.

Love ya. Kathy


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Maralexa 3 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico Author

Kathy - what a beautiful story. I understand completely! Your actions allow the LOVE for the kitty (and probably for the kitty's owner) to live on. Thank you for your extra comment - You definitely know how much I still love KC even though he is gone.

Best of success, my friend, with your kitty sanctuaries. Talk with you soon.

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