Reflections of Dax the Orange Cat

Dax was born in a Vet's office and was full of spit and vinegar from the time he could walk. He has a talent for finding adventures and making you laugh. Here is his story.

I Am Dax

It is pleasant to recline on high spots.
It is pleasant to recline on high spots. | Source

Thirsty

I so love a long drink of fresh water, straight from the faucet. My human got a fountain for me, but it's not the same.
I so love a long drink of fresh water, straight from the faucet. My human got a fountain for me, but it's not the same. | Source
Pepper loves to drink from the fountain, but my woman had a hard time getting a picture of her.
Pepper loves to drink from the fountain, but my woman had a hard time getting a picture of her. | Source

Dax Orange Cat Speaks Out

Purr to you, the fine humans of our world. Being a cat of the orange persuasion gives me certain rights and responsibilities. I feel that it is my duty to inform the two-leggeds of some of the injustices that I have endured.

On the whole, my domicile is a happy one. There are many soft spots for long naps. My female human feeds me on a regular basis and keeps our water bowl filled. Though at times she is slow to turn on the faucet when I ask her to do so in my charming manner of purr talking. I do not hold that against her.

There are a few disappointments that I must deal with. I think the problem lies in the fact that as a male of my species, I am out numbered and disrespected. Of the four felines living in our house, I am the only Tom.


Drinkwell Pet Fountain

PetSafe Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain
PetSafe Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain

I like this fountain when the water is fresh. Pepper Cat enjoys drinking from it and will use it several times a day.

 
2nd Chance and I nap on the couch.
2nd Chance and I nap on the couch. | Source

Rio and Other Housemates

Rio, the head dog and I often share long naps on the couch.
Rio, the head dog and I often share long naps on the couch. | Source
Rio is a nice old fellow and even allows our new housemate, Pepper, to sleep with him.
Rio is a nice old fellow and even allows our new housemate, Pepper, to sleep with him. | Source

My Canine Friends

I do have two male canine compadres, Rio and 2nd Chance, who I am rather close to and who treat me with respect.

Rio is the older of the two and is quite a nice fellow. He protects all of us and will correct us on occasion. I don't mind much, because he is so wise and kind.

Second Chance is much younger and is not so nice. He grumbles and growls when I rub on him and is very selfish most of the time.

The dogs and I have an understanding and a bond. But some of the felines in the household are under the mistaken impression that they rule and they don't know how to have fun, either.

I try to liven things up with my games of hide and pounce, but all I get for my efforts are hisses and grumbling.

Blaze She Cat

Her "high-ness", Blaze Star the tattle-tail.
Her "high-ness", Blaze Star the tattle-tail. | Source

Three She Cats

Blaze disturbs me in my special sleeping place... the witch!
Blaze disturbs me in my special sleeping place... the witch! | Source
Star Noir is a pretty girl. My human said I was smitten with her in my younger days.
Star Noir is a pretty girl. My human said I was smitten with her in my younger days. | Source
Little Pepper is so glad to be inside that she refuses to try to escape.  Even when the door is ajar.
Little Pepper is so glad to be inside that she refuses to try to escape. Even when the door is ajar. | Source

She Cats

In fact, Blaze, the oldest of the three she cats, has the nerve to scream as if I have injured her and run to the woman with grumbling and growling if I even turn my eyes in her direction... the nerve!

Star Noir is a little better and we have been known to share long naps on our screened porch habitat. She can give as good as she gets and we have come to a mutual understanding.

Little Pepper, the newest member of our tribe, was a shy little mouse when she was first adopted into our family. Now, however, she is so bold as to try to reprimand others who are not doing exactly as our human wants. Unbelievable!

Pillows and Food are Very Important

Reversible Dog Pillow Blue 24"" x 30""
Reversible Dog Pillow Blue 24"" x 30""

I like the big, dog sized pillows. Two when it gets cold.

 
Purina Cat Chow Dry Cat Food, Indoor Formula, 16 Pound Bag, Pack of 1
Purina Cat Chow Dry Cat Food, Indoor Formula, 16 Pound Bag, Pack of 1

This is pretty good, but the she cats like it more than I do.

 
Purina ONE Dry Cat Food, Hairball Formula, 16-Pound Bag, Pack of 1
Purina ONE Dry Cat Food, Hairball Formula, 16-Pound Bag, Pack of 1

I like this best. My human says that it helps with hairballs.

 

Longing for Freedom

I gaze out to see what I am missing.
I gaze out to see what I am missing. | Source

Playing Outside

Aha! I have escaped at last.  Where is that woman?
Aha! I have escaped at last. Where is that woman? | Source
Up a tree in no time! I told the woman I could handle myself.
Up a tree in no time! I told the woman I could handle myself. | Source

Just Want to Go Outside

Because of all the she cat goings on in the house, I will occasionally... well maybe every day ... try to escape outdoors with my canine friends. Actually, it has become a sort of hide and seek game with my human that I rather enjoy.

I'm not sure if she enjoys it as much as I do. I always come to her, eventually, when I get hot or tired. Shouldn't that be enough? But no, I still must hear the lecture about animals much larger than I am hurting me. Ridiculous!

I weigh almost 20 pounds and have very sharp teeth and claws. I can run fast and climb high. I am in superb condition, at the peak of my game. She need not worry about me.

Why shouldn't I go outside with Rio and 2nd Chance, the dogs? I am almost as large as the smaller of the two. They get to enjoy the outdoors several times a day by exploring or lying in the sun. I simply want to go out with them and play with all the interesting creatures that I encounter.

On My Porch

This sleeping tree on my screened porch gives me a good vantage point for pouncing and a comfy place to sleep.
This sleeping tree on my screened porch gives me a good vantage point for pouncing and a comfy place to sleep. | Source

Little Creatures to Play With

Sometimes at night, when I sit on the porch, the little creatures creep under the screen door. I quickly pounce on them and carry them through my little door into the house so that we can play. When I tire of them, I let them go their way.

The next day, or sometimes a couple of days later, when my human finds them she is not pleased.

She is always telling me not to kill things and giving me toys to play with, but they are not as much fun. I also fear that I just do not know my own strength. I am such a large, handsome orange cat (if I do say so myself).



Other Things We Cats Like

Armarkat A7202 72-Inch Cat Tree, Beige
Armarkat A7202 72-Inch Cat Tree, Beige

I really like my cat tree, even though I have to share sometimes.

 
OurPets Play-N-Squeak Mouse Hunter Cat Toy
OurPets Play-N-Squeak Mouse Hunter Cat Toy

Maybe if I had one of these, I wouldn't need to play with the real thing.

 

Long Naps, When Ever I Feel Like It

I sleep where ever I want.
I sleep where ever I want. | Source
She keeps the door locked because I am tall enough to open it.
She keeps the door locked because I am tall enough to open it. | Source

Pondering My Words

As I read over the words I have written, I come to realize that my situation is not as bad as I first believed.

Little Pepper has told me tales of some of the horrific events that she endured while she was living free outside. Blaze and Star Noir also have told stories of not having enough food to eat and attacks by larger animals.

Even my canine buddies, Rio and 2nd Chance have lived through difficult circumstances. Each of my house mates has a story to tell.

Perhaps I should be thankful for what I have and for the fact that my humans brought me and the others in my tribe to a better place than what we had before. I was a very small kitten when I came here, but I do remember living in a room that smelled of antiseptic.

Even so, I still do not see the harm in my going outside on occasion, to play.

Dax Orange Cat,
Prince of Hummingbird Hill

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Am I Right About Getting to Go Outside? Please Speak Out 11 comments

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Jenn2014 5 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

Well little orange fellow, I have to say, being that I've had the pleasure of sharing a home with an amazing Orange Male Kitty myself I understand but truly much side with your human! My Niles loved to go outside on the porch, but then learned to get on the roof and I would have to climb up ricking my life (as I am very clumsy) trying to coax him back inside. While you may feel super strong and confident your human's love for you naturally makes her concerned more for your safety than your outdoor loving pleasure, hope you understand! ;)

PS Love the pictures!


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naturegirl7 5 years ago from South Louisiana Author

Jenn2014, I was afraid that you humans would stick together. Can't you let Niles use the computer? I'm sure he would understand my plight.


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

Naturegirl and Dax..well, I'm going to have to side with BOTH of you. And I have the purrfect solution: an outdoor welded 2"x4" wire enclosed cattery which allows you, Dax, and the three "she cats" to be outside but secure in your enclosure. This way, you can feel the wind and wonder of night while safely protected within your outdoor cattery. This is how Little One, Purr, Baddy, Socks and my other feline friends live..indoor/outdoor. Really, I love cats (human speaking, now) and so enjoyed reading this imaginative and fun hub. What a beautiful family of companions you have, Naturegirl. Good for you and thank you for caring enough to make sure your babies are safe and saved and very well taken care of..loved! UP and all the others..Awesome, Beautiful and Useful and Funny, too. Kathy aka Lucky Cats


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naturegirl7 5 years ago from South Louisiana Author

Lucky Cats, We have a screened/hardware cloth enclosed back porch with a piece of plexi-glass on part of the roof. It is nice and I can feel the wind and watch the wild animals in safety at night, but I like to run around and jump on things that move in the bushes.

I guess I'll have to be happy with that. The woman sends Rio to find me if I hide. Rats!


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

Dax, you and your housemates are extremely fortunate to have found a loving human to care for you as you deserve and as you should be cared for. Give her a "head butt" for Purr, Little One, Trouble, Billy the Kit and all the rest of us furry babies who live with Lucky Cats. bless you and your family.


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JimmieWriter 5 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

Cat lover here! There's something about a red cat. They have so much personality. Dax is adorable. I'd love to know him and his female cat companions.


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naturegirl7 5 years ago from South Louisiana Author

JimmieWriter, Why thank you kind lady. I would also like to get to know you better. Any cat lover is a friend of mine.

Dax the Orange Cat


MrGrumpy 5 years ago

Hey Dax,

I am a big guy like you and am also the only tom. I really like your cat tree. I have to live on the porch most of the time except when human is too slow and I escape! But my tree is too small for me. Can you give me more information about it so human will find for me.


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naturegirl7 5 years ago from South Louisiana Author

MrGrumpy,

I enjoy my cat tree. I heard my woman say that it is a Cozy Inn Cat Tower from a store called PetsMart. It is 20 in. long x 20 in. wide x 54 in. high. Since my porch is paved in brick, she had to make sure it was level and up against the wall.

I hope your human gets you one, too. Even the she cats like it... when I allow them to use it.

Merr-wow,

Dax the Orange Cat


MrGrumpy 5 years ago

You are an excellent eavesdropper!

I try to be sneaky too, but my woman caught me when I was about 3 (3 years ago) - so I'm out of practice from my streetwise days.

I think that will be the purrrrfect height for me and the curved purrrches will let me sleep upside down without falling off.

I am leaving page on her computer so she can go look soon! Thank you! -MrGrumpy


Prostrate Surgery 5 years ago

There's something about a red cat. They have so much personality.

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