Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Christmas Collars

You might remember that in the wake of the loss of my parent's home I took in two of their cats and three of their grandchildren. All that remains for the moment is Maddie, a tabby of indeterminate gender.



He was a ghost for the first three months, seen only in fleeting glimpses if you got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. As of late he's become much more open about his presence, and has adopted LuLu and been adopted by her in turn. The goal is still to find a suitable home for him, although I've grown attached to him too.

Anyway, at Thanksgiving my sister K, the former owner of the cat, starts mentioning how bad the cat's allergies had become (something I had never noticed, as it manifests as a belly rash/swelling and as I said, it's been a very shy cat). In response she took the cat in for an allergy shot (!) and the otherwise healthy cat was returned to its temporary dwelling here.

I've never heard of such a thing, but whatever. The cat seems perfectly content and mobile, so . . ok doc.

Here comes the bad part: my sister returns the cat with an atrocious Christmas colored jester collar around its neck. Worse yet, she purchased the same collars for my own cats.



The cats slunk around, heads hanging in shame. Never fear, I ended their misery as soon as these pics were taken.

One last thing about Maddie. He has the oddest meow. Lisa hilariously and accurately pegged it by saying it sounds like the cat is saying 'Flava Flave!' in the style of the current reality TV star.


Anonymous said...

What bonnie wee cats Dan...hadn't realised you had a cat..s...
I agree with you about the collars though..poor wee things. I have a horror of all folks who put daft coats, collars, even boots !! for heavens sake on their dogs and cats !! I think maybe you are lumbered with Maddie though...which one is she/he ?
Hope you have a good weekend with no more snow.
Love Sybil xx

Bridgett said...

An allergy shot for a cat?
I've never heard of that in my entire life. lol

I'm seriously cracking up over the jester-wear though.

That cats are looking at the camera like, WTF? LOL

Too funny. :D


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

The shame, the infelinamity, the poor little kitties :o)

Beth said...

Good thing you got those collars off of the cats quickly. If you'd left them on all night, there might have been some payback while you were sleeping!


Lidian said...

Those are lovely cats - how great of you to take them in. Our two came to us with little bandanas on but I think they would run for it if we ever tried to put a collar or anything like that on them.

Funny how they have different meows. One of ours has a very high, soft meow and the other is a drama queen at the other end of the spectrum.

Jeanne said...

I agree about the collars, good that you got them off, my sister's cat would get allergys, and when they would get too bad then off the the vet they would go...I beleive she also stated that it could be

Very nice pictures