There’s a subtle art to distinguishing between frightened cats and those who are feral. But kittens are different — they’re more adaptable — and I felt these babies just needed a week or so at the Beth Stern Socialization School to relax and trust.
World Animal Day was October 4th, but in our home, animals are celebrated every day of the year. To commemorate this day, I’m highlighting a few adult and senior cats available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America. Adult and senior cats are absolutely incredible companions, but sadly they are often overlooked in shelters across the country even though there are so many good reasons to adopt an adult cat.
One gift that animals give us is the friendship of other people who love them as much as we do. I met Julia Belle Mason in June 2017 when she traveled from her home in Mississippi to New York for her Make-A-Wish dream come true. Her wish was to visit Animal League America, spend time with me, and meet lots of cats and kittens.
For most of my life, passing a Maserati dealership did not bring tears to my eyes. But all that changed on July 10, when a teeny, adorable, grey and white kitten arrived at my house. We named him Maserati, because just one week earlier someone found him in a dumpster behind a Maserati showroom.
It starts first thing, and first thing arrives early at our house. I wake up at 5 a.m. every day, whether Howard has to get up for his radio show or not. We keep the same schedule on weekends and during vacation. Then it’s coffee and time to brush Leon Bear and Walter, make sure Yoda is groomed, feed the cats and kittens, and play. There’s a lot of playtime in the mornings.
Our house has gone formal in the past few weeks. So many Tuxedo cats and kittens. Did they all get the memo? Did it specify white gloves and, um, tails? Must be prom time, or maybe wedding season. Actually, no. It’s kitten season, and what a season it’s been …so far!
The owners of a 7-year-old FIV-positive cat named Toby gave him away. Toby must have thought they’d made a terrible mistake. So, at the first opportunity, he escaped and walked 12 miles back to his original home. But instead of welcoming him, those people betrayed him again.
I love April for the cherry blossoms, daffodils, and the sense of a fresh start filling the air. What I don’t love about April is kitten season, which is in high gear everywhere, including at my house.
For the past few weeks, two very different cats have dominated my thinking, one a cat in Turkey and the other a kitten in California. They'll never meet, except in my thoughts, but each has so much to teach us about ourselves and about how we might — just might — make the world a better place for animals.
Every season presents its own hardships for homeless pets, but right now winter seems like the cruelest. So many animals stranded in the relentless cold and wind. How hopeless they must feel.