My Cat

I’ve been opposed to cats for a long time, not because I don’t like them, but because of the way they devour local fauna. In Australia feral cats are a huge problem and domestic cats aren’t far behind. It’s not really their fault, it’s just their nature.

But I put aside that long-held bias when a stray cat wandered into our suburban neighbourhood in early 2013. By July 2013 Frank and I had adopted Adler.

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This young male had been de-sexed, though apparently not by a professional, but had not been microchipped, something that is required by law in Australia. We remedied that and registered him and that’s all it took to become cat owners (in the eyes of the law if not quite in the eyes of Adler).

Adler is settling into our household pretty well and doesn’t seem to mind if we want to pretend we own him as long as we feed him and let him roam the house at night. We will always keep him in at night in order to minimise his impact on the local fauna and I just hope he accepts this compromise.

Time will tell if Adler and the chickens will ever learn to live in harmony and what will be his reaction if/when we get a dog but, for now, Adler seems to know he’s one lucky cat.

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Any posts where Adler features will be categorised as “cat” so cat lovers can more easily find them. I am sure he thinks he should be included in every post but this is my version of the world, not his πŸ™‚

7 Responses to My Cat

  1. pattigail says:

    He is such a handsome fellow. I am sure he will have you “trained” in no time. ☺

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  4. Leslie says:

    Your cat appears to be a “Bengal” cat from what I can tell. They are usually sold by breeders and can be quite expensive. I have a feeling there is probably a sad cat owner somewhere missing him, but I’m glad to see he has found a good home with you.

    • Wouldn’t it be amazing if he was a very valuable animal! But I’m pretty sure he’s a boring old tabby. As for a sad owner, I doubt it since he was a stray for literally months, there were no signs posted for him and the animal shelter had no record of anyone asking for him. If he were valuable and loved (as he is now) surely he’d have had a microchip implanted before we got him. He has one now and if he’s ever “lost” again, any vet can scan his chip and give us a call to rescue him. I don’t think there’s much risk in that though, he’s a smart cat and has clearly figured out which side his bread’s buttered on πŸ™‚

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