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Posted: July 29th. 2013 1:50:52 PM

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I Will Love One More Day

by Phronesus Disegno

Age Group: Adult

I would like to believe
That I'm doing things right
By feeding a lonesome stray cat.
But now I concieve
When I look out at night
It never stops simply at that.

We all know the story
Of feeding just "one"
That more will soon be on their way,
In all of their glory
I'm telling you, hon',
At night when long passed is the day --

A 'POSSUM was there (!)
With three babes on her back
Enjoying a midnight luncheon.
She came from somewhere
To partake in a snack
'Twas the cat food she just kept on munchin'.

What was I to do
To have seen such a sight
That made stray cats run off to hide?
Though this was not new
In my PJ's at night
I was cautious to NOT go outside.

Though cute was that 'possum
I'm sure I know better
Especially if carrying three babies,
Such friendship shan't blossom,
I dare not go get her,
No way will I risk getting rabies...

Later on in the night
Was more crunching outside --
Something new! (All I saw was its back)
I was not feeling fright,
Thinking "what a large pride",
That enormously great big fat cat...

So I put down my book,
I stepped out, door unlocked,
Because feeding the cats was my boon;
It then turned to look --
I was startled and shocked --
For that big fat cat was a raccoon!

Looking me in the eye
I was sensing its threat
I was outside and feeling bereft...
Not so clever am I
So I stood there and let
The raccon eat its fill, 'til it left.

So now I just feed
During daytime indeed
As a cat or two shows up for lunch;
No more food out at night,
When I turn out the light...
I suppose I should follow my hunch.

Stray cats, it is said,
Opportunists for food
And affection they might display too,
Let you rub their forehead
If they're well in the mood
But be careful, they might adopt YOU!

But how fluffy are they!
Those stray cats roaming 'round,
I hope someone adopts every stray.
To the vet soon someday,
In a home safe and sound.
Until then, I will love, one more day.

Author's Notes: The city ordinance here allows up to three pets per household, and I have reached the limit with my three indoor cats. The first two were adopted in 2007, the third in 2011. So now all I can do is assist with the cats outside by taking them to the vet and having them medicated and spayed or neutered. And a flea collar.

Rest assured, the same ones do not show up every day, and to me that means they probably have other sources of food. I would like for them to be adopted, as I don't like thinking of them getting through very hot or cold weather. Because they are domesticated, it is a false assumption to assume they are fully capable of making it on their own.

But if they are not spayed or neutered, they will surely reproduce on their own, and if they are not vaccinated, they will be susceptible to certain preventable illnesses. The best I can do is to make sure they have medical attention and do not reproduce out of control.

If only I could find a tag for their flea collar that says, "Please adopt me!" because they have learned to trust humans. Maybe if someone liked the cat enough to pet it, they would read the tag and know the cat was cared for by someone but not yet adopted.

I know they get food from others in the local area because they sometimes wait a few days before I see them again, and they're not necessarily starving. Sometimes, they even snarl their nose in a finicky manner as if I had not served them the food they had ordered...

I'll ask the vet about more options the next time I'm there, including respected animal shelters that care for the pets before sending them to a pet store where they can be adopted... but I will first call the shelter to ensure they do not euthanize the pets who are perfectly healthy, because that would really piss me off! Maybe the pet store would also know about such things.

It is said that Sagittarians like myself are the most likely Astrological Sign to adopt pets, but I just can't see how that could be true. It's not like I already have three of my own and write poems about them! (Is it? ... Hmmmm..... maybe I better think again.) :-)

Author's Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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