Lily is Afraid to Go Outside

Lily is one of those cats who was born inside a house. She has never lived on the street. She rarely goes outside. In fact, she wouldn’t go out even when there was a screened in porch where she could be safe. She just wasn’t interested.

I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that. Being outside can be dangerous. There are too many humans who just can’t be trusted. It’s too easy to get into a fight with another cat. There are cars that don’t see cats. Death can chase us at every turn when we are outside.

So, when Lily got into her new home, she didn’t know what was going on. She stepped outside because her favorite human was outside too. Then her human went back inside the house. Lily panicked. She was outside by herself and didn’t know how to behave. She cried until her human opened the door to let her back in.

Lily hasn’t tried to go outside since them. The only time she goes out now is when her favorite human puts a leash on her and takes her out onto the patio. Lily doesn’t really like it even though she gets a good brushing.

It really is much safer inside. I used to be an indoor and outdoor cat. It’s not pleasant outside. So, if you can get a good human to take care of you, you don’t have to deal with the outside and all of its dangers. It’s just good to have a good home and not have to worry about getting wet in the rain or snow. Or mean dogs or humans who could hurt or even kill you.

Some Cats Like Company

There are outgoing cats who love it when company comes to visit their home. I am not one of those cats. My girl doesn’t tend to have much company and so it wasn’t a problem for me. I didn’t worry. If it would be a problem, she would make sure I had a safe place to hide and no one bothered me. I couldn’t ask for better.

But some cats do like meeting new people. They know it’s their house and like to believe the company is coming to see them. They will chat with the company and cuddle and do whatever else I wouldn’t have the audacity to try. I suppose if it makes them happy then great.

Just don’t expect me to like having company visiting my home especially if I don’t know them.

Not All Cats Like Children

I can’t say I like children. They can be a bit too mean. I can never tell what they will do to me. So, I usually try and tell them to leave me alone. Not that they understand what I’m saying, but I do try. My girl understands and knows I don’t care for children. She never faulted me for it.

I know some cats do like children. Nuri tends to walk up to strange children and will talk kindly to them. That is not something I will do. I’ll stay back. When they get older and respect my boundaries, it’s easier for me to have them around.

Just when that point is, is not something I can pin down. I suppose it has to do with the person. It’s all too easy for young children to want to approach cats and try to pet us. When adults do the same thing, they are much more cautious and prefer to let us come to them. That’s a much better approach. Some of us can’t stand for strangers to get too close.

It’s not you. We just don’t know if we can trust you. When we learn we can, then it’s a different story. It’s just more especially true with young children. They don’t know any better and I do hope they can learn to respect cats as they grow up. Otherwise, I don’t want them around me.

Being Shy Can Cause Others to Overlook You

I wish it wasn’t true. I know it’s true though. Sometimes even cats get overlooked because we’re shy. In my case, I can be fast and I know how to hide. But in my girl’s case, people just like to overlook her because she’s not outgoing enough for them. I don’t understand that attitude.

Being shy shouldn’t cause this reaction. I know we don’t always want to be around others, but does that mean we ask to be overlooked? No, it doesn’t. I know I’m quiet. I still have things to say and write about. I have much to contribute when given a chance with people I feel comfortable with.

Being shy doesn’t mean we don’t know anything and aren’t capable. If anything it’s the quiet ones who know more and are more capable than the ones who just boast. We don’t feel the need to boast about what we know and can do. We just do and go on with our lives quietly.

So, the next time you feel inclined to overlook someone shy, stop and realize they may not feel comfortable sharing with you because they don’t know you very well. It will take time for us to open up. It can’t be done with the snap of your fingers. But we are worth the time and trouble as my girl can say about me.

Lily & Nuri Star in Game of Cats

My girl likes to doodle or actually draw at times. One thing she can draw is cats. So, she drew some cats and eventually came up with a little comic with just one episode so far known as Game of Cats. It features Princess Tiger Lily versus Lady Nuria. It’s just line drawings, but it gets the point across. Those who have seen this as a movie find it funny.

I’m not surprised people find it funny. My girl can be silly and she adores us cats quite a bit. So, it’s a good thing for her to do when she doesn’t have anything else going on. I hope she does some more episodes. Perhaps her drawing will improve and she’ll have an interesting little comic for all of us to read and see.

I wonder if I could get her to draw more pictures of me? Perhaps I could star in one of her comics…

Lily is Old & Cranky

Lily is getting older and doesn’t feel great much of the time. It can happen to any cat. We all age and sooner or later we do feel old. My girl just hopes we still get to experience good health too. She doesn’t mind if we slow down and require some humoring now and then. She’s good at taking care of us. She just doesn’t want us to get sick.

Lily has digestive issues and that can’t be helping with her mood. So, she gets cranky at times. My girl knows that and so doesn’t hurt Lily whenever she poops or throws up on the floor. Sometimes my girl gets upset and will scold Lily gently. Lily tends to play dumb and pretend she doesn’t understand.

At other times, Lily tries to complain about Nuri even though Nuri isn’t doing anything at all. Or Lily will hiss at my girl for seemingly no reason at all. It’s no wonder that my girl just walks away and lets Lily complain. Unlike the complains I gave my girl, Lily’s tend to be worthless and not things my girl can fix.

So, in her teens, Lily is allowed to be old and cranky. It’s a good thing her favorite human is aging too. They can grow old together and get cranky together as much as they want.

Nuri Still Wants to Play

At eight years old, Nuri still likes to play. She tries to play with Lily and that doesn’t go over very well. Lily doesn’t like to play and thinks and insists Nuri is trying to attack her royal highness. So, my girl does the best thing she can do. She plays with Nuri. My girl tells Lily she plays with Nuri to protect her royal highness. Lily still doesn’t like it. If she had her way, Nuri wouldn’t be around.

My girl won’t agree to any such terms as she and Nuri are a bonded pair. Only death can separate them now. So, Lily isn’t sure what is going on. Clearly, Lily is an older cat and somewhat cranky. She doesn’t have to play at her age, but Nuri needs the exercise. So, Nuri go ahead and play as much as you want.

Nuri & Lily Had to Share a Garage

It has reached my attention that Lady Nuria and Princess Tiger Lily had to share a garage for two months. Lucky for them, my girl slept out there with them. I know that had to help out. I remember when Spot and I had to stay in a garage together, I thought it was great when my girl slept out there with us.

Nuri and Lily had two litter boxes and separate food and water bowls. Nuri didn’t have a real problem with it as my girl kept her company. Lily had some trouble. She was separated from her humans and didn’t understand what was happening. She wasn’t quite sure of my girl either.

That’s why my girl insisted Lily’s favorite humans visit her at least once a day in the garage. Those visits helped Lily to feel better, but she tended to hiss at my girl when it was her bedtime. My girl didn’t like it, but understood what Lily was feeling and didn’t yell. My girl simply told Lily to stop.

There were a few fights, but now Lily likes my girl better and will tolerate Nuri better. It’s rare for Lily and Nuri to hiss and growl at each other, but it still happens on occasion. Best of all, Lily knows if anything happens to her favorite human, my girl will take good care of her.

I think it’s good they no longer have to share a garage and each have their own rooms they share with their favorite humans. Life doesn’t get any better than that for us cats.

Living in a Shelter

drawing by Ali Noel Vyain

From what I hear from cats who have been in shelters, some are good and some are bad. Some shelters kill cats if they been in them too long and no one has adopted them. Others keep on taking care of the cats no matter what.

The point of shelters is to keep cats off the streets and give them a chance to have a home of their own. It’s not a fool proof system. The best any cat can do is to appear their cutest to attract a human caretaker.

I wish we could have had featured charities such as cat shelters. Then we could present some of the cats who are trying to get adopted. It would give the cats a change at a better life, but sadly no one has taken me up on it.

So, to those cats who are living in shelters, may you get claimed by the best human servants for you. May you learn how wonderful some humans can be and how much they will love and adore you for the rest of your lives.

Living on the Street

drawing by Ali Noel Vyain

I was once an indoor and outdoor cat. I had the freedom to roam between the house and outside as well. I was born in a woodpile in a backyard. My mother, after she abandoned my brothers and me, went to live across the street. So, I have never lived on the street as other cats, such as Nuri, have.

From their stories, it sounds like a nightmare to me. To have to worry where your next meal will come from. Perhaps you’ll find mice or rats to eat. But what if there is no prey around? I guess they get into the human’s garbage to find some food. That’s not a good diet for a cat and it’s messy.

Then there are territorial disputes which could be fought to the death. Or more kittens get born than we could take care of. I don’t want to think about it. I urge humans to help those cats and at least put them in shelters where the cats have a chance at an actual home.

My girl tells me we saved Spot from living on the street. He and his mother and siblings were living on the street until someone gave the little fur ball to her. So, I hope there are plenty of happy stories such as that to those cats who are born on the street.

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