Saturday, July 17, 2021

Tempted

 Do  you guys remember this cat? The one that comes out to be petted sometimes when we're walking George?



We've recently learned that it's a boy cat named Simon. Simon is the sweetest cat ever. He runs out when we walk past, and will stand up on two legs to be petted. He craves love and attention and we're happy to stop and give him both! 

Today Gregg met Simon's owner at the pet store when she came in to buy fish. Turns out that the few cats we see hanging out at her house are strays that she got spayed/neutered and feeds, but she doesn't really consider them hers. She asked Gregg if we wanted Simon!

How I wish we could say yes. He would probably follow us home with very little encouraging, and we love him. (Especially Gregg). But I'm terribly allergic, George barely tolerates us petting Simon, and to top it all off we have a bird in the house. One morning we saw Simon trying to kill a dove. George would be a danger to Simon who would be a danger to Marco. And unless Simon were an outside cat, I'd be in the ER having breathing treatments.

But it sure is a nice thought all the same.

43 comments:

  1. You'll just have to love and enjoy Simon from afar, like now! He sure is a beautiful cat.

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    1. He is beautiful, and as soft as a rabbit. In fact, with his missing tail (and round butt!) he looks a little like a rabbit from some angles.

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  2. Simon is a handsome boy, but with your allergies to kitties and with George and Marco, he wouldn't fit in your family. He looks like a happy guy though.

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    1. Lots of mornings we find Simon sitting on a rocking chair on the owner's front porch, just living life and enjoying himself. He gets up and comes running when he sees us.

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  3. The best cats are the ones that find us, but your situation is obviously not purrr-fect. What a shame, Simon looks like a true friend.

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    1. The best cats and dogs are the ones that find us! Simon is SO sweet. He's especially fond of Gregg and will flop over onto his side and back to be petted by him!

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  4. Simon is beautiful, but some things just don't work out. I'm sorry, but I sure do understand the temptation!

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    1. We love almost all animals in this house, and Gregg and I have both owned much beloved cats in the past. I've never really understood the whole cat person vs. dog person thing!

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  5. I can understand how tempting Simon is, but you have some powerful reasons to say no.

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    1. Plus, we get to be friends with him without any responsibility! All the benefits, none of the downsides. :)

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  6. I think you would not have to worry about Marco. My African Grey used to chase the cats, they would ignore her most of the time but if she was on the floor she would take off after them. I bet Marco would do the same.
    Cheers Peter

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    1. Marco IS pretty tough, and totally fearless. It's the fearless part that scares us! I love African Greys and can just imagine what you describe.

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  7. I have never owned a cat as I am very allergic to them. When I turned one, my parents got me a cat, and within 30 minutes I was wheezing and gasping for breath. I am that allergic!

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    1. I owned two cats when I first moved out on my own, having never been allowed an "inside" pet. The allergies came on gradually, but ended up being pretty severe.

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  8. He looks part Siamese, nice cats, but loud. Shame about the allergies.

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    1. It is a shame! As long as cats aren't in the house, and as long as I wash my hands after petting them, I'm okay. But even an outside cat is impossible with George around. Years ago we found a dead cat in our back yard that George and/or Ginger had gotten to. It was awful.

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  9. Well, at least you can still enjoy his company, even if you can't claim him as fully yours. I agree putting a cat into that mix at your house sounds problematic!

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    1. It would be problematic all the way around. And enjoying his company without responsibility is the best outcome anyway!

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  10. Your neighbor sounds like a very good person. Maybe you help take care of 'your' cat. The one who lives at HER house.

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    1. We're content to stop and pet Simon when we're out walking past his house....he comes running when he sees us. That's enough for us!

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  11. You are responsible pet owners and think through any decision about adding another animal to your family - well done, you! Very many people would just go by their emotions and take the cat home without considering the consequences.

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    1. We think through acquiring new pets thoroughly, which is why we're not overwhelmed with animals despite the fact that Gregg works at a pet store.

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  12. Aw ! What a shame that you can't have Simon! Mind you I think that Marco would have soon shown him who was boss. He would have been riding around your house on Simon's back like a Texas ranger.

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    1. You're probably right! Marco has no fear whatsoever and he'd jump on George's back and ride in a skinny minute if we let him! He doesn't have enough common sense to know it could be dangerous, so we have to protect him from himself!

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  13. You made the right choice because it's the only sane choice. Simon's needs are met, until he finds a read match, and that's the most important.

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    1. The lady seems to take good care of Simon and another two cats who hang out there, although Simon seems to be hungry for affection. But they have a safe, dry, good home with plenty of food and vet care if they need it. All strays should be so lucky!

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  14. I suspect Marco would let Simon know who is boss and most dogs will eventually live with a but there's no fix for the allergies. I like the idea of helping out with his care while he lives with your neighbour.
    He's a very pedigree looking cat for a stray

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    1. Simon is odd looking. His eyes are crossed, he has no tail, and we're beginning to suspect that he's deaf. But he's such a sweetie!

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  15. I too am allergic to cats - their hairs seem to make my eyes water and I get hay fever like symptoms. Not that our dog Oscar minds my reaction; he'd be very put out if a kitty came home.

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    1. I adopted two cats as soon as I got my first apartment, and within a year or two my allergies were out of control. I think never having been exposed to them much as a kid is the reason I'm allergic to them.

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  16. My beloved Maurice whom, as you know, we adopted when she showed up here with her luggage one day, just drew blood on my wrist to show me how much she missed me while I was gone.
    Cats can definitely be a mixed blessing.

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    1. I like cats, but there are FAR too many downsides for me. Besides all the things I mentioned in this post, I detest litter boxes and won't ever voluntarily deal with them again!

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  17. I like cats but don't want any because Franklin doesn't want them. I wouldn't welcome a cat only to have him injured.

    Love,
    Janie

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