I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.
Furiends, we felines are very inquisitive and curious creatures. This sometimes gets us in trouble. My former brofur Pepe once walked into the hallway to investigate it without the human knowing. Pepe got stuck outside when the human closed the door. Security had to contact us so we could let him back in.
And Koji and I are not immune to this. Sometimes, we sneak out onto the balcony and the human does not notice. He gets surprised when he hears us loudly complaining to be let back in. But not matter what we have done, we did not do anything nearly as dangerous for us as what one feline in North Carolina did.
They called the fire department for help. Firefighters and animal control came to their home to complete an unusual cat rescue. It was not an easy cat rescue to perform, furiends.
First, the firefighters had to cut a hole in the chimney. Because Crystal was trapped, she was already scared. The noise from the cutting made this worse. But eventually, the firefighters were able to complete the cat rescue. They pulled Crystal out of the chimney after about an hour of work.
One of the firefighters said “she is unharmed, unscathed and certainly glad to be out of that situation she was in.” And her humans were very grateful that this cat rescue was completed successfully.
Crystal’s ordeal, even though it ended happily, is a reminder that humans need to be careful with us felines. We are smart and curious. That combination means we can sometimes get in situations that are bad for us!
So many people think that we felines cannot get along with canines. I do not mind canines, until they try to tell me what to do or start to lick me with their sloppy wet tongues. And Koji likes to play with them, but sometimes, he scares them because he is so rambunctious. Jacey does not mind canines either but she will tell them to go away if they bother her.
But one feline and canine have taken things to a different level. A human was caring for a feline named Terra, and they noticed that she was becoming a lot bigger. She seemed to be okay. So the human decided to monitor her to make sure she did not show signs of distress.
About a week after this happened, Terra gave birth to a litter of seven kittens. She was a good mother, caring for them and making sure they were doing okay.
But seven tiny felines is a lot to handle, and one of the canines in the home started taking an interest in them. The humans in the home supervised him closely, and made sure he was nice to the tiny felines. Terra did not mind him being in the room, so they felt better. And soon, he started helping Terra.
This canine licked the felines, watched over them, and helped Terra make sure they were okay. These tiny felines did not mind getting licked with a sloppy wet canine tongue. The canine also protected the tiny felines from another canine in the home. He would hover over them and guard them when that canine came close.
Soon, all of the tiny felines found homes. One of the felines found a home where the canine who cared for him lived. This feline is named Fred. He and the canine are best furiends. They routinely snuggle together and clean each other. Fred even enjoys that sloppy wet canine tongue cleaning him!
I am glad that all of these tiny felines found homes. I am also glad that one of them got to live with the canine who helped raise him when he was a tiny feline!
The human tells me that when humans do bad things, they go before humans who wear robes. Then, if the robe wearing human decides they behaved very badly, they go to a place with many cages. We felines do not like being in cages. I can only imagine that it is worse for you humans.
Both felines and humans benefit from this arrangement. The cats get the care they need. And the prisoners, who are carefully selected from the population in the minimum security facility, get extensive training. The training covers a lot of things. Those in the program learn about kitten development, cat behavior, handling and socialization, and cleaning and disinfection.
Most importantly, participants in the program learn about how to care for another living being. They learn compassion.
Furiends, I am glad this program is helping both felines and humans. We know that animal rescue groups always have problems finding enough fosters. This program helps with that. And prisoners in the program learn life skills that will help them when they get out of jail.
This is good for both the four legged and two legged creatures involved. I hope to see more of these!