Walter and Jozef Rule

By Walter

We are the longest feline residents of our street, having lived here for over twelve years now and we rule. Me, Walter, as top cat really with our Jozef as my ‘co pilot’. I can’t leave him in charge on his own because he’s too laid back, so it’s a full time job for me.

Walter a black and white cat in the UK tells us what he does

Poster by Ruth aka Kattaddorra

Narla who lives a few doors away has been here almost as long as us and she’s out long hours and her dad knows she gets something to eat on our wall. We used to chase her straight away but she’s quite an old lady now so we let her have her dinner first, then chase her. Our wall is a busy café because the mammies can’t see any cat going hungry. I think our Jozef and me are very kind to let them have the food we leave.

When everyone has had what they want, Jim Crow comes to clean the bits up, we have never seen such a big bird, he sits on the roof and shouts CAW CAW. One day he flew right near to me and I said,

‘Don’t worry Jim I wouldn’t catch you but our Jozef might cos he can catch rabbits’

I don’t know how he carries them home, I wouldn’t even try. I catch mice and bring them home sticking out of my mouth like a cigar and I can even shout ‘MEOW I’VE BROUGHT YOU A PRESENT’ at the same time.

Walter a black and white cat in the UK tells us what he does

Poster by Ruth aka Kattaddorra

Other cats have come and gone in our street with their families and all has been well, they were all neutered like us and we sorted out our territories and harmony reigned. But now along have come new people with a lot of cats and some are coming into heat and suddenly tom cats are coming from far and wide, day and night.

It’s quite a problem because although Cats Protection would pay for multi household neutering, those people don’t want to know and they can’t be forced, there is no law yet, although we hope here will be one day.

Our Jozef and me think it’s best not to tackle those toms because they like to fight and they might give us nasty illnesses but I put my paw firmly down if any come in our garden. I sing my ‘GET OFF MY PROPERTY’ song and they get scared and say ‘Sorry, just taking a short cut’, and our Jozef says ‘WELL DON’T, you heard what our Walter said KEEP OUT!’

See he’s brave when I’m with him but if I happen to be having a snooze (well I say a chap needs a rest doesn’t he) he runs in and tells the mammies and they go and clap their hands and the toms run away.

Our lad is a bit of a woos actually but you see I’m a month older and have always looked after him. OK maybe I do bully him a bit at times but I love him really. He likes to come on my bed I share with Babz at night if Ruth goes to sleep and leaves him feeling lonely.

Those people with the cats have got dogs as well and we hear them barking but they don’t come out and we think the cats don’t go in much and they are scared of people and run away from us as well.

We have got dogs in the houses each side of us that hardly come out of their gardens and when they do they are tied to the people by their collars, but they bark a lot and the mammies shout rude language. But the noise doesn’t bother our Jo and me, we love our own garden and our hunting ground and we never go in anybody elses and a neighbour even thought we were one cat all the time cos we look alike, how funny is that.

I have to do my Neighbourhood Watch a lot more now and in the night as well because of the rude goings on.

Anyway I hope you all like to see the photos of us and the ones Ruth managed to get of some of the other cats but through the window so they are not so good. Jim Crow wouldn’t pose for his photo, silly bird, we love to pose for our photos.

That’s all for now.

Walter (on behalf of me and Jozef) with the help of Ruth aka Kattaddorra

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Walter and Jozef Rule — 31 Comments

  1. I really got into this little story. Thanks Walter I enjoyed reading your story about life in the North of England for a wily old domestic cat. Well not that old!

    Do you know how many cats, where you live, are not neutered? It seems to be a problem at the moment. I am a bit surprised to read about it.

    I get a very clear idea what it is like up there for you and I hope other visitors especially from abroad enjoy it because it does provide a very clear picture of life for an indoor/outdoor cat in England.

    • Ho, less of the old, according to our age chart our lad and me are around 67 this year and we intend to get a telegram from the queen in 2021, but you are right I’m very wily 😉

      • Love the pics and article Ruth – it’s nice to see photos of the boys as always. I hope something can be done about the cats accross the road. I guess you only need one good enough reason and the RSPCA or whoever will go round there to check up. This might scare the humans a bit and make them realize they need to act more responsibly. But sadly some people think they should not get their cats operated. Some people think it’s not natural or something and others just don’t want to pay – and still others just can’t be bothered with the work of doing it.

        I just think people want cats around without making any effort beyond feeding them.

        If the dogs inside are barking chances are the cats hate it and prefer just to be outside.

        • Thanks Marc, those cats are extremely nervous and we think they don’t have much of a home life with those dogs. The blinds are always pulled closed and we see the cats hanging around the door to go in. I suppose they do get in sometimes but even today in the pouring rain, one has been across, a little grey and white. They run the minute we open the door.
          The RSPCA are hopeless in cases like this, they say the cats have a home, they must feed them sometimes, no one can force them to have them neutered. It’s the same with those dogs outside, they’re fed and sheltered so it’s acceptable to them. The trouble is some people have the old fashioned opinion that cats should live outside, that they can fend for themselves and I suppose they do get used to their life, Narla has, but now she’s getting old they still don’t think she needs to be kept warm and dry. She would be happy with half an hour outside but it’s usually 12 hours because they go out all day, he doesn’t work, he could pop back from wherever he goes, we see him around town chatting to other men so he’s not far away. She hangs around their door hour after hour. He just says ‘She won’t come in’ Well she’s desperate to be in by he gets home.
          It’s just a worry to us who love and care for cats but there’s no more we can do.
          You are so right saying ‘I just think people want cats around without making any effort beyond feeding them’ but what I don’t understand is why people who can’t be bothered to look after them properly, get them 🙁

    • It didn’t used to be a problem here but over the years older residents have moved or died and their houses been bought for ‘buy to lets’ who don’t care what the tenants are like as long as they get the rent paid by the DSS for them.
      It will give you a shock to know that next door but one to us has just been sold for only £26,000, it probably costs you that for a garden shed in London lol
      So we get these anti social unemployable tenants who come and go but are always replaced by more.
      That house with 3 dogs have at least 5 cats, could be more, it’s hard to tell because theirs are outside most of the time as well as the visiting toms. We’ve seen 5 different toms from who knows where, hanging about.
      The maddening thing is they could have them all neutered for nothing, but instead there will be 2 or 3 litters of kittens on the way, either given away or sold or kept to add to their numbers and there’s nothing we can do because Cats Protection have no powers 🙁

      • What you are saying, Ruth, is that there is a very good argument at least in your area for a law or a local regulation which makes it obligatory to neuter a domestic cat. I don’t know how bad it is around here where I live. I don’t see it as a problem here.

        • Yes there is a very good argument for compulsory neutering here and our branch of Cats Protection would be very happy to see the law passed.

        • I was wishing there was a compulsory neutering law this morning between 4.15 and 5.15 am when there was constant howling and fighting outside in the Grove, I looked out of the window and couldn’t see any cats but it went on and on and Walter was in the window watching the proceedings for a long time in his position as neighbourhood watch cat. Finally it stopped but then W and J wanted to get up at 5.30 and both marched over to the house where all the queens live and sure enough there was a little one out, so the toms must have been fighting over her. There was a neighbour just leaving for work so I caught her and made sure she knew it was nothing to do with our boys, I hate the fact that people like those two opposite can turn people off all cats and get all cat owners a bad name.

  2. walter and joseph sure seem to have a good life. i feel sorry for that tabby girl she i hate to admit looks too much like cassy 🙁 ,. only two more months to go till jasmin off to vet. Then i can relex abit letting her outisde. looks nice over there anyway great ur finally getting some warmer weather.

  3. Like Michael, i really got into this story Walter. And it gives a clear picture of life here in the Northeast of England. Maybe there is scope for a book of short stories about cats living in this area.

    Your pal Dylan will be back soon, too with an update of what he’s been up to recently.

    • Ruth and Babz say they will look forward to hearing Dylan’s latest news, we agree he is very handsome, but of course us black and white cats always are 😉

  4. Such stunning little men you both are, Jo & Wally-Wee!
    Ruthie – Your garden looks inviting, and what a tranquil preserve for your boys. And a beautiful poster. It looks, of course, as if you’re feeding a fair bunch of cats. Do the ‘owners’ also feed them, or only you and Babz?

    The other day, someone stood at my gate and drawled, ‘The-e-rze muh fave-rit kiddy, oooo, yeah!’ addressing S.V. who was sprawled under a bush. I almost said who was feeding the ‘kiddy’ twice a day, but didn’t. Best not.

    Hope you can photograph your Poe-crow next time. Read a book not long ago describing the intelligence and hugely demonstrative, lovey-dovey ways of a crow. I also wrote to you about the woman, in the town where I live, who rehabilitates injured wild animals. Right now, she says she has ‘tons’ of baby crows – she says farmers ‘bring them in.’ Her place of business is fun to visit, as it’s packed with cats, parrots and cockatoos (they all get along) – one of whom (the cockatoo) slowly and solemnly walks from your waist up to your chest and looks you in the eye.

    Pet your boyz, who wrote a fun essay. And what excellent photos their Mom (‘Mam’) took! xx

    • I think they probably feed their cats but not enough and they are the type just to shove it on the floor as a free for all and with 3 huge dogs I expect the poor cats don’t have much individual care. We see huge bags of dog biscuit being delivered, but no cat biscuits.
      They are not the sort of people you can reason with and other neighbours hope they will be the ‘here today, smash the place up gone tomorrow’ type.
      The nice JW lady in the corner is kind to cats too, I wouldn’t be surprise if she feeds them also.
      Poor Sid Vicious, it must break your heart and it makes you feel helpless doesn’t it!

  5. Jozef, I must say you are very kind to Walter. Bravo for you!

    Ruth, your photos are absolutely charming. I wish we could fly over the pond and visit!
    Would that everyone would take care of their fur family members as well as you and Babz! What a wonderful life your boyz have. I also bet that Sir Hubble and Dr. Puppy would love to hang out with y’all.

    • Thanks Jo yes it would be lovely if we could all visit each other but we just have to be happy as a cyber family.
      Our boyz love it here, it’s ideal for cats and we do have some nice neighbours, it’s very live and let live which is why we tolerate the barking dogs.

  6. A story like this makes the internet is good for the domestic cat. 🙂 I love the day in a life glimpse into the boyz world. Delightful.

    Seems there needs to be some education on the street. So many kittens, so fast. It is the same problem here. I have a friend who is fostering a litter of five kittens because the local cat no-kill shelter is full of kittens. I plan to go up to visit them today, camera in hand. I saw my friend yesterday and she is wearing the battle scars up and down her legs and arms. Tiny little scratches. As sweet as that is, it is a shame there will be so many to home. But these will all be neutered. It is a good first step, but impossible to keep up with the multiplying.

    • I agree with you DW. This sort of story, which is very charming and which sends a very positive message about the domestic cat, is a big plus for the image and profile of the domestic cat in this country. It is a classic example, as you imply, that the Internet can be very good for the domestic cat.

    • Those people just won’t be educated, can you believe they could get the entire houseful of cats neutered free, Babz said she’d even take them to the vets for them, but no, they would rather let their cats breed!
      You must post some pics of those kittens Dorothy, all kittens are adorable but I wish everyone was sensible and thought about the lack of homes for them.
      All our local Rescues are full, I just hope those people don’t ask Marion CP to take theirs in if they can’t find homes, she’s on idiot overload already at this time of the year lol

  7. Love the artile.
    Such a pleasant, peaceful place for you and your “bro” when you’re not on the job, Walter.

      • I do believe that an artile is something like custom painting on a tile.
        But, in my case, it’s a misspelling of the word article.

    • Thank you Dee yes I love our sun roof and we can spy on the mangy dogs in their gardens from there, the only dog we meet is Rosie who is a King Charles and loves us cats, her dad brings free range eggs from battery hens he rescued and she comes with him.

  8. Anyone who thinks cats aren’t individuals with their own minds and senses of humour doesn’t know what they’re missing out on, our two boys are so loving and funny, if those idiots who live opposite only realised what they are missing out on by being so uncaring and casual about their cats. Great article and poster Walter, well done xx

  9. One thing I’ve learnt today is cats give you unconditional love- although you may be judged or not appreciated by humans a cat will always give you love and attention and doesn’t judge you.

  10. One thing I’ve learnt today is cats give you unconditional love- although you may be judged ,or not appreciated by humans. A cat will always give you love, and attention and doesn’t judge you. Will always give you love, when u cry or are upset.

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