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I Helped a Man and Lost my Cats

I Helped a Man and Lost my Cats

by Ron
(WI, USA)

A picture of Snoops

In 2002, I adopted two big cats they were brother and sister. Their names were Snoops and Casey.

They were big sweethearts. My cats and I really loved each other very much. Snoops and Casey loved to sit on my lap and snuggle.

I always looked forward to coming home because they were always at the door. They were two big good hearted sweethearts and they always looked forward to me too.

One day a man I hardly knew needed a place to stay for a night so I helped him out.

I let him stay for the night. He woke up to use the bathroom not knowing the house and its surroundings.

He opened the door to the outside. The cats, not knowing him, took off.

I found Casey on the railroad tracks behind my house. Casey had not made it. It breaks my heart how it ended.

I really miss them a lot. They were very special cats to me. It seems strange. I try to help someone and this happens to me.

My cats are always with me in my heart and in my soul.

Ron

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Feb 28, 2012 Choices
by: Barbara

Well you see Anonymous Steve it's all about choices, Ron chose to help this man who he hardly knew, he took him into his home where those two cats lived, the cats loved Ron and trusted themselves to his care but they were scared by the stranger that Ron allowed into their home. This unknown man was allowed free run of the house, blundered around, opened the door and the cats fled. It's quite obvious Ron is Ok as he wrote the article, plus he knew what was going on, he invited the stranger in. The cats only knew that something big, strange and scary suddenly entered their home. They lost not only their home but also their lives. Of course my sympathy lies with the cats.


Feb 27, 2012 Why is it...
by: Anonymous Steve

Why is it that everyone is more concerned about the cats than the practice of allowing strangers into your home while you sleep?

1. I am glad to hear you didn't end up the victim of a crime.

2. Cat people: The focus you have on the cats is why non cat-people view you as they do. Pets are a wonderful thing, but losing sight of more important things like personal safety makes you look ridiculous.


Nov 13, 2011 Cats and the outdoors
by: Amanda

Why didn`t you try and find snoops? He should`ve been used to the outdoors. I have four outdoor Cats and they stick around well. I hope you get another Cat just as good as those two- or close to that!


Oct 16, 2010 Stolen from cats
by: Anonymous

Flaming ridiculous keeping cats penned in.Haven't people stolen enough from them without taking their freedom also.

If you can't provide the cat with some safe outlet for a natural life then don't be so selfish as to get one.


Oct 16, 2010 So sorry
by: Leah (England)

I'm so very very sorry to hear about your cats its should never have happened. No one stays with me who I don't know. When friends stay over they know the score as my cats are house cats too.

I'm so sorry for your loss perhaps you could offer a home to some deserving rescues and just be you and them? No more strangers?

I'm overly cautious and I trust no one.


Oct 16, 2010 Indoor cats are not streetwise
by: Ruth

This is a big danger for indoor only cats, because if they do get out by mistake they have absolutely no idea where they are. When frightened they bolt and can't find their way back.

Indoor/outdoor cats know exactly where they live by leaving their scent around outside their home and surroundings.

I'm always thankful we live in a cat friendly neighbourhod as I'd be a bag of nerves every time someone came to the door if our cats were unable to go out and weren't 'streetwise'


Oct 15, 2010 Lost Cats.
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

Cats are very sensitive to strangers and react in different ways. My 3 1/2 year old Queen cat "Matahari" is totally at ease with any stranger entering my house, model of the perfect aristocratic queen Persian cat. Her kitten "Matata' who is now 1 1/2 year old and born in my house is petrified with strangers. On hearing the doorbell ring he goes into hiding in the house, emerging after a few minutes to scrutinise the house-hold.

Always be careful with strangers, especially the main house door as cats have a tendency to wander, especially if afraid of humans.

Sorry to hear the sad fate of your cats and we always turn wise in hindsight. Cats, unlike dogs can never be left alone in the outdoors if accustomed to humanisation.


Oct 15, 2010 hi michael
by: ron

hi there casey and snoops were always indoor cats these cats aren't use to strangers walking in and out they were used to me


Oct 15, 2010 so sad
by: kathy

Your story is so sad. I know how sometimes cats become frieghtened by someone they dont know. My heart goes out to you.


Oct 15, 2010 So sad
by: Ruth

Ron that is so sad. You don't say how long ago this happened ? I'm so sorry Casey was run over but if this wasn't long ago Snoops could still turn up.

Fate was very cruel to you when you did such a good deed.


Oct 15, 2010 A sad story
by: Barbara

What a very sad story, I'm so sorry that in trying to help someone you lost your two little companions. It makes you wonder if you're better off being selfish doesn't it?


Oct 15, 2010 Sad
by: Michael

Hi Ron, I published your short story because it was unusual and sad...so sad and unfortunate.

What happened to Casey by the way? Cats normally come back. But your two seem to be full-time indoor cats. Is that correct?

Thanks for sharing.


Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

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