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  1. There is a mention of a “winged” cat, as the article describes, in the American philosopher of spartanism and admiration of nature, Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” or “Life in the Woods” (1854). He says:”A few years before I lived in the woods there was what was called a “winged cat” in one of the farmhouses in Lincoln nearest the pond(Walden pond), Mr. Gilian Baker’s. When I called to see her in June 1842, she was gone a-hunting in the woods, as was her wont. I’m not sure whether it was male or female, and so use the more common pronoun, but her mistress told me that had come into the neighborhood in April” of 1841 and was “finally taken into their house; that she was of a dark, brownish-gray color, with a white spot on her throat, and white feet, and had a large bushy tail like a fox; that in winter the fur grew thick and flatted out along her sides, forming strips ten or twelve inches long by two and a half wide, and under her chin like a muff, the upper side loose, the underside mattted like felt, and in the spring these appendages dropped off. They gave me a pair of her “wings” which I keep still. There is no appearance of a membrane about them. Some thought it was part flying squirrel or some other wild animal, which is not impossible,”(so he thought)”for, according to naturalists, prolific hybrids have been produced by the union of marten and domestic cat. This would have been the right kind of cat for me to keep, if I had kept any; for why should not a poet’s cat be winged as well as his horse?” This is from the chapter entitiled “Brute Neighbors” The quoted pages in my annotated edition are 360-361, but, due to the pages the notes take up, the pagination differs from the original and other non-annotated editions. I quote this as your article reminded me that I’d read about a “winged” cat in Thoreau’s “Walden”.

  2. oh i think they are sent by God ,
    are i think they should be left along .
    they are God s lil Angels,
    vets and dog pounds they think if a cat
    come and they are sick or they are skird
    of were they are and if they fit at then they put them down , that it so very very wrong , just like the vet i took my lil
    Angel patches no she didnt have wings but she was my Angel to me,
    he gave her a short of Distamber ,i asked tom Rose ther vet why
    did you do that i didnt want anyshorts for her anymoe ever , now she is a real Angel in Heaven , why do man or pepole think they have the right to hurt Gods lil one of all kinds. you have a Angel cat ,i believe they are sent from Heaven they love you with their Heart they have felling to they cry like we do ,they talk to you in their
    ways dont ever let anyone hurt them and dont give the distmber short it so bad for them , i looked it up .i never let my cat out doors to run ,they are healther in door out doors is so bad .
    well Angel cats are so dear they love you to , i just had to tell you how i loss my lil Angel , it took ny Heart when i had to give her to god that look i got i see it in my eyes .i cry god iam sorry for taking her to the vet she was fine . tell that short bad ,will i better stop now ,i have a lot of cat poems now and gett a book of my poems my Dr. said to keep the good work going to help me hell , it will be 2yrs 8-24-10 and i no she is looking on all of us, god bless you all cece&my patches ,

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