New Cat Day … Probably

I called and left a message that I wanted the cat. Also, in my memory he was 5 or 7 months old, but it looks like I wrote down 2 years old. I have to straighten that out. It won’t affect my decision, but I wanted as young a cat as possible so the day I have to face the end is as far off as possible. It will affect what catfood I pick up today.

At one point during my cat search I was walking behind a bride on her way to City Hall to get married. Most people getting married at City Hill wear something nice, but they usually don’t go all out with gowns and tuxes. (My friends Howard and Sandy got married there in their regular, every day clothes.) I love the brides who say, “Fuck it. It’s my wedding day and I’m wearing a wedding gown.” I took a couple of shots.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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13 thoughts on “New Cat Day … Probably

  1. Oh, and I also meant to say:

    A “new ” cat! How exciting and sweet and, I’m sure, a little sad. I hope he fits right in. I’ll be curious to hear what you name him and how you come up with a name. (Unless he comes already named. If he does, let’s hope it’s something bearable!)

  2. Raise high the roof beams! That kitty’s going to get a forever home! I’m always thrilled when a homeless cat finds his herd — and in hindsight you will know it was fate.

  3. It’s making me cry mostly, because it makes Buddy even more gone. And I’m struggling with the feeling that he might be somewhere feeling sad about how easily he was replaced.

    Nora, yeah about the sensible shoes. I wondered if she had other shoes that she was going to change into.

  4. Her dress DOES look too long for the flat shoes so, you’re right, she probabaly has a pair of 4-inch heels to change into.

    Buddy wouldn’t want to see you sad. If the new cat helps you with Buddy’s passing, maybe Buddy would be OK with it. And you’re giving a home to a cat that needs one. And that’s the most important thing.

  5. Hi Stacy,
    All I can say is that I have seen a huge amount of hostility and disruption when the hapless owner naively brings a new kitten into the territory of an older cat.

    I know of cases where over a period of time several cats had to be farmed out to other homes because of their relentless attacks on one of the other cats.

    If the cats are not of the same litter or have not been raised together, one is simply lucky if one cat does not seek to dominate, intimidate, and run off the younger cat.

    Maybe everything will work out fine, and I certainly hope so. But I would not be at all surprised if the cats could not be left alone with each other for fear of danger to one of them.

    It’s a lot harder to come up with good chemistry among cats than it is most other domesticated animals.

    Good luck, hold your breath, and be prepared to go through stringent measures if necessary to protest the kitten.

  6. I’ve introduced many cats to each other from various ages and circumstances…some went more easily than others and some of them never really developed close relationships, but they learned to tolerate each other at least and I think begrudgingly enjoyed having each other’s company (in fact, my current cats, Bela and Dona who both came to me as adult neighborhood strays several months apart, have never shared a “tender moment”, but live peacefully with each other).

  7. If Buddy knows about the new kitty, he knows about your heart, and knows that you are in agony about losing him. And he’s beyond time now — like Abraham Lincoln said: Love is eternal. And no kitty will ever be as devastatingly handsome as Buddy, even one gorgeous Siamese. So Buddy will be happy about that. Because he’s only human.

  8. If Buddy knows about the new kitty, he knows about your heart, and knows that you are in agony about losing him. And he’s beyond time now — like Abraham Lincoln said: Love is eternal. And no kitty will ever be as devastatingly handsome as Buddy, even one gorgeous Siamese. So Buddy will be happy about that. Because he’s only human.

    Also, if things don’t go perfectly with Finney, I’ll be that Siamese’s backup plan. I’ve always wanted a Siamese.

  9. Very excited for you!! Best of luck and hugs to the fuzzballs, both new and already king-of-hearts…

  10. As I said in the other item, we’re making progress. Finney couldn’t even be in the same room with the kitten. But the kitten never gives up trying to get Finney to love him and he’s making headway. Finney lets him sit a few feet away. Any closer and it’s hiss and bat.

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