Ninja Needs a Loving Foster

Ninja

Fabulous Felines is coordinating with New Mexico Animal Friends on the placement of Ninja, a lovely 14-year-old kitty.  Ninja’s human mom is very ill and can no longer care for him.  They have been together for 14 years and have been best friends all of these years.  He will need loving attention and comfort in any new setting as he won’t understand the change.  It would be best if he were the only animal to reduce the stress of losing his human. If you are interested in fostering Ninja, please email us at fabulousfelines@comcast.net.  We will pass along the information to our contact at Animal Friends.

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Volunteer at Our Foster House & Get Paid in Purrs & Cuddles

Recently, the volunteers added some decals to one of the rooms for fun

As many of you know, Fabulous Felines has long operated a Foster house for special needs and difficult to place cats. These include cats with special health needs, formerly feral rescues who are still becoming used to people, and elderly animals. We need volunteers to help care for these animals and maintain the foster house. Duties include feeding and watering, scooping and box maintenance, light cleaning, and what is most important, enriching the lives of these animals with play and affection.

We have tried to make the foster house a bright, pleasant place for both the cats and our volunteers, with features like a climbing wall for the cats, a bright glassed-in porch, bright colors, and lots of toys.

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of these beautiful animals and enrich your own life, email us at fabulousFelines@comcast.net.

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The Cat and The Moon

Alison and Alistair, photo by Ana

A few days ago, while thumbing through my well-worn copy of The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats, I came across his poem The Cat and The Moon. It reminded me of one of the many reasons we find these animals so fascinating: their strange, almost magical connection to the world around them. In this poem, Yeats sees the phases of the moon in the eyes of Minnaloushe, his friend Maude Gonne’s black cat, as they change from crescent to round.

The Cat and the Moon

The cat went here and there
And the moon spun round like a top,
And the nearest kin of the moon
The creeping cat looked up.
Black Minnaloushe stared at the moon,
For wander and wail as he would
The pure cold light in the sky
Troubled his animal blood.
Minnaloushe runs in the grass,
Lifting his delicate feet.
Do you dance, Minnaloushe, do you dance?
When two close kindred meet
What better than call a dance?
Maybe the moon may learn,
Tired of that courtly fashion,
A new dance turn.
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
From moonlit place to place,
The sacred moon overhead
Has taken a new phase.
Does Minnaloushe know that his pupils
Will pass from change to change,
And that from round to crescent,
From crescent to round they range?
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
Alone, important and wise,
And lifts to the changing moon
His changing eyes.

William Butler Yeats, Public Domain

While we were putting this posting together, we were reminded of the many times the irresistible, inscrutible, indespensible cat has featured in the lives and works of writers and artists, as well as the people who shaped our history. In fact, we already have a follow-up to this posting in the works. Stay tuned!

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Spring Food and Supplies Drive

We are happy to see Spring return, bringing flowers, songbirds, sunshine, and the Fabulous Felines Spring Food and Supplies Drive. Just leave your donation of food or supplies in the basket on the cat side of VCA Montgomery. We especially need cans of Fancy Feast fish or chicken flavored food, but any donation of cat food, disposable plates, or paper towels would be appreciated.

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In Memorium

The last few months have been saddened by the loss of two dear members of the Fabulous Felines Community: Karen Fincher and Howard Tessler.

Karen was a long time cat lover and volunteer for Fabulous Felines. She gave the kitties in our foster house a lot of love and affection, and she was happy to tidy up after them, give them treats, and let them know they are special.  She is dearly missed. Her dear friends Lisa, Laura and Joe, have made a remembrance in Karen’s name for the love of cats.

Howard volunteered for Fabulous Felines into his nineties. He loved the kitties and loved caring for them. He had a couple favorites but felt deeply about all of them and missed them when he had to leave. He looked forward to seeing and talking to the volunteers each week. Howard was a very special man and made of pure kindness and love. He is deeply missed.

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