Daily Photo: Happy Orange Cat
It’s always a good day to post a photo of a happy orange cat dozing in the sun without a care in the world. This is Allegro from the early 90s having a good snooze in the afternoon sun shining in the dining room window. Allegro was a very simple cat, and did one thing at a time: he napped, he ate, he focused a toy, he sat and focused on forming a thought and apparently he could not walk and think at the same time because he’d often stop in the middle of the room and sit down and look contemplative. To entertain him if I need him to keep his paws out of what I was doing, I would draw a simple one-inch line on a piece of paper and give it to him, and he would try to swat that line to make it move and try to pick it up for a good ten minutes. Allegro wasn’t the brightest bulb on the string, but he was just about the happiest. This is an older photo, and I filtered it with a texture because it wasn’t as clear as I’d like it.
I think about him often but I’m remembering him today for another reason. I happened to find an orange cat on the street today, in the slush during our snowfall. The cat was young and very pretty, all over a rich red-orange, a dark pink nose and pink paw pads, long legs and well-built. I have no idea if the cat belonged to someone, so I moved him off the street to the edge of the nearest yard. Along with all my groups and rescuers I contacted the police in that community and they let me know I could also contact animal control by calling 911, and the service would pick up the cat and scan it for a chip. I’m glad for that. It’s forecast to keep snowing, and the cat would be covered up. If it didn’t belong to anyone it might remain there, but at least it was taken care of. I will remember this cat each time I pass that spot, which is frequently enough. Another friend found a tuxie cat the other night and many of us commiserated with her sadness. It’s important to give these cats and other animals the dignity of caring for their remains.
Allegro also escaped one morning and I had no idea at all where he was, and considering he could only do one thing at a time I was very concerned for his ability to survive on the streets. I did find him a few hours later running along the railroad tracks below our house, frightening enough, but at least no vehicle traffic. But if something like this had happened to him, I would want for him to be treated with dignity, and so I will do this for others I find, like Mr. Mistoffelees. And I thank the many people who are bringing cats in from the cold and providing food and safe shelter to help keep them from running off to areas where something like this could happen.
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7 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Happy Orange Cat”
frum de tabbies
. . . oh, and such a languorous, appropriately foggily manipulated photo of your sweet Allegro. Apologies for “burying my lead.”
Thanks–I’m not big on using filters like those but sometimes they are perfect.
How did your not-the-brightest-bulb get the name Allegro? He must have been a savant at something.
BTW, I have a less-than-blindingly-bright cat who is one of the most endearing I’ve ever met, and I would hate to imagine my life without her. Maybe I should give Mayya a piece of paper with a one-inch line drawn on it. But then I’m not the artiste that you are. . . .
(We be very thankful this week — and every week — and hope you all have many reasons to be, as well. Hugs.)
Meg, his full name was Allegro Moderato. I say give Mayya a paper with a special line! Glad you are thankful, so am I.
What an adorably humbling middle name!
Remember a parental voice calling your full name when little-kid-you did something naughty? I can almost hear you calling him now, “Allegro Moderato, did you knock over the _______?”