Stray Cat Strut, #454


In my household, we have too many pets.  People think we’re nuts when I tell them that we have 4 cats and a dog.  It’s not like we set out with a plan of having a lot of pets, but when my husband and I were dating all of those years ago, he had two cats, and I did, too.  When we got married, getting rid of our pets wasn’t even an option.  Our pets are part of our family, and we love them.  As for our dog, he’s another story.  We only added him into the mix 3 or 4 years ago.  We really wanted our kids to have the experience of being dog owners, and I’m so glad we made that choice.  Our sweet Bender, the beagle, brings so much love and joy to our home.

The reason I am bringing up this topic today is that it is my cat, Turtle Dove’s birthday.  She is 13-years-old, and is going strong.  Here is a picture of the birthday girl:

Turtle Dove is a miracle cat.  When our beloved cat, Pumpkin, who was her very best buddy, died 2 years ago, her sadness became reflected in her health.  A few months after Pumpkin passed, Turtle Dove suddenly stopped eating.  We called the vet.  “Don’t worry,” they said, “Cats lose their appetites sometimes.  Warm up her wet food in the microwave.”  It didn’t work.  She didn’t eat for a whole week and was suddenly admitted at the cat hospital and pumped full of fluids.  Over $1000 and  a lot of heart ache later, she suddenly for no reason at all came around.  It’s  like she suddenly snapped out of whatever she was going through.

A few months later, the whole thing happened again.  The second time around when she stopped eating we were sure we were going to lose her.  Again, no food for an entire week for this beautiful kitty, but somehow, she managed to pull through one more time for us.  She had  lost a lot of weight the second time around, and it wasn’t helping that the vet put her on a special prescription diet.

I believe that Turtle Dove has deep love in her.  Losing Pumpkin took its toll on her just like it did for all of her human family.  I also believe that she pulled though her two bouts of illness just for us.  I believe that she didn’t want us to have to deal with loss especially as were still grieving over Pumpkin.  She is the most caring cat, and she loves us as much as we love her.

So, now that you all think I’m a crazy cat lady, I will tell you all that I feel extraordinarily blessed to have furry friends.  They bring so much to our lives, and in honor of my sweet feline’s birthday, my song of the day is “The Stray Cat Strut” by the Stray Cats.  I love this band and that they put Rockabilly on the map back in the ’80’s.  I have mad respect for Brian Setzer and his talent and how he combined his style with punk rock.  It’s a great song, so click HERE to go to Youtube to hear it.

Please help me wish Turtle Dove a very happy birthday today.  You can do this just by giving your own kitties a little extra love, and adding one extra beautiful purr to the world.  Happy birthday Turtle Dove!


About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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