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By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, June 06, 2011

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"Love came walking in on four velvet paws."

A stray cat adopts a family of its own and makes itself at home.

Love came walking in on four velvet paws.

One minute, we didn't have any pets; the next, a scrawny orange cat who decided to make his home its very own.  So now we have a cat.

I wasn't too thrilled with the prospect of owning a cat, but my wife and kids had other ideas.  They took to the cat like a duck does to water: they took him in and claimed the cat as their own.  (I'm not a real fan of cats: I'm more of a dog person, but we don't have a dog because my littlest one is terrified of dogs, ever since one overeager mutt knocked her down.)

Anyway, back to my story.  It was a lovely spring day.  I was in my favorite chair in the livingroom, reading the Sunday paper, when I thought I heard a cat meowing.  I got up and opened the door ... only to find this scrawny, beat-up looking orange cat sitting there, looking, no, staring, at me.  I had never seen the critter before in my life, yet he didn't run away when I told it to scat.  I guess he had other ideas.

When I opened the door, this cat walked in.  Never seen it before in my life.  It walked right into the kitchen, begging me to follow it, meowing all the while.  I guess it was hungry or something.  "Well, I don't have any cat food", I told the cat.  The cat didn't care.  All I had was some left over chicken.  I got  a little of that, put it on a plate, and set the plate down before the cat.  I also got it some water.  The cat went right to eating; it sat down on its haunches and went to work, trying to satisfy its hunger.

The cat was nothing but skin and bones.  It was a dirty orange color and had green eyes and a kinked tail.  One of its ears was missing.  It was a rather ugly cat.  Yet it seemed friendly enough, as it seemed to make itself right at home after it walked in.

After the cat ate its meal, it washed itself from head to tail.  It was purring.  It seemed very happy.

That was two months ago.  

The cat has remained here, and I've since gotten used to having the cat around.  My wife christened him "Orange" (probably because of its orange fur, no doubt), and the cat has proved to be a very friendly, intelligent animal.  The cat entertains us for hours with his antics (we found out it was a male when we took it to the vet for a thorough checkup), and he is a nonstop purring machine: he purrs constantly, and his purrs are LOUD, LOUD!!   

Thanks to this cat, I am turning into a cat afficianado.  He is definitely all cat; he knows where it's at!! 

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/11/2011
Lucky Kitty! Patrick
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 6/8/2011
Obviously "Orange" is a stray and also, obviously, due to his missing ear, Orange had been in at least one major scrape. However, finding a great home does not mean that one morning, afternoon or evening, Orange might very well decide to stray again.
Good story, my friend from Texas.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/6/2011
One of my favorite cats, Elliot was an Orange short haired tabby unfortunately a pit bull got him when he got out one day, talk about hard well written write Karen as always
In Christ's Love
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/6/2011
Thank you for sharing this delightful story, Karen. I do not have a cat but I am surrounded by people who do; like my best friend who is a cat sitter. Amour et paix, ton ami de la C-B, Canada,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/6/2011
Congratulations, Mister. You've been Oranged. =] An adorable story, Karen, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/6/2011
A marvelous story! My wondrous cat, Buddy, also a tiny homeless orange tabby, walked right into my life one day, and changed it forever. And, he was a true friend, for nearly 20 years.

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