For a somewhat PETA-flavored person, having a pet is a complicated topic. Its not hard to come up with flaws in the model. Pets of course eat meat as a habit. That has to come from somewhere. And if they are cats, they to are born predators – of mortal danger to anything smaller than they are that moves – flies, moths, baby rabbits, and birds. You can put a bell on them but a stalking cat hardly moves a whisker, not to mention a bell.

Even so, I have always had a sort of dream that someday things would settle down such that I would, in some domestic situation, have a cat.

So many situations have not supported such a decision.

But now here we are in a condo on the north end of town where the landlord had previously installed cat doors.

Hence the January 2015 arrival of Roxie and Teddy, extra members of a brood of barn cats.

Teddy (featured today) is the extrovert. Fast moving, agile, brave, alert, friendly. He is equally at home chasing birds and curled up around your head at night.

Teddy off to work
Teddy off to work

It’s so odd having this friendly, loving, affectionate cat wander out into the day and later to see him with cornered bunny, a chunk of fur ripped out of the bunny’s side so that internal organs are exposed.

Just the other day I saw him chewing on something as I drove out of the neighborhood.

And it is clearly his neighborhood.

We live in a group of about twenty homes on the north side of Fairfield, Iowa, all designed according to the principles of Maharishi Vastu Architecture. They are orderly and peaceful. There is only one entrance an so there is little traffic. The homes are mostly rather small, and the residents, in general are high school and college faculty members at MSAE, MUM, or else retired people, or they are simply not here very much.

There is only one other household with a child.

There is quite a bit of the evening stroll sort of thing happening in our area. Frequently our neighbors come by with a story about Teddy’s latest adventure at their house – sleeping on their porch, sitting on top of their car, or walking right in an open door to start exploring.

The tentative cat seen here is Roxie
The tentative cat seen here is Roxie

The road north of our house is now a sort of “drive with caution” zone, since no one wants to be the one to run over one of these cats. Our “Cat Crossing” sign has alerted everyone to the situation, and, since “cat sitting unconcerned in the middle o the road” is more typical of Teddy, all are aware of the hazard.

The high school principal quakes in internal fear due to what might happen to him should he flatten one of our cats. And one person honks delicately, any time she passes slowly by.

In short, everyone feels that they own Teddy, and he seems to feel the same.

Roxie of course, is another story, for another day.

3 thoughts on “Teddy

  1. Cute story about people caring for their animal charges. Thanks!

    At our house we have 2 dogs and 2 cats and maybe now a third cat. All neutered. The third cat (Han Solo) is an outdoor cat who is supposed to be making it less favorable for rattlesnakes and varmints to go under the main house. But he is getting lonely and is now hanging around our front door and smelling our two indoor cats through the screen door.

    We’re not worried about cars here. We have 1,000 acres of clear space around us. We’re worried about golden eagles and coyotes. Since our cats are indoors we control their food but Charlie used to be a great predator. Bella was, too. We have a Teddy but he is a dog. He is a great squirrel dog. We want him to chase and kill squirrels because squirrels attract rattlesnakes. Talk about unfair but we have killed 6 rattlesnakes around our house in the last 3 months. Teddy was bitten by a rattlesnake but he survived due to vaccine and the vet’s excellent care. Teddy is now a snake alert dog. Smart.

    It’s the difference between town and country living. In the country one is much closer to the real world of kill and be killed. You’ve probably heard the other
    very nice. Dark humor.

    1. In our area we are on the edge of town and the worries are mostly coyote flavored, though there is apparently an occasional feral cat to take chunks out of someone’s fur

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