Thursday, October 6, 2011

M.I.A. Day

The mom saw on CB Mr. Tigger was doing a M.I.A. Day and wanted to say a few words.

I am the person who adopted your kitty after it was MIA.  The first time I saw your kitty, it was walking towards me as I got out of my car after work.  The sun was setting and the kitty was dazzling.  Never had I seen such a beautiful cat.  For a couple weeks the kitty would greet me after work, always coming from the same direction, and chirping a friendly little meow.  I started answering back, using the same meow.  To this day, I use your kitty's meow to speak with other cats.  It is my meow now.  It started spending more and more time on my porch.  It didn't look like it was in bad shape.  Maybe just a visiting neighbor, a kitty searching the area for a different home, or perhaps newly lost.  Someone had cared for it, and as I found out later, had cared enough to have it fixed.  Eventually, it didn't leave my porch.  I started feeding it.  No one answered flyers, no one came looking.  Was it farther from home than I thought?  A box lined with paper and towels joined the food and water bowls on the porch.

One night there was a terrible storm.  Kitty wouldn't go in the box, but stayed out in the elements.  I worried so, and finally brought it in the house.  I had a large Victorian bathroom, and I set the kitty up in there.  The disturbance at the bathroom door was horrendous, with the established cats wanting to know who was in there, and vice versa.  Clearly, no one was getting any sleep that night, so I trusted to fate and let the kitty out.  Kitty walked around like it had lived there always.  The established cats slunk around the walls and hissed, but after a couple days all was normal and everyone was settled into the new routine.

One cat became kitty's particular friend.  They romped and played, slept and groomed together.  I tried hard to find a home for kitty, but kitty had picked us and wasn't going anywhere.  In time, kitty became the most dear and beloved of all the pets. Such a happy, sunny, loving little spirit!  I couldn't imagine my life without kitty, nor will I ever forget the sight of the gorgeous cat walking down the sidewalk towards me.

I am fortunate, I have never had an animal permanently lost.  I have had animals pass on, so I know the heartache of losing one.  I can't imagine how hard it must be to never know their fate.  So, I am writing this to you, to set your heart at ease.  Many animals find good, loving homes.  Maybe my sweet treasure was once yours.  Know it was truly loved and happy.  I haven't mentioned gender, age or descriptions so you may hope, if you need to.

21 comments:

MoMo said...

This is a lovely post. We have had 2 kitties M.I.A. One was my son, a orange boy. SS was heartbroken. We looked for him for months.

The other was a white kitty who came before me. We hope they are both being looked after by some caring persons like you.

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Thank you for the wonderful post!! We know Mr. Tigger is being looked after by a wonderful family just like yours!!
Your TX furiends,

ML said...

What a sweet thoughtful post.
That is just beautiful.
Love & Purrs,
Mom ML & KC

Laila and Minchie said...

Absolutely the most beautiful, heart warming post we've read today! We have never had one of our kitties go MIA, but those who we know who have, we always feel someone, like yourself, has taken them in and given them a good home.

Cat said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful post!!!! Thank you :-)

Brian said...

Beautifully said and I hope that it is oh so true for many a lost love.

Father Tom said...

I love this post! I don't remember where my home was before I came here, but there were a lot of clues. I knew I was loved and cared for and even though I was lost in winter, I found a home. Good thing I have thick fur!

Julie says..In the many years I have had kitties, my loss has always been the biggest one, when they pass on. If they were ever missing, it was for only a short while. We had a Siamese who was gone overnight and had us frantic. Turned out he arrived at the home of a classmate of my daughter's. We were so relieved!

Hugs to all who are MIA and those who love them,
Tom & Julie

Cheri said...

Wonderful post - we all hope our MIA cats found good homes. Cats will leave and move on to another place sometimes.

Cats of wildcat woods

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Such a lovely post. When a cat or dog goes missing, we hope for the best but worry about the worst.

The Meezers or Billy said...

Such a beautiful post - both Sammy and Billy were MIA kitties. As were Grampa Norton and Gramma Trixie.

Marg said...

That is such a lovely and wonderful post. It sure eases the pain of one disappearing. We had one disappear to and never come back.
I actually had one disappear and came back after 3 months. I almost fainted.
But that is such a good way to look at this whole sad deal.Thanks so much for this post for Mr. Tigger.

The Island Cats said...

This is the bestest post! We'd like to thing that Mr. Tigger is in a happy home now too.

Zoey is an MIA kitty...she showed up one day, not sure where she came from, but now she is in a good home too!!

ABBY said...

What a beautiful posting! We have had one kitty go MIA but we assume she went off to die, she never came home so we will always wonder what happened.
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Everycat said...

What a beautiful post. Such a kind reassurance to those who have cats gone MIA. Really, it's beautiful

Gerry & Oliver

Lucy the Cat said...

This is so beautiful but sad to think about the families of the kitties that go MIA. I know some don't care but many do. I can't imagine that kind pain. Anyway, I loved this!

Admiral Hestorb said...

You are a darling. I appreciate this post and the thought and intent that went into it.
xoxox

Cory said...

Most of us here are MIA cats...but mom thinks of it as MIA former owners. Jonesie, Ginger, Nigel, Cecilia, Bennette all just showed up and mom could never find their families...no ads, posters, nothing. They are all VERY loved.

Clooney said...

Beautiful post. You are a sweet person.

Avalon's Garden and The Garden Cottage Cats said...

What a Beautiful, Well intended Thoughtful Post~
Thank You ~

Eric and Flynn said...

This is a beautiful and thoughtful post. We hope it brings comfort to those who's kitties have gone MIA.

Purrfect Haven said...

Thanks for visiting us and for your kind words about Breezy. I am so glad you mentioned that you had written about MIA day and have read your story (and feel a lot better)Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx