“When Raleigh was taken from the cage,” says Marsha, remembering their initial meeting at the shelter, “he actually reached out with both paws toward me. Then the lady said ‘do you want to see
his sister?’ Of course, we said yes. We could not
take one without the other after hearing their story.
"Raleigh actually reached out with
both paws toward me."
They were dumped on the side of the road,” she continues, “and managed to stay together before being rescued and brought to the shelter by a city road crew.”
Road Warrior to Sun Worshipper
Raleigh and his sister Kitabu joined two other rescues in the household, where they have happily traded life on the road for more comfortable surroundings. When the door to the screened porch opens, says Marsha, “all the cats head for the fresh air and the sun since we live in Florida. They spend the day on the porch with the exception of a trip in to eat or drink.” But it’s not all lolling about for these cats.
"They all have to watch. I call them
Cats in Charge
“Raleigh and his friends all rule our house,” Marsha freely admits. “They allow us to live there and pay the mortgage. They always want to know where we are and what we are doing. When my husband works in the backyard, they all have to watch. I call them sidewalk superintendents.”
The cats also love to be in the bathroom with their pet parents. Raleigh particularly likes the shower, explains Marsha. “When we get out, he gets in. Well, one day he got in before I did and I could not get him out. I turned on the water and he got a real surprise. So did I. He liked it and got out and shook himself off and that was it.”
Paws Off the Plate, Please
Raleigh may still be curious, but he has calmed down since he and his sister were kittens. Marsha recalls that “it was a full time job keeping up with them.” She describes an episode that occurred during Raleigh’s kitten days, when he was smaller.
"When I looked up there was Raleigh, balancing himself between the edge of the shelf and the plate."
“We have a staircase with a shelf above the steps that houses a large ceramic plate. One day while sitting watching TV, I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. When I looked up there was Raleigh out on a suspended shelf balancing himself between the edge of the shelf and the plate, which I was afraid would fall and take him along with it. I balanced myself on a bottom step and managed to reach up and scoop him off the shelf. Raleigh still gets onto the shelf occasionally but now that he has grown it is more of a task for him and he cannot turn back and jump back to the landing.”
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