Monday, November 10, 2008
The Wandering Kat - A Dedication To Oreo
One of my cats, Oreo, died recently. I'm still very upset over it. She was my favorite cat. She used to sit on my chest all the time. I wanted to write to everyone about her, since she is the basis for the cat in my story "The Wandering Kat", which appears in my short story collection, "Summer Heat: Steaming Stories for a Hot Summer Afternoon". The image above is of Oreo, taken a few years ago. She was a tiny little kitty who couldn't have weighted more than three pounds, but she could eat twice her weight in people food, especially chicken breast. She was also very territorial. Once, when she was outside, she chased a neighborhood cat across the roof and then across the street. You could hear her squawking four blocks away. She really hated that cat.
She is the mommy cat of the other four in our brood. She's been an indoor cat for the past two years, but for the eight before that she was an outdoor cat, and not because I wanted her to be. She would find any way to sneak outside, even if it meant clawing through the window screen to get out. She loved to play "chase me around the yard", "chase me up the tree", and "chase me on the roof". I drew the line at the last two. I don't do trees or roofs.
She was a little, tiny black and white long-haired cat who reminds me a lot of Sylvester from the old classic cartoons. Plus she was the scruffiest cat I had ever seen. No matter how often she groomed herself, she looked like a mess.
If you'd like to read "The Wandering Kat", you may buy it from eXcessica.
"The Wandering Kat" is a cougar story about an older women, named Kat, short for Katherine, who wanders outside to look for her cat, Oreo, who escaped from the house again. She meets up with hunky, younger, next-door-neighbor Lance, and it looks like Oreo will help her make Lance her lover. Do they find Oreo? Read the book and see!
I enjoyed writing this story, and I bet Oreo would love it if she could read.
I just wanted to let everyone know about Oreo, and that she has died. She was a fun little kitty cat. My favorite cat.
Posted by Elizabeth Black at 4:33 PM