I love this Buzzfeed post about a man named Alaa. According to Buzzfeed, “Masaken Hanano, a neighborhood in Syria’s largest city Aleppo, has been abandoned by humans because of continuous attacks from forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad.” Yet “a man named Alaa visits everyday to feed the cats who still populate the area.”
Menandcats.com reader Debra submitted the following guest post. So sweet, and yay for tuxedo cats!
Spookie-bear was our “gentle giant,” a muscular Tuxedo cat who absolutely adored George. Every evening, as George would prepare to work at his Mac, Spookie-bear would wait by George’s chair as he set up his workstation; then with a polite “Mrrrp?” he’d wait for George’s invitation, “Hey Buddy, want to come up?” Spookie would leap up to George’s lap, then sit quietly for hours, gazing into the Mac while George worked on illustrations; George’s right hand manipulating the light pen, his left hand gently wrapped around Spookie’s chest. It was my favorite view, to stand quietly at the studio door and gaze lovingly at my two favorite guys.
It should come as no surprise that my three-and-a-half year-old son is a little cat lover. He now worries about every stray cat he sees and wants to adopt them all. There are some feral cats near our train station (they get fed by the locals and I see them regularly peeking out of the greenery, eating cans of food). Just this morning my son said to me, “Mommy! That cat is lonely! He needs a family!” The other day he randomly told me, “I miss Miranda.” (Miranda is his friend’s cat). And he asked me, “Can we get a friend for Charley?” What do you think? Does my elderly, now brother-less tuxedo cat need a new kitty friend? Our vet recommended we get a male kitten if we decide to adopt another cat, and I would really like to adopt an all-black cat, since I have heard they get adopted less due to silly superstitions and whatnot.
I would be remiss if I did not point out these Kitty Stardust t-shirts, as they:
a.) Feature a kitty
b.) Make reference to David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust*
c.) Benefit no-kill animal shelters.
*True story, I have always wanted to get a pet with two different colored eyes and name the pet Bowie.