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.”
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.
A Men and Cats reader alerted me to this sweet essay on the NY Times blog about a man’s love for his cat. “I lived with the same cat for 19 years — by far the longest relationship of my adult life.” A Man and His Cat By TIM KREIDER
How cute is this photo of Chris and his cat, King? You must read the story on the ASPCA blog about how Chris came to adopt King. Chris read about King in a newspaper that had been left behind in a restaurant! We hope they have long and happy lives together.