January 28th 2013 7:22 pm
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Buddha is a tall black cat who looks like a panther. He is part Siamese and although his temperament isn't typical of a Siamese or of any other cat I've ever known, he does have the Siamese trait of talkativeness.
Buddha came to me already named and his name proved prophetic. Throughout the years, he unfailingly lives up to his name. He's an exceptional cat. He has an unusually mellow, patient, peaceful loving personality and gets along with everybody. He's the first to greet and try to make friends with any new cat who comes into the household. He mothers any new kitten who comes into the household. He has mothered and looked after many rescue kittens over the years and patiently helped teach newcomers house rules such as not to bother the birds. When I lived on a farm and used to breed German Shepherd Dogs, Buddha was one of the cats who taught the puppies to respect, get along with, and like cats. Most of the other cats go to Buddha when they want their ears or the area under their chins washed. Even Hallie, who rarely ever let another cat even touch her, would occasionally allow him to wash her ears. Buddha is almost always in a good mood and rarely ever gets into a quarrel with another cat.
A little over nine years ago, in September I stopped by a small local shelter's mall display to see their cats. They had two black cats that they wanted to adopt together and because they were so desperate to get these two cats adopted before October, they offered the two cats to me for free. Most shelters if they're wise, will not adopt out black cats during October because of Satanists and others who acquire and brutalize black cats in Halloween rituals. The neutered male, named Buddha, was 7 months old. The spayed female, named Stormy, was 4 months old.
Stormy was a sweet, although rather reclusive little cat. Throughout her tragically short life, she was very bonded to Buddha and dependent on him for companionship. She died when she was only a few years old, of a freak accident of choking to death swallowing a wild bird that somehow had gotten into the house undetected.
Buddha is a very intelligent cat and very adept at using his forepaws. He knows how to open cabinet doors and once managed to turn the doorknob and open an unlocked door to the house. Thank God I caught it and shut the door before he or any of the other cats got outside!
It's hard to tell Buddha's story in his own profile. It's easier to tell Buddha's story through the stories of other cats because his story is of welcoming, befriending, teaching, comforting, grooming, and mothering many of my permanent residents and other cats and kittens that I rescued and found adoptive homes for over the years.
Among countless other cats and kittens over the years, Buddha mothered Uno, Lefty, and Righty when they were kittens. In his photo which I hope will correctly show up on Catster soon, he is shown mothering and taking care of a red and white longhaired kitten named Bratsky.
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