Photo Comments Age: 13 Years Sex: Male Weight: 10 lbs.
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Black and White
Me and Max
Max or Shadow
Favorite Nap Spot:
Next to me
He is a calming influence on humans and felines, and a bruiser if that fails.
James was one of many feral and abandoned cats that I feed around Syracuse University. He is a big, tough male, but has always been friendly with other cats and with people, including rambunctious kids.
After feeding him for two winters, James trusted me enough to let me pick him up and take him to the vet. After being neutered and released, he was still friendly and hung around my house.
I worked at Hazard Branch Library, and thought that James would make a great library cat. He exceeded all expectations. Besides keeping the building rodent-free, he was a master at public relations. A bit shy with adults, he likes children. I had never known a cat that would run toward yelling, running kids, but James liked the excitement.
It was while at the library that James acquired his name. He looks just like the cat of that name in Libby Phillips Meggs' book "Go Home!"
Unfortunately, James lost his job at the library when a woman complained. Since County work rules prohibit non-human species, the union couldn't save his job. Forced into early retirement, James moved in with me. Due to depression caused by his unfair treatment and the loss of his job, James developed an eating disorder: he overate until he was sick. He had never had this problem when employed. If he were human, James would have had an excellent Workers' Compensation case.
Ironically, even though James is gone, the library is not animal-free. The mice have returned to the basement in force, and the bolder ones scurry past the children's books where James once played.
James gradually adjusted to his new life. He befriended Mad Max, a beautiful, but very aggressive young cat who lives with me. James is a calming influence on Max; he's much bigger, and pins Max down and grooms him when he gets too aggressive.
In 2007, I joined James in early retirement. He is my constant companion, always playful and affectionate.
In April of 2008, James was diagnosed with colon cancer. Surgery was successful, and he has recovered rapidly. He has befriended Honey, and she sometimes sleeps with him. Blackjack has joined our home in late 2011. Blackjack is a big black cat who was very aggressive outside. (He came inside to recover from injuries.) To my surprise, he and James have become good friends. James' capacity to calm fearful or aggressive cats appears boundless. (James is also on the Library Cat site: http://www.ironfrog.com/librarycat smap/nys-james.html .)
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Royal Canin® Felines, The FURminator® Group For Cats, Trupanion Pet Insurance Clubhouse
I've Been On Catster Since:
|September 26th 2008
||More than 5 years!
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