|Purred: Sun Mar 31, '13 11:56am PST |
|This is Delyte. When I was found, 18 years ago this coming August, I had a flea collar on, and my person kept me wearing decorative, non-flea collars for the first few years of my life. Then she realized that I was losing my fur around the neck, and stopped. The fur around my neck never grew back properly, so it's been a flaw in my mostly perfect good looks ever since.
But, when I was ten years old I ran off and hid in the woods behind our house, and they had a terrible time getting me back. I finally came back on my own because I was hungry, and now I am not allowed out unless I am harness and leash--which I hate. However, one of the people at animal control said that people assume around here that if you see a collarless cat it is a stray and they might shoot it. And if it is an all black cat like you and me, who knows what goes through their beady little minds. So you are better off wearing a bright colorful collar that says "I am a pet!" You can get the ones with the stretch link so if you get caught in something you can get out. Nobody checks for those chips unil much later on, and all black cats look alike to non-cat people. I won't wear a collar any more--ribbons sometimes, as you can see from my pictres--but my person keeps a strict eye on me. Plus, I am nearly 18 and have several major illnesses and arthritis, so I am not moving too fast these days. Giant black old guy purrs to you!
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