Thursday, February 28, 2008

Somtimes ... You Should Just Stay Close To Home

I have a husband of 23 years.


I have 4 kids for the past 15 years.


I have a house and yard to take care of.


I have meals to make.


Mouths to feed.


Laundry to do.


Bills to pay.


Shopping.


I have 2 dogs.


I have 3 cats.


I have a lot of stuff to do in my world!



So ... the other day ... when our yellow cat - Garfield - came home - CASTRATED ... I could not have been more pleased!


With Garfield, we open the door - let him in to eat and sleep and then let him out when he wants out and he wanders around at night and comes back when he pleases. Sometimes ... he is gone for several days at a time.


Apparently ... over the course of the past several weeks, he has been, not only, going in and out of our house to sleep and eat - but in and out of someone else's house as well - because ... his other family decided to have poor Garfield - FIXED!



Like I said ... I could not have been more pleased!



I can now cross that worry off of my to-do list - YIPPIE!


Along with the shots - as I have to assume his other family probably got those for him as well - took care of all of it while he was in for the snip-snip operation.


My kids were not at all pleased.

They were quite distressed.

"He's our cat," they all screamed, upon hearing (and seeing) the news. "We need to get a collar and put a tag on it that says 'This is Garfield and he HAS A HOME - SEND HIM BACK HOME.'" They were not happy - at all.

I tried to explain to these kids that this was a good thing - how the other family was there to also take care of him if he wandered by and all - how the other family could be the one to continue to take care of the veterinary bills - all good!

But, they didn't want to hear any of it.


On the upside ... We honestly believed that he had come back - trying to maybe get away from the other family that had done this to him, but ... he's gone again. And ... just for the record - when he comes back again - and he will - I AM NOT BUYING THAT CAT A COLLAR! This is the pefect arrangement as far as I am concerned.

97 comments:

multipleblessings said...

OMWord!... I can't imagine the shock of having your cat come home nuetered! *lol* ... Wonder who is other family is???

Julie

MamaGeek said...

Oh that's just plain ole funny. I had no idea you had that many pets Kellan! Wow, you need to clone yourself once or twice over. :)

Karen said...

That's too good! I'd love for someone else to assume vet care for some of my pets. You're right in not buying that collar.

Mommy of 3 Crazies said...

Your blog absolutely makes my day. I love reading about what you are up to now!! :)

R Family of 4 said...

Are you serious?!!! That is too funny. What a sweet deal your cat had. He was probably getting double the food and double the attention too bad for him all that good luck came and bit his you know what off ;-)

Rachel said...

See... that cat thought he had a good gig going. Little did he know the other family was good friends with Edward Scissorhands! :-)
Ha Ha Ha ha ha!!

Amy said...

I wonder how many families Garfield has. If this cat is smart enough to have multiple families, he is smart enough to stay away from the snip-snip family.

Brittany said...

Sounds like a good deal to me! :)

Angela said...

Did you think that maybe he was the one who took care of his reproductive health?
Just kidding, but wouldn't that have been something

LunaNik said...

Cats are very fickle creatures. They are happy with whomever welcomes them. That's why I don't let my cat outside. I, like your children, would be upset over something like this.

Cheeky said...

You get the love they get the bills - sounds like a good arrangement to me

My Goodness said...

Funny!! That's something that doesn't happy everyday, for sure!

My Goodness said...

Funny!! That's something that doesn't happy everyday, for sure!

Sheri said...

Sounds like he has chosen this life lol. Some animals are just like that. My parents neighbors dog was like that. So they moved and left him. Then he started living between my parents and another neighbor. That is awesome they fixed him. That is so expensive with shots. It cost us over 300 the last time.
How is your other kitty and his stuffed animal doing?

Melanie said...

Yes- let the other family take care of the expensive stuff!

You should attach a note to him or something- maybe you and the other family could meet.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

That's too funny. Our cats are 100%indoors--outdoor cats here are more accurately known as coyote food.

pb&j in a bowl said...

That is too funny! At least you didn't have to pay for it.

Dawn said...

That is a great arrangement! What a big surprise though to have your cat all of a sudden "fixed".

Hillary said...

That arrangement sounds perfect. Let's just hope that the other family doesn't move and take Garfield with them. Then again, maybe that would be a good thing...

Kelli said...

ok, you have a better story than my "that darn cat" story. Yours rocks. That is the best kind of pet. I wish someone else could have paid our dogs vet bills prior to him going sleepy time at 1000 bucks. hehe. Great story. Kelli

Becky said...

I have NEVER heard of someone having their neighbor's cat fixed before, lol. But I'm with you...if it saves you the worry and the money, and keeps Garfield home...that's a GOOD thing!

Holly said...

I wonder what that other family has named him? LOL!!

Bavani said...

This is such a funny story and yet a little scary to have a different cat come home - are you sure it's Garfield? :) LOL

justabeachkat said...

Oh.My.Word! I'm still chuckling over the cartoon and then the story. Too funny! But you're right...it sounds like a perfect arrangement!

Hugs!
Kat

Hazel said...

i agree with your view here, that's why woman look older than their husband after they get married

Natalie said...

That sounds like the perfect arrangement to me.

Dad said...

Kellan, Are you SURE? ?

jennifer h said...

I wonder if Garfield got up to some business with the other family's girly cat...and that prompted the snip? You could have grandkittens soon!

Talk of a collar is just crazy. I agree, perfect arrangement.

That cartoon is hilarious. It's always treacherous to read your posts when my kids are asleep--I often laugh out loud!

Amanda said...

That other family is really generous! Do you know who they are?

Family Adventure said...

I've never heard anything like it! I would have reacted like your children, but after reading your post, I totally see your point of view. You are waaaaay ahead of your time, my friend!

Heidi

bermudabluez said...

I've never heard of anything like this either! That's amazing! I don't even know what I'd do if my dog came home with stitches or something...but that can't happen as both of them are already fixed. Do you know who the other family is??

Are You Serious! said...

No KIDDING! The FOREVER perfect arrangement! :)

Amy said...

here's to good neighbors! About 2 years ago, our cat ernie, got mad at us and decided to go live next door where they had a boy cat...she comes and visits us once in a while, but I guess she's happier over there...and I'm totally ok with that...:-)

kim-d said...

Oh my gosh! Yup, I'm with the kids on this one; but that's because both of my cats are indoors-only. However, if Garfield is anything like my two, as long as the chow's good, he's there!

Jacki said...

LOL....that cat sure has the life! I wish I could just wander from house to house and get fed!

Toni said...

Oh, THAT is too funny!

Katrina said...

That is fantastic! I've never heard of such a thing.

Kelly said...

That is hilarious! The other people must have one fertile cat that they don't want knocked up or something!

Kelly said...

That is hilarious! The other people must have one fertile cat that they don't want knocked up or something!

Meg said...

Too funny Kellan! That is worse than losing my dog the other day and having him come home a different color!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

This is the most perfect way to own a cat!! It spends only part of it's time at your house, probably uses the outside as it's litter box and has someone else address it's medical issues!

I think you have struck gold!

Hallie

dlyn said...

We had a cat that we could just not keep in the house - and found out that he also "belonged" to several other families on our road. It was like finding out your spouse has another family somewhere :)

Queen of My Domain said...

That is just to funny. I'm with you on this one though. You do have it good and so does Garfield.

Angie said...

I think your cat has committment issues. He is heading for divorce court soon. Living off the woman's family, staying when it's convenient, or he wants some action, then taking off for days at a time. Tsk Tsk.
KEEP BELIEVING

CY said...

You are one funny lady, Kellan. Just loves to read your blog. Is your dog name Odie then? Hehe.

Val Cox said...

I love it, that is just too funny, and a perfect arrangement I'd say! Val

girlymom said...

Maybe not a collar but a tracking device...that way you can send a thank you note to the generous other family! :)

E said...

Garfiled is a polygamist! Another family!!
Please reconsider the collar. You could hang a little vessel from it with a rolled up note inside and becoem pen pals with the other family. Garfield has a whole nother life and you guys could swap stories....

TheCynicalOptimist said...

Wow, good way to work the system. Well played Kellan, well played!

Jen said...

That is hilarious! I wish our cat would find another family, and stay there.

Courtney said...

That is hilarious. I have never heard of that before. So nice of them, be sure to send a thank you card!

Amy said...

that visual just cracked me up!!!

JO-N said...

Smart cat and nice arrangement. Kellan, you can write very well, really!!

Laurie M. said...

Sounds like a good arrangement, to me! Maybe I can get someone to take my dog part-time. That would be nice!

sting said...

haha! guess that didn't stop his wandering habits ya? :-)

shay said...

I'm lmao! Really?! someone else also owns your cat? enough to have him neutered?! I'm in shock and awe of the perfectness of this situation lol.

Too funny!

Karen C. said...

That picture is killing me. I almost peed my pants.

Thanks for your support, Kellan. It's nice to have so many great bloggers on my side!!

Melissa said...

Your right, that is quite a deal. I have to say though if I had paid for Vet bills that cat would be staying in my house!!

LOL that you think the cat is mad and came to hang out with you guys. I'd be mad, too! ;)

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

That is one of the weirdest things I have ever heard! Obviously he wasn't that traumatized if he left again:)

katy said...

I wish someone had done that to my dog a few years ago. It would have saved me a lot of trouble. If you get a chance look at my post for today and you can see what happened here last year when I put off getting the animals fixed a little too long.

LaskiGal said...

Oh, this is just too funny. Can you imagine how many people would love that arrangement for other things, dare I say . . . people, in their lives???

OHmommy said...

Heeeheee... nice!

That picture is hysterical. Where in the world do you ever find all of these picures? LOL.

joan said...

That is too funny Kellan! Do you know the other family? LOL

carrie said...

Oh yes, I'd say you definitely lucked out with that one!

Kami said...

Can't stop laughing....

wheeze, wheeze.....

THAT picture! OMG! I will be laughing all day.

Thanks!

I think this is the perfect arrangement too. No trips to the vet, why would you argue. And with a name like Garfield I am sure despite the snip snip he is keeping his food options open and romancing both families ;-)

Janice said...

Good one as always.
Have a most wonderful day

Joanna said...

The cartoon is a hoot!! I'm with ya - let someone else foot the bill.

Amy said...

That is the strangest thing I've ever heard. You let your cat out and a few days later... Pretty funny!

the dragonfly said...

Oh...too too funny!! It sure is nice to have someone else taking care of the vet bills... :) But seriously, what a shock!

Catlin Humes said...

lol, we had a cat that wondered in and out when I was a kid. It never came back fixed though. Saves you a good hunk of change.

Steph said...

Kellan,

I have to agree with your kids on this one. I wouldn't want someone else to have my pet fixed. However I do understand about being happy about someone else paying the vet bills.

Steph

Stacie said...

roflmao...let this be a lesson to your children ;)


I AM ONLY TEASING. ;)

Beth said...

It's like your cat is one of those men you hear about who lead a double life with two wives, two families, two homes.

What a hoot! And I agree with you...do not get that cat a collar. No need to ruin a good thing!

Patti said...

Ah Kellan we used to share our Basset Hound "Flash" with the neighbors out back of us. I'd put a collar on him, the little girl back there would take it off. She would tie him up, he would wriggle loose and come to his real home. I have to laugh at your kids but I did get right pissy about Flash after awhile myself.
Still, i'd be tickled pink if someone "stole" Sneaky and had her spayed which is next on my "to do" list.

Carl & Kathy Heppner said...

I was so shocked that the other family fixed the cat! I wonder if they think he's their cat and just wanders off? That's the funniest arrangement I've ever heard of a cat having. Well, glad it works for you. At least you didn't have to pay the bill!

tricki_nicki said...

Oh man, you've got the best of both worlds!

The Boyds Family said...

OMG! That is too funny! You think if I let my dogs out they will find another family to take care of that for me too? I would love for them to find an alternate family to take care of them, feed them, clean up after them, and pay the vet bill.

Pam said...

Now if only you could get someone else to take your kids to the doctor!

Mary said...

OMG that is too funny! Seriously, thats a great arrangement!

tommie said...

How did I miss this post! I think this is my favorite one yet.

Kathryn said...

That is hilarious! How wonderful that someone else paid the expense for you! HA!

teeni said...

Found you through Kami's site. This was a great read. I'm really surprised someone else would go through the trouble of neutering what they thought was a stray cat and then letting him out again. But maybe it was done by one of those trap-neuter-release activists. Who knows? I'd keep a good eye on your kids though. -Eeep! ;)

Kami said...

That picture Kellan, it slays me. Where do you find this stuff?

I have tagged you for a meme! And if you wanna show me that your workspace is worse than mine well, here's a challenge: I don't believe you!

:-)

Hugs!

Lucille said...

OMG!

That is just the funniest thing I've heard in a long, long time!

I think the cat has 2 very nice homes and he probably has a bed and play things at the other place too!

Thanks - the is one for the favorites column for sure!

www.whosgoingtotellyou.blogspot.com

JCK said...

It's always good when someone else does the castration..

Jodi said...

This is SO funny! The other family probably thinks they are so kind and compassionate....taking a poor cat off the street and all...rescuing a stray.

Nadine said...

OMG! I wish some nice family would take care of our vet bills too!

ValleyGirl said...

I think it's interesting that, like, 99% of these comments are in favour of what happened. I am too (in fact, we SERIOUSLY considered doing that favour for our neighbour's male dog!), but I just thought there'd be more people outraged over someone taking matters into their own hands in this situation. Pets is a very touchy subject for some people. And what if he'd been some prize-winning, pedigreed, stud services cat? (I guess you probably wouldn't have let him out of the house then, though! Still seems like a rather risky move on someone's part.)

bren j. said...

Oh man, if we could let our cats outside, I'd be hoping for a similar arrangement. That's great! Pretty audacious on the part of the Other Family, but great!

Mary Alice said...

PuuuurrrrFECT!

Tammy said...

Oh my. So funny on so many levels!!!!!

Anna said...

You crack me up! That is the PERFECT situation indeed! ;-)

Jen said...

Oh this is great! We actually had a story book out of the library about a cat that had 2 families, one by day, and the other by night. I didn't know it was YOU! LOL.

Seriously, maybe I should let my cat outside, and then someone might fork over the dough for the impending surgery. Hmmmm...

MoscowMom said...

That's so funny! We're scheduled to have our cats fixed in two weeks... Here in Moscow, the vet actually comes to your home and does it on the kitchen table. (!!!!!) UGH!!!! Better than facing traffic, though, and getting both cats outside... Our funny story is that our sister kittens ended up being BROTHER and sister after one of them sprouted a penis--much to my 7-year-old's dismay!!! We only noticed this when they were already 6-months-old--and good thing we did before we had an "immaculate conception"!!!

Ashley said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I have been captivated from the get go. This story cracks me up. I wish our cat had dual ownership!

Melek said...

omg, that's so funny! i can't believe someone 'fixed' a cat that may not technically be theirs! you should dye his fur blue then send him back out. see if they send him back with a collar on that says "Frisky (or whatever they've named him) is OUR cat. quit dyeing him!"
hahaha

Deb said...

Hmm... my only concern is that none of my dogs would actually return...

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