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Kitty Star of the Week for October 22 - 28, 2006.

This week we remember Mouse. His person-mom, Karen Rempel Arthur, writes,

One morning about 20 years ago, I was sitting on my front verandah absorbing some spring sunshine. To my surprise a cat suddenly popped out of the shrubery and landed close to me. He gave me a friendly meow and sat down.

"Hullo there," I said. "Who are you?"
He didn't reply.
"Where'd you come from?" I asked.
He still didn't reply.

I knew all the felines in my neighbourhood and this gray cat with four white feet and mint green eyes was a stranger. For the next several days, every time I came outside, he would greet me at the door and finally his persistence convinced me that just maybe this was a homeless animal.

Softy that I am, I invited him in, fed him and laid full claim to him as a housemate when I gave him a name. I'd always thought it would be funny to name a cat "Mouse" and here was the perfect candidate. The coloring was right and he took to the name.

grey tabby
Mouse

Mouse or "Mousie" was the perfect house pet, was chatty and very friendly. He loved to play and race around the house and yard.

He was the little angel who daily visited my ailing neighbour, Betty, and I discovered that he also visited a neighbour's cat several houses away. Dickens was an indoor cat but they visited and carried on a conversation through the basement window.

Mouse was only with me for three or four years before he became ill and died while in the care of our veterinarian but it's his very friendliness that has always remained with me.

Read about Mouse's visits: A Cat Called Mouse.

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