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The Literary Cat #2

My Literary Cat

‘Sgt. Karrin Murphy, alias Murph’


In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.

 –Terry Pratchett

NOTE: Murph would be the most unlikely cat ever to be worshipped by anyone, anywhere. After rescuing her and her brother, Harry,  almost two years ago, as kittens merely eight weeks old,  Harry settled into our household and totally totally embraced his role as ruler of the roost. On the other hand, Murphy still dives under the nearest bed or couch when any human approaches her. You’d think she’d have figured out by now that we are mostly harmless and provide all the food and creature comforts she could ask for, as devoted slaves will do, but nooooo. We call her the Skittery Kittery.


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6 thoughts on “The Literary Cat #2

  1. François on said:

    So cute! She looks like she could be family of Gwendolen. You say rescue? Did you get them from a shelter?


  2. Hi, Francois! Nice to see you here. She is cute, though she always looks terrified, with eyes dilated and round as an owl’s. In the almost nine years we have lived in this house, I have rescued 3 other litters of feral kittens, and found homes for all of them. Then one day, we discovered a 4th litter in our woodpile. The mother cat and at least one kitten got away, never to be seen again. But we cornered two of the kittens and brought them inside, with the intent of finding homes for them, too. (We already had three cats and our dachshunds, and didn’t really want any more.)

    Well, best laid plans and all of that. I took one look at Harry’s little chump face, and I just couldn’t bear to part with him. And it only seemed fair to keep them together, plus Mark was quite taken with Murph. So I named them after my two favorite characters in The Dresden Files (my very favorite Urban Fantasy series), and the rest is history. We found ourselves housing five indoor cats and two dogs, which is really way more than we can afford to be caring for. We lost one of our senior cats this past summer, so we are now 4 and 2.

    And that’s the story of Harry & Murphy.

    One of our current cats is a shelter cat (we’ve adopted many over the years), and one is a street rescue, and then we have the two woodpile kitties. One of my dogs I got from a dachshund rescue group, too, and one I got from a friend. I’m a firm believer in rescuing animals in need of homes, in spaying & neutering, and in keeping my animals indoors, fenced, or leashed and safe from traffic and other accidents.

    And there you have it!

    PS…Murphy’s front legs are so cute…one is completely yellow striped, and the other is completely black and white. They look like they came from two different cats.


  3. François on said:

    Always great to hear about people rescuing cats or adopting cats from shelters. I am so scared of visiting our local shelter and seeing all those friendly feline faces. I wish I could adopt another cat but space is an issue where we live. And the neighbours have four cats so I would feel guilty adding another cat to the mix here.

    Luckily Gwendolen just forced her way into our hearts and I am happier everyday because of that.

    Btw thanks for sharing Harry and Murphy’s story 🙂


    • You are welcome, Francois. I’m always happy to talk about my animals. I’ve been a cat lover all my life, so they hold a special place in my heart. You are wise to know what your limits are in providing a home for any pet. We are really stretched right now with 6 animals. Medical care is horribly expensive, especially when you have older animals or animals with special needs, and I’m already paying $85 a month for flea and heartworm protection. For us, that’s a lot. So we have determined that as our current animals get older and head on to that Big Litter Box (or Dog Park) In The Sky, not all of them will be replaced. I’d like to get down to a two-cat household, but you are right. It is so hard to turn away from shelter animals or strays in the neighborhood.

      I wouldn’t mind fostering some animals in the future though, until permanent homes can be found for them. That might be a way to enjoy a few extra fur buddies, without a lifelong commitment. Something to consider, anyway.

      I’ll be watching for more exploits from your Gwendolen.


  4. Haha I have Scardy Kitty because when he and his mama, Mama Kitty came to live with us, he was stuck in a tree, and was too afraid of us to help him out of it, but too afraid to come down either. I was more persistent than he was, though and I got him down. 🙂 Marsha 🙂


  5. Good for you. Sometimes these cats, whether we worship them or not, just have a few brain cells that ain’t workin’ right. Glad you were able to rescue your boy from the tree. Cats are so interesting.


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