Big Foot

Post last updated: December 17th, 2017

"Don't come near me!"

Poppie has been fussing about the feral cats and cats that just show up in the neighborhood. He forgets that one night Hobo, a black and white cat, showed up on his back porch peering in the French doors at him and Poppie took him in. Thus, the problem. Hobo, in paying it forward, adopts these cats and brings them up to Poppie’s back porch to be fed. Hobo’s latest adoptee is Big Foot, another black and white cat with humongous feet. Big Foot doesn’t know it yet but he’s going to be my cat.

It has taken an entire pouch of Crave Soft Treats and several days to coax Big Foot onto my porch.  If he doesn’t soon succumb to the lure of my cat treats, I’ll be broke. A 2.1 ounce pouch of Crave is $1.47.

Would you look at the size of Big Foot’s paws and that thumb! My Bible Study group has a retired veterinarian and I asked her about his thumb. She said it’s called “polydactylism and cats who have these extra toes use them like opposable thumbs to open drawers and cabinets and hijinks ensue. The cats are common in Key West at the Hemingway mansion.” I wonder, do the Hemingway cats go in search of writers? Does this mean I’m a writer now? Stop, don’t answer that! I’m going to get enough grief from my friend Evie. I can just hear her sassin’ me, “Your cat got a thumb? Figures. Ain’t nothin’ ever been normal about you.”

Needless to say, I haven’t told her about the cat. I figure I’ll wait until it opens my front door.

12 thoughts on “Big Foot”

  1. I have never in my 45 years seen a cat with thumbs and here you are with real pics and everything. He is a beautiful cat, but THUMBS? Only a nut like you would find a cat with THUMBS, or to be more correct only a cat with THUMBS would find a nut like you. Only the unusual and weird happens to you. Remember the time that parrot walked up to you while you sat on your front porch. Who does this stuff happen to other than you? Too bad you don’t share more of what an exciting life you live other than your gardening woes. I mean eating dirt during your face plant in the wee hours of the night is funny but some of this other stuff would just send someone into cardiac arrest. THUMBS?

    1. Well, Miss Evie, I knew you’d give me a wheelbarrow-load of grief about the cat with thumbs. That’s why I didn’t tell you about him. I’ve got to make sure he doesn’t really belong to someone. He looks well-fed. I did not PLANT my face in the dirt. I fell, okay? How can I offer up my strange life for everyone’s entertainment when I have no memory. I never remember these things until you start trashin’ my reputation. –Mizz Chairman

  2. Your new cat is going to love you! I’m certain he will be seduced by your treats. Interesting cat. I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a cat with thumbs, just heard about them. He looks like a sweetie.

    On another note: I also wanted to let you know: I am awarding you the Versatile Blogger award. You can read more about it at my post here: http://dreamingofroses.blogspot.com/2012/01/1-blooms.html I hope you will accept it and have fun passing it on to others. Congratulations! 🙂

    1. Holleygarden — He is most definitely not a sweetie. He fights with the other feral cats and is always spraying things to mark this place as his territory. One big, mean tomcat. Good thing he doesn’t have a gun cuz with that thumb, he could cock the gun and pull the trigger! Many thanks for the Versatile Blogger Award. I haven’t been at this long enough to know 15 garden bloggers… Thanks to Blotanical that will change. –Mizz Chairman

    1. Jen — But how long is it going to take? We have way too many feral cats in the neighborhood. I fear that I might end up being the old lady with 52 feral cats to feed and she’s eating cabbage soup to be able to afford food for the cats! –Mizz Chairman

  3. That is a good looking cat…
    I’ve tamed feral cats, it’s not hard, as they’re already domesticated.
    If you are feeding it the entire pouch of treats at the same time, I could see how that might run into money.
    The last feral cat that hung out in my garden, learned to hang out with me by me tossing it a goodie from my chair in the outdoor dining area. I’d toss it a goodie closer to me and closer to me, in no time it was coming up to my feet.

    It took about a week or so to coax it onto my lap. It was a tom cat that had a life of his own, and I haven’t seen it in a while. It may have met up with a misadventure, due to rednecks with guns and huge free-running mean dogs.

    Don’t go the cabbage diet to feed the strays… the people from animal planet will come and take your cats away from you… Everything in perspective…. There is always room for more new plants, but cats are territorial.

    1. Hey Stone. I’ve made some progress with Big Foot. He now comes onto the porch when he wants to eat and hangs out until I open the door. I’ll admit to looking out the door a lot to see where he is. I was allowed to pick him up once for 15 seconds but it’s progress. If he sticks around, this will be the first cat I’ve had since 2006. Back then I had two indoor cats. They both went to meet their maker within a year of each other and I did not replace them because of my allergies. Big Foot will have to fend for himself in the cold weather because I just can’t have indoor cats anymore. That reminds me. I’ve got to go get my allergy shots. Talk later! –Mizz Chairman

  4. A beauty of a cat! I knew someone with a cat that had a couple of thumbs on each foot. That cat had so many toes, it was insane! Hope you get him tamed!

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