People Parroting Pets?

My wife had noticed him skiddering around the perimeter of our house a few days before and had put some cat food outside the garage door, away from the activity of the front door.  He had been eating the food.

So, could it be that he instinctively saw an opportunity?  Did he sneak into the garage when the door was opened and deliberately get trapped in there?

Was that an act when he put up such a fuss when we had to bathe him to get rid of the fleas, gently dry him with a hair dryer and swaddle him in a soft blanket to quiet him down?

Did he intentionally turn down that first hot meal to make us believe he was too weak to eat?  He hasn’t missed a meal since then.

We’ll never know for sure and he’s not saying.  But eight years later he is now nearly 20-pounds of handsome and cute – not obese, just a big boy.  When he yowls for food we jump to his service.

We recently adopted another cat; or did he adopt us?  The evening before he found us, I had said to my wife, “We should get another cat for Raven to play with.”

She said, “The only way I’d get another cat is if it was a gray one with those yellow eyes like Bob and Sheila’s,” she noted, talking about a cat we’d seen at a friend’s house.

Next morning, I walked out our front door and there, right in front of the door, was a handsome smokey-gray kitten with striking yellow eyes, about eight months old, who flipped on his back and struck his cutest pose for me.  I picked him up and carried him to my wife and said, “Your cat just delivered himself.”

It was unbelievable.  The cat – his name is Scooter – just fit right in.  Long story short, the cat’s owner couldn’t keep him, so he is now a full-fledged member of our family.  He brightens our day with his friendly personality and constant antics.

But did he come to us by accident; or was it by divine design; or could it be that among the heightened senses of animals is the sense of compatibility?  Did that cat know that someone in our household was looking for a cat just like him?

I guess we’ll never know for sure.  I do know that he is a great fit for our family and he’s motivated our older cat to start acting like a kitten again; and to be honest, he’s made the rest of us all feel a lot younger at heart as well.

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine who also served for 15 years in municipal parks and recreation, is now a full-time photojournalist who lives in Beaufort, S.C.; he can be reached at (678) 350-8642 or email

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