close encounter of the cat kind

stray cat adopted by Pretty who named her Lilibet

(I call her Pussy)

Naturally Pretty would settle on the nickname of Queen Elizabeth II for the recent interloper who crashed our carport four weeks ago, who now sits at the top of the steps of our kitchen door with the expectation of Fancy Feast meals twice daily, but refuses human touch. Her Royal Highness.

I have solid reasons for resisting Pretty’s cat rescue attempts over the past 20 years: my cat allergies, our dogs’ instinctual desire to murder cats, additional vet bills…I could go on.

Why give up the fight over the cat with Pretty now, the reasonable reader asks, to which I reply I got nothing on that. The cat showed up. Pretty started with giving her water. The next thing I knew I was ordering Fancy Feast from the grocery store. End of story.

My friend Ellen Hawley ( has a cat named Fast Eddie and asked for a photo plus name of our Stray Cat so here you go, Ellen.

I also would like to dedicate this post to the memory of my friend Luanne Castle’s cats ( Pear, Felix, Mac and Izzie. No one could love a cat more than Luanne and her husband the gardener although Pretty will surely try her best.


Stay safe, stay sane, get vaccinated and please stay tuned.

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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6 Responses to close encounter of the cat kind

  1. JosieHolford says:

    To be chosen by a cat! How lucky you are, and will be. And just be patient. Perhaps the cat is somewhat feral or has forgotten human love having seen it displaced with its opposite. If it once was loved it will love again. And bring blessings upon the household!

    Looking forward to future postings and photos of your good fortune. Thank-you. And thank-you Pretty.

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  2. Wayside Artist says:

    What beautiful cat! They take you on, not the other way around. It’s the Tao of the Meow (which I think is a book). Basically you’ve been hoodwinked. Fancy Feast? Expensive tastes, but then she is a Queen.

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  3. Well, if a cat has adopted you, you MUST feel very flattered 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Luanne says:

    Aw, thank you so much!!! XO

    Liked by 1 person

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