Every Friday, The Citizen features a pet available for adoption from the Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York.
This week, we spotlight Simon.
Q: Who is your best friend?
A: You know, we cats always think that our people are our best friends. But the people whom I thought were my BFFs moved and just left me on the street. I understand that happens a lot around here. Very sad. Anyway, a nice person picked me up because I looked very confused, and he brought me here. I guess he can be my BFF for the time being. However, there is this really nice, very senior cat named Grampy. He lives here. I think I will look like him when I am an old man. Maybe he's my next BFF!
Q: Do you have a job at the Shelter?
A: Sort of. I am the chief bird watcher here. That's a job title I have just created for this interview. I have a feeder right outside my window, and it usually gets a lot of activity. I even get to watch squirrels and sometimes there are deer and other wildlife that keep me entertained. Life is good.
Q: If you could meet someone famous who would that be?
A: I think I would have liked to have met Winston Churchill. Sir Winston had an extraordinary fondness for orange cats. He had many over the years — most notably Tango and Jock, who shared his bed with him. I think he must have been a very kind person. We cats know kind when we see it.
Q: If you could visit any place in the world, where would that be?
A: Why don't you ask me where I would not like to visit? Right now I am thinking about the people and animals in Florida who are suffering because of Hurricane Michael. I am especially worried about all of the dogs, cats and other animals who will lose their homes, and maybe their lives, because of this storm. I would not like to visit Florida, but I am sending my good thoughts there. I hope they get there and they help.
Q: Do you have an interesting fact to share?
A: Yes! And even I, as a feline, didn't know this. But did you know that we cats walk in what is called a "direct register"? This means that our hind foot lands in the exact same spot that the front foot was in. This reduces tracks and reduces noise, both of which help cats remain less visible to predators! Very interesting — and also a fact!
Q: Do you have any advice for our good Citizen readers?
A: I do! Please get your calendars out. Our next and last free rabies clinic of 2018 will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, right here at my shelter home. All dogs, cats and ferrets that are 12 weeks or older are more than welcome. Also, our 2018 Pet Photos with Santa will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the beautiful Dickman Farms Garden Center. One of my canine or feline colleagues will have more information on that in future interviews. And my last bit of advice is: Please stop by to visit us! Thank you and love, Simon and friends.