This lucky cat was rescued from a tree. Now much older she's much wiserNew Year's 2016 in style.
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Black cats rock, and my black cats rock my world


Black cats rock
Black cats rock, and my Pink Collar has been rocking my world for 17 years.
Black cats rock
Pink Collar is a beautiful black cat.

Black cats rock, and my black cats rock my world

Today, we Meet the Cats. Paws must say black cats rock, and my black cats, Pink Collar and Clyde, now geriatric felines, have spent many a year rocking my world.

Clyde is Mom’s cat, and we will talk about him later, because his story follows on the heals of  Pink Collar’s. She is aptly named after her vibrant hot-pink collar that makes her black bear-like coat shine.  Rather than fading into the background, this Pink Collar brings her to the forefront, and her perfect little white star shows what a star she really is.

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Pink Collar was a shelter cat

Pink Collar was adopted from a shelter, and she has been with the Paws family the longest of any of our living felines. Paws adopted her in December 2001 to give to my Mom. Her Calico cat Sam has passed over the bridge the year before.

When I went to the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook, Maine, I was looking for an older cat. I was shocked to find how few cats were at the shelter, and did not find one that caught my eye, EXCEPT…  There was this one kitten all by herself in the front lobby. She was beautiful – a black cat with beautiful green eyes and a little star on her chest. She was six-months-old. And I thought, would this kitten be a good match for my 72-year-old Mom?

It was love at first sight

She started poking her paw out of her cage to get my attention. That was it. I fell in love with her. But I had every intention of giving her to my Mom when I went home for Christmas the following week. My Dad had passed on some five-years before. I knew, even then, that cats make the best companions. I filled out the paperwork, and was approved. The staff recommended taking a collar for ID purposes. I picked a vibrant pink, which would become her signature marking for years to come. The shelter staff put in her in a cardboard box carrier and away we went.

Black cats rock
Pink collar has attitude and some of that attitude shows through here as she celebrates New Year’s.
Black cats rock
This aloof black kitty may be a senior cat, but she still hangs out a plays with her housemates.

Smokey Blue, who had the coloring of a Russian Blue and the build of a Chateaux, was my Velcro cat. She cooed like a bird and followed me wherever I went. She had been my sole cat since we had lost our other cat some 5 years ago. One cat was plenty and lots of company.

This black kitten was for Mom

I had planned to keep Pink Collar separated and put her in a separate room, as I had plenty of room in my condo. But sometimes things don’t go as planned, and as soon as I walked in the door with the carrier, Smokey Blue was right there checking it out. There was no hissing or any display of anger. This was quite different from when I had introduced Smokey Blue to Victory, a Maine Coon look alike, many years before. Victory had let out a blood curdling scream that I’ve never forgotten.

With careful supervision, I took the kitten out of the cardboard carrier, and Voila, they started playing. Smokey Blue instantaneously took this kitten under her paw, and adopted her. As the week went on, I found the thoughts of giving this lovable kitten up intolerable. I kept thinking, would a kitten be right for Mom? Needless to say, with a little coaxing from my friend Mike, Pink Collar joined my household and has been with me for 17 years.

The two cats got along instantaneously

Unlike Smokey Blue, who was all Velcro, Pink Collar has attitude. She sits beside you, not on your lap. She sleeps with you, not on you. She lets you know with a pert MEOW that she isn’t happy with what you’re doing.

Pink Collar has had a few bouts with urinary tract infections, and we switched her diet, which has worked perfect for her and my other cats. She loves to eat and nap. Now, she has significant arthritis, and is undergoing acupuncture treatments. These have worked miracles on her. She holds her own with the boys. Despite being a geriatric cat, she does not run away from them. She will throw her paw up at them to stand back.

Now the arthritis pain has been brought under control, she’s like a new cat. She’s more alert, and even goes upstairs for an afternoon nap. We’re hoping for a few more quality years with this very special black cat.
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We wish we had some photos of Pink Collar when she was a kitten, but I can’t find the prints to scan. I’ll keep looking, and when I find them, I’ll be happy to share. Black cats are just the best!

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Do you have like black cats? Do you have a favorite? Has a black cat rocked your world? As Paws was writing this post, we had a thought, perhaps shelters should put bright collars on the black cats. This would make them stand out, and might make people notice them for the stunning cats they really are? Please share your thoughts and weigh in on this fun, yet important discussion.

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26 responses to “Black cats rock, and my black cats rock my world”

  1. Dash Kitten Avatar
    Dash Kitten

    Our senior Peanut was a kitten at heart until she got beyond 18, playing with Mr Sparkle Ball, or Crinkle Ball. Like your lady, she was a special senior with CATtitude 🙂

    I love seeing seniors on blogs, they are amazing and wonderful, and deserve the blogging spotlight.

    1. BJ Avatar

      You couldn’t have seen it better. Senior are very special cats.

  2. jean dion Avatar
    jean dion

    What a sweet story! I’m so glad you were able to get her arthritis pain under control. My heart cat, Eamon, fought with arthritis for many years. He had good days and bad, but I know that the right medications extended his life for years. I hope the same is true for Pink Collar!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

    1. BJ Avatar

      Thanks for sharing! We certainly hope we can get the arthritis pain under control like you did for Eamon. She does better when it’s warm and the sun is shining.

  3. Marie Symeou Avatar
    Marie Symeou

    Lovely story and what a beautiful cat!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  4. Maureen Sudlow Avatar
    Maureen Sudlow

    My first ever cat was a black cat called Peter and I loved him heaps – I’ve never forgotten him…

    1. BJ Avatar

      They’re all so very special, and each one holds a place in our hearts, whether they’ve passed over the bridge or are here with us.

  5. The Island Cats Avatar
    The Island Cats

    Well, we’re BIG black cat fans here. They are terrific house panthers.

    1. BJ Avatar

      Indeed, and the house panthers can definitely fend off the other kitties.

  6. Summer Avatar

    I loved the story of Pink Collars! I hope you are able to find her kitten photos – I’d love to see them.

    1. BJ Avatar

      I certainly hope I can find them too. I know I have a photo of her with her head stuck in a bag of cat food. Also have one with her a Smokey Blue.

  7. Deborah Barnes - Zee and Zoey Avatar
    Deborah Barnes – Zee and Zoey

    What a sweet story! I can see why you kept her for yourself! My black cat was Tosha – we found her abandoned by the side of the road one night. It was pitch black, so it was a miracle we found her. She was skin and bones and riddled with fleas. Naturally, we took care of that and she spend many, many happy years with us!

    1. BJ Avatar

      Tosha was one very lucky kitty to have found you. They come into our lives in such different ways. It’s really amazing.

  8. The Swiss Cats Avatar
    The Swiss Cats

    Pink Collar is a beautiful black panfur ! Purrs

    1. BJ Avatar

      Indeed she is! Thank you.

  9. Annie Avatar

    I really enjoyed reading this story. Pink Collar is so pretty and it really was meant to be that she make her home with you. Her New Year’s photo is stunning!

    Oh yes, I love black kitties!

    1. BJ Avatar

      I can’t understand why black cats are so often overlooked and undervalued because they are so very special. I agree about her New Year’s photo. She could be Queen of the Ball.

  10. speedyrabbit Avatar

    My mummy loves black cats too,beautiful girl,xx Speedy

    1. BJ Avatar

      Your mummy is a very smart lady. Black cats are so very special.

    2. BJ Avatar

      All cats are special, but there’s just something about the black ones.

      1. speedyrabbit Avatar

        Mummy had a black cat,and she said the was very clever,a great climber,but also a great snuggler too,sadly he has been over the rainbow bridge a long time so I never got to meet him,xx Speedy

        1. BJ Bangs Avatar
          BJ Bangs

          So sorry you didn’t get to meet him, but maybe another kitty in the future. Purrs!

  11. erinthecatprincess Avatar

    Clearly this was a relationship that was preordained, and what a life you have shared. There is nothing finer than a life shared, so heres to the future, and more wonderful selfie opportunities for a truly beautiful lady.
    Purrs, ERin

    1. BJ Avatar

      You’re right. It was a relationship that was meant to be. A kitten was not on my radar that day, but she’s been on it ever since.

  12. Brian Avatar

    She is such a beauty and we can imagine the adorable wee kitten she was!

    1. BJ Avatar

      I can’t believe I can’t find pictures of her when she was a kitten. She indeed was a beauty.

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