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January 3, 2000

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Sammy, the Cat of the Day
Name: Sammy
Age: Two years old
Gender: Male
Breed: Cat
Home: USA
   This is what Sammy looked like when I found him at the school I was working at. He was being fed popcorn and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the children in the yard. He went straight to the vet and tested negative for all diseases, so he went home to my other cats. He was so ingratiating and sweet that the others immediately accepted him without any of those spitting episodes and without upsetting the hierarchy that the others had established.

    Sammy is now a quiet and loving adult. He is large and his fur is now silky and thick. He is the sweetest cat we have seen in ages. He doesn't like the cold and sleeps under the covers. He was thrilled when I brought home another cat from school two months later, Matilda. Matilda became pregnant after escaping from the house while in heat, and Sammy was quite upset. As the days went by, Matilda became less and less interesting in chasing and playing with Sammy. The last week before the kittens were born, Sammy and Matilda just lay together resting.

    Finally the night came when the kittens were born. Sammy and I stayed up all night. He never slept. He lay with me and paced the room and checked each kitten over as it was born. During the next few weeks he would always go into the kitten box and care for them when Matilda took a break. He washed them and disciplined them and fretted over their antics. When they were old enough to run around the house, he stayed close by and monitored all of their activities. Now that the kittens are a year old, they still seek out Sammy for naps and kisses. He's the best uncle anybody could have. The strangest thing about Sammy? He never talks. Not one little peep, nothing. He only purrs. He doesn't seem to have any physical reason for not talking, and it's a curious thing that he doesn't.

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