As of today, August 12th, 2011, this now makes it a month, since my cat Orange (formerly Orange-U-Glad), left the house and went missing or presumely dead. The reels from me that you see on top, are a few selected video clips i shot of Orange, from the 1st video clip I shot of him on July 9th, 2010, to the last uploaded video featuring Orange, which was shot sometime in March of this year. The picture you see is the last portrait taken of Orange and I to date, which is from July 5th, and on July 8th, I shot the last video clip of him to date, before he left the house 4 days later on July 12th. On July 12th, after getting my classes registered for the Fall semester and hanging out with my best friend Clayton, the main thing that was on my mind for the entire July 12th, was the arrival of my Vizio 32″ 3D-HDTV, which my mom had to stay home for it, so she could sign off for the package. When I arrived home, the cats were playing outside, and the last time I saw Orange was around 8:48 pm. By the time it gets dark, it’s when I try to bring all of the cats bank inside the house, despite that Orange can stay out longer. Because that I had to workout downstairs, I thought that I could trust mom in watching the cats, which she does, but she follows her own ways of letting them continue playing outside, even when it’s dark, which I don’t like. Tasha and Meowgi-II came back home, but Orange was gone for so long, I had no choice but to cancel my workout, to stay in the living room to wait for him to come back home. He never returned, even when it reached to 1:30am, as I had to seriously get some sleep to be ready for work in the morning.
Despite that Orange has never been neutered and he was stray when we got him (his mother Lady was stray as well), since early this year, he has been on a mode for mating, as he would sometimes spray around the house or around our bushes, trying to look for a mate. Due to the extreme lack of cats in my neighborhood and that Tasha rejects Orange (since she has been spayed, when we got her), I guess Orange decided to go on his long journey of finding a mate. Due to the hot weather and that it’s bound for an animal like him to survive out there, I believe that he has died out there; maybe from heatstroke. Him being lost for so long left me depressed, that I couldn’t workout for 2 weeks, just thinking about it, and the free Pet Finder website I used to provide his information is not helping at all. I thought about contacting Pet Amber Alert and paying the fee, but this neighborhood is not all that trustworthy, as black folks are not all that helpful to eachother, and there are mainly dog owners than cat owners. However, on August 1st, while I was on the bus heading to the Oakland City MARTA Train station, on the left side of me, at an abandoned apartment complex which is heavily caged up, I saw a very bright orange or yellow coated cat, sleeping on one of the stairways, and I thought to myself, that it must be him, but I couldn’t get out of the bus, since I didn’t want to be late for work. I did call my mom about it, and she drove around the complex to see if the cat was still there, but was gone by then, maybe to escape the sun.
This is all of my fault, as I never had the chance to get him neutered on time, and due to the fact that my job is still having me work 1 day a week and not having me work my full hours a week anytime soon, my finances haven’t been good at all, to even schedule an appointment to get him fixed. This is not the 1st time that Orange has been gone for so long. Sometime in January, he was gone for 8 hours, but when he arrived home, he was smelling like cat urine, and his leg was broken, as I feel he got bit by some animal out there, since his leg was pretty swelled up, but Orange healed himself by biting into the wound, and letting the blood and puss pour out.
Orange is the 1st cat that I have adopted since 1998, when my 2nd adopted cat Junior died on June 17th, 1998. I never wanted to adopt another cat after Orange died, but because that Lady later on showed up with her 1st litter of kittens (who all died from getting hit by speeding cars, leaving Orange the last survivor), I decided to adopt 1 of them, but as long as they become human friendly to me and my mom. Orange’s other related siblings who I have adopted; from the 2nd Litter, Meowgi the 1st (10/9/2010 – 1/2/2011) and Tigra (10/9/2010 – present, taken to Animal Shelter since June), and from the 3rd litter, Meowgi-II (3/22/2011 – Present). I don’t miss Orange as much as Meowgi the 1st, whose death at 2 1/2 months old still hits heavy on me, especially for a non-human. My mom has thought about getting another Orange or Yellow cat that looks very similar to Orange, but I don’t know if I want another cat, as I really had plans on giving him up for adoption sometime next year, due to the financial situations of my mother and I.
Orange is a survivor, and I’m glad he’s got survival skills like his mother, but even if he is dead, I’m glad that he was a part of my life since June of last year, even if we didn’t have physical contact then. I will plan on uploading a tribute compilation video soon, which will also feautre the final video clip I shot of him on July 12th. God Bless Your Orange.