Seabass’ Diary…Day 135…It’s Over…

February 27, 2017-The door to the van slammed shut and we were immediately swarmed by the S.W.A.T team. I knew that this was a bad idea and felt sick to my stomach when I looked at the large, stupid human. He had been struck in the face and blood trickled down his forehead, three men tied his arms behind his back and his feet together.He flailed his limbs to break free but couldn’t. There were too many of them. I was restrained by two men and tried to bite at them as they hog-tied me, it was useless because I couldn’t reach them. They did the same to Bernard and Simba as I watched on in horror.

I was restrained by two men and tried to bite at them as they hog-tied me, it was useless because I couldn’t reach them. They did the same to Bernard and Simba as I watched on in horror. One of the men in the S.W.A.T. vests spoke, “This is it. You have been beaten and there is no way that you’re to get to the small, stupid human in time to save her life.”

“No! NO! NO! NO!” the large, stupid human thundered. “This is NOT going to end this way!”

There was an icy laugh from the front seat of the van and my heart almost stopped when I recognized it. The tall thin woman.

“Now now, not to worry! We ARE taking you to her…because that way you can all be together when it ends and I can make absolutely certain that I’ve done away with ALL of you.”

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Cats Throughout History…Part 2…Trim

This is the story of Trim the Cat who sailed around the world with a captain named Matthew Flinders. Cats were often welcome on ships because they protected the food supply onboard from rodents. They also provided entertainment and companionship to the men who were at sea. Trim the Cat is a particularly important member of the crew. Let’s find out why and what made him so special!

Trim was a black cat with white socks and a white star on his chest. Trim was very energetic and even a bit of a risk taker who loved to find adventure. Once in a while he fell overboard but didn’t seem bothered by it because whenever he landed in the ocean, someone would throw him a rope and he’d climb back up. Captain Matthew Flinders admired the courage, strength, and spirit of the animal so much so that he made him his favourite.

Trim ran freely around the ship with the ship’s men and was known for sitting in officers’ caps. At dinnertime, he quite regularly stole pieces of meat from the crew’s forks with such brilliant dexterity that his victims were more inclined to admire his skill than be angered by the theft.

Trim sailed with Flinders on the HMS Investigator on his voyage around the Australian mainland and even survived the shipwreck of the Porpoise in 1803. When Captain  Flinders was accused of spying and imprisoned by the French in Mauritius on his return voyage to England, Trim also shared his captivity.While the men were still held in prison Trim disappeared and Flinders was heartbroken. Seven years later, Captain Matthew Flinders was released and returned to his wife in England but he never forgot Trim.

In 1996, the North Shore Historical Society commissioned a bronze statue of Trim for the window ledge at Mitchell Library in Sydney, Australia, and the library’s cafe has been named after Flinders’ beloved cat.

TO THE MEMORY OF TRIM
The best and most illustrious of his race
The most affectionate of friends,
faithful of servants,
and best of creatures
He made the tour of the globe, and a voyage to Australia,
which he circumnavigated, and was ever the
delight and pleasure of his fellow voyagers
Written by Matthew Flinders in memory of his cat
Memorial donated by the North Shore Historical Society

Wow! What an amazing friend, companion, and feline. May the story of friendship between Captain Matthew Flinders and Trim never be forgotten and may we never forget them either.

Cats Throughout History…Part 1…Bastet and Ancient Egypt!

Cats were first domesticated in Egypt around 4000 years ago but their history among humans goes back wayyyyy further! Wild cats lived with the people of Mesopotamia  100,000 years ago and to have been domesticated at around the same time as dogs, sheep, and goats! How awesome is that?  The Near Eastern Wildcat is the closest relative of the domestic cat of today and was bred by Mesopotamian farmers, to control mice and rodents which were attracted by grain.

Cats association with ancient Egypt is remarkable. The people of the Egyptian culture were famous for being devoted to cats so much so that the export of cats from Egypt was SO strictly prohibited that a branch of the government was formed solely to deal with this issue. Would you believe that their devotion to our feline friends was so great that government agents were sent out to other areas to find and return cats which had been smuggled out? WOW! I couldn’t believe it either!

In 450 BCE, the penalty in Egypt for killing a cat was death (though this law is thought to have been observed much earlier). The goddess Bastet, commonly depicted as a cat or as a woman with a cat’s head, was among the most popular deities of the Egyptian people. She was the protector of women’s secrets and was the keeper of hearth and home as well as the guardian against evil spirits and disease, and most importantly the goddess of cats.I’m seriously considering changing the name on my birth certificate now!

Egyptians cared so much for their cats that they placed their safety above human life and property. Let’s say a house caught fire, the Egyptians would be more concerned with rescuing the cats than with anything else.They would run back into the burning building or form a barricade around the flames to keep the cats safe. When a cat died, everyone in the house would shave their eyebrows as a sign of deep mourning. Cats that died were buried in a special place and in special containers. The period of mourning was considered finished when the people’s eyebrows had grown back. Mummified cats have been found throughout Egypt, and were sometimes buried with, or near to, their owners as proved by identifying seals on mummies!

So dear friends, this is just a tiny taste of our weekly feature, Cats Throughout History. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this segment and I look forward to next Wednesday!

LLB

Change of Date!…

Hi Furriends,
I know that everyone is looking forward to our Cats Throughout History Segment as am I. I’ll be publishing it every Wednesday instead of every Monday as discussed. I’ve decided to change the publish date because I want Seabass’ Diary series to stand alone on Mondays. Stay tuned for the first blog part of a three part series! Looking forward to your comments.

See you tomorrow,

LLB

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Seabass’ Diary…Day 134…Gut Feeling

February 13, 2017- The black van came to a screeching halt and cornered us against the edge of the cliff. There was no way out but down and I knew that there was no possibility of diving off of it again. That just wasn’t going to happen. The door flung open and five men in black, bullet-proof vests with the letters S.W.A.T. written on them said, “Get in.”

I looked at the large, stupid human and a wave of suspicion washed over his face. I could tell that he didn’t know whether to believe them or if this was just another booby trap that the tall, thin woman and her henchmen had constructed to kidnap us and kill us.

The large, stupid human said what we were all thinking, “How am I supposed to know that you’re the cops? Took you long enough to get here by the way.”

One of the men fired back, “Listen, do you want to find your wife or not? By my calculations, we have about twelve minutes to get to her before they do…”

Another man in the S.W.A.T. vest said, “You’re going to have to trust us.”

Simba got into the van and then the large, stupid human and Bernard. I hesitated for a second because my guts told me that something was wrong.

“Seabass, GET IN NOW!” Simba ordered.

Everything in me was screaming for me to run but I did as I was told…as soon as I stepped foot in the van I immediately wished that I had listened to myself.

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New Weekly Feature!…

Hi Furriends,

I’d like to introduce a new weekly feature on The Kitty Cat Clan! We had tons of fun with the Cat of the Week feature, didn’t we? I promise that this will be just as much fun! Starting later today and for the next 3 weeks, I’ll be showing you some pretty important cats throughout history and what their roles were. Buckle up for an exciting, interesting ride!

Stay tuned!