My Cat Stratus

Many of you know about my cat Stratus. Most of you don't know Stratus has passed away.

I want to take a moment to talk about Stratus. Stratus was my cat of 10 plus years, that I often made mention of during the morning show. Unfortunately, Stratus passed away this past winter.

Even now, there aren't a lot of days that go by without someone asking me about Stratus. He became fairly popular with our morning show viewers, even though no one ever saw him on air. I certainly wanted to bring him on the show a few times, but Stratus had some anxiety issues when it came to meeting new people.

It took over 6 months of dating before my current wife every even saw Stratus. It was, without exaggeration, over a year before she ever touched him....and not without quite a bit of fear. But eventually Stratus did warm to Tara, one of only a very few people besides myself.

When I got Stratus as a 4 week old kitten, he was one of a litter of 6. He was all gray from tip of tail to top of ear, and cowering in the back of a box, while his siblings were running all over the place. He was definitely born quite shy, and never really got fully "socialized". As hard as it was for others to get close to Stratus, it was hard for me to get away from him. From the minute I got home from work until the time I started snoring Stratus was either in my lap, at my feet, between my eyes and the book I was reading, or on my shoulders as we walked around the house. We were buddies.

I fully understand now, what I didn't 10 plus years ago....pets are family members. It was a tremendous loss when Stratus passed away, and still brings a twang of pain for time to time. But the memories certainly bring more smiles than frowns. We still have our 1 1/2 year old hound "Brandy" with us...and hopefully will for many years to come, but I have not been able to bring a new cat into the house just yet.

Stratus's memory lives large in our house and always will, even after I do eventually bring a new cat home one day.

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  • by Karen Location: Kinston on Aug 6, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    hearing the story about stratus hits home....i have two beautiful 9months old kittens. two females from the same litter i rescued them in wallace on hwy 41 they were 6weeks old. i had them spaded and declawed front and back..i now have thirty days my landlord told me or i will lose my home..i feel like a part of me will be gone. i need help. is there anyone out there that will save my precious kittens "whiskey & rum"..i dont want to see that my efforts in saving them from hwy 41 was all for nothing..they are good with my grandchild who is 15 months old. they tolerate a bath once a month even though they groom themselves and each other.. if you can provide a loving home for them please call 252-361-8611
  • by Susie Allen Location: Plymouth on Aug 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM
    It was so nice to read about Stratus..we enjoy you as our weather pick on TV. I know this will sound "pushy" maybe, but I wanted to let you know about a cat we are fostering. My girls and I have been volunteers at Beaufort Co. Animal control in Washington, NC for a few months now and right away I liked this unusual looking cat. He looks a little like a gray Siberian tiger from the front with blue eyes even!!! We named him McCloud (an old cowboy character from TV remember?) but we have mostly been calling him Cloud. He looks part Tabby and part Siamese with the color he is. It is a requirement to nueter and spay when you adopt from the he is nuetered AND we got all of his shots up to date including rabies (3 years). He is so playful I believe he is still under one year old. He's not afraid of our 2 English Setters and Chihuahua and 3 other cats. If you would like to invite Cloud into your home you can contact us by email :) Will try to put a picture on WITN

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