There’s an old joke about a kid misinterpreting the Christian hymn “Gladly the Cross I’d Bear” to be about ursid named Gladly with strabismus: “Gladly the Cross-eyed Bear.” Well, today we have, for real, Simon the cross-eyed cat. And he’s up for grabs, i.e., adoption, if you live in the Chicago area.
David Richards, known as “daveau” on this website, sends photos and a video.
I don’t think anyone will accuse Simon of being the handsomest cat in the world, but it turns out he’s a real sweetheart, which more than makes up for it. Simon, so named for his obvious Siamese background, has been an intermittent visitor to our backyard for 8 or 9 years. Recently, however, he has been showing up nearly every day to predate in our feline heaven of a back yard. I’m sure that is partially due to my feeding him along with our cats in order to take the edge off his appetite for birds. He may or may not have a home somewhere nearby, but he is clearly allowed to wander everywhere year-around, and I’ve belatedly come to the conclusion that he needs a real home before winter sets in.
He is a sweetheart:
I will vouch that he is friendly with other cats, at least with mine, and that he is friendly with humans, as I have gotten to know him over the last few months. He will happily sit with me on the back steps and get petted endlessly. He seems to look forward to that just as much as the to food I give him. (He is slightly afraid of the camera for some reason.) He is not neutered, but shows no signs of territorial marking. I will gladly pay reasonable expenses for a checkup, shots and neutering, all of which he will need. So, if you have a home that needs a loving cat, or know someone who does, Simon is your guy.
He has taken to eating breakfast here nearly every day and I can catch him pretty much anytime, and bring him anywhere in the Chicago area on a weekend.
If anybody’s interested, I will be happy to talk to them and fill them in on all the details. Attached are a couple of photos and a short video.
Could somebody give this moggie a home? He’s clearly not being taken care of, even if he does have an owner. If you’re interested, email me or, alternatively, “daveau” himself, who will post contact information in the comments in a few hours.