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Montreal Times pet of the week – Meet Toots the Funky Cat

Bonnie Wurst – mtltimes.ca

Toots is only about 5 months old now and was just a tiny kitten when Reesa Moretti found her in a back alley in the Plateau area. She was dirty and quite hungry, but seemed to be in good health.

“I was taking a walk around the neighborhood and in this area there are a lot of feral cats. I heard pathetic little meows coming from behind some boxes and went over to check… this poor little thing suddenly jumped out from behind and sat down in front of me. I was smitten,” explained Reesa.

She asked people around the neighborhood and put up a few posters to make sure she wasn’t somebody else’s kitten, but after a few weeks and no replies, she officially became Toots’ forever Mom.

“I had taken her to the vet right away and except for some fleas and needing de-worming pills she was very healthy… and she soon became the funniest and funkiest little thing I ever met.”

Reesa enjoys dancing and listens to a lot of funky music.

“I listen to everything from James Brown to the Psychic Mirrors – and Toots really gets off on it! Whenever I put a few tracks on to dance to, she immediately comes running into the living room and begins rolling around on the floor and running in and out between my feet… I have to be careful not to step on her!”

Toots also has a funky penchant for t-shirts, in feline size of course.

“One of my friends bought her this adorable little t-shirt with ‘I love you’ and a heart on it. I didn’t think she would like having it on her, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! When I first took it off, she kept trying to stick her head back into it.”

She now has a collection of six little t-shirts, of which Reesa lets her pick out.

“She doesn’t wear them all the time of course, but on chillier days I pull them out and put them on the bed… then she walks all over them and, I think, tells me which one she wants to put on by laying down on it and kneading it.”

Toots like to ‘Play that Funky Music’ indeed.

To submit your pet for ‘Pet of the Week’, email Bonnie at bonnierwords@gmail.com or info@mtltimes.ca

To see the article in the Montreal Times 22.72 June 3, 2017 edition please click on the above image


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