Story Time @ S.T.A.R.T. II

When Morpheus was first diagnosed with cancer, I read to him daily.  After he took his medication, we would sit together on the bed and I would take us on an adventure where cancer didn’t exist.  Usually it was somewhere in the Star Trek universe.  Most times Morpheus fell asleep.  Each novel I read dealt with bravery and sacrifice.  The morals hit close to home for both of us.  At times I asked myself if reading to him helped him at all.  Like my vet pointed out, hearing my voice relaxed him and put him at ease.  It was certainly making him feel more comfortable.  But most importantly, we were spending quality time together.  We read Star Trek novels everyday for a month and half together.  The last book I started reading with Morpheus was one of Philip K. Dick’s collection of short stories.  We never made it the end and the book is in his cardboard box with several of his favorite toys on the shelf in our bedroom closet.  I can’t finish it.

Then a few months ago (I’m sure you animal lovers have heard about this), there was an article about school children reading to the dogs at a shelter.  This always stuck in my memory and I thought it a great idea.

So, the past week, we have been integrating cats into our cat room at START II, slowly tearing down cages and closely monitoring behaviors and interactions.  The kittens have been having a blast running around and sleeping wherever.  Some of the adults would rather nap in the corner, but the kittens are haywire.  I decided to have a story time hour (or two) with the kitties in the cat room.

Yesterday after I finished cleaning, I started reading Isaac Asimov’s The Complete Stories Volume 1 aloud to the kitties.  I sat against the wall on a cat bed, pulled another cat bed next to me, and began.  No sooner did I get done with the first page, I had 7 kittens surrounding me, two on my lap, five in the bed next to me.  The adult cats were able to roam freely without worrying about kitten playtime crazies.  After about half an hour, many of the cats were relaxed and purring, belly up and happy.  I’ll be making it a weekly tradition now.  Every Monday, the kitties will get story time with Col.  The book is large, so we’ve got plenty to keep us busy. 😉  Wish I had a photo of it.  Other volunteers got a kick out of the scene.

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9 thoughts on “Story Time @ S.T.A.R.T. II

  1. Mommy has always thought that reading to kitties would be a good idea. Glad you tried it at home and in the shelter, and that it was successful. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  2. What a great idea. After my George had his surgery, I sat for long periods of time with him on my lap singing to him and talking to him.

    • That’s wonderful! I’m sure George enjoyed the singing. 🙂 Ron sings to the cats and they sometimes sing along. But I don’t have a singing voice — just a librarian reading voice. 😉 Does George talk back to you? Most of mine talk over me. lol

      • Oh yes, George talks to me in many different ways. Verbally and non-verbally. He bonded with me before we ever brought him inside the house. He is a cat of valor and a gentle cat. He has not once scratched me on purpose or in anger.

      • 🙂 George sounds like an awesome kitty!!

  3. That’s such a good idea. I’ve never thought to read to my cats but I think I will definitely start!

    • Thank you! I was originally going to read the kitties Grimm’s Fairy Tales, but I couldn’t find my copy. So they had to settle with science fiction. 😉

  4. That is so wonderful. Dad reads to us every night and has been doing this for 2 years now. We all come in and settle down and by lights out we are really relaxed. He is a volunteer with some rescue groups so maybe he will do it with others. We wont get jealous cause it is a good thing.
    Purrs
    Timmy

  5. I think what you do (and did) is great. 🙂

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