Puss and Boots

This morning, leaving Panera, I saw a young man sleeping in the entrance of the subway, his back facing the street.  He looked as if he was camping out sprawled on a blanket, his boots by his side.

This is certainly not a new thing to see in the course of one’s day, New York’s homeless population growing in numbers.  But what made this a little different was the cat sleeping beside him.  homeless-man-friendly-stray-kitten-12555226

It was young, and to me, a female with the prettiest face wrapped in a bath towel guarding him lovingly.  My heart, already hanging by twine, gripped as if someone squeezed it.

This is what I know.  A man I met who works at the ASPCA told me, homeless people take better care of their pets than many with roofs over their head.  I always remember that when I come upon a situation like this one.  Believe me when I say, I was much more distressed than the cat was.  She seemed perfectly comfortable and happy just where she sat, snuggled next to the one who loves her.  To be honest, I couldn’t help but be a little envious.

I flew into Duane Reade to buy cat food I quietly left on his blanket realizing afterwards, I should have left something for him.

Busting myself, I have more compassion for someone on the street with an animal than one who is surviving alone.  The moment a dog or cat comes into play I’m digging into my wallet.

As I gingerly put the can of Friskies down the little kitty looked at me with blinking eyes, a sign of trust as if to say, thank you so much – from the both of us.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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29 Responses to Puss and Boots

  1. This was so touching. Also I feel that the homeless have such empathy for these animals because of their situation. Wouldn’t hurt any of us to learn that kind of empathy.


  2. micklively says:

    Homeless folk with cats is new to me. I’m used to seeing them with Staffies. I hear tell this is as much for personal protection as companionship. We’re not nice to homeless folk in all kinds of ways.
    My only reservation on your comment about the quality of care the pets receive, is the issue of mental illness. Many homeless folk are not able to look after themselves even.


    • Here in New York there are plenty of mentally sound people on the street down on their luck. If you’re speaking of those who mutter gibberish needing meds, that’s another story. I’m very touched when I see anyone clearly in trouble accompanied by an animal. Despite the obvious circumstances there’s dignity in it.

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      • micklively says:

        I’m no expert on this but “mentally sound people on the street” doesn’t make much sense to me. There are ways to get off the streets. Why would anyone mentally sound not take one?


    • There are different levels of mental illness…various strains of unwell. Surviving in general is hard…here extremely. It’s not so black and white.

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  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    I bet you made not just the cat’s, but also the man’s whole day a lot brighter.


  4. I’m sure the gentleman was only too please to have received the food for his guardian angel 🙂


  5. Elle Knowles says:

    Another sweet and generous gesture from you Susannah, which you have plenty of. 😊 Foster Kitty would take care of me if I were on the streets..another squirrel this morning! We would eat well if he shared! Uggh! ~Elle


  6. Such a kind gesture. I bet you will go back there to check on them.


  7. So kind of you. I can imagine that if I were on the streets I would want an animal as a friend too.

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  8. That cat most likely is providing this man with a much needed sense of purpose. Animals don’t judge they just love you with or without a roof and encourage us that all will be “ok”.

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    • That’s true. She had no idea she was homeless, because she wasn’t. As long as he was there under that blanket she perched on, that little kitty was home. So sweet when you really think about it.


  9. He will be wonderfully happy you thought of tabby.
    I would not give it a second thought unless you see him sleeping again…then…up to you.


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