Aficionados of film or the theatre will quickly make the connection for the names Felix and Oscar. But The Odd Couple moniker doesn’t fit this story well. A better title? The Three Musketeers.
Felix, a street kitten who was orphaned after his mother was killed, was being fostered by an ACR volunteer before he was adopted by Peter about a year ago.
“He was quite timid and still a little feral when I brought him home,” said Peter. “So I let him stay in the upstairs while my other cat, Oscar, and I would stay downstairs. We would come visit him every hour.”
After some time, Felix grew comfortable and joined Oscar, who was also adopted just a month earlier, and Peter upstairs. While there was still trepidation from Felix, a “eureka” moment soon occurred.
“I was cleaning up after dinner,” said Peter, “and I looked over and there was Felix lying on his back beside Oscar, and he was just purring his face off and having a great ol’ time.”
Since then the trio has got along swimmingly. Why wouldn’t they? Peter has already built a perch from which Felix can keep a close eye on all the family’s comings and goings. Plans are also in the works for a cat walk that will stretch all the way from the living room to the kitchen.
While clearly the generosity of Peter has enriched the life of Felix and Oscar, the comfort from his two feline companions is crucial for Peter as well as he battles through medical issues.
“I go for dialysis each night, and when I come home they’re both there waiting for me, one for each hand,” Peter said.
See, nothing odd about this tale at all. Just three friends who work perfectly together, just like those French musketeers.
— Edward Fraser