This is how Tommy asks to be let out on the balcony. He seems to be wishing that he were just a little taller and had thumbs, so he could let himself out. Tommy is Shilgiah's brother. He came to live with her in September of 2006, when he was about three years old. When he first arrived, he had a nasty virus and had to be isolated in the study for two weeks. During that time, he and Shilgiah talked to each other and played pawsies under the door. When he was allowed out for the first time, Shilgiah hissed at him, but she soon discovered that he was a lot of fun. One of the things he did that endeared him to her was to show her how to get rid of her collar. After Tommy took both his and Shilgiah's collar off time after time, the Mom finally decided that it was useless to try to keep collars on them. Both Shilgiah and Tommy really enjoy going out on the balcony, but Tommy loves it more. Last spring, a bird made a nest on the balcony and the cats weren't allowed out there until the baby birds were reared and flew away. Tommy really hated not being allowed out, but he made the best of it and now he and his sister get to go out for a while every morning again.
Tommy loves to sit on the balcony,
Listening to birds sing him a symphony.
The brisk morning air
He sniffs with a flair.
Life is good for a cat with a balcony.