By Hannah Shenk
The day was cold and dreary, with skies of gray. As a group of Providence students walked to Connell’s with the lightest sprinkles of rain, a soft sound could be heard. It was a curious young cat. The small gray kitty padded after the students all the way from Reeve’s court down to a few blocks of houses.
This was one of multiple encounters that Providence students have had with the furry felines that resided on campus. Many students encountered the cats, and had varying opinions:
“I saw it once,” says Haley Aguirre, “I heard it meow, and I turned around. It was a deep, lonely call. I could tell it wanted attention.”
“I adore them. Cats are life,” states Zoé Vernier
“I was shocked at first,” Morgan Zylstra says, “to see them roaming the campus. And I was afraid at first because they were crawling on my pictures. The best cat is a dead cat.”
For a while, it seemed Providence had unofficially adopted the cats. Name ideas were circulating, people would stop on their way to classes and take a moment to pet the cats, theories about how many there were on campus began to arise. It is believed that between three to five cats frequented the premise. One student even had security called on him late at night when he was petting one of the cats.
However, the new Providence cats were not to be. Two of the cats, the smallest of the bunch, turned up on a missing poster. These cats are no longer on campus, and we can only hope they reside safely at home. However, Providence students were sad to see them go:
“I was so sad because my cat died two years ago,” Nathan Lewis laments, “His name was Smokey. I picked up [one of] the cat[s] and all the memories started to flow back about my little Smokey. And it was very therapeutic for me.”
“I’m sad I never got to meet one. I saw one once, but I didn’t get to pet it,” Colin Vis says.
“Empty,” Zoé Vernier told the Blade, “Alone. I feel sad. Cats keep me sane.”
“I never got to meet these cats personally and I was very disappointed,” says Ruth Fleeman, “I have been petitioning for a quad cat since I came here three years ago, and I just feel it’s very beneficial. I have cats, and they really help me understand what it is like to care for another being. I think we should either bring the cats back or adopt more. If you agree post something with #campuscats.”
“I miss my friends dearly,” Micah Summers was solemn in his recollection, “Their presence invoked a permeating aura of feline comfort that transcended our academic anxieties, and with a warm sound of purring, softened the hard edges of college into cuddly, more pleasant shapes. The Lord is testing us with the absence of our campus lionesses, and I pray our faith will be nothing but refined.”
However, only two cats belonged to people. The others may still be out there. This may not be the last we have seen of the campus cats.