Description Big Smoky was a large, unneutered feral tom that suffered a seemingly endless array of injuries, illnesses and other hardships. He would appear bearing horrendous wounds from fighting with other cats. He often had severe gastrointestinal issues, apparent tooth infections, upper respiratory issues and sometimes approached starvation when injuries or illness prevented him from eating. His life was full of fear and pain, but he would not enter a trap and could not be captured. He disappeared forever after last being seen with severe case of diarrhea and looking very weak and emaciated.Saint Big Smoky watches over those that actively work to end the suffering of stray and feral cats. He reminds all that the life of an uncontained feral cat is one of hardship and pain, filled with injuries, illness and constant fear. He gives strength to those who attempt to see beyond their own fear of death to find what will truly be the most humane way to help feral cats that they encounter. He also reminds all that a feral domestic cat is not the same thing as a wild animal, and it does not have the skills, immune system or instincts needed to survive the dangers of a wild world.
Cult Of Otis, Seattle, WA Member Since February 2011 Artist Statement Otis came from the humblest of beginnings. He is the son of two ferals- abandoned domestic cats struggling to survive in a world to which they are not adapted. His early life was bleak and lonely. His days were filled with fear, hunger and infinite danger. It appeared that He would be doomed to the same shadowy existence as His parents, and that His life would be short and contain great suffering. But this was not to be His fate.
Within Otis there existed an enormous strength of spirit. This strength was recognized by the two that would become the Guardians of Otis. With the help of Brother Oliver and Brother Henry, they coaxed forth the True Spirit of Otis. As the True Spirit of Otis emerged, he began to perform miracles. After a short time in Limbo, Otis was swept up in The Capture and now dwells in The Promised Land. His full potential now realized, he acts as the spiritual leader of the Cult of Otis, and He spreads The Good Word to all who will listen.
Read more about Otis and his movement at www.cultofotis.com.