Some of you were reading back when “Miss Mamma” a feral cat moved her kittens into our garage. Miss Mamma is no longer with us, she is resting peacefully under a pussy willow in the front garden. One of her kittens survived A Series of Unfortunate Events and still lives in our garage. I was trying to remember how old she was, then I realized she’s just turning two now.
We’re so glad she survived her series of unfortunate events as a wee kitten because she has grown into a super sweet cat. For the longest time she was feral, not letting either of us get near her, much less pet her. Probably because of her early trip to the vet as a kitten and once again to get her fixed at 6 months.
She’s still semi-feral, but in the last few months she’s finally tame enough to let me pet her. Everywhere I go in the garden she’s not far behind, watching what I’m doing with her big curious eye, chasing insects and simply enjoying life as a cat.
Now that she’s older, we’re noticing a lot of her mamma’s traits in her and we’re thankful for that. We both say Miss Mamma was the best cat we’ve ever had. She doesn’t have an official name, we just call her “The Sweets”. We figured naming outdoor cats wasn’t a good idea since they usually live short lives, as was the sad case with Miss Mamma.
The Sweets keeps our garage rodent free and she keeps the chipmunks out of the garden. We never set out to have outdoor cats, but sometimes you can’t help it, they just show up at your door. They get trapped, fixed and fed and usually weave themselves into the fabric of life here at Chiot’s Run.
We’ve had our share of cats that just show up, I can’t even begin to nail down an actual number, most are feral and move along, though a few stick around. In the case of Dexter we think he was a pet someone left at the back gate of our allotment.
While I love cats, it makes me sad that we have to deal with so many because people don’t spay & neuter or decide to dump them off “in the country”. At least a few of them end up at Chiot’s Run where they can live a cat’s dream!
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