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Cats, cats, cats!

Posted Thursday, October 15, 2009, at 10:55 PM

A few months ago we accepted two new young cats into our family and swore this would be the end.

Yeh, right. Last night we noticed a new cat sitting on the side of the road down by our mailbox. Upon looking harder into the woods, we noticed three young cats, apparently the older cats babies.

I carried some food down there last night, but everyone scattered, so I had not idea if they would get it. This morning, all food was gone, so I brought some more and decided to sit near the dish to see if I could get any close to me.

Four ended up coming around and they were definitely hungry, but I never saw the original one that I thought was the mother, so this afternoon I go again. Three come out of a hollow tree and then the fourth, but I hear meowing and sure enough another shows up from way back in the woods. But wait! ANOTHER pokes her nose around the tree. Now I have six and still no mother!

After sitting for about 45 minutes, none of them got closer than a foot away so I get ready to leave and back behind me, across the road is a Siamese looking mother. I go back to the house and get more food. She eventually comes close enough to get the food I put over on her side and I call it a night.

All day the young cats would not play, but finally tonight they must have been full enough that survival was put aside for a little rough-housing. I hope I can get them to come to me in the next day or two, especially before one gets hit by the cars zipping by.

One neat thing is that mom found them a hollow tree that all can apparently fit in to, so they should be dry tonight if they want to be, and with 7 bodies in there, it is probably nice and warm as well.

I doubt that the people who dropped them off will be reading this, but if you do, we are trying to save them and find them homes. I doubt that we can keep them, but there are some cuties if anyone is looking.

There are at least 4 females, since they are calico, another is black and white, one sable/orange and momma looks Siamese in color, but I would bet she isn't really Siamese.

Until we are able to get control of them, they are technically unavailable, but I will visit them every day to try to keep them from becoming "wild". If you are interested, contact me at Steve@mybedfordcounty.com

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Somewhere along the way, I picked up a love and appreciation for all life. I'm not crazy about termites near the house, nor ticks and fleas but if they are not in my living space, I leave them alone as well.

Our older cats also take time to warm up to the exuberance of youth. Our stray lap dog Sophie has picked up the nickname "grumpy" because of her fussing when one particular young cat come near. Sam has slowly become closer with other cats, but he took to Sophie right from the start.

Even though she grumbles, Sam just lays up against her and snuggles, as if he knows she has a kind heart. She used to move, but when she realized she would lose her favorite spot, she just sucked it up and accepted Sam.

I will start another post to keep their pictures out there.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 26, 2009, at 10:00 AM

Steve, she might be part Himalayan. They have a tendency to have blue eyes as do Persians. so somewhere in the mix is a very nice breed of cat. I just ended up with a new drop off myself. We believe it is a Manx since it is tailless. She is a doll and fits in with us old folks (i have a 17 year old poodle and a lazy old mix breed dog, along with an old lady cat) that is not as tickled with all her enthusiasm as the rest of us. However, she is doing well and I wish we could help you out. If i hear of someone wanting a kitty I will know where to go. Thanks for being such a nice man.

-- Posted by grannyoldknow on Sun, Oct 25, 2009, at 7:43 PM

I was able to pet the Momma this morning and she has blue eyes, so I would bet she is part Siamese.

I gave them a large plastic container with some sheets inside for warmth and wrapped in black plastic to hold heat in last night. Since they were all out waiting for their food this morning, I can't be sure they used it, but it is there, just in case.

Except for fleas and ticks, they could stay there for ever. Luckily the cold weather will slow the biting insects down but I am concerned about the road right next to them and eventually predators.

Now that the sun has come out. We will try to get some pictures.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 18, 2009, at 10:21 AM

Poor babies, I will be praying they go to good forever homes.

I just don't understand people. Thanks steve for being such a good man and helping these little ones out.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sun, Oct 18, 2009, at 9:09 AM

One calico has been adopted by a good home.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Oct 17, 2009, at 9:50 AM

We may have one spoken for tonight if I can catch the little bugger. I can touch the others now, but he (I think) seems to know we are looking at him.

I hate to split the family up, but it is going to happen anyway.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Oct 16, 2009, at 3:52 PM

Steve, i understand about the abondoned kittens here. we found one outside our house several months back and now she is expecting kittens ! hope we will be able to find homes for them. we expect them around thanksgiving time. We were at church last wednesday and there was this cute little yellow tabby kitten. it was cold wet and hungry. it came to us so we took it in and we are looking for a home for it ! people if you don't want kittens then get your cats fixed ! that goes for males as well as females because someone that has a female may not want you male cat comming around and creating more kittens. it is every cat owners responsibility not just the ones that own the female cats !

-- Posted by dragonfly on Fri, Oct 16, 2009, at 12:05 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.