Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
That was actually the first thing we did.
I'd noticed their mother nosing around our property for several months. Like I said, I'm not a cat person, so I viewed it like I would a wild squirrel: If it didn't bother me, I wouldn't bother it. I didn't give it much thought for months, but then she showed up on our back porch feeding our left out dog food to two fuzzy kittens.
I thought, oh poop. It's breeding, just what I need. I first called the humane society who said they'd all be euthanized immediately. They were very healthy looking, and while I don't particularly like cats and won't ever have them for a real pet, I didn't mind them co-existing with me on my property. I didn't want to have them destroyed if I had an alternative, I just didn't want more.
Fortunately I was able to find a CNR feral cat rescue/maintenance group who caught all three and got all three girls spayed for me. Talk about dodging a reproductive bullet.
Once her kittens were old enough, momma cat returned to her elusive ways. I see her about once a month, and only if she doesn't see me first. Her two kittens know a sucker when they find one though, and are fed twice a day on my back porch. My kids love Rosecrantz and Guildenstern, even though they can't handle them. The kids even stole my pet rats' feather chase toy on a stick and now use it to play keep away with the cats. I'll have to buy my rat babies a new chase toy since the cats have gotten kitty cooties on theirs...maybe get a third toy so both of the cats can play at the same time and one won't be left out.....(curmudgeonly sounding grumble).
So yeah, now I'm learning how to be owned by cats whether I want to or not. I always knew they were our secret overlords. Sneaky things.
Now if I can figure out this secret cat language.
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Hanging out in the Land of New Feetsies:
Melon, Skinner, Black Pete, Zanna, Custard, Tucker, Jeffrey, Zmei, and Windham.
Last edited by Storyseeker; 02-04-2012 at 08:55 AM.