March 8th, 2007, 09:23 AM
I adopted 2 kittens from a rescue group 3 years ago after my 18 year old cat died. Following that adoption, a beautiful big black male stray whose owners used to live in the area moved and didn't bother to take this wonderful cat, decided he wanted to call my house home, so off to the vet with him and now he's a member of the family and the only cat allowed out, vet guesses he's around 10. In early January, I had a little grey tabby kitten show up on a cold winters morning while I was filling up the bird feeders. Fed her (she ate like she hadn't had food in a long time), and she was still there waiting for me when I got home from work, so in she came and off to the vet with her for shots and a spay. I've checked all over to see if anyone in the area had lost this kitten, but to no avail. I've seen no one looking for her either, so now there are 4 inside. I have 2 other cats that have been showing up outside for over a year now, one I'm sure is alone in this world, a very nice ginger male, but far too skittish to let you get close to, I've tried, but he's been feral too long I think. The other has a home, just likes the food I put out I'm sure. Last night I had another very pretty black cat appear out of nowhere, and obviously thin and hungy, so she's now eating here too. I think I'll be able to make friends with her with a little time and patience and at least get her spayed if she hasn't been already. I have 3 cat houses outside 3 feet up off the ground, warm and dry and each has a nice thick blanket in there, and the cats use them. I want to know how on earth people could move and leave cats, or let out a small kitten in a neighbourhood with cats around that would kill it at any given opportunity. I don't mind looking after all these beautiful beasties, however my limit inside is 4 for sure, it still boggles my mind how people can be so cruel and or stupid.