Monday, January 11, 2016

I Have Become One of "Those People"

 


I've been sharing my home with someone new and I am doing OK.

I had no intention of doing this and when opportunities came my way, I ruled it out.  Oh sure, there were temptations and I admit that I am attracted to those with blue eyes, but I am older now and really did not need any more complications in my life.  However, it was love at first sight and it hit me hard.  

She arrived on my front porch on a rainy night.  She was not alone, her five siblings  accompanied her. Although it was dark, I could see they were very young and my heart went out to them all.  Then their mother appeared (the neighborhood free spirit) and took them into the small house we keep on the side yard.

The next morning I paid a visit to the house and removed the roof.  There were six adorable  kittens all looking up at me.  I took one in my hands and before I knew it, she found her way into my home and heart.  She was no more than four or five weeks old and needed to be bottle fed for a few weeks longer.  The bond grew stronger.  I was able to collect all the others and gave them to a lady who fosters kittens and cats.  All were adopted within two weeks.

That was six months ago and although my family has some challenges now (don't we all), this little fur ball has given us much joy.  Daisy came into our lives just when we needed her.  In the beginning, she wore us out with her playfulness but now things have settled down a bit, and although still kittenish, she has become the most loving and affectionate pet we have ever had.

I have become one of those women now, you know, the typical cat lady, who shows you pictures of their pets at the smallest suggestion.  I accept that, as I admit that I can talk about her endlessly and I can't believe that I waited so long to write about her.  We do have another cat, Wheezy, who is not very happy with the new addition, but we try to give her the needed attention also.  She, being 11, though, would rather be left alone most of the time.

My new baby


Daisy has grown in more ways than one and now sports a very large mane and a very full fluffy coat.  She is also overweight and the vet has put her on a diet.  We over-loved her with too much food and now must cut back. This will be difficult for all of us. 

Three months after we brought Daisy into our home, her mom, Big Bucks, made another delivery.


Bucks


This time there were five.




All of these beauties were adopted within four days and we finally caught Momma.  She is now out of the kitten business and so are we.  Halleluyah and meow!

78 comments:

  1. She did find you just when you needed her and she is totally adorable! There are some opportunities you just can't say no to. What beautiful kittens - if they weren't all adopted already, I might well be on the next flight despite having 3 cats already, but glad to hear Mum is now sorted. Good luck with the challenges x

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    1. Yes, she did have beautiful kittens and the lady who fosters was a little bit sorry that Bucks would have no more. I am so relieved that I will no longer have to deal with finding them on my deck or porch. I am very happy though to have one of her offspring.

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  2. Sweet little tiger...my that momma made pretty babies.

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    1. Yes, she did, but after dealing with 6 litters, enough is enough.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. It turned out to be a very happy ending for us all, including the momma.

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  4. Daisy's beautiful sometimes things happen for a reason and she was brought to you at just the right time xxx

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    1. It could have not come at a more better time. She makes us laugh and smile and we sure could use that.

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  5. Nice post. I enjoyed the initial build up. Enjoy your sweet Daisy cat.

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  6. Daisy looks beautiful. As does her mama.
    I am so glad that the kitten factory has closed.
    They do find their way into our hearts don't they? Says another mad cat lady...

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    1. I am prejudice, but I do think she is a beauty. Her mom is a pure breed Himmy (so said the doctor) and I can't understand how anyone could abandon her.

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  7. Aw bless. She's a little beauty and knows a good home when she sees one.

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    1. I am a sucker for all these feral/ abandoned cats in my woods and they know where they can get a good meal and some shelter from the elements.

      Thinking of you Molly and hoping that things will improve for you and your husband.

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  8. Bucks must have picked up good vibes from your home. I'm so glad you have a sweet furry bundle to cuddle.

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    1. Bucks knows where the food is. . She lives in a house under my deck and eats three square meals a day. Even after three years, she will not let me pet her, but after leaving all her litters her, I know she trusts me in her own way.

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  9. It's great that you put Bucks out of the baby-making business, but she sure did make some beautiful babies! (I'd want ALL of 'em!) Yes, I too am one of those crazy cat ladies. But I wouldn't want to be any other way. Miracle of miracles, Smarticus has also become a crazy cat man! Life is good.

    I'm glad Daisy came into your life just when she did. Kittens have a way of mending the sore spots in our hearts.

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    1. My hubby has always been a cat man and I love all animals except rats and snakes. We have had cats for years, but this one is special, very special.

      I love your last sentence; my eyes welled up reading it. It is very true for us right now.

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  10. Cute
    www.scoopfromahandicapper.blogspot.com

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  11. What a beauty! I don't mind at all if you wanted to post pix of your new edition every single day. The mama is quite pretty too.

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    1. that was a very sweet thing to say, Sprinkles. I know how you love animals.

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  12. Cats are lovely and useful creatures but have never mastered family planning. They need our help.

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    1. So true, Geo. We saw her a few times enjoying herself immensely with roaming strangers. She was often the aggressor and very popular. She now is fat and happy and is done with all that. The boys will be disappointed come spring.

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  13. They just slip right in, don't they. I once had an abandoned kitten run straight up my leg, crying Maaa, Maaa. What's a Ma to do?

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  14. Isn't she adorable - glad that Mum won't be having any more though or it could prove a problem.

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    1. It has been a problem for years and try as we did, we could not catch her. This time we bought a new type of drop down trap and it worked the second time. I am sure she is as relieved as we. She should have never had all those litters. Now she sits on my deck, fat and happy.

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  15. Congratulations on the brand new addition! What a BEAUTY!! Ive been around hundreds of kitties in my time and i must say Bucks sure had some of the most gorgeous litters ive ever seen! She herself is so so so pretty... Love her eyes! Daisy is adorable and looking foward to watching her grow....please post lots of pictures for us okay? Yes i do love Charleston. Tell me about your city please

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    1. They were adopted very quickly. The first one to go was the black and white one. He resembled the daddy.

      I live in a small suburban town in a very historical area of Pa. It is not as beautiful or interesting as your lovely city of Charleston.

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  16. Too cute! Those basket babies are so pretty.

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    1. This was the first time she had kittens that looked like her. She saved the best for last. My son took the grey one.

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  17. Your baby is just beautiful! What a joyful addition to your family. Isn't it amazing how our beloved pets find their way into our hearts at a time when we need them most. How wonderful of you to make sure the kittens find good homes....and momma will be a momma no more! Enjoy your ball of fluff and happiness.

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    1. I think that having and loving a pet makes hard times easier and good times more joyful.

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  18. It was a wonderful thing you did. Finding homes for all those sweet babies and finding new love in little Daisy. Seems you saved her and she saved you.

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    1. I am relieved that I am out of the kitten business. Hopefully, no one else will dump their unwanted, not spayed, or neutered animals on my country road. There are some very cruel people out there.

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  19. Good for you for making the effort and the cost to close down the factory. Mamma is probably as relieved as you are!

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    1. I hope she is. Now that she is retired, she hangs around my deck all the time. It is not Florida, but the chairs are comfortable.

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  20. Sweet little darlings!!

    Out of the kitchen business...well put.

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    1. Yes, they are and now they are all loved and cared for. My work is done.

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  22. What a kind, kind person you are to have saved those kittens and in effect saved the momma, too. And what beautiful cats they are.

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    1. Who could not love a kitten or an animal in stress? I know there are people like that, but I would never be their friend.

      Thanks for stopping by Olde Dame Penniwig. I love your name.

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  23. Daisy is lucky to have found such a loving family. It was so nice of you to make sure that her siblings also found welcoming homes. Happy New Year to you and your fabulous felines!

    Julie

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    1. Happy New Year to you to, Julie. May 2016 be good to us all.

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  24. The beautiful little things! Daisy is a very lucky little cat.

    I'm a cat lady; I was a cat child; cat teenager; cat young woman; cat middle-aged woman and now an elderly cat lady! :)

    I have Remy and Shama in my life now...and they've been part of my life and me part of theirs for the past 13 years. I love my cats...I always have.

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  25. I have become a crazy cat lady over time. Dogs were my my focus in my younger years but once my children brought cats into my life, I was a goner. This little fur ball who has now entered our lives has brought us joy and many smiles.

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    1. She is fat and happy, but her diet is starting next week.

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  27. What is it about kittens that makes us smile so much, even if they're only pictures? I have a big smile stuck to my face at your adorable Daisy. And Big bucks is amazing! I've never seen a cat colored like her before and with such blue eyes. And her new litter is just as sweet. I'm so glad you kept Daisy. Animals really are great companions and stress relievers, and we all need more of that! :)

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    1. People love to watch cat videos because they are so entertaining and make us smile. Lexa, you are absolutely right about them being stress relievers. They are so much better than a bottle of pills.

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  28. The mother cat is beautiful, I'd have adopted her too! Funny how she brought her babies to you twice in a row and very glad you were able to put her out of the "kitten business."

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  29. Bucks carries her kittens one by one from the woods across a winding, dangerous country road to our house for the food and shelter that she knows they will have here. She also is probably tired of feeding and taking care of them herself and wants a babysitter.

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  30. Beautiful photos. That basket of kittens is just the cutest thing - until they put their needle sharp claws in your legs and start climbing!

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  31. What beautiful kittens. It's a great temptation, but I am highly allergic, and more so as I get older. I do enjoy looking at pictures.

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    1. I have tested as being allergic to cats also, but I just live with it.

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  32. Momma is gorgeous and so innocent looking. Good she's out of the kitty business and good that there are so many in your area who are willing to adopt. I'm a cat person too, but will not have any up here. The house is too small and outside coyotes are really dangerous for cats. But how I miss them. I'm so glad you took Daisy in. She will bring you joy for years to come.

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    1. Daisy is an indoor cat and if she ever got out I would worry because of the foxes we have in our woods.

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  33. I'm a dog person myself, but even I would find it hard to say 'No' to any of those kittens - and the Mummy Cat, Bucks - she is beautiful. Years ago, I had a tiny kitten dumped on my doorstep (I even heard the person running away before I could get to the door) My dog at that time wasn't best pleased but there came an uneasy truce. In home, the cat was boss, but outside, the dog chased the cat across the garden. But they became firm friends and snuggled up together to sleep. That little kitten was black, loved playing with a ball - so we called her Pele!

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  34. What a beautiful story and an enterprising Mama cat - instinct told her where she would be welcome!
    All our cats over the 45 years we've been married have found us too and brought sunshine to our lives.
    Mother cat is a beauty, I can see what the guys saw in her!
    This is one of the best narrative posts I've read - you're a gifted writer.
    Following you now hoping there'll be updates!

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  35. I know someone who was adopted by a cat and it really seems to have changed her life. It's a lovely thing to happen! And how lovely that you are helping to rehome the siblings!

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    1. It was always a worry that we would find good homes for all the kittens that Bucks brought us, but people have gotten back to us and said what good pets they are. It makes me feel good that these kittens, born to a feral/abandoned cat, will have a good life.

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  36. Oh my....what adorable cate.....and BIG BUCKS is such a "looker". No wonder she has had so many kittens....I'm sure the guys love her!
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    1. I am sure the boy in our neighborhood will be very disappointed come March when she usually goes into season. That chapter has closed.

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  37. dear arlene, thanks so much for stopping by my blog recently. i do so hope that by april i'll be able to blog again. i love your posting on daisy and her mom. i've lived with cats since 1973 and they have taught me so much about living in the present. i do not know if you have ever read "A Cat's Life: Dulcy's Story" but it is the book given to me by the first cat with whom I lived. it's our love story, just as this posting is yours for daisy. peace.

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    1. I know about your love of cats, Dee. They sure can steal our hearts.

      I hope you are having an easy recovery and will return to Blogger when you are ready. You are missed.

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  38. Hi, Stopping by to let you know that you're one of the winners of my 7th blogaversary giveaway. Please send me your name and address -- to cornwallst59@hotmail.com -- and I'll send out your cookbook. Thanks for visiting Buttercupland.

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  39. From one crazy cat lady to another, congratulations. May you have years of love and questionable actions ahead. :)
    x

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    1. Yes, I guess I am a crazy cat lady now. I am so in love with this little girl who always makes us smile.

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  40. The story of adoption with a happy end! I like the whole bunch of fluffy kittens! They are really adorable!

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  41. wow what a touchy and beautiful story dear ,these kittens are so adorable and glad that you got them when you needed them

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  42. I would take that mother cat in a heartbeat, what a stunner. And frankly if those kittens showed up under my porch we would now be the proud furparents of six more cats.

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