It all began late one evening with a chance encounter of her neighbor; she was watering the plants in her front yard, and he was mowing his yard.
Had she heard about the kittens born under his back patio deck? he’d asked. My goodness…when was this? she’d replied.
This was her introduction to the news of new kittens in the neighborhood. No, no indication to who they belonged…nor exactly what the kittens look like. Not at that time, anyway. They were newly born under the deck in his back yard.
Within a month the newbies were made apparent to her. They had found the scent of her cats in her back yard and were making themselves known – but only in the early morn, just before daybreak, and in the dark of night.
She had counted three…no, there were four…goodness sake, there is a fifth!
Well, they may have been uninvited guests, but they are a part of God’s world of nature and should be given a chance to survive…healthily.
She would keep them fed and watered – outdoors. They do not stay in her yard, but continue their un-announced visits from time to time, and the food and water disappears “magically”.
She has a plan, with the help of her vet, to make friendly overtures with these kittens (by feeding, watering, and talking to them over the fence – she thinks that is where they have made their hide-out), then to get them, one at a time, via a pet-carrier, to vet for shots and spaying/neutering. She knows this will take some time, as they have a tendency to be feral – a characteristic for survival. But she has steeled herself to be patient to accomplish this goal; it is important to stop the over-breeding of unwanted pets (sadly).
In the meantime, she will admire the wee-ones, playful with one another, each with different coats and markings – not one alike: black with white paws, white with a few milk-chocolate spots, grey with white paws and chest, grey with white chest, and a yellow tabby.
Beautiful babies, all; and no life should be unwanted…
© Copyright, Jackie (Micke) Jinks, Sept. 2005