It turns out that the feral tortoiseshell bobtail cat in the neighborhood is a female. Yesterday, we watched her in the front drive and yard. When we opened the door and called to her, she startled and moved off toward the barn, but then stopped and looked back. I suppose I am reading too much into it, but it sure did seem that she was asking us to follow. Josiah did, and discovered the box in the barn where she’d gone to nurse her three ginger bobtail babies.
This kid is loving the idea of taming a cat and kittens this summer. We’ll be looking for homes, of course. Oddly, a friend of mine has been asking me to help her find a kitten or kittens, and here they suddenly are. We’re hoping to be able to catch Mathilda (Joss has named her) by the time the kittens are old enough for families of their own, so she can at least be fixed.
May we walk in Tenderness and Beauty!
“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” ―Pema Chödrön
“Morning is the best of all times in the garden. The sun is not yet hot. Sweet vapors rise from the earth. Night dew clings to the soil and makes plants glisten. Birds call to one another. Bees are already at work.” —William Longgood
“Elsewhere the world may be blustering or sleeping, wars are fought, people live and die, some nations disintegrate, while others are born, soon to be swallowed up in turn—and in all this sound and fury, amidst eruptions and undertows, while the world goes its merry way, bursts into flames, tears itself apart and is reborn: human life continues to throb. So, let us drink a cup of tea.” —Muriel Barbery, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”
“There is ecstasy in paying attention.”
“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.” —Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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As usual; you have provided such beautiful quotes! Thanks so much for that. Several years ago we were living with my father-in-law who professed to hate cats. Yet he fed a bunch of feral cats and had them train to come at his whistle. It was really something to see the parade of cats coming down the road. At any rate, over the time we lived there I slowly tamed most of them. It was beyond gratifying when the first one allowed me to touch her. Since then a new neighbor moved to the area and eventually had all the cats fixed. My father-in-law was not pleased as he considers those cats to be his. LOL
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Thank you for that marvelous story!
Today while the mother was nursing the babies, I reached out to pet them, and she laid her paw on my hand: a warning, but a gentle one.
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It is amazing to me how even feral cats will come around with a bit of patience and love.