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Kitty

It must have been about 10 o’clock in the evening when a little face appeared at the big window. A tiny kitten about the size of my hand, a white kitten with patches of grey stripes which extended over her face like a fringe. Yet another feral kitten in distress. This time it only took about 24 hours before we managed to catch her. Scratching and lashing out, she was not going to be taken prisoner without a fight.kitty

We had to keep her separate from the other cats for her own safety and until she was tamed, trained and would come when called. We were very concerned about her age and decided to bottle feed her with Lactol to make sure she was getting enough fluids and she lapped up her   bottle as if it was her mother’s milk. We decided to call her Kitty.

We already had a large cage originally built for Pee-Wee and we placed it on a table with a carpeted ramp for her to run up to her new home She used the ramp as a spring board to bounce from it onto the roof of the cage. It was a great game. All this was placed inside an unused polytunnel frame about 8ft x 12ft which we covered in netting to give her a large play area.

We had introduced her to Pee-Wee who had the same colour markings and together they would play until Pee-Wee had had enough. Kitty was such a playful kitten and sometimes too much for Pee-Wee. She even kept us amused for hours with her antics and she loved her teddy. Her other favourite past-time was to run through a long tube about 10 inches in diameter and about 6ft long and see how quickly she could get to the other end, especially if you threw a ball into the tube. It gave her hours of fun, playing mainly by herself, but also chasing Peewee.

Kitty was neutered like all the other cats we have, when she was about four months old and the first time she was allowed out, she was so excited and there was so much to explore she was a little difficult to call in and on occasions she did have a ‘night on the tiles’ as it were, but now she comes when called, eager for her food. Kitty is a very busy cat, she loves hunting and is a great mouser. She will spend hours sitting in wait by a pile of logs eagerly awaiting any sign of movement or escape by her intended victim.

We often see her playing with her catch which is a great distraction at curfew time, but when her prey finally stops running or she has decided to bite off its head, only then will she come in. One day we found her playing with a slow worm which had to be rescued from her and taken to a safe place, but most of the day is spent playing with her new friend Henry as they chase each other around the flower pots or tumble together in a play fight. Kitty loves climbing trees and generally having as much fun as she can fit into her day. We are so pleased she found her way to our window and we know she is very happy in her new home.

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The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £10 + £1.75 p&p. For more details, contact Patricia on 01202 826244. All proceeds go towards the Veterinary and Welfare needs of the 16 feral cats currently in her care.