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Our New Kitten

Viewed from my window - TinkerLost and alone, no Mum to cuddle up to, no food, no home. A poor little kitten fending for itself amongst the bins of the burger bar on a local industrial estate was spotted by an animal lover who decided to help. Food was put out for the kitten and an attempt to catch it was instigated. It took more than two weeks for this cunning little kitten to succumb to the catching cage but at last she was caught.

I had already agreed to take in the kitten and finally she arrived. Feisty and panicky she was transferred into a large cage all ready and waiting. She did not like this at all and explored every nook and cranny looking for an escape which she very quickly did when I was attending to her. The cage door was barely open and I tried to fill the space with my body, thinking she would not pass me, but she was having none of this and literally flew past me and ran into the lounge hiding under the settee. There was no way we would be able to catch her now, so we let her settle down. She did come out and ran around the room desperate to find an escape route. She finally settled down at the top of the stairs on the landing, so I put out food and water and a litter tray for her and a couple of cosy beds then left her to it.

I slept on the settee that night just in case the other cats took a dislike to her and made an attack, but all was quiet and the kitten did not make a move until about 5.30am when she decided to try once again to find the exit. One hiss from Tammy and she ran back upstairs.

It was now day two and still she had not eaten, but I decided that trying to catch her would be a frightening experience for her and a waste of our time, so she would have to make her own move to settle down and make friends with the other cats. I thought this may take many days but that afternoon she decided to come a little nearer, and in view, which was a promising sign and we started to hear a lot of meows. In the end I think her escape from the big cage has turned out to be the best thing for her, she has integrated more quickly than we had anticipated.

On day five, she did allow a stroke which she enjoyed and she started purring, and then she finally decided that if Pee-Wee enjoys sitting on a lap, then perhaps she would try it as well.  Just a short visit – but progress indeed. She loves to play with a fluffy toy dancing around on the end of a piece of string and a woolly mouse she can throw and chase. Such a beautiful and appealing little face, it is so good to have another kitten and watch her antics. We are so pleased we took her in because being a feral kitten the RSPCA would have had her put to sleep and that would have been such a waste of life for such an adorable little kitten. We shall call her ‘Tinker’!

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The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £12.50 + £2.50 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.