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The Three Mouseketeers

3-mouseketeersOur two sets of feral cats Mr & Mrs Oscar (one set) and Mr Tom and Jasper (second set), decided at the end of last summer that they would team up and become a foursome. We then always seemed to refer to the group as ‘The Three Mouseketeers and D’Companion Mr Tom’. It was wonderful to see them all as constant companions and such close friends. None of our other cats have formed such strong bonds although they all get on quite well together.

These four would stroll around the patio together with their tails intertwined; they could not have got closer if they tried. After their little tour, they would find a place in the vineyard or perhaps the vegetable garden and sleep or sunbathe together, and every evening we would see them all cuddled up for the night on the swinging settee. But our soft hearts were getting the better of us and we worried about them all being outside during the winter, so a lovely heated, insulated, carpeted, warm and cosy cottage complete with duvet was made for them and they moved in.

Now they were getting the idea that warm and cosy was indeed a much better option, but thought they would go one better and they collectively decided to explore our house, after all, Mr & Mrs Oscar’s two kittens had moved in, so it may well be worth a try. We would then frequently come across them wandering through the house and they even got as far as the bedrooms, all together as always, considering their options, but when caught in the act they would make a hasty retreat with such a guilty look on their little faces. We just had to laugh.

However, after Mr Tom and Jasper had their operations and were both taken into the house, Mr & Mrs Oscar felt abandoned by their friends. The only option was to finally make the decision that they too would move in and become house cats. They were not invited, they just moved in.

They have now all reverted to being kittens and spend a lot of time playing with balls and stuffed toys especially if they have a tinkling bell attached to them. Just as enjoyable as hunting I am sure and it does give them a lot of pleasure. However being feral cats, they are more active at night than in the day, so it is quite disturbing when you are trying to sleep. When they do wish to sleep it is a problem as they all want to sleep together, they have tried every combination and sleeping position, but the beds provided are just not big enough for all four of them, even two side by side is still not the answer. It is like the story of Goldilocks and the three bears in reverse, but they have now found my bed and at every chance they sneak into the bedroom and cuddle up together on the duvet, there is plenty of room for all and they thoroughly object when I want my bed back!

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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.