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I had to look through the field glasses to check on the movement I spied in the distance. It turned out to be another cat, a new ‘kit on the block’. We had not seen this cat before and were curious as to where it may have come from. He or she was very interested in our ‘Kitty’ and followed her everywhere. We knew we had to catch it so that we could at least take care of it or find out who it belonged to.

The cats that live in the barn can gain access during the day through a ‘hole in the wall’ which is sited inside a frame or cage covered in chicken wire, having already gained access to this through an open gate to the cage itself. Eventually Kitty, nervous of all this attention, decided to run away from the new cat into the barn and of course our new visitor followed her. We shut the outer door of the cage and went into the barn. The new cat immediately tried to make good its escape and ran back into the cage, but the gate was shut and we quickly positioned a catching cage the barn side of the ‘hole in the wall’. It did not take long to catch it. Terrified and obviously not used to humans, we assumed it to have been another feral cat.

We put it into our large cage we use for this purpose and plied it with all the comforts that could be bestowed on it, unsure of its gender we thought it was a female and named it accordingly, calling her ‘Bella’. It took about three weeks before she would allow anyone to stroke her, but it had to be with only one hand, never two. That was the condition she imposed upon us.

After a visit to the Vet to be neutered our ‘Bella’ returned to us as ‘Henry’! That was why the cat had been so taken with our little Kitty, he had fallen in love with her and they have remained very close friends ever since. He is a beautiful and loving cat, with short stumpy legs and a fat ‘tum’, he comes dutifully when called, running and eager, always ready for those tasty biscuits.

He wraps himself around your legs and tries to trip you up, it is his way of giving you a cuddle, but he will rarely allow you to pick him up and give him a cuddle. He believes it is his job to cuddle you, not the other way around.

Henry has remained best friends with Kitty and plays with her all day, but he is a bit of a devil as he likes to chase Pee-Wee who screams in terror every time he comes near. He does not hurt her, but loves to hear her scream. One yell of “Henry!”, and he runs away as innocent as you like!

Henry has his freedom, but he loves his new home and all his new friends, he is so happy, I am positive I can see him smile. He runs to greet us overjoyed and very excited and we often catch him having a little dance all by himself. He is always on the move so taking a good photo is very difficult. He is such a lovely cat, Dear Henry!


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.