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Holly & Black Beauty

Viewed-from-Black-BeautyThe two little kittens, Holly and Black Beauty have now chosen their paths in life. Blackie is a loving, purring, angel of a house cat. She goes out for play now and again, but home is where her heart is and the other house cats are her friends. She is so happy, she purrs even just walking around the house, and greets everyone with enthusiasm as they come back to the house after a long day of doing pussycat activities outside. However she does insist that whatever is on offer at meals times, she has to be first in the queue and has to taste all the other dishes of food in case anyone else has something better than she was offered. All the cats tolerate her and sometimes when she goes outside it is to follow them and find out what they are doing and to take lessons in catching grasshoppers. You can see her jump with surprise when they jump.

Blackie takes a great interest in the birds that come to the patio for food, but has not been able to get close to them, she also watches the foxes and badgers as they come, but always by this time it would be through the glass of the big window. She is enjoying climbing trees, but has not yet managed to get to the top, as the trees are still quite young and will not tolerate her weight on the branches, but she does her best. Getting back down is the difficult part. She is certainly enjoying her gift of life.

Holly never did settle as a house cat, always timid and we had never been able to touch her or stroke her and she always moved away when food was placed out for her until we retreated leaving her space to approach her food, so we were not surprised when she made her decision. Chloe tried to make her feel welcome and would often share her bed with her, but once we started letting her out she came back a couple of times, but then preferred to sleep in a hay barrel outside or sleep on a bed provided in the heated greenhouse and make her own way in life, although always close at hand in the garden, playing with Blackie in the grass or on top of a pile of gravel, or just generally running around and having fun. Food is put out for her as with all our outside cats, so she is always well fed.Viewed-from-Holly

Two years after Holly decided the outdoor life was for her, she suddenly had a change of heart and started appearing at the back door for her food instead of being fed in the greenhouse. As I put the food down for her, she brushed her head against my hand, the first time anyone had   touched her since we brought her back from the Vet. She wanted a stroke on her head and then her back and enjoyed it so much she then wanted to be fussed and rubbed all over, even her tummy. She had suddenly realized what a great pleasure it was to be stroked and handled. After a couple of days of this, I decided I would try and pick her up, which I did with no objections from her at all. I carried her into the house and allowed her to explore. She was hesitant at first and was very unsure of herself, so I picked her up and placed her on a bed prepared for her and she settled down. It was not long before she jumped onto my lap.

She was home!


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.