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After the death of our dear timid Miss Misty we decided that we would rescue another kitten from the farm with too many cats and kittens and again instead of one kitten we chose two little adorable bundles of fluff. One of them was the most gorgeous pinky-beige colour, very difficult to describe, but she is the same colour as the floor tiles in the house. Soft and beautiful with a wonderful fluffy bib around her neck, we decided to call her Tamisa which was soon shortened to ‘Tammy’. We had to call the other one Mr Misty as he was the image of Miss Misty and was actually her brother, just a year younger. How could we not choose these two? There were so many kittens that needed a good home, but we really could not take them all, even if we had wanted to.

Willow, took responsibility for the new arrivals and watched them constantly. She was their surrogate Mum. We now had five cats to care for, but they all got on very well together.

The kittens spent their days climbing and exploring anything and everything and if they were not climbing they were taught hunting skills by both Willow and Ziggy both of whom would bring in rodents for them to chase until they were old enough to catch their own. At first Kiqui ignored the kittens and was most disgusted with the intruders, he would not even be in the same room as them, but about a month later we found him placing dead mice in their food bowl, a sure sign of his acceptance. He too then brought them live prey to chase.

When Tammy got a bit older, she decided it was her job in life to walk the perimeter of the field garden every day in search of rodents, come rain or shine we would see her toning her hunting skills. It did not matter how many rodents she caught and ate, she still needed her packet food and her biscuits as rodents of what ever size could only be described as an aperitif.

Tammy has became rather a loner, and seems to prefer her own company, always sleeping in a room by herself, although she will allow us to give her a good cuddle from time to time and a good brush. I think Tammy has developed ‘airs and graces’ as she likes to look down on the other cats, so to this end she has also become an excellent climber, her favourite perch being the olive tree. If another cat attempts to climb into the same tree, she will fight them off with determination. They have no choice but to back down and find their own tree to climb.

Now 14 years old, Tammy is still an absolute beauty and I am sure if we entered her into a competition, she would steal the show. Fortunately she has always been in relatively good health and has not given us any undue worry or concern, except for a touch of arthritis from time to time and if we see her limping we give her the medication prescribed by the Vet. She is certainly still enjoying life to the full.


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.