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The Birthday Gift

It was my birthday, nothing special about that, we all have them and I personally think I have had more than I would like, but you cannot turn the clock Viewed-from-My-Window-Blackie-and-Hollyback, you just have to go with the flow. I had had my ‘Happy Birthday’ call from mother, so I was therefore surprised when the telephone rang again. It was the Vet. I see too much of him, backwards and forwards with the various cats needing treatment or medication and that particular month alone my visits cost in the region of £400. Was there a problem?  He had telephoned me knowing that I take great care of the many rescued and feral cats and kittens that find their way to my door and the RSPCA had just brought in a pair of four month old kittens which they could not house, and could not home, as they were extremely feisty and obviously feral. They were on death row and a decision had to be made there and then if they were to be destroyed or not. Could I? Would I take them in and give them a chance? The decision was mine, I was their only hope.

What a dilemma, we were at that time caring for fourteen feral cats and kittens and the Vet’s bill and the food bills had strained our pensions to the extreme. Where would we house another two kittens which may take a considerable time and effort to tame if at all, and be a further drain on resources?

There comes a time in your life when you have all you need, presents are no longer required or expected so perhaps it was time to give a present on my birthday, rather than receive one. It only took a moment or two…  It was their lucky day! I chose the gift of LIFE for my birthday gift to them and now little Miss Black Beauty (Blackie) and Miss Holly (very prickly and all teeth and claws!) have joined our group. The Vet spayed them both, applied a ‘spot on’ flea treatment and immunized them for me free of charge.

The snow came and I could not get to the Vet for a few days to collect them but when I did, I left a trail of my blood on the floor of the Vet surgery. They were not going to come without a fight. Now they have their own home, a warm radiator, comfy bed, their own armchair, all the food they can eat. It will only take a few weeks to tame them, as the second day they were with us, I was already having a cuddle with Blackie and can now stroke her, tickle her and even play with her little feet, although it is under sufferance and she is not purring yet, however Holly is still in hiding mode and very timid. At least she is no longer in a fighting mode, so it all adds up to some measure of progress.

Soon, I am sure, we will be the best of friends and I will make sure they really enjoy and make the most of the special ‘Birthday Gift of Life’ I was able to give to them.


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.