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Sep 8 2015

All Cats, All the Time

by Hope L


Recently, a person who works behind my library branch found a litter of kittens under his car.  He came to the library to ask for ideas or for help, and naturally the staff directed him to moi, the resident Cat Lady.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love cats. We have four of our own–two senior citizens and two juvenile delinquents that some like to call kittens. But I am not looking to rescue six more cats.  Although, I must admit, I did the math and came up with ten cats and thought to myself, “Hmmm … cheaper by the dozen?”  NOT!

But as I followed the man asking for help and saw the poor little things under the car, and their mother was purring and rubbing up against my legs. I just couldn’t leave them.  After all, the man needed to go somewhere and couldn’t back his car out, now could he?

So, of course, we boxed up the felines and I ended up at the nearby animal shelter and asked if there was room at the inn, and natch, there was not. They offered me medical care for the cats and asked if I would foster the family until they could be adopted. “Why, sure,” I said, wondering to myself how long it would take for my spouse to file for divorce. Yes, we would take the kitties, I planned, and our four could reside upstairs and these wildish six downstairs, which would make 10 cats altogether.

Now, after you wrap your mind around that, keep in mind that Mama cat was quite friendly at our first meeting, even allowing us to place her and her brood into a cat carrier that I just happened to have at-the-ready at the branch, just in case a wandering cat happened along again in the parking lot, as they often do.

Now, Mama was actually purring and rubbing up against my leg at home in our basement when she bit my ankle. It just drew just a bit of blood, which did not concern me too much.  “Just a little love bite,” I said to myself. The next time, though, she sank her fangs into my forearm, leaving a bruise and a full six-teeth mark that bled impressively. “Nope. Not a love bite–this is clearly a warning: ‘Stay away from my children –  or I’ll cut you!'”

Fiercely protective, that one. But she needn’t worry because her kids will be well-taken care of and, more probably, spoiled rotten.  And luckily for you cat lovers out there, DeKalb County Animal Shelter is running a September “Fall in Love” adoption special through September. All dog, cat, kitten and puppy adoptions are free.

Well, I can’t finish now without recommending a few books, too. Check them out at DCPL.

Cat Calls: Wonderful Stories and Practical Advice from a Veteran Cat Sitter by Jeanne Adlon and Susan Logan

The Complete Cat’s Meow: Everything You Need to Know about Caring for Your Cat by Darlene Arden

The Everything Cat Book [eBook]: All You Need to Know about Caring for Your Favorite Feline Friends by Karen Leigh Davis

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Joan September 9, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Good news to know about free adoptions thru DeKalb which also offers free spay/neuter including rabies for low income DeKalb residents. If folks will use free services, it will greatly reduce the numbers of unwanted litters.

I got my indoor cats fixed for free (who were failed fosters) & helped fixed neighbor cats by taking them in myself or using the Trap Neuter Release program for the shy feral kitties. Thanks for caring & giving kittens a chance of life & love.

Camille September 9, 2015 at 8:31 PM

Oh my Gosh Hope, this is too funny! You actually have your very own version of Upstairs Downstairs going on. Rule number one girl: never make eye contact with them, those little buggers will get you every time and eat you out of house and home. But I feel your pain, I know how irresistible they can be since I’ve had my share of being reeled in by their cuteness.
I’m glad that they temporarily have a nice, safe place to stay. Hopefully they’ll get adopted soon by a nice family or families.

Hope L September 10, 2015 at 8:38 AM

Thanks, Camille, I feel much better now that I know I am not alone in my weakness. And actually, the shelter has gotten a lot of calls on the kittens already! And yes, it is JUST like Upstairs/Downstairs or Downtown Abbey, complete with the crabby Widow Dowager upstairs living in the lap of luxury.

Hope L September 16, 2015 at 8:56 AM

Thank you, Joan, for mentioning the TNR program and for being such a good animal advocate.

Darlene Arden September 16, 2015 at 1:55 PM

I found you via a Giga Alert. I love this story. Thank you for rescuing Mama and the babies. Thank you, too, for naming The Complete Cats Meow one of the three books that you recommend. I poured as much as possible into that book to help cat owners.
Thank you, too, for being supportive of TNR. It’s so important to make that point.

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