Every morning, there’s a furball ritual that takes place. As soon as my mom opens the outside door, she’s bombarded with big hungry eyes and whiskers. About 7 cats scatter away from the door and follow her like a parade. One by one, they chase her into the garage to get something to eat and drink.
Mom Knows When to Feed the Kitties
The constant meows and rubbing against her legs is a definite signal that it’s time to eat. While pouring the food into the bowls, each cat will fight to get there first. On a few occasions, there were hisses and swipes from paws as if to say, get lost. THIS IS MY BOWl!! Thumper, a little grey cat reminds me of Scrappy in many ways.
Scrappy was a stray orange cat that came here as a kitten. Him and his siblings use to live across the street in a lot. Each day all four of them would visit from across the street to eat from a bowl, that my mom placed at the end of the driveway.
How Scrappy The Cat Ended Up Staying For Good
When mom went away to Florida to see grandma, she asked me to keep feeding the kittens because she was worried about them. I had no problem meeting mom’s requests, because I actually love baby kitties. The problem was that they would constantly be crossing the street, taking a huge risk of getting run over. It was a problem that had to be addressed, and that I did.
Each day, I’d move the bowl closer and closer into the yard. I’d move it only a foot or so at a time so that they would get use to the change without getting scared. A week later, the kittens discovered the cinder block garage where mom has made Kitty paradise. She put a bunch of chairs, cat houses and boxes with blankets everywhere. There’s even a scratching post that Thumper loves to rip his nails into.
Mom Loves Her Cat Named Mindy
Mindy, however, is a calm and gentle cat that tries to talk to mom, just like her daughter Lilly use to do.
Lilly was a very unique cat that would meow constantly to get our attention. She’d rub up against our legs and loved to be held. Oddly, Lilly disappeared one day and never came back. Mom was upset for weeks and even cried over it. It was very heartbreaking for mom to lose one of her cats, but still not as bad as when Mindie’s mother Fluffy died.
Fluffy Was Moms Favorite Cat
The day Fluffy died was the moment a piece of my mom’s heart died. Fluffy was mom’s favorite kitty. She would sit perched on top of the back deck’s railing, crying for hours for mom to come out and hold her. As soon as mom picked her up and held her, Fluffy would cuddle against her. My mom would always have a hard time putting her down, because Fluffy would try to hold onto her.
Earlier this Summer, Fluffy started acting very sick. She wouldn’t eat or drink, and all she wanted to do was hide. Mom would have to call her multiple times before she came back home. Fluffy was hiding a lot, and mom knew exactly what this meant. Cats hide when they are about to die. The only reason Fluffy came back home was because she loved my mom too much. For a few days Fluffy laid on the brick ledge under the window inside a blanket. Her daughter Mindy stayed with her every moment of the day. Mindy knew what was happening.
Fluffy got to the point to where she was even too sick to move. Mom knew that time was running out. Fluffy’s life was ticking away like a clock. In a frantic rush, mom rushed Fluffy to the vet to get treatment. She was hoping that Fluffy wouldn’t die like the last four cats that she took to the vet. Mom tries to take care of the cats the best that she can, but vet bills are expensive.
Mom Took Her Cat Fluffy’s Death Very Hard
On the way to the vet, Fluffy was having a hard time breathing. I could see and hear her struggling. Fluffy was doing everything she could to stay alive. Unfortunately, Fluffy could no longer hold off the inevitable. Upon pulling up to the vet, Fluffy took her last breath of air and died. The saddest moment came when the vet confirmed that Fluffy had passed. Mom started crying uncontrollably.
For over a month, mom was a nervous wreck. She didn’t eat much, and watched over Mindy like a guard dog. It took about six months for mom to finally stop mourning over Fluffy.
When Our Cat Patches Died Mom Couldn’t Handle It
It was the same situation when our cat Patches died. We had to go to the vet emergency on a Friday night, because Patches could hardly breathe. He was 17 years old, and had ongoing health issues the last 4 years of his life. We knew the moment was coming, but just didn’t know when. When the vet said we had to put my good old friend Patches down, we both were traumatized. I loved Patches with all my heart. He was my buddy when I was all alone and down and out. Patches would even sleep in my blankets with me at night. We were inseparable.
My mom couldn’t sign the papers to have him put to sleep, so I had no choice but to do it. As I signed the papers, a part of me died that night, and I’ll never be the same ever again. And this was over 7 years ago. Every time I think about it, all I can picture in my mind is burying the box he was in at midnight. With a shovel and a floodlight, I buried a part of me. In our back yard is a headstone that reminds us of the good times we had with Patches while he was still alive.
Mom Loves Saving Stray Cats
Ever since Patches died, mom has been a savior of stray cats. It started with Fluffy’s parents, Irvan and his sister. These two hungry kittens showed up one day and mom started feeding them.
After Fluffy’s death, Mindy was all alone for a while until Thumper came back from my cousin Lorie’s house. Lorie took Thumper in because he was in bad shape. The day Thumper showed up out of nowhere, he had eye and respiratory infections. Lorie nursed Thumper back to health. She got him medical treatment. Fed him very well. And kept him out of the bitter winter cold until the warm weather returned.
The first couple of days after Thumper returned, he would leave for about two days at a time. Within a few weeks though, Thumper was back to his old self and never leaves the yard at all. Thumper even sleeps with Mindy at night so that she doesn’t need her stuffed kitty anymore.
These days Mindy and Thumper are no longer alone. A bunch of new cats have shown up and mom couldn’t be happier.
There’s the mommy cat who just had a litter of babies. A huge cat that looks bigger than a dog. And a beautiful cat that has all kinds of unique colors in her fur.
Mom Would Love To Save All The Stray Cats
If it were up to mom, she’d save all the cats. Unfortunately she can only do so much with limited resources, so she does the next best thing. Mom let’s them sleep in her cinder block garage, where they’re protected from the harsh elements of the weather. She created warm and comfortable places for them to sleep. And makes sure there’s plenty of food and water available for any cat that needs to eat.
We Both Love Alley Cat Rescue
Mom has also been a big advocate to donating to places like Alley Cat Rescue. Alley Cat Rescue is a phenomenal organization that tries to save as many poor and unfortunate stray cats as possible. It also happens to be my favorite newsletter to read. I love their mission and dedication to saving thousands of cats each year. Plus, I love the layout and pictures of their newsletter.