(This is the famous Ka
t with FFA volunteer, extremely kind person, Dixie!)
This is the delightful animal who
made us think more about what was happening to animals. Some are
abandoned when people move on, and we found out about the lack of
animal shelters who were non-kill.
Most shelters want to help, but when they are overfull they cannot take anymore animals in. The
Sanctuary called; Freedom Farm Animals, is the one who phoned us back
and came out of their way to help us, when we needed help for an
abandoned cat. Freedom Farm, hereon called FFA have many volunteer
foster homes for various needy animals. They are looked over by a vet,
spayed and stay in these private homes until a permanent home is found.
No healthy animals are EVER put down.
PetSmart in Madison, TN.,
help FFA out, by having the animals up for adoption in their store, on
Saturday morning at 10.30am. I must say here that PetSmart is a
wonderful store all around, as well as being so good in their concern
for animals. To help them in return it would be good to purchase all
your pet needs there.
Back to the cat cause. We accidentally
came upon Kat when she startled us by jumping in and out of holes we
had dug to plant trees in. At that time she was afraid of us, and we
noticed later, she was also afraid of anyone who came near her. For
some reason Kat hung around us a bit from afar, but she took any food
we offered. It was still very warm being the end of September, and
after feeding Kat real delicious cat food, she came to rely on it each
When I tentatively stroked her
neck, she turned around quickly and held my finger in her mouth, but
very gently. I waited until she let go, but was worried that she did
that to warn me she didn't want me to stroke her. I found out later
from Dixie, the FFA volunteer that it was a cat, 'love bite.' How
sweet! But, sadly I worried she might give me a real bite the next
time, and only gave Kat some quick, careful petting.
Eventually, Kat became so keen in coming up to us and pushing against our legs, that it was hard to walk around her.
We found by placing her bowl of food on top of the rails of the deck,
she jumped up there sooner and so we did not have to trip over her in
her excitement. We also noticed that Kat affectionately rubbed her
head, or shall we say butted her head against us. She was very strong,
and hubby Rocky and I, not being used to cats, found it so endearing.
Neither of us were the right people to be with a cat, as Rocky was
allergic and I had a bad experience with a wild cat I used to feed many
years ago. This made me very apprehensive, but we were still fascinated
by this amazingly beautiful, half Siamese cat with the very crossed eyes.
a good few weeks of feeding Kat, she came right up to us each time she saw us, and not only
for her food, but for pure affection. It was a
bit of a worry to get get back in our front door, as Kat would dive at
our legs and seemingly swipe us. She would hang on and as soon as she
let go we would dive in and close the door. I actually had some holes
left in my calves when it happened to me!
We only realised later that
she did not want us to go in and leave her alone. Getting back into the house was a learned skill. We kept our tiny Pom, Seva away or in
her mesh bag, just in case Kat frightened or attacked her. Our Seva had not met
many other animals, and is wary to go close to anything larger than herself. We were wary of Kat also, as
just one swipe with those strong paws, or a bite could take our Seva's
head off, or an eye out.
We turned a travel cage into a homely
weatherproofed bed for Kat to sleep in at nights. She loved the furry
sweaters I put in there for her and although we knew she would need a
real home soon, we loved seeing her out there lying on the deck
stretching in the sun. The weather started to change, and as Kat had
put weight on, we imagined she may be pregnant. This meant, if we could
not find her a home soon, we would have to make her somewhere
comfortable to stay in the utility room, and I would have to go in and
out of there, not Rocky, due to his cat allergy. This would have been
quite a worry, as we had had no luck finding Kat a home, let alone her
with the added kittens!
As the days grew colder, we were unable
to find any shelter we would feel sure, would not put Kat down. Most
did not phone us back. One night, there was a horrible hissing and
strange type of scream outside on our deck. We looked out to see Kat in
mid-air, and another even bigger, black cat battling with her! I banged on the
windows and the cats separated, with the stranger cat staring at me. I
banged the window again and shouted at it. The cat then ran off, and
Kat seemed okay as she walked back around. But, that night I felt worried in case
Kat had been injured without us knowing about it.
The next morning Rocky, after going
out to feed her, (we did this twice daily) noticed that Kat was
limping. One paw was held in the air, and it looked very swollen. We
had already put the mesh fence up around the opening at the top of the
deck, and so we knew that no raccoon or bad alley cat would sneak up and
attack her while she was in this weakened state, and or, asleep in her
outside bed. We hoped that Kat would stay on our deck until she was
healed, but she still managed to wander off by jumping on top of the rails and
walking down to the ground. I suppose she had to go to the toilet. We
would not have minded hosing down the deck if she wanted to stay there.
felt so bad, and Kat did not want us to investigate the hurt paw. We
also did not want to frighten her, so we waited to see if she would
feel better. The day after, Kat still held her paw in the air, but did
not seem to be in pain, and she still ate very well, also enjoying her
milk. Rocky crumbled up Arnica tablets in her meals to help her heal,
as this works so well with humans and is good for healing in animals
also. Once, Rocky even squeezed off a shot of hydrogen peroxide
straight on the injured paw. Kat had bitten the top part and made it
sore, in her angst. Kat shot off and seemed to cover yards without
touching the ground! We hoped she would not be too scared to come back
for her food, but it was okay, she did not lose her trust in us.
But, Kat was strong and soon walked very well on three legs. If this
continued, we would have had to take her to the vet somehow. We were not sure
how we would have got her there though, due to us not knowing how to
handle a cat and Rocky being allergic.
a few days, we phoned some no-kill shelters and it was Freedom Farm who responded
and came straight out to us. Kudos to them! Two very kind ladies, who totally
reassured us that Kat would be looked after, taken to the vet and kept
at home until they found her a permanent one. Dixie, one of the ladies
in particular, took to Kat immediately, and said she would keep us
Although Kat had been living outside and I was a bit too
nervous to stroke Kat as much as I would have liked to, I felt such a
loss. Kat had greeted us each time we went out to the car, or came back
in. She was so happy to see us, purring madly and this even after she
had eaten! I became used to preparing her meals and now it had become a habit! I knew we would miss Kat much more than we had imagined.
Although I had a little cry when Dixie took Kat to the car, accompanied by Rocky, I could see Dixie talking to her which helped me feel better. The other lady Marcia, attempted to comfort me as I could not help the tears from flowing. We would not see those lovely crossed eyes waiting for us again. Both Rocky and I were so
relieved Kat would be safe and comfy indoors, hopefully soon, with
people who would really appreciate such a loving sweetie. Thankfully, I
can say Kat did not put up any fight, on being taken away, but was very
loving towards her rescuers!
And so began our thoughts on
actually trying to do something positive to help. We are busy with
various projects, which need finishing within the next 6 months at
least. But, we hope to perform and help out with fund-raising whenever
possible. We also want to bring the plight of abandoned animals and
that of animals treated cruelly, to the public. Most would not imagine
how cruel some humans can be towards those who have no voice to cry out
with, or at least, no way to complain. But, those of us who care, must
do anything we can to make our fellow beings feel loved and be happy.