Every day Life
There was a time in my life that I was convinced my growing to grown up girls wanted me to be the cat lady. I i had lost two husbands and my girls were moving on to college, so I think they felt i needed company. We had two beautiful felines that had survived their childhood and we adopted a new boy when we moved into our new home a few years back. It had a very sad ending, as our boy never came back after following the middle cat out for the night. Then we lost the middle cat soon after, to likely the same fate. Then the oldest girl had to be put down. That was a lot of loss in a years time. I was ready to be free of being a pet owner, letting go of the responisbility of caring for a cat. Letting go of being so worried about their well being. Then, I got the call from Brooklyn, NY.
My daughter called distressed and worried about a cat on the street. Her boyfriend and she worried that she was a domestic abandoned and left to the kindness of strangers. She was so friendly and open with them, they wanted to bring her in to a shelter to have her shots and be adopted. But, I guess the rules in NY are that felines only have a couple of weeks as a rescue to get adopted before they are put down. The local kids in the neighborhood called her midnight (cause thats when she came out). So, my daughter and her boyfriend put in action, operation midnight! Because she was a rescue, the vet bill was lower. Once she was inoculated, she was lured back into a carrier and brought on the overnight train ( one of the few that allow pets to travel with you) to our home.
She was terrified, traumatized, so scared. We let her just hide and calm herself. We tucked one kibble bit after another toward her to get her to eat. she started to nibble, then eat. Phew. Still, she remained hidden.
The next morning i went down and just talked to her and blinked my eyes to let her know it was ok. she slowly slithered out from under our couch. I did not approach her. I walked away and sat so she could approach me. She came up and started to rub against me. It was going to be ok. She was starting to feel safe. It's just been a couple of days, but we have a new girl in the house and she is loved and loves!