So I told you last that I had six new babies that put smiles on my face. Well, you already know about one, Mister. I still have him and he is not happy with me today. I usually let him outside for the day while I am at work but today it is raining and cold, so I made him stay in. He'll get over it. :o)
A friend of mine has a lot of cats and back in July she told me about some babies that one of her outside cats had and three of the babies had no tails. One of the babies was an orange tabby female. That perked up my ears. Orange tabbies are normally males but there have been the exceptions of being female. She said her neighbor might want her. So I said aww, if your neighbor wasn't taking her I might. WELL...........the neighbor backed out. So at 8 weeks guess who found a new mama?? I fell in love with her. I ended up naming her Nubbin, Nubbie for short. She has quite the personality. If you've ever known a manx kitty (which I think she may be a Kurilian Bobtail) then you know how they are. She is quite unlike a cat in that she carries things around in her mouth like a dog. No lie. She is a paper thief also. If she hears the crumple of paper she comes running with a look in her eyes that you just know she wants it sooo bad. She will play with a piece of crumpled up paper for hours. Here's a baby pic of her that is pretty blurry but it was hard getting a pic of her staying still. And a current pic of her in my dryer. I cannot leave my dryer door open. She jumps in every time.
Nubbie is getting fixed on Valentines Day. She came into heat and OMG. It sux!!! The vet wanted me to wait with her til she was 6 months old. I got the babies outside fixed before that because I could not take a chance on the girls getting pregnated. Nubbie has not been outside since I brought her home. She is going to be a small kitty. The outside cats are already bigger than she is and they were born around September 7th. She was born around the 4th of July.
Next up is babies not of my doing but of my irresponsible neighbors. They had a crap load of cats hanging out. One was a female that they neglected to get fixed. She got pregnant and came over to my house and had 5 babies underneath the ramp of my shed. What could I do? She obviously came over to me because she knew I would take care of those kittens. The runt of the litter (cats have litters??) had little flippers for front feet. I named her Flipper. I knew that was a big hurdle but I was ready to handle it. I loved that little baby. She propelled herself where she wanted to go. It wasn't until she started eating regular food that I knew there was a bigger problem. She couldn't swallow or digest regular food. I watched her in anguish over the course of a couple of weeks try to eat and she would choke, gag, throw up and heave. It was with a very heavy heart that I took her to have her put down. I cried. :( I had come to love her very much. There were a couple of times that she was down off the porch (probably fell down) and one day I came home and saw them all but her. I started asking the others, 'where's Flipper?' Next thing I know she is screaming to me because she heard me. She was all the way at the back of the house. As soon as she saw me she started propelling herself toward me, screaming the whole way until I got to her and picked her up. Any time she saw me she would start meowing at me. She has a special place in my heart and I grieved so bad after having her put down. Why is nature so cruel sometimes?
|Beautiful little Flipper. Look at those blue eyes.|
|Mama and all 5 babies. Flipper is the gray one in the very front.|
|Thomas & Squeak|
|Minnie. See the mouse? :o)|
|Thomas and Minnie|
Mama hung around for a while and then all of a sudden was gone and I have not seen her since. I got Mama and the 4 babies all fixed through Save-A-Life for $155. I think it was only a couple weeks or so after that that Mama disappeared. I had mama and the 3 black and whites ears' tipped. I did not get Thomas' ear tipped because originally he was moving to NY with my niece but that didn't work out. Tis ok. I love him and want to keep him. He's a gorgeous cat. I need to get updated pics of them. Thomas has filled out beautifully and doesn't have the adolescent look that he does in the pic above.
I have had to confront my neighbors because they now have 3 dogs, 2 of which are puppies. They've come over twice to my gate barking at me and the babies. The first confrontation was with the boyfriend/husband. He was nice and very apologetic. The second time was with the woman and she was a biotch and I told her at that time that I didn't appreciate her dogs on my property barking at me and that they needed to be contained per county law. I also informed her that I had 4 kitties because of her irresponsibility and that I had to have one put down and where was the mama kitty because I hadn't seen her in a long time. She said she had no idea that maybe coyotes got her because they are bad around here. Give me a frigging break. REALLY??? I don't think so. I think either she gave her away or something happened to her. Mama came over every day from their house and then back after she ate at my house. For a while the babies went over there with her and I was heartbroken. This was after I had them all fixed. But one day they came back and she was there a few more days then gone totally. Now the babies live on my front porch. And one day last week I had to get out of my car coming down the drive because a large limb had fallen and guess what? I stepped in dog poop. Was I ever po'd!!! So I got to the house, took my stuff in and came back out and she was in the back with the dogs and I yelled at her that they pooped in my driveway and she said there's other dogs that come around here. Funny, I haven't seen any. SO I told her that next time I was calling her landlord. Next after that will be animal control. It's funny (not haha) that where I stepped in poop happens to be in the part of my driveway right behind their pole barn. I'm not stupid. And they've had 3 chances. I'm done. I have 4 babies because of their irresponsibility and I'm not putting up with any more of it. Do you think I'm wrong? I think I've been pretty tolerant so far. No more.
On my crochet front....a couple things I've done and what I'm working on now. The afghan is the Never Ending Granny from The Crochet Crowd. I did the 7 strand. Those who know me know this was hard for me. I worked on it for almost a year. But it's done and my daughter loved it. It was her Christmas present. The doily I did for a friend for her birthday and the chapstick cozy was just because. The bag and wallet I am working on are for my sister. No pattern, just making it up as I go. I'm using Bernat Mosaic's Strange Magic. The fabric I had from Hobby Lobby, from the scraps that they sell from the end of the bolts. I had to pull out my sewing machine to do the linings. I think I want to get more into sewing but we'll see how that works out. It may or may not happen but I was pretty impressed with myself on these. :o) Specially for not knowing diddly about sewing.
Sorry for the sideways pics. I don't know why this is happening. I'm using FireFox because IE apparently was the culprit for having to use html. I can't use Chrome....not allowed here. :( May your hump in your day get you through it easily and with a smile on your face. :)