If you are a regular reader here, you are probably familiar with our continuing saga of the cats at Ed’s late parents’ house. I’ve posted about ‘The Man With the Can’ HERE and HERE if you would like to catch up on the story. Today’s story picks up where the last story left off.
Let me begin by saying that ‘Trouble’ is still alive and doing well for a cat of her age. Ed began giving her 1/2 can of cat food, along with her dry food, after her last health issue. Trouble absolutely loves canned cat food! Every afternoon you will find Trouble sitting under the carport waiting for her evening meal. Recently, she’s picked up the bad habit of coming to meet Ed’s car, which worries us somewhat. Trouble knows our vehicles, and, sometimes, will start to head toward Ed’s car, while he’s waiting to turn in off of the busy highway. It would be easy for an accident to happen now that she’s started doing this. Sigh.
‘Jo Jo’, the gray kitten who found his way to our house, about a year ago, is alive and doing well. He’s become a full-fledged tom cat, these days. He picked a fight with every cat on the place, once his testosterone kicked in! I’d love to have him neutered, but he’s become a bit skittish since his hormones kicked in. He’s not gentle and loving like he used to be. Besides, I once had a bad experience while having a ‘skittish’ cat ‘fixed’, and I’m in no mood to go through that experience again! (My cat attacked the vet tech, and it cost me a lot of money (and heartache) when they kept my cat under quarantine for 10 extra days!) The bottom line is, ‘Jo Jo’ will not be getting neutered.
the new kitty (at its worst)
Which brings me to the cream-colored kitten we adopted back at the beginning of the summer. As far as I know, this kitten is the only survivor out of the litter of ‘Rainbow Kittens’. If the circumstances had been different, and we hadn’t been able to bring it home, I’m quite sure this kitty wouldn’t be alive today. It had a respiratory virus, a ton of fleas, and was nothing but skin and bones, covered with fluff when we brought it home.
kitty growing and getting healthier
The kitty turned out to be a ‘she’, and after giving much thought about what to name her, I decided on the name of ‘Baby’. It fit her perfectly, since she’s “the baby” at our house–and she knows it, too! After a lot of time and TLC, ‘Baby’ has finally grown into a healthy, beautiful cat.
Baby (a couple of months ago)
Now, Baby is technically Jo Jo’s niece, since his sister gave birth to the litter of ‘Rainbow Kittens’. They’ve actually got a family connection. From the day we first brought Baby home, Jo Jo took a real liking to Baby! Unfortunately, Jo Jo’s testosterone was kicking in about then, and he kept trying to do ‘nasty things’ to our little baby! It was pathetic. Poor Baby just thought Jo Jo wanted to play with her! After much scolding, on our part, and some thinking on his part, Jo Jo finally figured out Baby wasn’t old enough for sex. Since then, he’s become her best friend and protector, while biding his time for her to mature! The two eat together, daily, and can be seen playing together each morning and afternoon.
Baby and Jo Jo
Speaking of a ‘family connection’, Baby has a family connection with another cat at our house, too! She comes from the same descendants as our cat, ‘Charlie’, whom we got from Ed’s parents, quite a few years ago. Baby and Charlie’s family connection is quite evident through their appearance! The two, also, share the honors of being the youngest and oldest members of our feline family.
Charlie and Baby
The months have passed quickly, and, now, the time has come for Baby to go to the vet to be spayed. There’s no way I’d not have this done, especially with Jo Jo lurking around waiting! I’ve taken dozens of cats to have this procedure done, but it never gets easier. I do not like caging my babies, then leaving them in a strange place!
Please keep ‘Baby’ in your thoughts and prayers (and me, too) as we begin our ‘spaying adventure,’ early tomorrow morning. I’ll be glad when it’s over, and Baby is safely home again! Actually, the real adventure will begin tonight, when I have to keep Baby in the house, but separated from the baby chicks! Wish me luck 🙂