Someday, when you’re bored, drive by our place. You might see a familiar figure sitting on the front steps, waving it’s little paw at you.
Our little farm appears to be a meeting place for lost/dumped/stray cats of the world to unite. Kind of like a United Nations of Cats. All colors, all nationalities. All loving Whiska’s Temptations.
Currently, we have six cats. This number jumps up and down fairly radically, depending on the season. It appears October through December is the prime season for the appearance of Stray Cats. Like early Christmas Presents, but not.
Our first cat I found in Wal Mart parking lot. Just walking up and down the rows of cars, waiting to be squished flatter than an IHop pancake. The second we actually PURCHASED from a cat shelter. (we know better now). The third was in the Hy-Vee lobby, the fourth in an abandoned pick up truck. The fifth was given to us and the sixth was found standing in the backyard screaming for his mother.
There’s been more, of course there has. The neighbors cat decided to move in with us, an orange cat came calling. A pregnant black cat appeared around Halloween a few years ago and another black cat in screaming heat showed up in our basement one day yowling I Will Survive.
We’ve managed to find homes for those we didn’t keep, even though I don’t really have any friends anymore after The Great Want A Stray Cat? Hunt of 2009.
Currently, we’re in the process of trying to catch another neighbors cat, who seems to think he’d like to stay awhile. We’d prefer he went back home. Cat harmony and all of that. Until you’ve heard our female orange cat with her “Get away from me you horrid man you!” yowl, you ain’t heard nuthin’.
I’m pretty much thinking this all makes me kinda The Crazy Cat Lady, except I do happen to know a lady about 20 miles away who purchased two homes for her stray cats. Yes, homes. One is even a two story farm house. Just for cats.
Kinda makes me look like small potatoes with my Cat Gang of six, doesn’t it?
Edited to Add: We did catch the neighbors cat and took it back home. Live Trap and Friskies Beef and Liver did the trick!
Re-edited to Add: The neighbors cat is back. Sigh