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The New Cat

It turns out that the new house comes with a cat.  There are actually a few stray cats that hang around the neighborhood, including my yard, but this long-haired calico is the only one who has decided to permanently adopt me, as well as the house.

My grandfather, who lives only a few blocks away, walks over to the house regularly to check on things and keep the yard watered.  He became attached to a grey cat who he noticed around the yard quite a bit and started feeding him.  The grey cat wants nothing much to do with my grandfather and nothing at all to do with me, but he does seem to like our yard, which is filled with trees and bird feeders – more so now that he’s being fed there.  But I’m pretty sure he’s being fed somewhere else, too.

One day when we were working at the house, I walked out into the front yard and this calico kind of jumped out from the bushes and meowed at me.  There are plenty of cats that wander the neighborhood but I had never seen this one before.  She was in pretty rough shape – skinny, matted fur, and not walking particularly well.  Unlike the grey cat, she was friendly and wanted attention.  She definitely needed to be fed, so I fed her.  And she stayed.  She’s been there every day now for a couple of weeks and my grandfather is now feeding both cats.  I stop by most days to give her some canned food because she seems to have a bit of trouble eating the dry food.  Once we’re moved in, I’ll be taking her to the vet, but for now she’s getting stronger and seems pretty content just hanging around and eating regularly.

There’s a chance that I might move back to my hometown and turn into a crazy cat lady and forget about food blogging altogether.  Just a warning.

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21 Comments
  1. sarah venn

    Aww what a cute kitty. She is lucky to have found you. I’m the same way with animals. I will take anything in. Haha.

    3:18 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  2. Rebecca

    I like you more and more :-)

    3:36 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  3. Jessica

    This is how we acquired our Mr. Pink. He was a raggedy alley cat, dock tailed and with half an ear! But now he’s moved to three different houses with us and is currently a very overweight indoor cat. These strays, they hit the jackpot sometimes. : )

    3:39 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  4. Debbie Posmontier

    Good for you! Another cat or cats have found their people and maybe a forever home!

    3:53 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  5. Sharmila

    You’re good people, you are. Super impressive cat! Looks like she’s guarding that yard.

    3:58 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  6. Tari Pie

    The best cats are the ones who choose us. She’s obviously very smart in her choice. And, what a beauty!

    4:01 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  7. Joy

    You two are lucky to have found each other! As a crazy cat lady myself, I’m looking forward to hearing more about your adventures with your new furry friends.

    4:35 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  8. Julia Marks

    Ah, I don’t see any conflict between being a mad cat-lady and blogging about food…

    4:39 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  9. SallyBR

    Gorgeous cat…. Your story reminds me of my niece in Brazil, who’s been taking care (from a distance) of a kitten that showed up at her door. The problem is that the kitten is way too scared of people, so she’s been slowly, very slowly getting closer and closer, hoping to one day be able to take her to the vet and all…

    cats are interesting animals, and yours has a ton of charm and poise… :-)

    4:41 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  10. Kathie

    You are wonderful for taking her to the vet (when you can). So many people see a stray cat and think they are not worthy of their compassion. xo

    4:59 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  11. jonquil

    Gorgeous kit who has decided to own you! Hope all turns out well with her.

    6:03 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  12. Fran

    Have you thought of a name for girl.? With her colors ,she looks like candy corn to me.

    6:05 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  13. Sara Marie

    I had this happen when I was about 13. I used to walk my dog every day down this empty dirt road just behind our house. One day, I suddenly felt these weights on my feet. Looking down, I found two kittens had climbed right onto my shoes without me noticing. After looking around, I found a full dozen kittens, and their mom, starving in the bushes. I went home and told my parents. My mom gave me some cans of tuna (we didn’t have cat food) and came with me back to the cats. When she saw the terrible shape they were in, she let me take them home. We then spent the next six weeks taking them to the vet, feeding them special food to help them gain weight, and finding homes for all the kittens. The mom we placed with a family friend who cared for her until I went to college and took her back. The friend named her “Sweet Pea.” A wonderfully loving cat. These are always the best kind of pets – the ones that choose us!

    6:29 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  14. mary

    Good for you! I’m a lover of all animals.
    everything that looks hungry in my back yard I feed.

    6:52 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  15. Carrie

    We live in the country & people often abandon their animals here. Don’t quite understand that concept…. Its a very rough for them (CRUEL)! We have been blessed with some pretty amazing animals that others have ditched!!! Thank God for people like you!!!

    7:24 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  16. Amy

    Sometimes they come into our lives when we least expect them to, but just when we need them or have love to spare.

    8:36 pm  Nov 10th, 2012
  17. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I love the cat but I can’t imagine the food blog world without you so just be a food blogger and a crazy cat lady, okay?

    2:04 am  Nov 11th, 2012
  18. Kristina

    Aww! She’s a beauty!

    7:07 pm  Nov 11th, 2012
  19. amanda

    lol crazy cat lady! she looks as furry as thumbles so you are doomed! do you have a name for her? did i ever tell you that i adopted a cat for a few hours after he followed me home from a bar one late night? he was called “sir-meows-alot”… still a little sad he’s not with me but i shouldn’t have an animal

    8:44 pm  Nov 12th, 2012
  20. Hillary

    It’s very sweet of you to take this girl in! Keep in mind though, that feeding stray cats encourages them to congregate, breed and spread disease to each other. If you’re going to feed them, please also commit to trapping them and making sure they are spayed or neutered and vaccinated. If you notice any of them with the tip of their ear cut off, it means someone already did this! Most areas have a feral cat trap-neuter-release program just for this purpose that will do it for free and lend you a trap.

    9:34 am  Dec 6th, 2012
  21. Greg

    We must issue a warning. Somehow when you take in a stray all of his friends show up soon after. Peanut is our success story. He was a young stray that walked out of the woods and decided he had been cold and hungry too long. Now he is the alpha male keeping all the others in line and the unwanted out. He is my buddy.

    9:07 am  Nov 24th, 2013
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