Friday, 25 August 2017

The Saga did not end.

Anyone who reads my blog regularly will probably remember that about two or three weeks ago somebody dumped seven kittens in the long grass on the lane-side about fifty yards from my front gate.   My son and the lady who cleans for me managed to catch four of them (two ginger and two black) and (to cut a long story short) transfer them via the vet to a lovely lady of the Cats' Protection League, where they were wormed, judged healthy and will remain until such time as they are old enough to be spayed/castrated when they will be found new homes.   It was such a relief to us all that the other three were caught in a trap using cat food as bait and that they too are now safe and sound.   So happy end of story.

That is until this morning.   Tess and I had an early morning walk up the Lane, turned round to come home and I saw something coming up the road towards us.   At first I thought it was a young rabbit but then realised that it was running,not hopping.   Yes, you've guessed it, it was kitten number eight - I had indeed seriously miscounted.  It was ginger, in good health and quite tame.   It ran right up to me and allowed me to pick it up.  I don't think there is any doubt that it was number eight from the same litter - the same size, the same colour and like the others quite tame.   It really sought me out.

 It was time for me to go out so I left a message on the Cat Lady's mobile phone, put the kitten into Tess's night time crate, gave it a bowl of cat food (which it devoured eagerly) and went off.

Friend W and I took our little friend Liam (aged seven going on thirty) out to lunch and when I returned the cat lady had been and the kitten had gone.   How had it survived the past  few weeks alone?   I can only assume that it had found its way into our barn where the farmcats live and had been sharing their food.  I just hope there are no more to come - I really do want this story to end happily.

How can there be such thoughtless and cruel people about? Anyone in such a situation (they had obviously been with their mother for the early weeks of their life and were healthy and well cared for) should surely have the decency and common sense to ring any vet where they will be put in touch with the local branch of the Cats' Protection League.   It will cost them nothing and in this instance would have saved me an awful lot of hard work.



 

21 comments:

jinxxxygirl said...

I don't think theres any doubt in my mind anyway that kitten number 8 was meant for you to take to your new home... even the way it came right up to you and you didn't have to trap it..Sometimes the Universe just speaks....lol but you have to be listening...... No matter what it was awfully kind of you to take care of these kitties... and i for one thank you.. for being wonderfully you... Hugs! deb

Rachel Phillips said...

Like I said to you at the time, any brothers and sisters left in the hedge would be dining on rabbits and mice that evening. No doubt little ginger has been looking after himself quite well. Were you not tempted to keep him?

Jules said...

Oh my days! That's a lot of kittens. I do hope it's the last one. A senseless act of cruelty which has thankfully had a happy ending thanks to you Pat. X

justjill said...

It knew who to head for!

Mrs LH said...

It was no.8's lucky day to bump into you! Let's hope they've all been rescued. I believe May to September is "kitten season" - like you say, there's just no excuse for abandoning animals and there's even financial help available to some low income people towards spaying/neutering.

Sue said...

Lucky ginger kitten to find you. Hopefully he was the last of the bunch.

Iris said...

I'm glad that it managed to survive. And your friend Liam sounds very interesting!

Tom Stephenson said...

It is very lucky to have run into you, Weave.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

My thought is that the kitten has been around other humans because purely feral kittens will run away and not allow anyone to touch them. This little kitty, though, sure knew a kind person when he came across you. It was his/her lucky day.

Mylittlepieceofengland said...

Aw, poor little mite, at least it's safe now xx

crafty cat corner said...

Oh my goodness, I bet you couldn't believe your eyes. Poor little thing, glad it was okay. They all deserve to go to lovely homes.
Yes there are some heartless people out there.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.
Briony
x

Anonymous said...

I just love a happy ending - will it be reunited with the other siblings? You have done a wonderful job.
We had two white bunnies in our garden in Scotland - I am sure they were escaped domestic ones or maybe someone had just let them go but the wild brown ones didn't like them at all and chased them away. Sadly we did not see them all weekend when we were up at our cottage - I am not sure now if someone has recaptured them or they have not survived.

Rozzie said...

I am truly amazed, but very happy that this kitten would live so long on its own. It must have been peeping from a carefully hidden spot while its brothers and sisters were rescued,so knew you were a safe haven.

Well done, Weave. Apfplause from Australia, as eight little souls live on thanks to your good one.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I agree with others, that these little kittens must have been around people prior to being dropped off. I'm so glad you found it (or it found you). That's wonderful that you have an organization that will take them. We have animal shelters here, but the one that I know of actually charges you to leave an animal with them. I suppose they have costs they must cover. -Jenn

Dawn said...

irresponible pet ownwers make me angry, why dont they get there pets spayed to stop any of this, glad the kittens are fine, I am not really a cat lover but still there is no need for this.

Alphie Soup said...

That rounds the kitten saga off nicely, finding kitten 8 and sorting out its future - for the better I would like to think.

Alphie

The Weaver of Grass said...

Coffee - our cat rescue places are charitable organisations.

I spoke to the lady who collected the kitten - it has dreadful diarrhoea but she is feeding it on replacement cat milk food and is hopeful that it will recover.

End of saga I hope.

Heather said...

So pleased that little kitten had the good sense to come to you and allow itself to be fed and cared for.
I hope you will soon have good news concerning the removal to your bungalow. I moved into my flat yesterday after a few hitches. A great relief - and although the small bedroom is crammed with unpacked boxes, the other rooms already look a bit like home. My family has been so wonderfully supportive but even so I think I'll have the weekend off!

^.^ said...

Hello from Alberta, Canada ... Got here via friend Heron ... I found a kitten like that in the field 4 years ago ... His name is Theo, and he has been with me ever since ... smiles and meouws ... Love, cat.

Bea said...

Eight kittens is quite a litter! We have feral cat populations along our coastline. Various volunteer groups take care to feed them, and, if in need of vet care, trap them & take them in for check-ups/spay and neuter services.

It boggles the mind that folk think it all right to dump cats at the beach because they think they'll be able to fare for themselves.

Unknown said...

like you say, there's just no excuse for abandoning animals and there's even financial help available to some low income people towards spaying/neutering.

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