Wednesday, July 16, 2008

In Which the Menagerie Expands

A few weeks ago I heard an insistent mewing at our porch door. Wondering how our house cat had gotten out, I quickly opened it asking in a puzzled tone, "Calvin, what are you doing out here?"
Much to my surprise, a tiny face looked up at me and inquired, "May I come in?" To which I replied, "Why certainly, my dear. What's one more mouth to feed?" Well, it was dark and rainy and she was so scrawny looking. I thought it was a neutered male until I donned my reading glasses and took a closer look. Oops. Sorry about that. Or should I say, "Uh oh."
Meet Lucy

We hung some posters on telephone poles and in convenience stores, the result of which was a rash of crank calls from local boys (bored with their video games, no doubt) stuttering, "Uh...we found your cat. Nyuk nyuk." Hm. Guess they need extra help in reading comprehension as the posters said, "Found kitten."
Looks like she may have been abandoned. Too bad. She's a sweet kitty, and after the initial "Who are you and what are you doing in my house?!!" by Calvin, they seem to have grown accustomed to one another to point of even sleeping together.

The downside is that Calvin has replaced us as his playmates with Lucy. No more hide and seek. No more hiding under the coffee table and pouncing on us as we enter the room. No more games of "BOO!" No more lying on the landing and smacking us in the head as we go down the stairs. Anna's not happy about that but I don't think we are quite ready to adopt a pony or puppy for her just yet. I'm glad they get along so well. Calvin is actually affectionate with her.

Just love that long-suffering look on her face. "What I put up with for room and board." A couple minutes later she gave him a good smack across the puss and knocked him onto the floor.

We brought her to the vet who gave her a clean bill of health. She is very small for her age which he thinks may be around two years or a bit less. Until he checked her teeth, he thought - as did we - that she was about six months old. I've been feeding her several times a day to build her up since she's so thin, and it looks like she's gaining weight, but........is it from an increase in calories, or.......what do you think? Is she - ahem - shall we say, with kitten?

6 Comments:

Blogger Marci said...

I'm glad she found your door and not mine. =) I am not a cat lover and the one we have is supposed to be catching mice although he is usually lounging on the porch.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Hi Marci,
I know....she knew exactly where to find the right sucker to take her in! If she turns out to be half the mouser Calvin is, she'll be a good investment. He can catch anything: mice, moles, spiders, flies, you name it....even a couple of snakes that made their way into our basement!

9:12 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

Must be the season for cats to wander in. We live in an area (out in the boondocks) where there are no cats at large but have had 2 show up last month. One wild and one who was sure he needed to be a house cat.I didnt' agree but guess who won??

8:34 PM  
Anonymous judy said...

Awh....they're in "Luuuv".
Now you have some unique loving kitty pictures too! If only I can get my computer guy to retrieve mine of Cleo with Joya+Logan, along with my lost keys? yes, I did it again =(
Don't lose Your pics!They're precious!

4:04 PM  
Blogger Lynn Bartlett said...

Hi Emily, we started the spring with 2 females, and now have a total of 15! We haven't quite figured out what to do with them yet.

12:55 AM  
Blogger TNfarmgirl said...

She's beautiful! Enjoy!
Blessings,
Cheri

8:04 AM  

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