Lisa O`Brien Posted June 11, 2016 Share Posted June 11, 2016 It's nothing major, just a kitten ! My first cat, when we moved here from Manchester in 1999 was a stray. She just wandered in one day and kind of made herself at home !! I could tell she was feral, but I kept her. She was already pregnant,which I didn't realise until a good few months later. We kept the mother and, unfortunately had to keep two of the female kittens as well because even though I advertised,nobody wanted them. Had them both spayed. Sadly the mother and one of the kittens died . So,we were left with Blackie,who had her 15th birthday on 18th May this year; Margot Fonteyn's birthday ! Me and Sean over the last six months or so had decided that Blackie would be our last ever pet. We have had three cats over the space of the last fifteen years and we both love cats [i was bitten on the arm by a German Shepherd when I was three so I never had an affinity with dogs]. But that said, we've done our bit. Then the last couple of weeks this kitten shows up in the back garden. The mother,a stray is an ugly looking,googly-eyed thing,bless her. But the kitten is really lovely. She has been sitting in the back garden, looking in through my dining room window, miaowing at me. At first I ignored her. Sean kept going out into the back garden to pet her. She really took to him. Sean asked me if we could keep her. I was like, " No way, Jose"! I said to Sean we had discussed and both agreed that when Blackie eventually dies, we will have no more pets. I said if he wanted to get a pet when he's older and he has his own place he can go ahead and do what he wanted. But she kept appearing and crying. Trying to come in to the house when I had the back door open and was feeding Blackie in the kitchen. Blackie. She is absolutely fine around her. I thought she would spit and snarl at her but quite the opposite. She's lovely to her. If I put food out for Blackie the kitten will barge in and start eating her food [Must get her some kitten food. She's eating Blackie's age 7+ food and it can't be healthy for her]. Blackie just goes and sits in the garden and waits until the kitten has finished eating, even if she has been out all night and must be hungry herself. Of course, I have been making lots of fuss over Blackie,especially when the kitten is around,so she knows she is still loved and is not being left out. The two of them,after eating, go and sit near each other in the back garden and groom themselves. Not a bit of animosity or anything.I tried picking up the kitten a few days ago and she was having none of it. I picked her up again this morning and she stayed very still in my arms and was purring away like anything. Noticed this morning that the two brothers who live next door have bought a pink pet food bowl. So she's clearly getting food from them too.And probably half the street ! I'm going to phone up a vets next week and make an appointment to get her spayed. I don't know how old she is, but even though she is still a kitten she certainly isn't tiny. I read that kittens can become pregnant from four months old, which i'd guess she probably is. We haven't given her a name. I want to try and keep SOME sort of emotional distance from her. TBH I really don't want to have to go through this from scratch for another 15 years or however long. Blackie, being 15, might not live that many more years. Then I was thinking last night,when Blackie dies eventually, and one day Sean moves out [she hopes,LOL !!]. I'll be here for most of the time on my own. Probably lonely. So I might be glad by then of having another cat for company ,who can sleep on my bed at night like Blackie does in the winter. It's just the thought of another 15 years or longer commitment, all over again. Sigh. But she IS a real cutie though. What would other people do? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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