Katy Cat - Delivered by Hawk

Katy now..beautiful and healthy.
Katy now..beautiful and healthy.
Katy, a week after being saved and a week after beginning medications.  She was very very sick.
Katy, a week after being saved and a week after beginning medications. She was very very sick.
Corn grown for fuel/feed..almost ready to be harvested
Corn grown for fuel/feed..almost ready to be harvested
New corn..Katy was in this field but later in the growing  season  when the corn had grown inpossibly thick/dense and harsh.
New corn..Katy was in this field but later in the growing season when the corn had grown inpossibly thick/dense and harsh.

I have always loved cats! To me, they are the most beautiful, elegant and intelligent animals in the world. Fastidious, quiet and subtle, these wonderful felines are the perfect companion. My favorite times in life and most loving memories always include a cat, kitten or two. Such a big part of my every day existence, my thoughts and words I’ve written over decades. Following is just one story about a beautiful kitten we named Katy:

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

About a year ago, I was outside on a beautiful day on my farm sanctuary in SE Kansas. I am an outdoor person by nature and can be found wandering around the acreage doing one thing or another.

On this particular day, I was looking Southward towards the huge swath of corn fields just off my property line. Birds were singing, soft, cumulous clouds floated overhead and the wind gently blew the fallen leaves in little whirlpools dancing just off the surface of my driveway. A perfect day!

I often spend time reading on the front porch looking Westward or, when the sun is setting or shining too brightly, I move to the Southward looking porch of the little cottage which is located next to the big house. This is where I sat on the day that the hawk delivered Katy to the cornfields.

The corn had grown by leaps and bounds in such a hurry that, each day, I found myself amazed at how rapidly the large, flat green ‘leaves’ reached for the sun. I think I could actually see the growth if I stood still long enough during any of the sunny days in late spring and early summer. By this time, the corn stood about 5 to 6 feet tall and filled every square inch of the small space each individual plant was given by the agribusiness farmers who planted it.

Dense is the way I’d describe the corn. Thickly packed in and tough as bamboo; the cornstalks made traversing through the field virtually impossible.

The clouds drifted by, the wind picked up a little bit and shadows began to color the surroundings in which I stood; immersed in the quiet of the day and the beauty of it all.

LIFE OR DEATH IN THE CORNFIELD

And, this is when I caught a glimpse of the hawk. Soaring from lower down in an upward motion, his flight path brought him nearer to me giving me a better view. As he approached, I noticed that he held a captive “prey” in his talons. Flying a little lower and nearer, it shocked me to the core to see what he held as he flew over the cornfield. I noted the distinct outline of a tail and 4 little paws hanging down as the bird held it’s victim by the back. I almost couldn’t believe what I saw! A very small kitten!

ON 4 ALARM ALERT

My heart thumped wildly, my instincts kicked in and I began to run towards his apparent flight pattern. I had to run around the fencing which ran along the entire southern length of my property. Serving the great purpose of keeping coyote at bay and away from my cats and dogs and the fortunate wildlife who found refuge on my farm, it now was an obstacle which threatened to obstruct my efforts ! What efforts? The hawk holding kitten had flown deeper into the cornfield and away from me by now.

My mind was racing just as my legs were! What can I do? How can I save that kitten? In a situation like this when it is, actually, almost impossible to “fix,” but when my mind did not want to entertain that idea; emotions run high and hot while solutions remain distant, at best.

I stood on the frontage road serving as access to the cornfield, unable to estimate where the hawk was in relation to my position. Waving fronds of corn are very confusing and disorienting, specially when I tried to figure out which way to go to get to wherever the hawk was headed..in a hurry!

Suddenly, the hawk dipped down into the field, below the tops of the cornstalks and out of view. This seemed odd; not quite right. I guessed he should be flying higher towards his destination. In a minute or two, I caught movement out of the corner of my eye as the hawk emerged from the field and up above the corn…..without the kitten in tow!

FEELING HELPLESS IN THE FACE OF POTENTIAL TRAGEDY

How was I to find that small animal in such a huge and tightly packed field? I ventured in at one point and then another, penetrating the sharp edges of the corn as far as possible but could not gain proper perspective…where would the kitten be?

After a long time trying to locate the poor little thing, I, reluctantly, gave up. My thoughts running wildly, still trying to think of how to save the kitten, my arms cut by the corn and my heart heavy with remorse that I had come up empty handed.

Soon, my friend Al returned home from work to find me still at the edge of the corn field, calling to the hapless and helpless little cat. He asked; “Kath, what’s up? Is one of our cats missing?”

I looked at him, tears in my eyes as I said, “No…there’s a kitten in that field…”

I proceeded to tell him the whole story. He was just as concerned as I. We put our heads together trying to come up with a way to find that kitty.

It was getting dark and we knew we had only a little while to try. After what seemed like forever, we gave up; it was useless. The field was too big, too crowded and daylight had gone.

Sadly, we went into the house as I rehashed, over and over, what I should have done, what I didn’t do and feeling terribly guilty that I did not , could not intervene to save the life of the forlorn little cat. I felt useless and angry at myself.

Al did his best to assuage my guilt and feelings of self loathing.

Another day went by during which I walked up and down the north end of the field and the west side, too. Since the hawk had flown in a north westerly direction near my property, this was the most likely place the kitten would be if still alive. Oh, how I hoped and prayed that was the case! Poor little thing!

I had reservations to fly to California the next day, early in the morning and didn’t want to go because of worrying about that kitten. But, I had to! I had to take care of business and did not have a choice.

I MUST LEAVE

Early the next morning, Al and I placed my bags in the truck and climbed into the cab, ready to drive to the airport in Tulsa. It was 3 am (my flight was for 7 am and we had an hour + drive time plus check in, and, of course, Starbuck’s coffee before parting ways). As we drove down the long driveway to the gravel street, I couldn’t help but think of that kitten. I made Al promise that, if he had a chance and if he saw her, he HAD to capture her and bring her to safety. He vowed to do just that.

Just as we left the drive and began to pick up speed , a tiny ‘thing’ darted across in front the headlights. Al slowed the truck and then backed up quickly, aiming the beams towards the direction “it” had run. We could not believe our eyes! There, on the side of the road, was the little kitty…the same colors I noted, specially her tail! Tiny! Way too small to be out in the fields alone with coyote, traffic and any manner of clear and present danger. I began to exit the truck when the kitten ran into the corn, again. I just didn't want to leave! i watched the tail disappear, again, and felt all the heavy feelings as I did several days previously.

“Oh, Al!" I quietly said, “what are we going to do? I have to catch that plane…” He said, “I’ll get her, don’t worry…we have to go now, though. She’ll be alright!”

He always has a positive view of such things; always calming and reassuring. I believed him.

“Al,” I said, “you have to catch her. Please try!”

“I will.”

We drove on to the airport but I hated that I was leaving. After sharing a last cup of morning (mourning) coffee, I made him promise, again, to do everything possible to get that cat! Again, he assured me he would do his best.

I completed checking in, waved ‘bye’ and reluctantly headed on to my gate.

Thank goodness, the flight was uneventful; easy and with no problems; effortless, really.

I ALWAYS LOVE COMING HOME

I arrived at my destination; my sweet home away from my present home in SE Kansas. My flight time was a little over 6 hours including a stop over in Denver. So, that put me at about noon West Coast time, 2 PM central time. I wanted to talk with Al but knew that he would be at work until about 4 pm my time. It takes him a half hour to drive to the farm from his workplace so, I just had to wait; bide my time and worry!

After unpacking I took a walk around my old neighborhood. I’ve always loved this, it’s such a pretty place, now. The entire north side of downtown has gone through gentrification and all the home owners have made beautiful improvements to their houses and gardens. It’s a little wonderland of creativity and artistry. So, I walked to the local grocery store which has all the items I can’t get in my present hometown. Here, in America's heartland, it’s bare bones and necessity; there, in my ‘old’ hometown, it’s just the opposite. Gourmet foods, that ‘hard to find’ specialty item that just is not to be found in mid America; farm country. So, with aromatic, fresh coffee beans, crisp romaine, Balsamic vinegar, luscious fruits, a huge cauliflower, and, best of all, a crusty loaf of pungent French bread in hand, I walked back to my downtown home to enjoy a good book, good food and relaxation.

Except, I could not relax….what of that kitten?

SAVING GRACE

Finally, hours had passed and it was time to call Al. Just as I opened my cell phone, it rang. Al was on the other end. I answered,…”Yes…hi…how are you ?’

He replied, “I have her!”

“What? You DO!!!!!?”

“Yes,” he replied. “Kitty (our small Beagle/dachshund mix) was carrying something in her mouth in the back cattery when I got home….she was gentle but it didn’t seem right. I went out to see what she had and it was the kitten! I told Kitty to put it down and she did…and then the little thing scurried out of the cattery; she is so small that she fits between the 2” x 4” wiring….and she ran to the back wood pile. I rushed into the garage and grabbed the HavAHart trap and set it up quickly by the wood pile. Then, (he was talking fast at this point), I scared her right into that trap and it closed! She’s in the house right now.”

I couldn’t believe I was hearing this. “She IS??? How is she?”

“She’s got runny eyes and she’s really skinny. I called the Vet and they said I could bring her in tomorrow morning. Right now, I’m keeping her warm and fed.”

Oh…such sweet relief. Now, I could continue on with my duties out west and relax a little, too.

Thank God!

Epilogue

Katy is doing very well now. After a long bout of medications and special diet, she recovered from her ringworm, pink eye and lung infections beautifully. She’s grown into an absolutely beautiful cat.

End of what could have been a very tragic story.

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Comments 36 comments

Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Lucky cats,

This was such a beautiful story..what a lucky little kitty indeed. I would have been heart sick too..She was meant to be with you for sure..Katy is a beautiful cat. Let me say your land is beautiful and the corn a delight. It is heaven on earth. Up Beautiful and awesome! Big Hugs!

God Bless,

Sunnie


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

What a lovely story. You were so kind to save that poor little thing. That kitten was having one lucky day. Great story.


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your cybersister 5 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

What a story! How lucky Katy was to have survived the hawk and then been found. She certainly grew into a beautiful cat. I love happy endings!


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Wow. I would have been heart broken if that bird had gotten the kitten! I'm so glad the kitten is safe.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Sunnie, Bobbi, Cybersister and Phoebe...thank you all for visiting this hub..it means the world to me that others enjoy this story...it is true...right down to Katy showing up in front of our truck just as we were leaving...divine intervention is what I think interceded on Katy's (and my) behalf! This kind of thing has happened many times leading me to believe I must, somehow and sometimes, be on the right path....I sure hope so. Love to all and thank you so much! Kathy


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California.

Hi Lucky, Great story and, in my oppinion, very well written. I love the country life and after living most of my life I will soon be living back in the country in Colorado, where I belong, close to the 4 legged animals that I love so much. Beautiful cat. Greg


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Gregas..thank you so much for your kind comment. I do love the country life and animals..it doesn't get any better than that! Colorado! I love that state; so beautiful. I've spent much time there; living and visiting. Good for you! Kathy


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Those HavAHart traps have been around a long time and are awesome when used in the right way. speaking of which, this is an awesome write Kath and I was right there with you and Al-what a fine person. Wonder why the Hawk let the kitten loose? Could it have been a compassionate mind projection? Wonderful and a Lucky Cat for sure. :D


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Alaster. I wondered the same thing; why did the hawk drop the kitten? Then, it occured to me that, maybe, the kitten was just a little too big or too heavy. I think that may be why the hawk lowered into the corn field rather than continuing to fly higher and away. An act of God...or strong mind projection, as you have noted. Thank you for your visit and comment and, yes, Al is a great and good man and one who loves animals as much as I do..and that's such a help and relief for me. Kathy


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Lucky cat to be found by Lucky cats. Fascinating story, these hardly end well. Animals were doing what animals do, but this little kitten must have used three of it's nine lives before you captured it. Awesome!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

AA...this really was a crazy thing that happened. At first, I didn't want to believe what I was seeing; feeling so helpless in the situation. when that hawk began to descend, I felt a surge of hope...but then, as the story goes, had no idea what to do. I am still amazed that this story had a happy ending. Thank you so much for visiting and giving your support.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

What an awesome story. It could have ended tragically but you and your friend Al saved the day. Many people would have given up far too soon, but thankfully that beautiful wee kitten had a guardian angel. I'm like you in the sense that anything like this that happens to animals I don't rest easy until I've done something about it. This was a beautiful story and a wonderful ending - she is a beautiful animal. Many thanks for sharing.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh, Seeker7, thank you for such a nice comment. We share the same feelings about events such as this. I would never have gotten much done in Ca. had Al not given me the fantastic news on my first day away. REally an amazing thing! There HAD to be some kind of divine intervention! I am glad you visited my site. Kathy


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Susan Miles 5 years ago

What a beautiful, heart wrenching story! Thank goodness you were there for Katy. She is a beautiful cat! As frightening as it sounds, I've heard of other accounts of hawks swoping down on kittens as prey too. Voted up.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Susan, thank you for visiting my story. I once saw the movie "Surviving Picasso" a kind of cult film. The opening scene was an older man pointing out to a young girl a scene about to unfold. A cat was on a rock structure when a bird of prey swooped down and..well, we know the end of this sad story. I almost walked out..so heart broken was I. It's true, nature has her own rules. Very hard to take, sometimes. Thankfully, this particular story turned out great, in my way of looking at the world. So much appreiate your commenting and visit. I am going to FIND the TIME to visit your writing, too. Kathy aka Lucky Cat


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Oh what a beautiful story, and I am so glad that I found you on here. I agree with Sunnie Day in that you were meant to save Katy !!What a little gem she is !!

I am really going to love following you on here and I love what you are doing for animals.

I am a right sucker for anything to do with animals and you are a star for looking after them.

I am now going to find your Pear Pie.

Talk to you in a bit.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Eiddwen. What a doll you are! No wonder everyone loves you so! I just know you're going to love that pear pie...remember that, if the pears are pretty ripe to bake them off, first...reserve the juice for reducing and pouring over the top of the pie or over anything you love! Thank you so much for visiting! Kathy


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, What an amazing story! I am so pleased that she is okay, what a nightmare for the poor little thing, thank goodness it all turned out okay, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, What an amazing story! I am so pleased that she is okay, what a nightmare for the poor little thing, thank goodness it all turned out okay, cheers nell


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Well, Nell! I believe you! You said it Twice! Haha...thank you so much for visiting and your caring comment. Kathy


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

LittlePayday, thank you for reading my true story of little Katy Cat. I am glad, actually, heart warmed! to learn that you love cats, too...that makes you my friend! Welcome to HubPages, LPD...you will love it here and meet so many wonderful people.


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pinkydoo 5 years ago from New York

Katy is a VERY lucky cat! I would have been horrified, too, to see a hawk carrying a helpless little kitten...and I wouldn't know what to do about it, but I would probably try something..anything, like jumping up and down and screaming! I'm so glad this story has such a happy ending!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Me too, Pinkydoo! I loved your 6 things about cats..just great! Glad to see you visiting my little story. thank you!


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Ingenira 5 years ago

Katy is such a beauty !! And she is so lucky to have found such a loving master.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Ingenira when I hear your beautiful name, I think "endeared." And, you are. I am so glad to have found you...your heart is loving and your words are caring. I felt every word you wrote in the hub I read about the bile bears...upon seeing the cub for the first time, to the end.and the heartbreaking tragedy of a mother saving her baby the only way she knew how. Oh My..bless you and thank you for visiting here..I am going to share you so that more people are aware of you, Ingenira


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Ingenira 5 years ago

Thank you, Katy, you are so sweet. :) Thanks so much for sharing my article on animal protection. I will do the same with yours. :)


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

Wow! thank goodness you were there...Katy is beautiful......and so are you. such a beautiful nature as you have is sure to attract those who love beauty...and those who need it. bless you.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

I am SO glad you put the beautiful healthy picture of Katy up FIRST. I don't know if I could have finished your amazing story if I hadn't been told she was OK now.

Thanks again for your caring work and for sharing this interesting story!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi frogyfish...isn't she beautiful? Yes, posting her "after" shot is a good thing because her 'before' was pretty tragic and I wouldn't want anyone thinking the worse....yes, this was an incredibly lucky event in the life of my Katy. Appreciate your visit and your kind words and, it doesn't hurt that you like cats!! Kathy


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Vin Chauhun 4 years ago from Durban

Katy is beautiful......she had an amazing stroke of good luck, I just wish i could give her a hug. It is very strange for the hawk to have left her in the field, hell who knows maybe the bird of prey knew the place was a sanctuary for animals, okay that comes across as a bit nutty....lol...but its such an amazing story, makes me happy.....


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hello Vin Chauhun....yes, Katy grew into such a beautiful cat. She was so little and sick when we got her but is just fine, now. A true story...I think she was just a little too heavy for the hawk; I believe this was a twist of fate; little Katy was not supposed to be prey...but, rather, our sweet little companion. Your comment works for me, Vin...I believe it...why not, huh? Thank you so much. makes me happy, too!


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Now this is the very definition of heartwarming. Katy Kat must have used several of her nine lives before ending up where she clearly belongs. Up and awesome and beautiful. Sharing.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi there UnnnamedHarald! thank you so much for reading about Katy..and, yes...I swear, the entire story is just as told here...I was so elated when Al phoned with the news..just could not believe it! She is as beautiful as ever. Thank you so much!! Kathy


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joanveronica 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

What a beautiful story, and you told it so well, thank you for sharing it with us!

Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

I love cats too, and they always seem to collect such a pile of interesting stories!

Have a good day, and give your cat a miau from me!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hello joanveronica. I'm happy that you enjoyed this harrowing tale of my little Katy. Oh, how I did not want to go to the airport that early morning. I could think of nothing else until, of all things, I received the phone call from Al. Amazing and miraculous. Thank you for the sweet comment. Truly appreciate it. It's always wonderful to meet another who appreciates and loves cats.


Gracye 23 months ago

Great thgnikni! That really breaks the mold!

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