Little Mama

Rescued cats and kittens

"Emma" rescued from the streets.  Her kittens had just been born days before.   They were covered in fleas and sickly...now thriving and together.
"Emma" rescued from the streets. Her kittens had just been born days before. They were covered in fleas and sickly...now thriving and together.
Emma adopted Adrianne, who came from a radio station.  The radio personality announced a "dropped off" kitten left in 98 degree weather, in a box outside the station.  I took her and Emma accepted her as one of her own
Emma adopted Adrianne, who came from a radio station. The radio personality announced a "dropped off" kitten left in 98 degree weather, in a box outside the station. I took her and Emma accepted her as one of her own
Sneaker and Sneakette
Sneaker and Sneakette
Sneaker and Sneakette later in years
Sneaker and Sneakette later in years

A poem for feral cats and kittens


Little mama, trying to stay alive

Little mama, desperately wants to survive

Baby mama, just a child yourself

Little mama, who will help?

 

Hungry and tired, weary to the bone

Poor little thing, no rest for this one

Fragile young thing who has no home

Little mama, who will help?

 

So small, so weak, nowhere to be safe

So frightened, so meek, nowhere to escape

From danger so close, always around

Little mama, could I help you,

If you can be found?


Little mama, little mama, lay your head down

Little mama, be quiet and you will be found

We’ll search and we’ll seek ‘till dawn, if we must,

Little mama, little mama…please know you can trust


Our hands will not hurt you

Ours voices will sooth you

In love will you be

If’ you’ll just let us see

You,

Wandering alone, a dark and cold night

Searching for food, so that you might

Nurture your babies; so small and so frail

Just a matter of time; you must find a meal

 

 

Little mama, with babies; a babe she is yet

Little mama with kittens; soon now, you'll forget

The harshness of days and nights with no pity

Come, come to me now…won’t you be my kitty?

A clean bed with warmth, and enough food

Fresh water and comfort will do you good

We'll save you, Little Mama, and your babies as well

Take you away from the streets;

Away from this Hell

Tiny little thing; you no longer must roam

Little Mama, sweet mama, you now have a home

.

 

 

 

 

Mother and kitten

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seanorjohn 5 years ago

Wow, that is the most amazing youtube video you have found.You should include it in other hubs. Voted up and beautiful.


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seanorjohn 5 years ago

Wow, that is the most amazing youtube video you have found.You should include it in other hubs. Voted up and beautiful.


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

Thank you my friend seanorjohn. Amazing video, isn't it? My friend on FB who is also actively saving animals, sent it to me. Truly beautiful. thank you for visiting!


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Lucky Cats,,this is so beautiful and touching..I couldn't pull up the video but will once I get home..your poem was filled with so much truth..I loved it.

Sunnie


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Beautiful poem, cute pictures!


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

Sunnie...loved the tribute by MaggieMae..wonderful. Yes, I LOVE this video..so perfect! Hope you'll be able to view it. Says more than words ever could.

AA..thank you my friend!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh that video just made my morning shine, so tender and sweet. Your poetry is beautiful. Thank you.

Cheers


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Beverly Stevens 5 years ago from College Station

Cute pictures and nice video.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

This brings back memories of the mama kitty I rescued one bitter winter. She survived with flying colors and brought back four adorable babies in the Spring. Sadly, I had no choice in leaving them behind in saving myself. I wish I had known you, then, Lucky Cats, because I know together we would have found a solution. I was appalled at the crass ability that every single person I approached to help me in some small way to ensure their safety, so easily turned away. Neighbors who consider themselves "good" people would not even continue to put out food I wanted to buy for them. My ex, who not once helped me with our own Golden Retriever, Leo, not even to give us a ride to his final vet appointment, was a lost cause. He chose to "go to breakfast" with his daughter that morning, not even saying goodbye to Leo. I find it bitterly ironic that filling his own face was top priority, but he had no empathy if a hungry animal approached. I left when I could no longer stand to look at his face, because there was nothing there other than the next beer he was sucking down. The crisis that exists today with abandoned, homeless animals doesn't have to be. But, it will continue without more human beings like you, Kathy, that see beyond their own needs and realize how much hunger hurts. And, critters don't require the inordinate meal prep time and expense that my ex did. I know and it became a battle justifying my efforts to him in providing what I could to feed those animals that wandered into my life. Selfishness is an ugly, pervasive thing. I couldn't continue to watch it, so I left. I hope the critters I was forced to leave behind found a kind heart somewhere.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Your piece is beautiful, Kathy.


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JY3502 5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

Very touching Cats. Good job.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

A modern-day Francis of Assisi you are!

“Animals are God’s creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals.”—Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2416


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Neglected and homeless animals are truly another sad state of our society's sickness. Great hub.


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Paws For Peace 5 years ago

I loved the poem and the video. It reminds me of what's really important in life. Doesn't it?

Excuse me while I chase a butterfly.

Magick


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

Always and Beverly, thank you so much for reading my little tribute to lost and forgotten, abandoned and thrown away kitties. Near and dear to my heart; your being moved by this just makes you that much more beautiful to me as king human beings.

Amy, once again, we share very very similar experiences when it comes to careless and heartlessness in our relationships. I remember the absolutely beautiful poem you wrote about this; the mother cat and her babies..how you tried so hard to help them while your own life was falling apart...and, add to this, an uncaring significant other who left you to deal with the heartbreaking goodbye you had to endure; that he didn't even accompany you; I told my best friend Al about this and he just shook his head and felt very badly for you. Loosing a beloved canine companion; your best friend and the one who is besides you, always, is one of the most difficult things one goes through in this life. I DO understand! I was married once...(and only once!) to a man who behaved the same. My old cat - 16 yrs old - had been hit in the road. His body was in front of the house. I was so upset and I asked him to please go outside and pick up Gemini..so that I could bury him..it took forever for him to do this and then, he went down into the creek behind my home. What ACTUALLY happened, as my friend Al discovered later that day, was that my (now ex) husband had just thrown Gemini's body into the creek. Al retrieved him and we buriend him w/prayers.

I can't believe no one helped you when you asked; to me, that is a double slap..against the kitties you desperately tried to help and, against you. Heartless!

We can't do it all and, surely, not by ourselves or in the face of adversity...such is this world, sometimes.

Bless you, my dear friend..you are an angel and a good person!

JY...thank you, my dear

Sally..LOVE the quote! and the sweet compliment..if only I were that good! Always happy to see you here.

Bobbi..you have such an astute 'take' on our society and world...and I agree with you about this...we should be above this; it is not in our culture to be this way; we are not desperate; we do not need to be neglectful or mean...but, sadly, so many of us choose to live our lives without empathy. Empathy; one of the most important and lovng emotions we possess. Thank you for visiting and your honest comments.

Paws! haven't seen you here for a while..so good to see you and bless you for caring! Kathy


Rhoni Gagan 5 years ago

Amy and T.Sally.

amen to you both :)


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Paws For Peace 5 years ago

Kathy,

I was unhappily unemployed for the past 4 months and really beside myself without cats in my life. Magick is still on the farm but it's cheaper for the company to not pay people to interact with the cats than to pay someone who cared. I call it politics. Then they flagged all my articles. So, I've had a 4 month vacation and I'm ready to move on. I'm studying on line pet grooming and want to care for cats and give them bathes. We'll see how that goes.

Magick and Fire


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Lucky Cats (and Amy),

To me, a true sign of someone's character is the way they treat a fur baby. To display such callous and hurtful behavior is a sure sign that we do not need to expose ourselves to this heartache either. I am so glad that both of my good friends are in a much better place now.

This poem and video are so beautiful. Lucky, the mission you have taken on is as inspiring as it gets. The video takes me back to my little Scottie, whose sweet Mamma ran away at such a tender age herself.

I am struck at how much the kity in your lovely new avatar looks like my "bad girl" NINNY! She sure did give my hubby a rough way to go. She was loyal to me, as I had rescued her from abandonment at the State Hospital.

Loved this, girlfriend!

Voted UP, USEFUL, AWESOME & BEAUTIFUL!


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

Hi Rhoni Thank you for stopping by. Kathy

Paws, I sure hope you've found a more supportive environment. Yes, I rec'd an email from someone...I didn't respond and did not react to it. there are always 2 sides to every story and, I see this as just a matter of two people whose personalities didn't work well together....

Marcoujor....you are such a sweetie! Thank you so much for such a nice and understanding comment and for being the loving soul you are. Yes, it's good that both Amy and I found our ways out of the company of those who do not feel or understand the importance of empathy. Move on and move away!

Little Momma's who are so young, they don't understand mothering...we had the same kind of thing as happened to your Scottie....a mother kitten (not even a cat) who just didn't have the instinct. She was probably the baby of another too young mother who didn't pass on mothering skills. Thankfully, we were there and helped her along the way until she relaxed into the role.

I hadn't seen cats w/markings like Molly (in the pic)until I moved to SE Kansas..very few of these cats (none that I'd seen before I moved) are to be found in CA. Molly's face looks like someone 'colored outside the lines' of her nose!

Bless you !


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Your love for cats oozes out of your poem and profile picture. I once hated cats, because when I was ten my sister's cat killed and ate my pet mouse. But one day a kitten stole my heart. He looked up in my eyes and said, 'Ma-ma'. He became my baby. Years later he died - a motorbike killed him. My pain was unbearable. Also after the death of my second 'baby'. I've decided not to suffer that kind of pain again. That is why I still look the other way when I see a kitten. I just don't want one of them cuties to steal my heart ever again. The cats in the video are too cute. Adorable!


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

Ahhhhh..Martie, I thank you so much for your visit and commen. It is, indeed, incredibly difficult to lose an animal companion because they are so prone to injury and death or just that their little lives are so short compared to ours but...I'm going to work on you..You and your deep feelings are just what homeless kittens need..you are perfect for this! So, beware..I'm going to be thinking about you finding and loving another little kitty ;>)


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Precious Lucky Cats. Do you realize how much empathy and sincere appreciation there is for your work and your articles on behalf of our feline friends...a mighty host. That's a beautiful icon you've got up now and my what a big and handsome fellow. Deeply,thank you Kathy- and Al.


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

Alastar, what a sweet comment. I sincerely appreciate your kind words and that you, obviously, understand my feelings about this. Some would say "trite," or "unimportant" but, here on HP's, I've found many wonderful writers who are loving and kind with big hearts and sweet souls! I count you among these. Thank you!


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epigramman 5 years ago

..well you are a personal hero to me in so many ways - I was just bragging the other day to someone how intelligent and profound I found you as a writer and a thinker ..... I am always thrilled by your comments to me and I am always honored to come here and read your great thoughts and insights ..... in one word Kathy - you are a true hubgem and a classy classy lady.

(hey -!!! that's more than one word - lol - but then again, you're worth it!)


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

Well, now, my day is complete...and I mean this. Colin, epigramman, I am very happy to see you here visiting my meager efforts. Very pleased and, it's as if a big, (wiping my brow...)"phew..." as I've been hoping to see that you've visited. thank you so much for your always kind words and support...(Hey! you're allowed all the words you want!!)


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NotWiredThatWay 5 years ago from New York

Funny, I linked that same video on my FB page too. The way you wrote that poem it brings attention to the plight of cats on the streets with no where to go. It's truly sad.


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

Thank you NoTWired! It's a sad state of affairs..one which I shall continue to attempt to "fix," or, at least, help. Thank you so much for visiting. Kathy


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Oh Kathy,

I love your poem. I feel so warm and fuzzy to know there are people like you out there that are so compassionate about animal welfare. The video is great. I just saw it a few days ago through a friend's email. So adorable!

I've got to go find my "girls" and hug them a bit now :)

Take care,

Sharyn


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

Sharyn....it takes one to know one! Your articles and educational hubs about puppy mills and auctions and others are eye opening and shocking...which is what is needed, sometimes, to shake us out of our apathy and into the world....thank you so much for your wonderful support and...YES! do hub your 'girls' as they are your most loyal friends! Kathy


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What a beautiful hub,so full of warmth and care which says so much about the person who wrote this hub.

I vote up all the way and it is so nice to be back reading your hubs again.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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

Thank you Dear Eiddwen..I needed to read such lovely comments today...I have been severely attacked here on HP's by a new writer who doesn't like my animal activism. I had to delete reems of content..it got very ugly. So, seeing your sweet words has brought me back to feeling good, again. thank you. Kathy


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naturegirl7 5 years ago from South Louisiana

Beautiful and touching. It makes me think of the many mother cats and dogs that were dumped near our house in the country in north Louisiana when I was a child.

It is so sad that now many, many years later people are still abandoning pregnant females.

Like you, we try to help whenever we can.

Voted up and etc.


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

Nature girl...love you and your caring for our animal companions. The more I learn of caring people here on HP's; the happier and better I feel. You have just added to that feeling of peace. Bless you!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We discovered Bandita (she has a mask over her eyes) on our front patio two years ago, so thin and emaciated that we thought she might not make it. She was a feral cat, but so starved that she had no strength to flee.

We immediately put out food and water for her, and she stayed. We were toying with the idea of trapping her when I happened to spot movement under a bush…she had a litter! We waited until they were grown enough, and then we trapped all of them and had them spayed and neutered. Two have now accepted me (not my wife, to her dismay!) enough to be petted, one disappeared, and one was found dead.

The survivors are now fat and happy, and live in various places around our home.


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

Hi Will Starr. Thank you so much for visiting this poem..we have encountered this several times and, just as you helped them and saved them, we try, too. I am very very pleased to read your comment, Will...anyone who takes the time and is moved to help an animal in distress is a fine and wonderful person in my eyes. You did a loving and kind thing; and for that, I thank you ! And now, you have a feline family all your own, you lucky man! Just about all, in fact, ALL of the animals in my life have come to me under similar circumstances; in great need and, sometimes, on the verge of death...we nurse them to health and then the FUN begins! Spay or neuter, tests, vaccinations and so on.

Again, Will, I am very happy to see you here and am so impressed with your efforts for your little litter kids. Much regards! Kathy

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