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Deja vu

Updated on December 18, 2010

I've told this story before....so now this is a real case of deja vu. Please bear with me while I tell it again, with a twist: different day...different cat.

I'm a dog person. I keep telling them that...the cats I mean..... but it doesn't seem to make any difference. They all love to hang around my bed and breakfast. No, it's not because I feed them, cause I don't. And it's not because I pet them or even say "Here kitty, kitty", cause I don't. And no matter how hard I try I cannot convince them that I really prefer dogs, they just don't get it! either they don't listen or they don't believe me.

I might as well admit to you right up front. that I really love all animals. And cats are so cute, expecially when they're kittens and especially if they're Tabbies. They have the cutest faces and do the cutest things. My daughter has four and when I go to visit her, they're all over me; rubbing up against me, purring loudly while sitting on my shoulders, and licking my face when they get a chance.

I can't figure it out....

After the incident over a year ago I think the word got around among the felines in the neighborhood that the lady at the bed and breakfast is not to be trusted any more.... not after she took Maxine's offspring to the Humane Society. They all seemed to leave me alone for a while. In fact, I didn't see hide nor hair of a cat for months.

Anyhow, back to my story: Around two or three months ago, I started noticing a small grey and white cat stretched out around the front of my B&B. Sometimes she would be stationed in the shade under one of the Holly bushes and sometimes she would be wrapped around the trunk of my Magnolia tree.

She tried to talk to me a few times, but I just told her to go away....I was so afraid she would bring all her friends to hang out at the B&B, hoping for a hand out. This would definitely put off some of my paying guests. You'ld be surprised at the people who don't like or are allergic to cats. I wouldn't let myself notice how cute she was and what a soft, gentle, little meow she had.

Eventually she started taking naps on my stairs....one day it was the bottom step, then a couple steps higher and finally I walked out one afternoon to find her up on the small porch relaxing on the warm, smooth lapis blue stones of my entrance way. At that moment, one of my guests arrived with two huge Great Danes. Surely, I thought, she'll high tail it for home, if she has a home. But, no I was wrong. Not only did she remain prone in the afternoon sun, but she scared the dogs so that my guest had to take them around to the side door.

When she first started hanging around, she had a pink collar on with a phone number on it. We tried to call the owners but the phone had been disconnected. We figured they moved and just left her here. After a few more weeks, my housekeeper noticed that she was pregnant. Here she was without a home, pregnant and lying outside in the grueling hot sun. It's been in the 90s for weeks here. It was very upsetting for me, because I couldn't bring her in the house. But at least I knew she was eating and drinking water at another neighbor's house. I frequently saw here wandering around the neighborhood. She was quiet, gentle and very friendly, so everyone in the neightbood liked her.

 

We thought someone would take her in or to the Humane Society. I didn't want to do that because I'm sure the last kittens I took their were euthanized. Eventually we found an agency that did not euthanize and decided to take her there, so she could have her kittens there. But that was four days and she no longer comes to our house. We have looked around the neighborhood and watched for her all week, but she never appeared again. I pray that she is all right, Every time I think of her, the mental picture of those four little kittens the other cat brought to my chaise lounge on my back deck almost two years ago, so that they would be out of danger, flashes before me and my stomach and heart groan with anxiety and regret.

First cat story: She Was An Outdoor Cat

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    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      My Golden died 5 years ago...still haven't gotten another, but I will soon.

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      ahorseback 

      8 years ago

      I cannot imagine life without my boys Bud and Gus...a chocolate lab and a golden retreiver......

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      You're so right about the devotion...animals will stay that way.

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      ahorseback 

      8 years ago

      Hello, alekhouse , I was never an amimal person until raising them from little ones, now I too am hooked , and I know the eventual loss, in the end, will be hard. But their devotion is amazing ....love your stories!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I guess your right, Charlie...might as well get used to it.

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      Well, it reminds mew of my good friend and neighbor Brigid. I'm not really a dog person. she told me four years ago as my Boregard begged her to pet him. She and her husband never had kids or pets. Never much liked dogs. Now they have two Long-haired Dachshunds and spoil them like little children. Face it Nancy, you love cats too.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, GL, Good idea...about calling. The second cat (the grey and white one) wasn't taken to an agency...she just disappeared a few days ago. She's the one I'm worried about

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      Hillary 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I do love cats so I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a feline friend. I want to adopt every neighborhood kitty who comes to visit, which is ridiculous. Perhaps you could call the agency to find out what happened to your cat and her kittens? Good luck and I hope you get some happy news!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Nellieanna: I too was bitten and terrorized by dogs as a child. But decided that the only way to get over my fear of them, as an adult, was to get one of my own and raise it from a puppy. Miracle of miracles.....it worked. I've had three dogs since then and am no longer afraid, now that I understand them more.

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      Art of legend india.com 

      8 years ago

      Thanks

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Awwwwwww - so sad. I'm an animal lover - and have had cats I've loved so much. I've loved some dogs but have only ever had one who was really mine and a pet - a collie. Dad had sheep dogs at the ranch but I wasn't allowed to play with them. And Mother - who adored animals in the extreme - was terrified of dogs, since being bitten when she was a child. Hence - no dogs in my upbringing. Always have had a cat or cats, though, up till the demise of our two 17-year-olds several years ago.

      I feel concerned about the grey and white mama cat and her babies. sniff, sniff

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      " these people will come back in another life maybe and someone will leave THEM behind"

      Right on!!

      ak, Thanks for the kind words about the cat. I'm hoping she's ok too. Just don't want her to bring her kittens up on my deck so that I'll have to figure out what to do with them., like before

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      How that sounds like something that would happen to me, too - gosh I hope she is okay! I will think positively that she will show up and you will at least know that she is okay. DO keep us posted! I'm not a cat person myself at all now that I have the mals but still - they are animals and should never be treated so - just left for dead. I just do not understand people and can only hope that these people will come back in another life maybe and someone will leave THEM behind!

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Yes, of course. Thanks so much for your concern.

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      kaltopsyd 

      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      I hope you find out something about her. Those kitties are simply adorable! Aww, I want one. I like the way you narrated your experience. If you find out anything about mama kitty, will you give us an update?

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