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Precious and her precious Kitten

Updated on June 18, 2012

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Mama and her kitten

Precious' onlly precious little bundle.
Precious' onlly precious little bundle. | Source
Young female - Precious
Young female - Precious | Source

Precious and her precious Kitten

This morning, as I was on my way to sit as a hostess in a Show House, I went to feed the cats in the “nursery,” only to find Precious’ little kitten looking a little lost and alone. I looked around for Precious and could not see her. What I did find, looking down at me, was the little orphan kitten I had seen skulking around the dumpsters – obviously it had found the food source. The kitten was calling me. Then I heard a yowl and stepped into the car park and saw Oscar, stalking around a car and trying to get underneath. I bent down to see and there was Precious. She figured out, a few months ago, that to prevent the males from mounting her, a safe haven was beneath a car.

What was I to do? I couldn’t believe she could be in heat again so soon. I tried to distract Oscar – not a chance! The little fluff ball of a kitten had come to the boundary of the “nursery” and the car park and was standing there looking for its Mama. When Precious spied her kitten, she became emboldened and dashed out from under the car and raced over to her kitten. Oscar dashed after her, but once Precious was protecting her little one, she turned into a tigress and was fearless. Oscar backed off with surprise showing all over his handsome face. I wasn’t sure what to do but worried that the situation would become very difficult for Precious and her little one. The orphan upstairs was also in distress.

Got them in a carrier...

I made a quick decision and ran back upstairs to retrieve my cat carrier. I had no problem getting the little kitten inside, but Precious didn’t want to go in as she was suspicious. The alternative, though, was Oscar’s lascivious attention. When I got back down there, Oscar was in a standoff and Tom-Tom had been drawn to the ruckus. A beautiful gray cat, lucky to have been adopted as an outdoor pet, had been fixed and fed regularly and also owned a collar (great prestige!) I turned my attention to getting Precious and her kitten into the carrier. Precious tentatively put her nose and front paws inside the carrier a few times, and then she would break away and run at Oscar. I had put her kitten into the carrier a couple of times but it kept venturing out again, wanting its Mama. Precious came to look inside once more and I quickly pushed her in and popped her kitten in after her. She thrashed about a bit while I carried her to my car and put the carrier in the back. I hurried upstairs to try and get hold of the orphaned kitty. It was staring at me wide-eyed, on the other side of the wooden barrier that forms the banister of the walkway. I couldn’t reach the kitten and when I tried, it bolted off around the corner, totally frightened.


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Where will I find help?

I went back inside and left messages at two of the local shelters. I was pressed for time as I had to be at the Show House at 10 a.m. At this point it was around 8:00 a.m. and I knew that none of the veterinarians nearby were open yet. I got myself ready for work and knew that Precious would have a chance to calm down in the dark and quiet of the car, as she had her baby with her and no other cats or humans harassing her. I had to calm myself down as I was anxious too. Oscar was extremely disgruntled that I had spoiled his fun and taken away a prospective member of his harem. He kept on calling plaintively and even nagged at me when I got home after 6 p.m.

I got myself ready for work and prayed that I would get a response to my messages. None came – it was too early on a Saturday. I made the decision to take Precious and kitten to a nearby vet who had helped me with an orphaned kitten once before. As I started toward my car, it began to rain. Great! Just when I needed good weather – now the carrier and I would get wet.

The vet is close by and I found a small umbrella I keep in my car for such a situation. With umbrella in hand, I opened the hatchback. Precious and her kitten were sitting safely and quietly in the carrier. She gazed at me through her beautiful eyes. She has grown to trust me and I am sure she sensed that I was removing her from a difficult situation. I arranged to leave her and her kitten at the vet for the weekend. She would get her shots. I will contact the MASH unit from The Cattery at the beginning of the week. They offer low cost vaccinations and spaying for feral cats.

Local Veterinarian

The receptionist at the vet is a woman I like very much – she is compassionate and kind. She said she would be able to find a home for the kitten, but that it was unlikely that she would be able to find a home for Precious. Apparently people don’t like to adopt adult cats. I adopted my cat, Mr. Hobbes when he had been abandoned by previous tenants at the apartment complex in which I have lived for over a decade now. Mr. Hobbes was skinny and starving and he had mites and worms, but after a short time with me, he became sleek, shiny, happy and healthy and is now a majestic cat. As a matter of fact, the first night that Mr. Hobbes realized that he had been adopted, he jumped onto the bed and snuggled between my now late-husband and me and started purring, and I swear that a tear ran down his cheek. That cat had waves of gratitude emanating from his little body. He has never done that again, but the day before my husband had a fatal heart attack, Mr. Hobbes, who is not a lapcat, hopped into my husband’s lap and kneaded for two hours when I went off to college. He had never done that before and has never done it since. I am certain that cats can sense when someone is ill and at death’s door, and respond accordingly as if to say goodbye!

Mr. Hobbes helps me make the bed

Mr. Hobbes
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Orphaned kitten

Precious is a sweet and friendly animal and I am hoping that somehow, someone will want to give her a home. By then, she will have had her shots and be fixed. I don’t know whether I will be able to catch the orphaned kitten – I will certainly give it a try. That leaves the males who have not been neutered nor have had any shots. I will most likely be in this part of the world for about another month-and-a-half and I am keeping these cats in my prayers and hoping that somehow, they will become adopted! I need to figure out a way to catch the little orphaned kitten that is frightened and alone and somehow get help for that one, too! Sadly, the shelters in this city are overflowing with animals – it is a huge problem which I think needs to be addressed with education and funding, as the shelters and animal control do offer services for strays at reduced costs.

Mamacita and her kittens trying to beat the heat

Mamacita and her two kittens on a swelteringly hot day.
Mamacita and her two kittens on a swelteringly hot day. | Source

Mamacita's kittens

Patches peeks out
Patches peeks out | Source
Smudge tries to get cool
Smudge tries to get cool | Source

Mamacita and her two kittens

I haven’t even written about Mamacita and her two fast-growing kittens. I think I will name the cream one with the dark patch on its nose “Smudge,” whilst the other looks like “Patches” to me. Mamacita is a nervous animal as she has had a pretty hard time and quite a number of litters. She has grown to trust me over time and I know she wants to move in with her growing babies. Mr. Hobbes is not too amused, although he played “footsie-footsie” on the window pane with one of the kittens the other day. Mamacita does not trust other cats with her precious little ones and is ready to attack at the drop of a hat! I don’t know what would happen to her if I managed to trap her. The lady at the vet said that if the animals are wild, the vet won’t handle them. I don’t know what to do about these two kittens either. If anyone has any suggestions or can help in any way, please either leave a message beneath this hub, or message me privately.

I really want to help these animals if I can, before I leave these 9 months of summer in South Texas for 9 months of winter in Canada. I would hate to simply abandon these fabulous feral felines. If populations of feral cats are simply fixed, there would be no more burgeoning populations that ultimately find their way to animal control and euthanasia. It’s such a waste of precious life. I’m praying… will you also?

Mamacita watcher her two kittens play

Sunrise on a Sweltering Day

Sunrise on a swelteringly hot day
Sunrise on a swelteringly hot day | Source

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Don't you think the cloud behind which the sun is hiding, looks just a little like that precious kitten? it's paw is up and waving...

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Chatkath: Thank you so much for your wonderful post. I greatly appreciate the sentiments you expressed and it is wonderful to know others that feel the same way. :)

      I do so appreciate your votes too. I will be updating my story about the apartment kitties as soon as I have settled down a little - just moved to Canada. BIG HUGS!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Hi SueLynn!!! Sorry it took me so long to visit, I can relate to so much of what you are saying I feel like I am reading about my own experiences, there are so many cats in need and too few people willing and/or able to help so it is so wonderful to find another cat angel. Thanks so much for your hard work and commitment, I wish you the best of luck, I know how frustrating it can be! Hopefully you are able to find a non profit org near you willing to help - it really varies according to where you live. Your work will not go unnoticed !

      Voted up, awesome, useful!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      TravelAbout: Thank you so much! I couldn't agree more - this is a tough world for humans and creatures to survive in. Some do better than others and I believe that when we help others in their struggle, we are blessed too!

      Oh, Gosh, Jackie Lynnley! I never really understand how people are not better informed and that a situation like that can continue. :(

      Bless your heart for putting water out... I do know about cats getting attached when you start feeding them... my cat, Mr. Hobbes, also doesn't want any other intruders in HIS home! He was abandoned when other tenants moved out and I took him in -in 2005. He's a happy Chappie! I don't know what to suggest for your neighbor... isn't there a spay/neuter facility that might fix the cats? Bless your heart!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh this sure hits home. My next door neighbor just lets her cats breed and breed and really they are all grey and kind of weird looking I think from all the inbreeding, and she doesn't have places for them all to stay warm in cold weather nor does she feed and water them well. I think she feeds them once a day and I never see water out so I leave water out for them near their property but I do not feed them or they would be my cats and I have a cat that is 17 and she is the baby with no desire to share me. lol

      It has been a problem for 10 years and the law allows it. There is nothing I can do.

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      Katheryn 5 years ago from United States

      Beautiful...voted thumbs up. If only we could rescue all of the throw away animals and children the world would be a brighter place! Thank you for sharing and hopefully others will do what they can to help these beautiful animals.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Precious is settling down after her spay and one of the tenants here could not resist the cuteness of her kitten! Kitten found a home, but Mama has not. She seems to be searching for her little one and it makes me feel bad, but I remind myself that ultimately, I have helped two cats on the road to adoption. I am kind of hoping that Precious will give some affection to the two orphan kittens hiding out in the corner of those apartments. They are no longer running away but are watching me put down food and starting to realize that I am FRIEND, NOT foe! xxx

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Ann1Az2: It is very sad, I totally agree. I hate that people dump animals - they should only know that what goes around comes around! Bless your heart for taking so many cats in... I wish I was able to, but I'm not. I so appreciate your comments. The Cattery has recently started a spay/neuter program which is less expensive than the vet. They are aiming to charge 10$ for strays... I don't think I will be here that long. Blessings to you for your loving kindness.

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      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Sue, this is all just so sad. I wish people would just realize how many animals run wild, mostly cats in the cities. And people dump litters in the country - where we used to live, several litters were dumped in the ditch. All four of my cats are strays. If I could, I'd take in every stray animal, but of course, I can't. Thanks for a hub that needed to be written.

      I don't know if you have these services where you are, but in SE Texas, they have clinics that spay and neuter cats and dogs for a reduced cost. One clinic in La Marque does feral cats for free.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Awwww... thank you for saying, Lesley! I appreciate your compliment for Mr. Hobbes and he puffs up his chest with pride. :)

      I feel so sad for unwanted animals, Lesley. They have such a hard time. Corpus Christi is the second worst city for animals in the United States. People simply dump their pets when they no longer want them. I saw a lost dog yesterday when I took Precious to be spayed. It was there in the morning and still there in the late afternoon when I returned to pick up Precious. I had brought dog food and the dog scarfed it down! I also provided water and had bread in my car - dog was grateful for both. All shelters are full and wouldn't take it in so I did the only other thing possible for me and placed ads on Craigslist, the newspaper (online) and on Facebook. I am hoping the dog is just lost and that the owners are looking for it - not that it has been abandoned.

      Bless your heart too, Lesley, you have poetry in your heart.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sue, I love all the adorable names for the cats and the fabulous photos, my favourite is the handsome Mr Hobbes!

      You have a heart of gold Sue, bless you x

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Thank you so much for saying, Deb. There are quite a few strays here and at least Precious will not be adding to the population. I'm in over my head but glad I could help her. I am praying I find a home for her kitten...

      I'm so glad you came by and thank you for your feedback. xx

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are doing well getting the word out on this problem. People NEED to take responsibility for their cats, and if just ONE person will have a cat altered, it is one less cat to reproduce. Thanks for your diligence and story.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      :) It's the least I can do, Josh....

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Sue, you are not supposed to be complimenting me, this is your hub, hehe, but thanks! :)

      Come take a look at my new hub, I introduced myself and my family since I am new to HubPages, so everybody can learn who I am!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Bless your heart, Josh! You are a Star! xx

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are welcome Sue, anytime! :) Yes my family has four dogs! We love animals, I a m gonna share again! :)

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Kelley, thank you so much for doing your part and spreading the word! I so greatly appreciate it. :)

      Cats are beautiful!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Oh that would be so difficult for me also! I love cats. Sharing, pinning, this. Thank you for doing this for these precious cats! Kelley

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Victoria Lynn: Lovely to see you again and thank you so much for adding your words of love and wisdom to this page. Taking in an older animal is rewarding in SO many ways! These are the most grateful animals in the world. I am so sorry for your loss, Victoria Lynn... it hurts our hearts to lose our loved ones, whether they be two-legged or four! Thank you also! Our hearts are filled by kind acts. BIG HUGS to you!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Another person with a heart for cats without homes! There are so many. Bless your heart. I wish we could have no-kill shelters everywhere. Euthanizing is such a waste of precious life.

      I had a recent experience adopting an older cat, and I would do that again now. Those old cats need a home to pamper them in their later years. My Prince Albert, adopted after his owner died next door, also seemed so grateful. He was arthritic, blind in one eye, and very skinny. He came into a house already full of 5 cats and a dog. I had him for about 2 1/2 years. Just buried him less than 2 weeks ago. It was a wonderful experience to have him in my home.

      Okay, I could go on. :-) Thanks for doing what you can for these precious, needy animals.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Awwwww!! Dear Lucky Cats: Thank you for such wonderful comments - I am in awe of YOU! I have helped where and when I could over the years but not a drop in comparison to what you've accomplished. You're fantastic and BRAVO! I had never heard of HavAHart traps but will continue to try and figure out a way to help these cats. Thank you for all your ideas and advice and thank YOU for how you TNR the cats in Kansas and California. You are a special lady. :)))))

      Josh3418: It take a big guy to have a big heart for animals! Thank you so much for your loving response and thank you SO much for sharing on. :))))

      Vellur: It takes one to know one - thank you for your wonderful words and I so appreciate your vote. :)))

      Many thanks, All... I will continue to do what I can while I am still here. Have a blessed week.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      I hope the kittens find a home before you leave, you are the best. Voted up.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great job Sue; I love your kitten pictures, and your massive heart for them! It is inspiring! Great hub! Sharing immediately!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Good evening Suelynn..you are an angel..you are such a fantastic woman and I am so happy to learn of you and how you try so hard and steadfastly to help the poor abandoned cats in your complex. You are wonderful! I love reading your story though, most definitely; I know the heartbreak of trying to save so many while the problem continues to grow and so few are willing to help. You are doing a wonderful job.

      to perhaps catch the little kitten....use a HavAHart trap (harmless) and place it whereever you've seen the little one on several occasions. Set it up where you can see or hear it but that it isn't right out in fulll view. Place tuna or any kitty treat in the back....the more smellier; the better...and hope that the kitten goes in to eat..I've saved SO MANY ferals, strays, thrown away tame cats using my 3 HavAHart traps. Hopefully, you can entice thelittle kitten this way.

      If your vet knew how to handle "feral cats," more than likely they would...ours give sedating injections through the havahart cage (wire mesh)...this doesn't hurt the cat but gently puts the cat under. then, the Veterinarian can proceed to examine and treat; take blood samples, urin, feces, etc...both my Veterinarians in Kansas and in California do this...just using the sedative which animals are given prior to surgery.

      I wish you the very best of luck in your efforts to save these babies. You might try to find empathetic groups online or through FaceBook..in your area...maybe join w/others who TNR...etc. I know how heartbreaking and urgent this task is...this is exactly what I do with my life and it is my life's mission....we have a cat sanctuary in SE Kansas and in N. California...spayed/neutered/vaccinated/tested...etc.

      I am in awe and honor of you, Suelynn...and wish you well...if any time you just need someone to talk to...and commiserate w/ or brainstorm...do not hesitate to contact me. I am with you.