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My FERAL cat named KITTY

Updated on August 31, 2016
A Kitty!
A Kitty! | Source

How her life was saved!

She came into our lives on a drizzly cold day Sept. 2007...visiting our second floor deck to eat the seeds out of a bird dish. The first time I opened the door she flew off the deck, I realized she was scared of humans and wild. Everyday I left scraps of food outside in the hopes she would come back...two days later she did, devouring every bit. I continued to leave scraps and she came everyday...although sheepishly.

Our first snow came, so we prepared a place for her to sleep and eat...my husband took a large cardboard box, cut out an opening, lining it with straw and towels, placing food inside and she started to sleep there...once even finding her mother inside the box.

We had a record brutal 2007 winter, seeing this kitty everyday in that cold was heartbreaking. We built another fortress for her, my daughter called it trailer trash housing cause we kept on moving it and adding to it...Hubby added all brick around the box to keep it warm, I covered the box with plastic and topped the box with a piece of wood...yea, it did look cheesy. I would heat up a beanbag in the micro, then wrapping it with a towel placing it in the box to keep her warm, yes she certainly used it.


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Looking inside ~ notice the high snow

Looking inside ~ notice the high snow
Looking inside ~ notice the high snow | Source

Sleeping in the carry case in front of the door

Sleeping in the carry case in front of the door
Sleeping in the carry case in front of the door | Source

Checking out the sounds

Kitty checking out everything
Kitty checking out everything | Source

After a month she started to sit in front of the window of our patio doors looking in, even stepping up on the sill to look in and meow... I should say "meeuw" such a little voice! She started to sleep in the carry case that I had lined with rug and towels, facing the patio door so we could see her. Her little paws where so cold she alternated holding them up. Everyday we cleared a path on the deck and stairs so she could get to her box. I placed paper and towels in the area she sat so she would not be wet from the snow...she ate anything I left. At times it was below -0 degrees with the wind chill even lower, her shivering couldn't keep any weight on her, so much energy was used just shivering. She had a cold and coughed, that's when I made sure the beanbag was always there for heating her up.

After Christmas she became friendlier and only ran to the top of the stairs when we opened the door, after a while she came up to the door when opened and even climbing on my husbands lap while on the floor. One time she came in and the door closed behind her...I had told my hubby, don't let the door shut, she will panic! yep she did panic, and tore my plants down trying to get out...hubby had to clean it up!

Kitty by now was more familiar with us, even starting to trust us, allowing to be petted and picked up (that is unusual for a feral cat) The first time I picked her up I held her in my arms talking low and assuring her, always with limited, slow quiet movements. (this is very important with feral cats)

I made a short video of her on hubbies lap playing with his sweatshirt pull, see Video.

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Feral Kitty being tamed - third time in house

It was so cold that Kitty came in and sat on my husbands lap while on the floor, he sat very still and quiet.

Stalking deer - really just watching

She watched them for a long time, as did I...eating all my Hostas. There were 2 does and 5 fawns...

I took this video with my digital camera, sorry a bit shaky

A cold waterhole

Kitty at the cold waterhole
Kitty at the cold waterhole | Source

Grand-pets Kyle & Annie sizing up their new friend

Grand-pets Kyle & Annie sizing up their new friend
Grand-pets Kyle & Annie sizing up their new friend | Source

By April she was tame enough to come in for a period of time without panic.

During this period I could not spend too much time with her, I was busy with a big Art project and had my 29 year old Arabian to care for. I took Kitty to a Humane Soc. to have her fixed...she was already pregnant by another feral cat (I think related to her)

The day I brought her home from being fixed, my beloved horse Ibn of 29 years had to be euthanized because of an unforeseen problem, it was devastating, I cried so much that when we brought Kitty home I slept with her on the bathroom floor for two days, till Kitty came out of her anesthesia affects.

Annie our grandog meeting Kitty

Annie our grandog meeting Kitty
Annie our grandog meeting Kitty
Lipstick ID
Lipstick ID | Source

Lipstick ID mark

When I let her back outside she became a loyal cat and is now our beloved pet. She comes in to nap and goes out to hunt at night, sure wish I could change that, she brings home birds, mice, chipmunks, baby bunnies etc. that just breaks my heart...but that wild part may take some time to rid, if at all.

She allowed me to place a blue stretch string necklace with a tiny jingle bell around her neck (something that breaks and comes off easily if tangled.) To this day I always put a lipstick mark on her white forehead when she is outside, this lets people know she belongs to someone.

waiting to go out
waiting to go out | Source

Smartest cat I have ever known... Oh...of course I'm not prejudice!

Kitty is a very smart cat, actually the smartest cat I have ever had or ran across. She comes to my whistles, and when she wants to go outside, she paws the bells hanging off the doorknob waiting for someone to let her out. At our doors are towels and a wire brush, so when allowed in the house she knows to lay down on the towels and gets a brushing before going to her meals...I can tap on the towel and she will run over, and gets brushed...and never does she beg for food.

When she was catching prey I would tell her to drop them and she would let them go. Kitty does not go on furniture except on some chairs that she is allowed to, she knows the word NO and respects it. We have a potty box for her to go in...but prefers to use the outside for her business, never had an accident yet. She is a wonderful part of our family now.

My Easter Fluff

My Easter Kitty
My Easter Kitty | Source
Kitty's routine...
Kitty's routine... | Source

Her routine...

Kitty has a routine when left outside, she walks over to the rail and puts her front paws on the bottom rail and hangs her head over watching the robins nest, the chipmunks and squirrels running around below. The Wrens will fly over when they see her, taunting her, landing within a paws reach chirping their warnings..it's amazing how loud a small bird can be.

Then if she sees a target, she flies off the deck to downstairs and goes into her hunting mode. If I happen to be outside I discourage her to catch anything with my NO Kitty!

Kitty doing her thing - photos

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Spring 2008visiting the birdbath 2008Spring naphiddingHer tentpretty fat here!her potty boxHiding place in the winter,  guess she thinks she is outsidea snake, no it's a worm
Spring 2008
Spring 2008
visiting the birdbath 2008
visiting the birdbath 2008
Spring nap
Spring nap
hidding
hidding
Her tent
Her tent
pretty fat here!
pretty fat here!
her potty box
her potty box
Hiding place in the winter,  guess she thinks she is outside
Hiding place in the winter, guess she thinks she is outside
a snake, no it's a worm
a snake, no it's a worm

A Vantage Point...the Deck - her favorite place to be...

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teasing our grandog Annie
teasing our grandog Annie
teasing our grandog Annie

Xmas 2009

kitty x-mas
kitty x-mas

During 2009 Xmas season Kitty was inside because of the freezing temp, getting below 0 with windchill of about -15...here she helped me with decorations, getting into everything. This Xmas sock has two mice stuffed in it and a button you press to play "we wish you a Merry Xmas" when Kitty heard this, she went crazy and attacked the Mice on the sock...it was really funny to watch.

Attacking Xmas sock Mice

Attacking Xmas sock Mice
Attacking Xmas sock Mice

Xmas Kitty 2012

Xmas Kitty 2012
Xmas Kitty 2012

Favorite things she does.... Sleep

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favorite rugSpring 2009a chair she is allowed onzzzzzzNapping again!when she was sick  she was allowed to lay on the couchon the windowsill... yep taking a nap!
favorite rug
favorite rug
Spring 2009
Spring 2009
a chair she is allowed on
a chair she is allowed on
zzzzzz
zzzzzz
Napping again!
Napping again!
when she was sick  she was allowed to lay on the couch
when she was sick she was allowed to lay on the couch
on the windowsill... yep taking a nap!
on the windowsill... yep taking a nap!

Have you hugged your cat today?

Have you hugged your cat today?
Have you hugged your cat today?

2010 look!

Kittys' 2010 look!
Kittys' 2010 look! | Source

My Kitty painting was offered at Humane Soc. Auction

feral cat named Kitty (bark & wine event)
feral cat named Kitty (bark & wine event) | Source

My art for auction

Dane County Humane Society Bark & Wine Event

*paintings donated for the auction:

*My feral Cat named Kitty

image size 5" x 7" Acrylic medium with Matt and Frame size 8" x 10"

*I also donated a dog painting, both have matching frames...see my donating art site

kitty sick
kitty sick

Being sick

is a terrible thing

I can't begin to tell you how scared I was with Kitty being sick and the possibility of losing her. I was beside myself, and thought how can I lose her when she was the replacement of my beloved horse Ibn! I just could not bear another loss of a pet, not so soon....so I and many family and friends prayed, yes prayed for a cat!

August was not a good month for Kitty, she had been injured, but no outward signs, she had a hard time walking and stopped eating and drinking...I allowed her to rest in the house and get her appetite back, she recovered in several days. Then about two weeks later she again stopped eating and not feeling well, I finally took her in to the Vet because it was getting worse not better, she needed to be hydrated as she was not drinking...not eating caused her to lose weight...her a temperature was up, with a dry nose and hot ears and paws.

Her blood-work came back with some elevation, most likely due to the dehydration, she was treated with antibiotics every eight hours, plus I had to force feed her, she also ate little bits of things I made, she liked Chicken and Spam(for the salt) but not more then 10cc at a time ....she started eating a bit better over several days, but still not on her own. I took her back to the Vet and she said, that it was good that Kitty was responding to the antibiotics, her temperature was normal and she gained a bit of weight...starting to be more normal and even eating and drinking...AND desperately wanted to go back outside...I was hoping to make a house cat out of her, but maybe this will happen when she gets older.

A pet is not able to tell you how they feel or where the pain is, this made it even more hard on me...humans can verbalize so it's easier to take.

I think the worst part is NOT knowing what was wrong and the possibilities of some terrible fatal disease because she is a feral outdoor cat.

Thank You God for answering our prayers and Dr.Debbie Thayer for caring.

Yes, feeling better - watching all my moves

a Happy Kitty
a Happy Kitty | Source

Now that she is feeling better, it's interesting how Kitty is acting. Wanting to go back outside when she felt good the first day...we let her out...but she was gone all day on an extremely windy day. Happily she came home and slept through the night (except when I got up at 2:00 am to give her medication.)

Now she has figured out she can come in and we will not lock her in the house. She rings the bell hanging from the door to go out, then coming home every few hours checking in for her medication...so funny!

While updating Kitty's lens, she jumped up on the computer table (a first) I took this photo of her.

10 days of giving antibiotics is over and I get to sleep through the night....YES!

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Kitty has us trained

and we follow the rules

Our Kitty is the queen bee of our house, she tells us when to get up and when to go to bed...what she likes to eat and when...for sure she has us trained, and we oblige.

When inside the house there are particular places she likes to rest, and when we call her and can't find her, we have to look in about a dozen places, Kitty will come when she wants, it's on her terms... yep, indeed in good old cat fashion!!!

Is that me??

Her favorite variety meals

Purina Fancy Feast Florentine Collection Cat Food - (24) 3 oz. Cans
Purina Fancy Feast Florentine Collection Cat Food - (24) 3 oz. Cans

Kitty feasts on Fancy Feast! She loves it because there are 3 different flavors and it is soft and juicy...her favorite is the White Meat Chicken Florentine With Garden Greens In A Delicate Sauce, but I rotate each day the flavor so she does not become picky, however she has become fat and now gets a half a can in the morning and the other half in the evening. Plus she has dried food at all times.

 
designed by delia
designed by delia

Kitty's Bowl

hand made by mommie delia

When we visited our daughter in Kansas, she took me to a place where you can paint ceramics...there I made a bowl for "Kitty"

I thought it came out cute since I have never painted one...a fun project making it personal.

I added her name and painted her face with her markings...so she recognizes the bowl to be hers...just kidding!

A warm bowl of water for winter

Farm Innovators Model QT-1 1-Quart Heated Bowl, Green, 25 Watts
Farm Innovators Model QT-1 1-Quart Heated Bowl, Green, 25 Watts

Thermostatically controlled, operates only during freezing temps. 25 watts. It's a lifesaver...The bowl we had outside kept on freezing the water, so I went and looked for a water warmer, but all I could find was the large dog bowls...I went online and found a small bowl like the one here, at a reasonable price....Awesome!

 

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Wish list...
Wish list... | Source

A warmer heating pad

The Original MyWarmPet Heat Pad - Microwave Pet Heating Pad (Pet Warmer, Microwavable Safe Heated Pet Pads)
The Original MyWarmPet Heat Pad - Microwave Pet Heating Pad (Pet Warmer, Microwavable Safe Heated Pet Pads)

Kitty has one and it is a life saver for outdoors...just heat in microwave and it will stay warm from 6 to 8 hours...I warm it for 4 minutes and it stays warm for about 5 hours.I have to tell you this is the best thing I ever got for an outdoor cat....it comes with a cover and the cost was the most reasonable, it was shipped real fast.

Even the racoons like the Snuggle, they tried carrying it off the deck out of Kitties box.

 

In her Igloo

In her Igloo
In her Igloo

Cat Bed Igloo

Armarkat Cat Bed, 18-Inch Long, Brown
Armarkat Cat Bed, 18-Inch Long, Brown

Sleeping, Snuggling and Hiding is the favorite thing for a cat to do when they have a comfortable, fun and safe place to do it in.

 

Dr. Pia Salk

for the love of animals

Dr. Pia Salk specializes in social justice and the human-animal bond, this is were she brings in her own rescued pets as part of her clinical work and credits the animals as "the real therapists."

Her clinical work and her writings range in topics from all sorts of issues pertaining to the loss of a pet and animal welfare with the broader issues on social justice.

Dr. Pia has written books on these subjects and is featured on various TV shows and blogs, she is the spokesperson for ADOPT A PET.

Please take the time to visit just a couple of her websites pertaining to her and her work and see also what adorable pets need a furever home.

A cat named Fluffy

Fluffy is happy to have been saved and spent a wonderful time with her beloved owner Christina which waited all her life for a cat... It makes me happy to know that Chris was able to experience loving her one and only cat after all these years.

Sadly my dear sis-in-law Christina left us to be with the Lord, and now Fluffy has a home with the daughter who also has another cat and dog...

PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO IF YOU LOVE CATS! - you can help by capturing and spaying....

I'm so Thankful that I found out about the Dane County Humane Society in Madison Wisconsin...

Please check out YOUR area for special deals on FERAL CAT NEUTERING.

Venting Here!

It's the human being that causes the problem, if they were responsible pet owners they would spay or neuter them. There is no excuse in having cats run amuck and have society pay for it through funding whether it is destroying the cats or catching and releasing. If it were mandatory to alter your cat, then this would not happen, at least not to the degree it does.

I find it selfish and unreasonable to make a poor animal, cat or dog that is depended on a human being for their comforts in life to suffer needlessly by not fixing them.

It's odd, where we live you have to pay a license fee for a cat in the house and get rabies shots...wouldn't it be more important to make sure the cat owner alters the cat? Unless you are a fancy cat breeder there is no need in keeping the cat intact to breed...after all we will never have a pure cat, there will always be mixed breeds.

Created 11/09/2008

If you like, let me know what you think of my "Kitty"

Be sure to check out "Kitties Wish List"


So, have you encountered a Feral Cat? - let me know if you have...

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      Lynn Wallace 3 years ago

      Kitty and Mama Delia, you are both fabulous, and I have known you for many years, and just found out your beginning. How special to know this and we love you clear up to God. Thank you for sharing. You are most special.

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      Maria Grujicic 3 years ago from Darwin, Australia

      How adorably fluffy Kitty is- I love the way she poses- I'm glad she's now feeling OK. As a child I used to secretly care for stray cats and my parents wondered why they hung around! I fed them dry bread and milk. I wished so much for a cat. I love the way she rings the doorbell.

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      DuaneJ 3 years ago

      Adorable. We have a little black kitten too. We adopted her :-)

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      Paula Hite 4 years ago from Virginia

      I absolutely LOVE this lens and Kitty! I feel the same way about my rescue kitty, Maurice! Remember, dogs have masters, cats have STAFF!!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      I kept meaning to come look at your kitty`s lens and I`m glad I finally remembered! She`s a gorgeous cat. She actually has almost the same coloring of a kitty we just lost. I can understand how upset you were with your horse and how worried you were with Kitty when she was sick. We`ve lost 2 cats in the past 5 weeks (both cancer) and it`s always so hard. I`m so glad Kitty is doing well now! She`s lucky she found such a loving home. :)

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      FeralCaretaker 4 years ago

      We have also been adopted by a feral. He is orange and therefore his name has become Orange Guy. He began hanging around our house about a year ago and we would see him lurking in the corners and watching us from a safe distance while we let our backyard chickens run around outside their pen. Gradually he wormed his way closer to our back door and my girlfriend began sneaking him little snacks. I warned her that if she were to do that, she would need to do that forever. That was OK with her. After several months of regular meals it became clear he was not feeling well. He was drooling brown snotty pus from the corner of his mouth and his head was very shakey and unsteady. We are not allowed to get closer than 10 or 15 feet from him so this was quite a delima for us. We racked our brains for a solution and I searched the web for vets that worked with ferals. I found a local shelter that we often donate food to, NOAH of Stanwood WA, had a feral neuter/spay program. We had to trap him and fortunately his food addiction outweighed his apprehensions about the trap. He was very stressed by the incident and I feared he would really hurt himself convulsing spastically in the trap. I transported him early the next morning for his procedure, hoping that in the process the vet would discover if there was anything seriously wrong with him. I was very afraid that he would be found to be so ill that the vet would put him down. He looked a miserable wreck with dirty matted fur that he did not maintain at all. The whole day I was on pins and needles waiting to hear the verdict. I was there to pick him up an hour before he was scheduled and was able to release him early. The vet said that he was severely dehydrated and there was no food in his belly whch surprised us because he had been eating really well as of late despite being ill. She also said that he had a bad gum infection and bless her, she had given him an antibiotic that would stay in his system for 2 weeks. Orange Guy rebounded in the next week as we began to add large amounts of water to his wet food to insure he was hydrated. He has now become a bit plump, winter weight, and sleeps in a dog crate we lined with blankets and covered with a large plastic bag in our woodshed. We have several indoor cats and one, our 20 year old boy, goes outside occasionally. They both get along and smell each other politely. Orange Guy is very well mannered and seems to be very appreciative of the situation he has lucked into. I hope some day we will be able to pet him, but he is so feral, even though he trusts us that it may be a long time before that happens.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Kitty is beautiful. And so are you for taking her in.

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      You were so right! I did enjoy this lens. What a pretty cat Kitty is. She really looks like a queen. Too bad Pooh lives in Holland. They would make a great couple ;) King and Queen

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Kitty is adorable! Your photos and videos put a smile on my face :)

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      SunshineLife LM 4 years ago

      This is a lovely lens. Our last cat adopted us after she was abandoned by her owner and she had a litter of kittens too.

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      ValentineAngel 4 years ago

      Wonderful Lenses. I think Kitty is blessed and is blessing you also. A love for a pet is cherished ;-)

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Robin is just like Kitty he arrived in our barn one day and is growing up quite nicely now. Unfortunately my vet says we will never stop them hunting as even so called house cats will hunt if they ever get free for long enough. It is in their nature. Liked and Blessed

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      Bonfire Designs 4 years ago

      Amazing beautiful wonderful lens and life share. I have been adopted by a lost tiny little kitten that is part of my family now too. Thank you for sharing such goodness.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens. We need a kitty right now - feral or otherwise - have a mouse in the garage.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Kitty looks as if she's always been a pampered pet! Nice lens.

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      UniversalCats 4 years ago

      What a great lens! Kitty is so lucky to find wonderful people who will take the time to care for her. Funny thing, while reading about your Kitty jumping on the desk while you were writing, my Cookie jumped on the desk demanding attention! She got it and is now relaxing grooming herself...on the desk.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Back to visit Kitty - what a gorgeous feline!

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      Melissa 4 years ago from Florida

      Great story! What a lucky kitty to find someone so caring and patient. Btw, thanks for visiting my kitty lens :)

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I love your story about, Kitty! Your description of her history with you is very heartwarming, what a God send she is! Animals bless our lives in so many ways. I have a feral kitty story that I am going to share eventually and seeing this reminds me of my "Cry Baby" cat... I really appreciate you sharing her history with us! =)

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Kitty is so lucky to find such a caring family! Our cat Fluffy was a stray who showed up at the back door many years ago, hungry and malnourished. She never left, and slowly transitioned from a visiting outdoor cat to a permanent part of the family. Now in her golden years, she never leaves the house.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Yes, my daughter takes in feral cats too! It is amazing the patience you both have had for these beautiful babies and Kitty is quite beautiful :)

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      candy47 4 years ago

      Beautiful story of Kitty the feral cat! She obviously has accepted domestication, unusual for a feral cat!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a wonderful story! We live on a farm, and feral cats come and go, but one female came in and had a litter that she brought up to the house after they were about half grown. The kittens, of course, were quite wild, but one has tamed down to the point of being a nuisance! He's SUPPOSED to be catching mice, but prefers to sit by the back door waiting for scraps. Food certainly has a way of taming them down. He now will allow me to scratch his back.

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      Edita 5 years ago from Auckland NZ

      Ha,ha ..."Kitty has us trained and we follow the rules". That's completely true. They know how to get under our skin.

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      I am a huge cat lover, and adore your Kitty, she is lucky to have you:) I have never had a cat in my life that was not an "alley" or "stray" cat, or a feral cat. Now, I have 3 cats (one of whom I wrote a lens about), and one of them is a feral cat that I "tamed", but even after almost 7 years of her being "tamed", I am still the only person she has ever let touch her or pet her, or barely see her - and she absolutely loves to be loved by me at every chance she gets and won't leave me alone, but that's fine with me. Thanks for a really nice read!

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Enjoyed reading about your feral cat adventure. We had one when we lived in Ferndale, California. She eventually sat on my wife's lap, but never, never came in the house. We called her "Cow Kitty" because she resembled the cows in the pasture behind our house.

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      lilpixiedust 5 years ago

      I just want to say, she's so pretty and cute. I would love to own a cat like her. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cat.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      What a gorgeous creature your Kitty is! Love this lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I too have adopted a feral earlier this year. She was tiny, hungry and very pregnant. She was looking for food scraps at the home where I work nights. She too was quickly named kitty. She used to growl when she had food. But that didn't last long, as everyone started feeding her. She got quite friendly, but from a distance, and she always knew when I was working, she would hear my car, and run towards me, but stop just short of me. I managed to catch her and take her home and she had 4 kittens the next day. All of them got homes. Kitty is so smart and sleeps on my bed every night, and if I sleep through someone knocking at the door, she taps my leg. She is desexed now, and is amazing me every day with her clever tricks. I love her so, I never thought I would find such a special friend. She only loves me, she doesn't take notice of my daughters. Feral cats are very intelligent and well worth the effort. Very rewarding.

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      divination 5 years ago

      I had a similar experience, but it was with a squirrel. She will come inside and likes to be hand fed. After several years she still comes.

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      theallin1writer 5 years ago

      Beautiful story - how cats can change our lives!

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Kitty and Robin are alike but with us Robin arrived as a worm ridden feral kitten looking for a warm place to sleep and a free meal. Like Kitty he is very intelligent, even writing his own lens! Even though he was only 6 to 8 weeks old when he arrived he ate solid food immediately and was only ill after we gave him wormers!

      He learned to use the litter tray instantly and comes when called (if he wants). He behaved perfectly at the vets and can be quite social. However he only once came in the house and he much prefers the barn. He loves to climb the fence posts and watch the horses, and they will even touch him with their noses (he was scared by their breath at first but soon got used to it). He has never threatened a horse, but he rally hissed at our Boarder Collie who immediately ran away!

      I think the feral part of him makes him very apprehensive, he tends to run away when people visit the stable, but has always let me and my wife handle him. He was cautious that first day, but I think he was hungry and took a calculated risk on us.

      He seems to have total trust and likes me to tickle him under his chin and throat he really smiles and will lie on his back and ask me to do it. They certainly do train us! LOL.He is quite a bit like Kitty but has shorter hair and golden eyes not as green looking as Kitty.

      We have a feeling that he thinks he owns the stable and allows us to use it! Theother day when we went out he was sat in front of the stable with an air as if to say its OK I will look after the horses. I guess the ferals have to be smart to survive, he certainly was. We are getting him neutered on Monday 15th October so I hope he is OK it will be the first time since he arrived that we will not see him for an entire day. He has only ever gone missing for about 7 or 8 hours at a time.

      If you are ever in Nova Scotia let us know so you can visit him and the horses.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      so beautiful, really heartwarming to read, such a beautiful girl!

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Kitty is beautiful. I love her "Kitty checking out the sounds" pose above.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I was here in Nov. before I had my wings, so I came back to bless it. Kitty does look like Lady. They are both beautiful and very much loved. It was nice to read the story again.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Gorgeous cat pictures! I love your lens. Thanks for sharing this.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      So wonderful to get to know kitty here on Squidoo - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Love the "Kitty" lens! Harmony, the tabby, loves it, too! She said to tell Kitty that she's really happy Kitty has a good home now, with people who love her, feed her and take care of her.

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      I think "Kitty" is amazing and I am so glad she has such a wonderful home with you - and I'm so glad that she's neutered as well. She's so sweet (in all these pictures), and I'm not surprised your painting of her sold - it's great! As to "Kitty" bringing you (caught) birds etc, this is her way of saying "I love you!" - as a kitten her mother would have brought her mice (etc) to eat, out of love, and adult cats do the same for humans they love. Our (rescued) cats do it - though we've taught them not to catch wildlife but to bring us 'caught' toy mice instead. I hope you and "Kitty" have a great Easter; thanks for sharing her story!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations for being featured on Squidoo's 50 Cats We Love Monster Board

      Blessed by a Squidoo Angel

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens and congratulations on a well deserved Purple Star. I'm not a cat person, but I can tell a good lens when I see one, and this is a great story. Nicely done, blessed.

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      Kitty is an amazing cat! So pretty! I believe our cat was feral too. We adopted her from our vet. Although we've had her a few years she still won't allow anyone to pick her up. She will sit on our laps if it is her choice. Still very skittish but she has made a lot of progress.

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      Scriber1 LM 5 years ago

      This was a wonderful, heartwarming story about your beautiful Kitty. My first cat was feral, so I'll always have a special place in my heart for stories like this. Another great lens!

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      JessyGene 5 years ago

      what a gorgeous cat! wonderful lens

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a beautiful and heartwarming story of Kitty. What a perfect place she got as a home. We had a cute kitty growing up and I love cats, though I don't have any pets now. Blessed! :)

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      notedbybarb 5 years ago

      I have 3 cats that come and go around my house...unsure if they are strays or ferals. Two of them will hang out together on the porch, let me feed them, even pet them, but then they go on their way. Another one comes in the yard to just watch for hours, yet won't come near anyone. Guess they know I'm a cat lover and will feed them if they give me that meow hungry look.

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Kitty is a very special cat. BooKitty saw her picture on the desktop monitor and he told me that he has a 'crush' on her. He will be calling her later....:)

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      David Dove 5 years ago

      I've had feral cats all my life, just as soon as one dies there is some kind of cat notice must go out for a "vacancy" because very soon another appears unasked and here we go again - wonderful. Kitty is a beautiful cat and you are so lucky to be chosen by her. Best wishes, David

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      tarpius 5 years ago

      nice cats..it's have long furry hair.Doesn't dog hate cat?

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Yes a few in my life, some I've kept and some have been too wild to do anything with but feed.

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      ITCoach LM 5 years ago

      writing and image placement , every thing exceptional and great story.Thanks for sharing with us.

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      MyFairLadyah2 5 years ago

      For a similar reason, we have a pound dog - Bogo was found in a field as a puppy. She was shy for a long time & not comfortable with men. Now she is going on 15 and has had a wonderful life with us and we with her!

      Long Live Kitty!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star! Yes, I have a feral cat named Kisser.

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      I have, and he lived on our balcony for two years. We couldn't take him in because we already had two other extremely territorial cats. :(

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I loved this lens! I have also tamed a feral cat, and wrote a lens about it. I am going to add your lens to that one. I am curious about the pink mark on Kitty's forehead. What is that?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A very touching story. Kitty is fortunate to have you!

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Lovely tale of feral cat Kitty. Angel Blessed to go with a very well merited Purple Star.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Awww, what a sweet story of a sweet cat. I'm glad you found each other. You'll have to change her lipstick to purple now!

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      What a lovely, lovely story!! I rescue cats and dogs -- right now I have 5 cats and 3 dogs. We resuced a feral cat with palsey and now he has adjusted, much like your Kitty. I'm so happy that your Kitty finally came inside. All the cats I know love to be warm. Mine even love to sleep on a heating pad that is turned down to low. Congratulations on your wonderful family!!

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      my brother found a feral cat and brought it home but run away again after meeting her beau and getting pregnant.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      @bacri54: I'm sorry you don't like the word feral, but the city and Vet have her registered as such, besides her ear is cropped and that's an indication she was born feral....hope you understand ;-)

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      bacri54 6 years ago

      i don 't like that word "feral cat"

      My Boss The Cat Photographer and his Friends from the Shelter

      got great personnality ,very charimastic but don't call them "feral cat"

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      WildWilliams 6 years ago

      I too have been adopted by a feral cat. Like you he inspired me to write a lens about our experiences. If you like you can visit https://hubpages.com/animals/black-cat-saga and read about Black Cat.

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      Yes we have several ferrel cats and all have made the transition into being full time indoor cats. We pray for our pets each day, because God does answer the prayer of faith.

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      kengibbons4 6 years ago

      Hi I liked your page and gave you a Squidoo like. I am new to Squidoo and wrote an article on educating rescue groups and individuals about tax benefits for fostering feral cats & dogs at http://www.squidoo.com/tax-benefit-for-caring-for-...

      The more money one saves through tax deductions for the care of the cats and dogs the more money they have to take care of the animals. Hopefully this tax benefit will also help rescue groups to find more willing people to help with their cause.

      To support the circulation of this article please give me a Squiddo like. Hope the article helps the cause for feral or stray cats & dogs.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      I loved reading Kitty's story. She is gorgeous!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      @Formosangirl LM: Yes, I fully understand the stretch problem, she was introduced with a blue stretch "string" necklace...her other collar is a 'easy' breakaway. Thanks for the heads-up!

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      Formosangirl LM 6 years ago

      My cat's mother, I heard, is a feral. Be careful with the stretchy collar. We had one, too, thinking it was a good thing. It was the same color as her fur (she is a Tortie), and the stretchy part was embedded in her jaw. We could have lost her, the Vet said. She was also given antibiotic.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      We have tons of feral cats here in Kuwait.. some are friendlier than others :) Blessed!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      @anonymous: No TNR, she came to us and we adopted her, getting her fixed at the Human Soc. Hope you can get your Heidi's photos uploaded I'd love to see her.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      She looks almost like my Heidi. Someone found her outside with her neck sliced open and bleeding. They dropped her off at the vet and then took off. Now she's my spoiled little girl.. I wish I could get my camera to upload a pic. She even has a beauty mark on her face like your cat. I take care of a lot of ferals also ( all fixed though). I noticed yours had an ear tip. Did you doTNR? or someone else?

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      GypsyPirate LM 6 years ago

      Aaww! Thank you so much for letting us (my cats and I) meet Kitty. Mister Giles and Calypso asked me (ordered me) to tell you that they said "meow" to her.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi Delia, my beautiful friend, hope you've been doing awesome!

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      annamari 6 years ago

      I loved your story. Kitty is such a beautiful and precious cat.

      It is so great how you and your husband loved her in.

      I wish you many wonderful days together!

      I met two feral cats 6 years ago, and I am so grateful for them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my beautiful sweet friend, appreciate your beauty and warmth,

      love your kitty too, nice lens

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      Matie 6 years ago

      her eyes reminded me of a female ragdoll that befriended me after my himalayan cat passed away. :-(

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How cute ur kitty.thanks for visiting my lens

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Just did a lens on "The Top 20 Reasons You Might Be a Crazy Cat Lady", so thought I would check out some other cat lenses.

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Big hugs to Kitty!

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      Crichtonslover 6 years ago

      What a wonderful cat! We have taken in 3 feral cats. Merry Mittens, Spackle and Squeak. They make the best house cats! Only Squeak prefers to be outside. She still comes in to cuddle and nap.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! I have two feral cats indoors & enjoy seeing them happy while still a lot more feral than your Kitty. I am learning all the time new things from them... and I'm teaching some to them too ;)

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      Girl-In-Green 6 years ago

      Aww, Kitty is so pretty ! I love this lens. I'm glad Kitty got well again. We had a feral cat named Xemo (pronounced zee-moh) that my husband found in Mexico of all places. He was my husband's best friend =)

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      Stacy Fordham 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this story about Kitty. I'm glad Kitty found you. Thanks for visiting my "Cat Litter Reviews" page.

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      Stonecutter 6 years ago

      This is a very touching story, the patience that you and your husband showed for Kitty and how that paid off in her trusting you. Now you have a friend for life.

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      mazbond 6 years ago

      Beautiful Lens. I love your Kitty and thanks for sharing your story.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Your lens for Kitty is just wonderful, a fantastic story! Kitty is for sure very lucky to have found you and I'm sure the feeling is mutual.

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      Anahid LM 6 years ago

      Hi Happy Valentine's Day I love your lens thank you for making it, Thank you for liking my lens. I also have a feral cat which i love she became tamed after many years. We all do our best to protect the homeless cats that is great, you can see my cat lens too. Thank you. Anna

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I am lost in Kitty love Lala Land -:) What a beautiful love story, thank-you. Angel Blessed, and to be featured on Blessed Pets. Just lovely, thank-you.

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      Andrea RM 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens; I'm glad your kitty got better. She was lucky to find such nice people who patiently waited it out until she was ready to trust you :)

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      scss 6 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens! I'm so glad that she got better - even if it meant she would be living outside again.

      I have adopted two feral kittens who are now a pair of Hooligans - cared for by my ancient Skitzi as their Foster mum.

      My dad also ended up adopting a feral cat who lived in the local church who would come and get fed treats by him. When she became ill he took her to the vet for treatment, and then later when she later showed signs of wounds from being attacked and needed more vet care, she came to his home to get daily medication etc. and of course, stayed - lol!

      His other cat is finally getting along with her "bad attitude" toward him, so life is now good for all the ferals adopted by us!

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      NovaBlast 6 years ago

      Very cute touching amazing lens :)

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      gentur 6 years ago

      You posted on my page awhile back about our kitties looking a like. They actually do. We have two. Viktor, 6 months, and King Arthur 8 years... (sometimes known as Sheara (for his split personality and drama queen ways).) Any way, King Arthur does look quite a bit like your Kitty. Saving from a shelter, saving a feral... all great ways to spend a day. They sure do give more love than one could ever expect don't they?

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      iamradiantrose 6 years ago

      We animal lovers will always try to help those in need. What a wonderful story about Kitty. We all have heard similar stories about cats dogs and rabbits.My house if full of rescue animals so I really relate to your story. Congratulations on your wonderful heart! Great Lens! Thank you!

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      Awwww...she's cute...I loved all the pictures...great pet lens...thanks for sharing...and thank you for visiting my paint by numbers lens...I appreciate your comments as always! Kat

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is just amazing. You are awesome.

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      sponias lm 7 years ago

      I love cats. Your lens is fantastic! This is the most beautiful lens I ever saw! You are very talented, and Kitty too!

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      LoreesJewelryBox 7 years ago

      what a great story! Loved reading it! What a beautful kitty! Did they ever say what was making her so ill?

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      Joy Lynskey 7 years ago from Moneta, Va

      Such an incredible story!! Great read and Kitty is absolutely gorgeous!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      love your story about kitty, i too have several (4) feral cats, 2 of which are fixed, 1 that i'm trying to get to like me, and her brother that has already made himself at home. i'm trying to get the not so friendly 1 so i can take her to the humane soc to be spayed because she keeps getting pregnant and i take the kittens away after 2 wks so they won' t be feral. my cat is very smart though she would not go in the trap cage for nothing bought sardines, and everything under the sun with no such luck. well, good luck with kitty she's beautiful.

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      larryrosario49 7 years ago

      very touching story about kitty. my sister has a cat who was feral until he was injured. after she took him in and nursed him back to health he is one of the biggest cuddlers and happy-go-lucky cats you will find.