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Lady Featherstone - Pet Adoption Story

Updated on October 04, 2014
Meet Lady, shy, timid, sweet kitty who needed somebody to love her.
Meet Lady, shy, timid, sweet kitty who needed somebody to love her. | Source

Meet Lady Featherstone

Hello. My name is Lady, Lady Featherstone that is. It's pronounced feather-stun (like my husband's English Aunt's family says it).

Would you like to to know how I came to my forever home? Like most of you, I'm a mom too - 3 kids, and boy have they been a handful. Wouldn't trade them for anything though (well, no - not really).

From the start I had a difficult life. The first people I lived with didn't spend much time with me and I don't want to admit they were abusive, but let's say, they didn't think much of me. Because I was afraid of them and the things they put me through I came to have some physical and emotional problems. It's been a while and I'm getting better, but sometimes it's a bit tough.

Maybe you can visit with me for a little while. I promise not to take too much of your time. But it would be nice to make a few new friends.

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Strange kitty in the house!

All she wanted was to sleep.

Lady on the Sidewalk - My fur was the color of sea green and falling out. I had no strength.

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Story told by Lady via her caregiver.

I'm so embarrassed for you to see me like this! My hair was a mess, very thin practically (coming out in clumps), and I had a bit of a pong to me. Ok, I didn't need to tell you that part, but you probably figured that out for yourself anyway.

I was very tired from having my babies, after all I was only a year old myself. My owners left me alone for weeks at a time with only some dog food left in a car port. I was starving and needed to eat, but I was not in any shape to feed my litter. God sent me to this walkway where I met some kind people who began to feed me on their steps.

By now I had begun to come around more. One day as the nice woman was opening the door I ran inside her house and scampered to the corner. "If I could just get some sleep," I thought. I napped for several hours with the people in the house not saying a word. It was if they knew something was wrong, so they just let me come in and rest. When I gained some strength I got up and they opened the door. This would happen for several weeks, but all the while I was learning I could trust them.

One of my babies was very sick, so I started to bring them to the door whenever I needed to eat. They were still nursing, but I knew I would get help here. The man of the house noticed that one of my boys started following him. Several times he would bring him back to the place I had hid my babies, but he wouldn't stay put. The man would run and my son would just run faster. It was pretty funny now that I think of it.

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Til' the storm passed by

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Photo by favored1 of Lady and her kittens

Saved from the Tornado and Storm

It was in the middle of a terrible storm and tornado warning that I had to move my babies to shelter. I had already moved one under a nearby porch. It wasn't the house where I was eating, but near where I had kept my babies.

As I was crossing the road with one in my mouth I dropped my baby girl. When I tried to gather her in my mouth again, the lady that was feeding me came running over and scooped my baby and me up in her arms. She had noticed us while looking out the window anxiously waiting for her husband to get home.

She took us into her house and ran back out the door to get one of my babies that was in the driveway (it was my son that always followed the man). Now two of my babies were inside, but I still had the one I already put under the porch.

The woman couldn't get him to come out, so she came back inside and got some food. It took quite a while of coaxing, but eventually she was able to pull him out from under the porch. It was my son who was sick. We were safe inside and out of the storm. Now what?

Momma with 3 Kittens coloring page

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I like my new name.

She called me a pretty Lady!

Can you believe that? Even when

I didn't look like one, she made

me feel like an elegant lady.

Only God can save him now.

Photo by favored1 Lady and son
Photo by favored1 Lady and son

Staying Alive

This is one of my sons (the one with his long tail sort of like mine. My girl is on the left of him). I held him tight and did what I could for as long as I could. His fur was as spindly as mine, but it looked like he wasn't going to make it.

All of my kids were undernourished, full of fleas and tapeworms. However he was very tiny, actually the smallest of the litter and he didn't move around much.

The man named my one son, Jazzbo because he moved with rhythm and followed him everywhere.

Jazzbo - Boy Kitten Coloring Page

The lady named my girl Jumpy. She did jump instead of walk then. Really.

Jumpy - Girl Kitten with Bow Standing Coloring Page

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Coloring pages can be found at PicGifts.com

The tiny one she called Cutie, because he was the cutest little thing.

Cutie - Boy Fluffy Kitten Coloring Page

As for me, my full name is

Lady Featherstone

(like the English say it)

They say I am Royal!

I'm about 2 years old here. Still "olivish" in color.

I'm about 2 years old here. Still "olivish" in color.
I'm about 2 years old here. Still "olivish" in color.

Maybe you'd like to know my interests?

I Like Plants

But I'm not allowed to have them,

so you won't see any pictures

of me with them.

My new mom grows catnip for us, and once in a while I eat some of that.

Don't forget the catnip.

Don't forget the catnip.
Don't forget the catnip. | Source

Lady Likes Flowers coloring page

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Photo by freekidscoloringandcrafts.com

My first playhouse. I still like it.

My first playhouse. I still like it.
My first playhouse. I still like it. | Source

I'm a true night kitty.

Sometimes I can get into trouble,

because I stay up when

everyone else is sleeping.

I suppose that is due to that fact

I was always on the run and

hid most of the day time.

I have a real bed! - Now I can get some sleep.

MidWest Deluxe Bolster Pet Bed for Dogs & Cats
MidWest Deluxe Bolster Pet Bed for Dogs & Cats

This is my bed. My parents put it inside a pillow case and then wrap a big fluffy blanket around the bed. It's soft, warm and cozy. What I like most about it is that it's really mine!

 

Catgo! Momba, Catwaltz, I can do them all. Lady is a great dancer.

I've been told that I am an "excellent" dancer, but I don't want to brag. I can do almost every kind of dance, but I'm not into R & B or Bluegrass (much anyway).

I do like Jazz though. Guess that's a given - duh! My new Dad isn't a good dancer at all, he can barely keep a beat. But my mom - she rocks. I do my best dancing with her.


Lady Likes to Dance

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Mouth issues! Can you relate? - An old "war" injury so to speak.

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Getting Good Food Makes A Difference

Having the right food when you are a baby makes all the difference in the world as to how you turn out as an adult. Since I didn't have the proper nourishment when I was growing and nursing, I have suffered some health issues and set backs.

Here you can see that I'm filling out ok, but still don't have that "glow" or shine to my fur. Not having the right vitamins for so long caused these problems to my skin, fur and teeth. They are things I have had to deal with for some time. Hey, but don't worry. My new parents are on it.

Friskies Canned Cat Food

Purina Friskies Pate Turkey & Giblets Dinner Cat Food - (24) 5.5 oz. Pull-top Can
Purina Friskies Pate Turkey & Giblets Dinner Cat Food - (24) 5.5 oz. Pull-top Can

This is my favorite wet food. I like the shreds version the best, but the pate is easier to eat with less teeth.

 

Purina Cat Chow - Cat food I will eat. - This is a brand of cat food that I do like. SInce I do not go outdoors any more (& I'm glad), this works best for m

Purina Cat Chow Dry Cat Food, Indoor Formula, 16 Pound Bag, Pack of 1
Purina Cat Chow Dry Cat Food, Indoor Formula, 16 Pound Bag, Pack of 1

It has the vitamins I need and helps

control my hair ball issues. Having

long hair, it matters. So you might

like this for your kitty too.

 

My Favorite Treats.

Frankly, to be purr-fectly honest with you I don't like many treats at all. I guess that's how I keep my figure.

I will snack on a few things, but it is VERY rare. I basically stick to my dry food. Not a meat kitty myself.

You could say I'm a veg-a-cat.

Treats I Likes - I prefer the crunchy kinds best.

Once in a while I will eat a treat, but usually not. My new parents try to find things I like.

On holidays and birthdays they may give me a treat of Friskies turkey and gravy pate'.

My Toys & Personal Product Review - Toys I play with - sometimes.

Being honest about how my life was, I'd have to say that playtime wasn't something I did much. I'm a very timid kitty. Most of the time I was hiding and trying to survive. It wasn't until long after I was placed in my new forever home that I learned to trust someone enough to play.

Now I have to be in the mood to play, and only when not too many animals or people are around. But when I do, believe me these toys are F-U-N! I actually have these.

OurPets Play-N-Sqeak Twice the Mice Cat Toy, 2pc
OurPets Play-N-Sqeak Twice the Mice Cat Toy, 2pc

Have you ever seen these? It's almost like having a real mouse, but without all the yuckyness to it. They're fun to kick at too.

 
Cat Dancer 301 Cat Charmer Interactive Cat Toy
Cat Dancer 301 Cat Charmer Interactive Cat Toy

This is my absolute favorite toy! I love this and play with it often. If you are looking for a great toy for your pet, try this. It has my personal paws up on it.

 

My green blanket. You can see that after almost 3 years my hair has grown back.

My green blanket.  You can see that after almost 3 years my hair has grown back.  Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy.
My green blanket. You can see that after almost 3 years my hair has grown back. Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source

Grooming Helped My Fur to Grow Back

Something that I have come to love is that my mom combs my hair many times a day. At first it wasn't a thing I liked not being used to having it combed, but the more she kept it clean and knot free, the more it felt good.

After a year the old dry unhealthy fur grew out and new healthy fur grew. Using a brush and comb removed the dead skin. Long hair isn't easy to keep tangle free, but daily grooming can take care of that problem.

These are the things she uses to help my fur say clean and looking good.

Brush for Cats

Safari Cat Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush
Safari Cat Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush

This is another product I have to have. My parents use this along with the Safari Cat Shedding Comb, Wood Handle (also sold on this site). You really can't do without them if you want nice hair, and what lady doesn't?

 

KONG Cat Grooming Brush

KONG ZoomGroom, Cat Grooming Brush
KONG ZoomGroom, Cat Grooming Brush

I know this is not a toy, but it is something I cannot live without. It feels so good when I am brushed, and I get brushed lots of times each day. Don't forget to brush your pets every day.

 

Pssst. Come closer.

This is a little personal.

I have a real problem with the litter box.

What is the problem?

I don't like using it. You see I didn't have one before, and the other cats keep me from using it or hit me when I am coming out. So I tend to do a no-no sometimes.

I really am trying. My parents have even put out another litter box for me. Wasn't that nice?

Every time I use it my new parents just say the nicest things to me. They have never gotten mad at me for "missing" (if you know what I mean).

Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox
Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox

Clever top entry design that cats love

Eliminates tracking and is virtually dog-proof

Reduces litterbox odor

 

Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox - Is this a solution for you?

Depending on your type cat, this litterbox may just be what you are looking for in your household.

It seems to keep most of the litter inside the box where you want it, right? However, some cats may still prefer the other kinds of litter boxes. You be the judge.

Please read the customer reviews to help you decide if this is the right box for you.

Kitty Color by Number

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Photo by freekidscoloringandcrafts.com

Action Please! Some still photos of me. - You can see I've lost that "greenish" look and am doing much better.

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I hide most of the time, because the other cats pick on me.  They think I'm strange.  Photo copyright credit by Favored1.  Do Not Copy.I can catch some zzzz's by my mom on a little stool that she keeps by the computer for me. Photo copyright credit by Favored1.  Do Not Copy.I wasn't supposed to be on this, but they didn't make me get off until after the "photo shot." Photo copyright credit by Favored1.  Do Not Copy.My Christmas cozy blanket.  Photo copyright credit by Favored1.  Do Not Copy.I think I'd rather lay on something green than to be "green." Photo copyright credit by Favored1.  Do Not Copy.
I hide most of the time, because the other cats pick on me.  They think I'm strange.  Photo copyright credit by Favored1.  Do Not Copy.
I hide most of the time, because the other cats pick on me. They think I'm strange. Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source
I can catch some zzzz's by my mom on a little stool that she keeps by the computer for me. Photo copyright credit by Favored1.  Do Not Copy.
I can catch some zzzz's by my mom on a little stool that she keeps by the computer for me. Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source
I wasn't supposed to be on this, but they didn't make me get off until after the "photo shot." Photo copyright credit by Favored1.  Do Not Copy.
I wasn't supposed to be on this, but they didn't make me get off until after the "photo shot." Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source
My Christmas cozy blanket.  Photo copyright credit by Favored1.  Do Not Copy.
My Christmas cozy blanket. Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source
I think I'd rather lay on something green than to be "green." Photo copyright credit by Favored1.  Do Not Copy.
I think I'd rather lay on something green than to be "green." Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source

Would you like to meet the kids? I hoped so.

In the cage our first trip. - They were called "Jackals" because of their big ears.

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Lady and her kittens. Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source

Look Deep Inside the Cage

Jumpy is on the left. Jazzbo is on the right. Cutie is hiding in the back. Who is in the middle?

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Here they are!

Jazzbo - the cute one.

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Lady and her kittens. Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source

Jumpy - the funny one.

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Lady and her kittens. Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source

and Cutie - the sensitive one.

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Lady and her kittens. Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source

Hey, we're not the Jonas brothers!

I take offense to that.

— says Jumpy!

The Triple Threat - Who is the baby? All things point to Jazz - the one in the middle.

Lady and her kittens around 8 months old. Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy.
Lady and her kittens around 8 months old. Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source

Left to right: Cutie, Jazzbo, and Jumpy

Really, who is the cutest?

Lady has nothing to do with this, and takes no position in this poll.

She is entirely neutral.

Jazz wants to know. Who's the cutest?

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My kids would make a big mess. - One thing they did at the rescue center foster house was play with us a lot. The lady held my babies all the time. There were t

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Lady and her kittens. Photo copyright credit by Favored1. Do Not Copy. | Source

Wait a minute? Who is this? You'll have to wait and see..

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Not funny, but I am a GREAT value!

This is Jumpy's little dress, which she loves.  We wanted to try it out on Lady. As you can see, she didn't think it was funny ...
This is Jumpy's little dress, which she loves. We wanted to try it out on Lady. As you can see, she didn't think it was funny ... | Source

Proceeds go to the N.O.A.H. Rescue Shelter

N.O.A.H. - No Outcast Animal Homeless

As you can see, I love my new forever home, and they love me back. They were even so kind to keep my family together. Yes, my three kids are still with me. We are all one big happy family.

There are thousands of mom's like me who need a home with their kids. Please consider adopting a cat family if you can. It makes a world of difference. Believe me, I know.

A righteous human cares for and regards the life of his animal (pet).

Proverbs 12:10

Oh no - not surgery on my mouth! You can see why. Notice my nose & left eye.

Good food makes a difference and not getting it at a  young age most pets develop tooth and mouth problems around the age of eight.
Good food makes a difference and not getting it at a young age most pets develop tooth and mouth problems around the age of eight. | Source

This is me now - Lady 2012 - I am very shy, but friendly.

I had surgery on my mouth a few months ago, but I am up to eating again - just not as fast. Over all I'd say, I'm doing ok.  No more hiding in car ports, houses or under porches wondering where my next meal is coming from or how am I going to care for my kids. 

We're home now, thank God, and we're all doing ok.

Sorry about the lighting, but Lady is difficult to capture on film.

Pet Shampoo & Tooth Care - Other things for a healthy happy cat.

Magic Coat Cat Tearless Shampoo, 12-Ounce
Magic Coat Cat Tearless Shampoo, 12-Ounce

I'm really fussy about what I use on my pets. One product I like to use is a tearless shampoo that is formulated especially for pets.

Keep your kitty's coat smelling fresh and looking shiny with this shampoo that is enriched with protein and lanolin to moisturize your cat's skin. It will not harm the eyes or skin, and can be used on kittens.

 

This Article Received A Purple Star for Excellence

A purple star is given in recognition of excellence in writing on a specific topic.

This article "Lady" won a Purple Star Award on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012.

Thank you!

Please adopt a kitty. We promise to be good.

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Thanks for visiting and reading about my real life adoption story.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      @tazzytamar: Lady is very touched by your sweet comment Anna. You always bring cheer where you go. Thanks. P.S.... it's purrrrfectly OK :)

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      Anna 2 years ago from chichester

      What a wonderful story. They are all just so beautiful and are really lucky to have such understanding, loving parents to keep them all safe, warm and pampurred (sorry, couldn't resist!) I have three adopted bundles of mischief and one has the same litterbox issues - so dont feel bad, Lady Featherstone!

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      Loretta Livingstone 2 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Lovely story. So glad they found a furr ever home.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @smine27: Thank you. I'd tell Lady :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Your cats are just adorable and absolutely beautiful.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @sierradawn lm: Thank you so much. Lady is such a blessing. I'm glad you enjoyed meeting her.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      This is such a poignantly beautiful story! Lady is so gorgeous now, and her children are adorable! I loved this lens!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @paulahite: Lady says thank you. Glad to meet you Paula.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Love it!! Your babies are Beautiful, Lady!!

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      Such a nice story! I'm glad Lady and her kittens found a wonderful home. :)

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      jennabeezer 3 years ago

      Lady is beautiful! So happy that you were able to nurse her back to health and to keep her babies too! Wonderful.

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      FrancesWrites 3 years ago

      Gorgeous cats - the trio when photographed together looks like such a bunch of tricksters!

      I have had no luck growing catnip - any hints? Maybe there's a lens in it?

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      mrdata 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing with us your nice lens! I have two adorable cats.

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      LadyDuck 3 years ago

      Very nice and touching cat story.

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Rescue cats make really great pets! Very nice lens.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Congratulations on receiving Editor for the Day honors.....Lady Featherstone just has to be shared! :)

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      happynutritionist 3 years ago

      Beautiful collection of pictures and story, congrats on being selected by today's Editor of the day:-) Have a nice Memorial Day Weekend.

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      Cute lens! :D

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Callie, the two Troubles (Odan and Sylvester), and Shadow give an approving "meow!"

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Any story about wonderful people who adopt and love rescue pets gets my heartstrings going. Interestingly, I woke up this morning feeling depressed and wishing I could adopt a little rescue again (it's been a few years, and with travelling, it's difficult to have pets). I miss my kitty so much. Thank you for taking care of your beautiful cats, and for loving them. It's people like you who make this world so much better. :)

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