This is a writing prompt from Writing.Com.
I wish I had my own picture of the cats I’m writing about here. With Hubby laid up from the surgery and I take terrible pictures with just my left hand to use, I opted for picked these from Flickr and Bing.
From what I have heard and read, the US has an overabundance of stray and feral cats running around. Looking out the sliding glass door that leads out to our deck in back, I’d have to agree. We have three adult cats out — one female and two males — that look into our house several times a day. This is in addition to the three that control our lives inside the house.
We call the female Mama and one of the males Jake. Mama is more feral, running down the steps to the lawn when we open the door. Jake, on the other hand, will come up — timidly though — to get petted. Is he a stray or not? We aren’t really sure. The second male isn’t seen as often. Because he is definitely friendly, we’re almost positive that he has a home and is let out to roam the neighborhood.
Mama and Jake seem to be mates. Yes, I know that cats don’t get attached like geese do and will make kittens wherever and with whoever. Still, these two will act as if they’re hooked to each other for life some times. So far they’ve had two litters of kitties together. In both incidences, you may see either Mama or Jake out there looking after the young one, or both.
The first batch consisted of three balls of fur. Two are the soft gray like Mama but their tails are stubbed like Jake’s. (Yes, Jake is a pure white Manx cat.) Both are female and friendly, coming up the glass door wanting to be petted. The third one had a coat of fur that had swirls of light gray and dark gray, clearly a true mixture of Mom and Pop, but had the long tail. He was male so was run off by the two adult males.
Mama and Jake recently had their second batch. Four cute kittens divided evenly by color, two gray and two white. One gray one and one white one have the long tails — well, kind of anyway. The tails are shorter than Mama’s but they are regular tails. The other two kittens have the stubbed tails. The white one has one just like Jake’s, barely there. The gray one has a little length to his/hers but its round on the end.
I know we should get Mama fixed. We’d love to, in fact. However, she’s impossible to catch. She knows what the traps are for. It doesn’t make any difference what kind of food you put in or how much; she isn’t being conned into one of those things.
We’d have Jake fixed but we’re not all that sure that he’s a stray. I mean, Manx cats are in demand because of their good nature and they don’t shed nearly as much as other breeds. If he’s got a home, the owner may not want him fixed. There’s potential legal hassles with this.
I’m glad the neighbors immediately around us want the cats around. I don’t think I could bear to have any of them shot or put to sleep just because they’re free from the control of us who are human.