Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Sign of Spring

It was in the spring four years ago when someone dumped off two ginger tom kittens at our place.  One was pretty friendly and I named him Puff.  Puff would come to us and let us pet him.  His brother was skittish and he always hang in the background and scurry away when ever we approached.  We named him Creamcicle.  The two cats hung around for a month or so.  Having three cats at the time we didn't want to adopt more, but as they matured we wanted to capture them and have them neutered.  Oddly they both disappeared and weren't seen again as we attempted to trap them.  We would have kept them as outdoor cats.

The following year Puff returned in the spring.  He didn't miss a beat. It was as though he never left taking up residence on our steps; his favorite place to lay in the sunshine.  He would come to us and let us pet him.  He was still a tom so where ever he spent the last ten months it looked as though he was being fed will, but no one had him neutered.  We were curious as to where he lived, so we tied a string around him with a note asking his family to contact us so we would know he actually belonged to someone.  He hung around for another two weeks with his note still attached, but then he disappeared again like he had the previous year.  We thought this time he was dead.

Last year he appeared again in early spring.  Again it was as though he never left.  He took up residence on the steps again.  He was still a tom, but we noticed this time he was spraying, which is unacceptable.  He was also scratching himself quite a bit, so after a few days I got him some flea drops and got ready to capture him to get him neutered, but then Puff was gone, again.

This morning I let our cats out as I always do at around 4:30AM, and they are usually ready to come back in by 5:30, but they weren't standing by the door as usual.  No big deal; it wasn't raining so I figured they were both perambulating the parameter in the drier than normal conditions.  I saw the true reason they hadn't returned when I went out to feed the horses at 6:15.  Puff was back and our cats were hanging out with him hearing of his adventures last ten months.  Puff looked fat and I couldn't see if he was still intact, but I'm sure I'll have the opportunity to make a closer inspection before he disappears again until next spring.

6 Comments:

Blogger Donna Wood said...

Fascinating!

1:46 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

It is...

7:37 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

We have coyotes THICK in our area.
No one can have cats. They disappear shortly after introduction.
We have been here 26 years. There isn't a single cat in the area. (other that bobcats and cougar)

9:56 AM  
Blogger Guy said...

We have local coyotes, too. Just across the street. They howl every night. Maybe our cats have better hiding places.

5:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

since now my future will be as a sad crazy cat lady, I would like a few more ginger tabby boys. Let me know if you see kittens.

Auntie

1:14 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I'm sure more will be dumped out my way soon.

7:36 AM  

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