Wednesday, April 15, 2009
White Wordy Wednesday - Lily
Lily wants to tell her story today!
I am the momcat for all of the white kitties plus Woody and Tabitha. I showed up at the old general store across from Mom's house one summer a few years ago with a litter of tiny black kittens and one white one. The beans at the store fed me and tried to catch my kittens. I was not happy and teached them to not go in that cage even if food was there. My black kittens disappeared - I hope they got nice homes but I never saw them again. Snowball was the only one left and he stuck to me like glue.
The store closed for the winter and we were left with no food and were very hungry. It was cold and snowy outside and our stomach grumbled empty. Someone told Mom and she started putting food out on her back deck and even made us a place to sleep safe and warm, out of the snow and wind under the house. She tried to catch me and Snowball too but we were smart and escaped. Mom firmly believes in TNR - that means trap, neuter and release! But I got pregnant again and had another liter of all white kittens this time with one tabby - Woody. I am a very good mom so they all grew up and looked good. Mom made a place for the kittens to play on the deck with a kitty condo and stuff.
Those mancats would not leave me alone and I got pregnant again - all this time poor Mom was desperately trying to catch me to stop me from having kittens. She was so nice to me but I would not go near her or let her pet me. I was afraid. Being a mom is my job so I would not go in the trap no matter what. I would pull the food to the side and pull it out with my paws.
Mom did catch Snowball first then all the others at once - Norm, Woody, Sam. Since Mom was moving to another town she could not TNR us and leave us outside cuz no one wanted to take care of us. She asked all the neighbors too and shelters. The shelters were going to put us to sleep. I didn't like the sound of that. She knew she had to take us all with her when she moved, so she put the kittens in their own special indoor space with a screen porch.
Finally I had one more litter under the house - again all white cats with one tabby who is Tabitha. These guys were real cute and by now Mom was getting friendly with me and the kittens. She caught all of us a few months later by propping open the door to the back porch and enticing us with food and toys to come in. Then she pulled the piece of wood holding the door open and we were caught! It was scary when she and Pop tried to catch us and bring us inside but now we are happy and safe and no more babies for me.
We live in a nice shelter with a screen porch and have lots of toys, treats and food. The chipmunks and birds play outside and we can watch all day. Mom and Pop spend lots of time with us and we love it. We are all friendly now except Smidge and Sam sometimes. I guess we are pretty lucky.
Posted by wildcatwoods at 9:54 AM
Labels: feral cats, Lily, TNR, Wordy Wednesday
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My feral cat was named Lilly Ann. You are so kind to take care of Lily and her kittens.
awww! what a sweet story. what beuatiful kitties. we too had a few rounds og kitties. darling. we found good homes.
your photos are precious.
You were a tough one to catch. We're glad your Mom was persistent and you have a great home now.
You've got a great home, Lily!! Love reading your story!
What is it with white cats being hard to trap. We have a white cat in a colony that I feed at a fish house. There are 5 white cats in total and one of them recently lost his eye and it looks horrible. For weeks we've been trying to trap him to no avail. One of the volunteers just built a wooden cover to put over the trap to see if that helps. Hopefully it will.
I tried disguising the trap too with tarps or blankets and still Lily would not go in - even if I took the food away and the only food was in the trap. Hope your wood cover works.
Thank you for sharing. You've got a really beautiful story to tell with a happy ending. We are so happy for you and your kittens. =^^=
Hi Lily! Looks like you got a purrty good place there to live! You are a lucky girl!
You've had quite an interesting life, Lily. We enjoyed reading about your journey from feral to forever home.
Great story. Thanks for sharing.
PS: You're all so pretty.
What a story! Your mom had so much patience - glad she succeeded! Thank you for your birthday wishes!
I think you are VERY lucky. My human Tommy says your Mom must love you very much to take care of you the way she has--and never gave up.
Noir in Texas
What a nice story! We are so happy that you have a nice and safe live now.
And thank you so much for coming to our blogoversary party! It wouldn't have been that much fun without you - we hope you had a great time too and not too much of a nipover, hahahahahahahahahahaha
The Cat Realm
This is a great story and we are glad that you have such a great forever home, Lily. Our mombean has a soft spot for white kitties, that's why she took 13 yr. Bono. He might be the oldest of us, don't know for sure.
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