Lauren and I slept in a bit this morning. It was a holiday Sunday morning; we didn’t get moving to start feeding the animals until after 6:30 am. Being an hour and a half late, everyone was waiting for us and not in their usual positions when we made it outside. The dogs were anxious to eat. The pack of cats had almost given up on us ever emerging from the green box (that’s what they call the house) and were checking out the backyard in search of food. When we let the dogs out the back of the house- the cats (and baby kittens) went scrambling. We got the dogs fed. We headed out to feed the cats and horses. As Lauren stood with PuppyGirl and I headed around the house, we heard a distinct thunk!
I had no idea what the noise was, but Lauren yelled for me to come back to the driveway. “Did you see the kitten fall into the bed of the truck?” No, I had missed that. Apparently, when the kitten scrambled to get away from the dogs, she headed up the tree. When she couldn’t hold on any longer-she dropped like a rock into the bed of the truck. The little, tiny, feral kitten was hunched in the corner of the bed of the truck, hissing at us. We decided it would be best to leave her, so we opened the tail gate and headed back to the house.
As we came around the corner of the porch, another tiny kitten hissed and clawed at us from behind a potted plant. Behind her was another tiny black kitten that was not quite so angry with us-at least she wasn’t hissing or clawing.
The kittens from the wild moms are getting older and braver. I will try to catch them and tame them. In the best of worlds, I will tame them enough to get them spayed or neutered. These are the first kittens we have actually seen or gotten near this year. I will probably manage to catch a few of them, get them to the vet, spend some money and they will die on the highway. I have trouble getting motivated to save the kittens when too many times it ends badly.
Update-Orange Cat is still searching for Siobhan. He is clearly asking us in this picture where she is. But he is spending more time with his brother and other friends and seems to be moving on. Sometimes that is all you can do.