Let Your Freak Cat Flag Fly!

If You Hate Hearing About My Cats, We Probably Can’t Be Friends by Catherine Holm/Catster – This is such a funny, too true article about when, where & with whom it’s best (or not) to share you’re cute cat stories. Or any cat story – depending on the person you’re sharing (or trying) the story.

I’ve always been a “cat person”.  Not to say I don’t love all animals, but I have had at least one cat in my life – on some level- since I can remember.   My family always had cats when I was a kid.

Specifically, Siamese cats.  And the stories I could tell about Poco (the matriarch – who lived with us for the first 17 years of my life), Freedom Fighter – “Free” for short (My older sister named him – it was the 70’s…And the name did fit – he was a lover not a fighter), Chaos (cross-eyed w/ a kinked tail…And a few marbles short of a full load – but such a sweetie!).

Those were the first of many cats that came into my life along the way.  I’ve had as many as 5 cats in my household – that was a little crazy cat ladyish (not entirely – I had 2 dogs too!), but…All of them came into my life for a reason and with their own unique personalities & beauty.

Now I have my Lilly Fae – my barn kitteh.

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She was a tiny little ball of fur when I first laid eyes on her.

I had tried my best to avoid kitties for a couple of years after I lost my last 2 about a year apart.  They had been a part of my life for 13 & 16 years.  Jasmine, a kitten my boyfriend at the time gave me while I was still in college & Pywackette, acquired a couple of years later by same said boyfriend.

Turns out, they were half-sisters several litters apart.  And disliked but tolerated each other like most sisters do on some level.

After Py & Jasmine passed, I couldn’t bring myself to consider letting another cat in my life.  I knew I would at some point because it always happens that way.  They pick YOU.  But I  felt like it would be a betrayal.  And I was completely heart-broken without them.  They had been such a part of my life for so long.  They traveled 1,200+ miles across the country with me into strange new territory (NY).

They accepted (mostly) a baby human into “their” home a few years later.

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We moved again…Just so many life experiences they were a part of & always will be.

Then, a random trip to my favorite gift shop at the Rez brought me face to face with what I had been avoiding at all costs for the last couple of years.  Not just a cat, but a teeny, tiny little fuzzball – her eyes just opened.  The woman at the counter holding her telling me she was born on her farm – outside – where she would have to live if she couldn’t find her a home.

You can guess what came out of her mouth next…Yep.  “Want to hold her”??

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I tried to resist.  I knew if I held her I wouldn’t let her go.  But I knew I couldn’t live with myself either thinking about this little baby growing up (briefly most likely) living outside in the cold & fending for herself.

You guessed it – I held her as I walked around the store.  Becoming more & more resolved that we were meant to be.

And damn the consequences – our chocolate lab, Maggie Mae would NOT be thrilled (or so I thought).

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The lady gave me a box to take her home.  However, she was not a happy camper in the box sitting on my front seat as I drove down the highway.  I pulled off, took her out & nestled her into my fleece coat – which I knew I should’ve done in the first place.  She curled up inside my coat & fell asleep.

Her name popped into my head about halfway home – Lilly…Lilly Fae!

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As it turned out, Maggie Mae – became Lilly’s doggie mom.  She slept in Maggie’s bed (still does sometimes!).

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Maggie was so gentle & let her bite, smack, claw her ears, nose, tail – whatever moved!

They bonded. They love each other.  We are a family.

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Almost 5 years later, they still love to play chase or hide-n-seek.  Lilly thinks if Maggie can pee in the snow & eat giant doggie kibbles , so can she.

Her “barn kitteh”/feral side will always be part of her personality.  Snow, water, rain – doesn’t phase her (unless there’s just a little TOO much of it).

She’s a hunter.  I’ve lost count how many mice, moles, locust, birds, squirrels who knows what else she’s killed.  I managed to rescue a few birds just this side of death, but the mice/moles/locusts – good riddance!  I’m all about keeping the natural balance in order.

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