Monday, November 20, 2006

surprise in a quiet corner of the garden


from w
Near the telephone line box in a quiet corner of the garden there was a surprise for us this morning. Four of them actually. The ugly ginger cat that roams between three or four houses is the cats' mother I expect as she's often in our back yard. A couple of times today I noticed she was on guard before running for a gap in the fence. The kittens look about three weeks old and must have been very quiet because they are actually under our lounge room floor. I'm waiting now to confront the neighbour! I dislike cats at any time. Now if it were puppies, that's a different matter.

Later...
The six children two doors down want their kittens back! The Mum had been looking everywhere for them the past four weeks! So Mum and daughter came and had a look but the kittens went deeper into their home under the house. Maybe tomorrow morning we'll coax them out.

8 Comments:

Blogger Alison said...

Nie sketch and a funny story

3:56 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

I looked this morning and they're gone. The neighbour must have come at the crack of dawn, lured them out with a tray of milk and now I am bereft! I thought I didn't like cats but they were cute.
W.

4:09 PM  
Blogger YD said...

Meow.

I remembered when I was very small (3 or 4 years old), I saw a cat with its litter of kittens. I thought the kittens were very cute so I approached them to try to touch them, and got clawed by the mother. I was too small to understand why the mother attacked me. ;-P

12:46 AM  
Blogger The Moody Minstrel said...

I can't understand how anyone could not like cats!

Then again, my current feline householder, who we picked up as a tiny, abandoned and orphaned kitten, is starting to drive me totally bananas...

Is that mother cat tame or feral? That may sound like a stupid question, but my parents have neighbors that have tons of cats (They don't have them spayed or neutered, so they reproduce like weeds), but only a few of them are actually tame. The majority are feral, aggressive, and potentially dangerous. One attacked my mother while she was out working in her yard, and the wound became horribly infected. That led to police involvement and the sudden disappearance of most of the feral cats, but now the "tame" ones are busy producing a whole, new batch.

I hate irresponsible pet owners...

If you want to keep a feline,
Determine to keep it in line.
Only just to feed
Creates trouble, indeed.
Just do what you should, and don't whine!

1:33 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

And the cat came back the very next day... or so the song goes.

Well, they did NOT go home, just stayed quiet all day and went further under the house.

Then Junior saw them playing outside in the late afternoon.

Three of the neighbour kids came with milk etc. but the cats' Mum wouldn't let them near the kittens! She is not feral, but very protective and shy, - her second litter they told me.

I like some kinds of cats - tigers and lions, but the selfish domestic kind - well... We've had pet cats - e.g. City Cat and Bush Cat who just came and lived with us one time.
Meanwhile - I will just put out some milk again. One kitten actually did scoff the watered down milk.
W.

11:34 AM  
Blogger tooners said...

it's going to be difficult to get these cats out w/out trapping them. they sound a little feral and if they are, it'll be impossible to grab them, because they'll wind up scratching and biting you or the mother will get ya. i've trapped wild/feral cats in the past, including kittens, and it's an easy thing to do, as long as you use humane traps, which can be gotten from local shelters and such, or you can even use cat carriers.

are the neighbors willing to put forth the effort to get the kittens or have they said that the kittens are their only because the cats were in their yard at one time. the mother could have easily moved them to your yard because she didn't feel they were safe w/ all of those kids. cats usually don't like children, and i can't imagine 6 kids trying to get at these kittens.

too bad you dont like cats. they are quite wonderful. i love them. such interesting personalities, but i agree w/ moody, in that sometimes they can drive ya a bit batty. my tolerance level has dropped since being pregnant and i've noticed that a few of ours get on my nerves more than usual.

good luck w/ this. i hope as they grow a little older, they'll come out and the mother will move them. as they get older, they'll eventually leave your house anyway. just the way they do things. :)

but... if you really want to catch them, you can always try using soft food... milk just won't do the trick. but again, even if you move them down to their house, they could come back. the mother will keep them in the safest place. consider yourself lucky in that she chose your yard! :)

1:59 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Looks like this is an on-going saga! When I poked a stick to enlarge the gap under the wall, I got a real hissing fit from the mother cat. She is protecting her 'kids' like crazy. I guess the mothering instinct is strong - though our dog Suzie (she's long gone now) always let the boys play with her little pups, never growled even once.

I put out some warm watery milk and the neighbours had left some soft kitteny kind of food, and I saw two come out and play and eat and lap. and later saw them practice scratching against the brick fireplace.

The neighbours haven't even been back!

I looked up stuff on the internet about kittens and read that kittens should stay with the mother cat for six weeks! Another two weeks, then they've just gotta go!
W.

2:28 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

It's not a joke anymore. The blasted cats can't be caught! Getting feral, worse every day. I managed to pick one kitten up to start giving them back to the 'owner' and the mother who must have been under the house, charged me, teeth bared. I dropped the kitten and ran for me life. $%^*&^%& the cats!
W.

12:00 PM  

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