Sunday, March 18, 2007

A BIG LIVING surprise in the garden

I've had many surprises in the garden - the cutter ants, the scorpions, a plant that I thought was dead but wasn't.......but NOTHING as surprising as today! I noticed the feral cat outside my kitchen window walking toward the garden with something relatively big and black in its mouth and my first thought was "Oh no, I HOPE that's not a rat". So I waited a few minutes until I got up my courage and walked around the corner of the building to where she went and to my absolute astonishment and delight, there, squirming and mewing are four precious baby kittens - three tabbies and a little black one. She had made a bed for them behind some discarded chicken wire and it now extends to a boulder so they can't get out. I chuckled because I have been vacillating about a kitten or a dog......which to get, if any, and I think the decision has been taken out of my hands! They are so fluffy and fat and cute. I have never fed the feral cat, but, since seeing the kittens, she now has milk and rotisserie chicken......Seeing those kittens reminded me so much of when my children were little and one of our cats would have kittens. Julie always had a kitten in her pocket............or a frog!


Kay Cox said...

Oh how cool! Kittens are such fun. And whether you know it or not, I think you needed a pet. True, it isn't another roof dog but cats are much easier. I think it is so cute the way the mama penned them in.

Billie said...

Pictures of the kittens please! Will the mama let you pick them up? Is the mother cat an orange cat? I saw an orange cat the other night when we were at your house.

Babs said...

Yes, it IS the orange cat, the skinny one. There is also a fluffy one that sleeps on the chaise outside my bedroom. I haven't been able to get near the babies yet.........Mama is VERY protective and I don't want her to move them.