Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Streets Below

While Jingles watches the street from a safe distance.

There are many who don't have that same luxury.

I've named all the street cats I feed. This one is White Kitty. He used to have a sister that came with him, but I haven't seen her in weeks.

This is Baby, the sister of Sweet Kitty who is the mama of the kittens I rescued. I haven't seen Sweet Kitty since before she had her litter. Baby now has a hurt paw and the other morning, I had to literally rip a plastic bag off from around her stomach. How it got there so tight, I will never understand. She used to be so loving, but something must have happened as now she is a bit skittish.

No Tail (I think it is obvious why she's named that). Poor thing! I do wonder what happened to her tail. Her meow is very throaty, like something happened to her vocal chords.

This little guy is new and so cute ... and so hungry. I think he may be attempting to take over the territory.

This one used to be the tom cat of the street, but he is so beat up now. I literally thought a couple of weeks ago that he was on death's doorstep, but he comes to our stairwell for respite from the heat, and does eat the food and drink the water I give him. Poor thing!

I really wish I could do more. My husband thinks I'm a little crazy. We've been in our apartment for 10 years, and never in all those years did I have cats coming to me as they do now. I don't even know what prompted me to start feeding them, but it must have been divine guidance. Now I keep a bag of cat food in my car at all times. I believe God sent them to me because he knew that my heart would open up and I would do what I could. If I didn't do this one kindness, I would not have peace in my soul.

Wishing you a day filled with sweet blessings and many kindnesses, Tammy

29 comments:

Mary said...

God, thank you, Tammy for helping these precious creatures. It breaks my heart that they live like that. I wish everyone had a loving, tender, caring, giving heart - then, no animals would have to live like they do.
Blessings to you~

A Cottage Muse said...

The new little hungry guy looks like a cat we used to have...Sam. Thanks for the memories today!

Jan said...

They love and trust you....and you are just so wonderful to be helping out those kitties that cannot help themselves. Great pictures of some lucky little ones.
Many warm hugs to you,
Jan

The Garden Bell said...

Scratching my eye just looking here today. You are too sweet to take these all on. Stop by for some color today.

Toodles,
Kate

Susan said...

Oh Tammy, you are such a good, kind, and loving person. That tom cat just touched my heart. He looks so doggone sad and bedraggled. Those cats have hard lives. It's wretched to be homeless, whether feline or human. Thanks for all your service. I hope God blesses your life RICHLY. Sincerly, Susan

Linda said...

I can't imagine all of these dear cats running around with no home. We don't have anything like that here in my town and I've never seen anything like it. You do indeed have a tender heart, in as much as I love cats, I know that I wouldn't make the time like you do. ♥

bunny said...

I knew when I met you that you were a kind and caring person...and apparently so do the cats.
I do the same thing with a cat family around the corner behind the shopping mall...but I can't bring any home...Tammy, we just have to do what we can...

bunny

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

What sweet post, Tammy. I;m sure these cats will love being in your cozy home and taking care of by you. Wishing you a happy day! xx

Rose said...

Tammy, I would do the exact same thing. We got our cat because she found her way to our house and was nearly starved and very afraid. After a week of talking to her, feeding her and giving her water, she is now underfoot every step I take. God bless you. "When you do it for the least of these...."

Creative Carmelina said...

Tammy...you are NOT crazy..i'd do the same...in fact i have done so a long while ago....how can you not care for them if you have a heart, right?!

as your comment came in earlier...i was actually making thankyou cards with my teapot image...hopefully i can get them done and listed....I'm trying to be dedicated here! lol

and focused....

and productive!!!

lol

ciao bella!
creative carmelina

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hi Tammy! I'm so glad Jingles is safe and has such a great home. It's so wonderful that you care for the other's too. Twyla

GWENDOLYN said...

You are such a loving soul! One of the reasons I love ya so much!! Those are quite a few cats. They must spread the word about you. Any dogs hanging around? I hope Yusef and Zack are learning to give and help from your examples.
Big hugs!
Gwen
p.s. I left a new post:)

glor said...

My heart hurts for these sweet creatures. What a blessing you are to the world. Thank you for what you do.

Kristin said...

You are so nice to take care of those cats. My friend has rescued two cats now that were near death and they have been such great pets.

Rustique Gal said...

Tammy, I am "rooting for" the cats! They have a tough life with no home! I used to take care of many wild barncats after the farmer left. They started bringing their kittens by and waiting for me to come out with food. I couldn't resist. Of course my two objected! This is surely good works!
Sherry

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I have a soft spot in my heart for cats too, and I loved reading how you feed and care for them. I know God is pleased!
Blessings,
Marcia

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh Tammy, God bless you for taking care of these poor babies! I already thought a lot of you, but I have a whole new level of respect for you now.

Have a wonderful Friday!
Anne

June said...

Tammy you are the sweetest for loving these kitties. Thank you so much for opening your heart to them. We are nothing if we don't have kindness in our souls.
Hugs

Melissa said...

Tom Cat is still alive and kicking thanks to you. Definately thought he was a goner last time I was there. It takes a special person with a deep soul to show the kindness you have. Alot of people wouldnt as they wouldn't want the cats to keep coming around. Just goes to show that everyone can do their part in this world one way or the other.

Sheila Rumney said...

Thank goodness these wonderful creatures have you to take care of them. You are an angel sent by God to help where you can.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Tammy, it's so wonderful that you take care of all those poor little cats! That's how we got our Cecil. He was around the house and looked so thin and had all the fur behind his ears scratched bloody. We fed him, took him to the vet and now we can't imagine being without him. He is the sweetest and such a cuddly cat.
Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Julia

DeeDee said...

They are so very lucky to have you...I to lvoe fur babies of allkinds....and they needed a loving person it looks like...your heart is big for them Tammy.

Diane said...

You're a good soul, Tammy. Without you these cats would starve, you help them through their rough life. You make me cry.

Now tell me, which one is your husband?

It's wierd to think that that moon I'm seeing is the same one that you look at their. Wow!!
Diane

Anonymous said...

What a cool post to show us all your cats that look to you for food and love. The one that you told me about with the bag around it's stomach is SO pretty!! There are a few of them that look like they have led a very tough life. I am glad they found you. Just like with people, animals are drawn to people who are good at heart. The fact that you have so many cats coming to see you tells me a lot about you. Good for you for taking care of all these lovely animals. I am pretty sure you mean as much to them as they do to you!!

Love always,
Renee

Debra@Common Ground said...

Tammy, tears come to my eyes as I read this, it really breaks my heart to see these little fellas on their own. You will receive special blessings for having such a dear heart. The little white one reminds me of my sweet little girl I lost several years ago. I never knew I could love a pet like I did her.
Hugs and blessings,
Debra

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Awe Tammy, your heart is as big as Earth girl. I'm not one for cats but I won't see them starve either.
I believe in that old saying..."What you give is what you get"...even when it comes to feeding the cats ;) Maybe in your next life, you'll be a cat and a VERY spoiled one at that because of all the good stuff you are doing now!
:))))

vicki said...

Tammy - we love kitties also - and we seem to feed every stray in the area! When we travel to Puerto Rico - I always buy catfood and feed the street kitties there also! Since it is spring here at home - we are being "rewarded" with our good deeds - one of the stray cats has brought her new baby here to feed also! (happens every spring~~~!) I am running out of friends who want new kitties!

Vicki

Ginnymo said...

Lucky cats to have you. Great blog you have Tammy!! I don't have much time to read everyone's all the time but I try. Love your soothing music also.

Controlling My Chaos said...

You are my kindred spirit. When Peanut Head and I lived in apartments, we always had stray cats we fed. Since we moved to ID and bought our house though, I haven't seen any stray cats. I miss feeding them.

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