Monday, October 17, 2011

Outside Kitties

The other day Kimmie from Art in Red Wagons asked about my outside kitty, so here she is.

Several weeks ago, hubby came home from a business trip to find that I had set up house for her. In the picture above, you can see the wound on her right side -- the good news is that it is 1/4 the size it used to be. It's healing slow but sure.

She used to have a box to sleep in, but she chewed off both short sides so that only the long sides were left. I got rid of it, put some foam out there and an old towel. She won't let me touch her, but she will let me take care of her. Hubby was surprised to see that she moves to the side and waits until I finish tidying up her bed or cleaning out her litter box.

Now that temperatures are cooling off a bit, the street cats are move visible. Many of them have had kittens and they are running around too.





This little kitty has been coming around for a few days now. I am leaning towards taking her to the animal shelter. She was skittish at first but today she let me pet her and started purring.

It really does break my heart to think of all these poor cats left to their own defenses in a big scary world.

I believe in animal rights, and high among them is the right to the gentle stroke of a human hand. ~Robert Brault

Wishing you peace and blessings, Tammy

30 comments:

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Such sweet things. How can your heart not go out to them. Loved your post. blessings, Kathleen

Becky~ said...

Oh poor kitties.Dont you just hate to see them lonely and wandering.Im glad to see she is mending well.Blessings!

Debi Y. said...

Very glad to hear that outside kitty is healing well. :)

Marilyn said...

Whenever I see a stray kitty all I can think of is "Kitties should never be without a home!!" It makes my heart ache.....
Marilyn

Aunt Elaine said...

So glad you posted your kitty. My stray comes yet to feed and have his chin stracted. he follows me in the yard and sometimes I almost trip over him. The gray stray is coming now also for feed a a gentle hand.. A family of cat lovers we are. Your brother Eric also.

Heather - The Good Life said...

So many kitties and so few homes. Sounds like the one you are caring for is doing well. A little love and tenderness goes a long way.

Serena said...

It breaks my heart too, Tammy. Yes, I'd consider taking the new little kitty to a shelter. Do the shelters have a good reputation in your area? In a lot of cases, they have to make difficult decisions to euthanise due to lack of room. It's so sad to think about so many animals roaming the streets in need of care. Reece said it was bad in Thailand with stray dogs roaming everywhere....I'm sure there would have been cats too.

I'm so glad to see the wounded cat is healing up nicely...some tender loving care can go a long way in the healing process. I'm so glad she has someone special like you to look out for her. xo

Rizzi said...

HI TAMMY,
FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER, AND YOUR NEW BLOG LOOK. YOU ARE SO SWEET AND KIND, AND SO GOOD TO ALL THE STRAY KITTIES.....I DID THE SAME THING MANY YEARS AGO, ACTUALLY THE TWO CATS WE HAVE NOW WERE FOUND IN THE WOODS, THEY WERE JUST ABOUT ABLE TO WALK, THEY ARE FINE NOW, THEY LOVE THE WINDOW SILLS, AND THE SUN THAT SHINE THROUGH THE WINDOWS.
TAKE CARE, AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK. RIZZI

koralee said...

Oh you have a tender heart my friend. It is sad to see these cats without homes. How grateful they must feel to your kindness. xoxoxo Hugs

Linda said...

You have such a sweet tender heart. God bless you.

I really believe whoever shows kindness to the least of these, will be blessed greatly. "Your" kitty is adorable - probably only a matter of time to where she starts coming closer to you. That's when I'd want to be taking her home though Jingles probably would be jealous. ;)

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Aww..they're so lucky to have you looking over them..and it's a big job, too. It's a shame that people don;t care for animals like they should. In our city they have a program where they will round up the feral cats, spay and neuter them, then let them go back as they are very territorial, and will not let any other cats in, but they will no reproduce either..
You really are a God's send for that baby!

bunny said...

oh Tammy, your killing me over here. I'd be doing the same thing too. Your Awesome!

say Happy Birthday to the boys, well, your young men.

bun

Sharon said...

Missed this post, somehow. Glad to hear the wounded kitty is healing, she(?) is a pretty one. I feel bad for the stray cats, such a shame.

Diane said...

I'm so glad that you are such a compassionate person, I wish there were more in this hard world. Thank you Tammy. Diane

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You are such a good soul, Tammy. These poor little cats. I am so glad your little stray friend is improving. You make the world a better place... blessings ~ Tanna

Josie said...

What a sweet and generous heart you have, Tammy, for taking care of God's creatures. It's always lovely visiting here. So much goodness and beautiful quotes of inspiration. Have a great week. xJosie

Catherine said...

Oh you sweet sweet girl. What a big heart you have. It's so hard to watch homeless kitties trying to survive. Good luck with them all friend!
xo Catherine

Anonymous said...

Dear Tammy....Outside kitty is as pretty as a picture. Honestly she is. Ohhhhhh, would Jingles be jealous of her? Sooooo adorable. I'd take her in a minute but I KNOW Honey Cat would have a fit.

It IS sad, isn't it, to see such suffering among poor animals? And I love cats so much. Thanks for being kind to those dear creatures. Susan p.s. Yup, back to posting anonymously. My joy over being able to post through Google was shortlived. Oh well.

glor said...

Bless you for your loving and caring heart.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Those cuties are lucky to have a kind hearted person to love them. I'm glad the one you have is getting better. Thank goodness there are caring people like yourself.-----------Shannon

LP Vintage said...

Yes, you are making the world a better place for those kitties! Blessings!

Yvonne said...

WE have lots of kitties like that in our little town. A difficult life for God's creatures.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It's sad, but true that only so much love can spread around to these poor innocents who go on to have more and more offspring before they can be neutered. The one you are taking care of is truly blessed. I hope you get to her in time to spay her before she ends up a statistic, too. Until then, it's awesome that you have given her a home and possibly hope!

Mary said...

Thank you for being a part of God here on the earth for these precious animals, Tammy. I wish everyone had a loving heart towards these creatures. I'm so glad your doorstep kitty is doing better. I will continue to pray for her and for all the others who need love and a good home.

kimmie said...

Thank you for the update Theresa .... You are doing the right thing.

SusanLotus said...

You touch my heart when I see how you take care of the cats and especially the lady who moved in to the box! I wonder what horrible things she has experienced with people!? Being so afraid... Poor lady! I am sure she feel so safe near you.
Blessings!

Small Things Simple Pleasures said...

Those poor, poor things. I just want to scoop them all up, cuddle, feed and love them. If only life were so simple.

A Fanciful Life said...

Oh, Tammy, it breaks my heart too. I once had a "Kitty" who lived in my yard. I took care of her for about 5 years after she was abandoned. I so wanted to take her in but with my two indoor cats, it would not have worked. You are so kind to do what you can for your neighbor kitties. If only we could give them all homes.

Sharon :-)

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

Poor little furbabies that have to fend for themselves without shelter and human protection. One wonders how humans can be so cruel for not taking care of their pets? For not even respecting their lives...
Thanks for caring for a few poor furbabies and making them pur. That will make your heart leap for joy.
Love to you,

Mariette

La Tea Dah said...

All the poor kitties with no one to love them or care for them. I'm glad you are tending to the little hurt kitty. It sounds like he is trusting you more and more. In our neighborhood we have barn cats and other strays that really don't have a home. I suppose they live on mice and on other cats pet food that is left outside on back porches (like mine). Wouldn't it be nice to have the resources to care for them all? Unfortunately some of them can be quite mean to our domestic kitty (who lives outside and can't stand to be inside). But our kitty has learned good survival skills and is an old cat by now.

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