It’s coming up on 3 weeks since I’ve laid eyes on my precious Bogey and Audrey. However there have been a few UFO (unidentified feline object) sightings around the neighborhood. A couple of my neighbors have called in response to the flyers I put in their newspaper boxes saying they’ve seen a pair of black and white cats wandering around their yards. Of course, I will not be 100% sure about this until I see them myself, but it does provide me a glimmer of hope as the days pass by.
Meanwhile, as I’m hoping they are safe, still out there and will return, I have been caring for a family of five. Yes, that’s right – FIVE!!!! Mama cat that brought me Bogey and Audrey has returned with a double encore. I have four adorable kittens in a dog crate on my back porch trying to tame them so that I can find them loving homes. This is a little bit of a double edged sword in that the more time I spend with them the sweeter they become while at the same time stealing little pieces of my heart.
With every little purr, every playful pounce, each little nap tucked into the bend of my arm I find myself struggling with the problem of becoming too attached. I know it has become an issue when I’ve decided what names I’d call them, so here it goes: Gus, Callie, Bella, and Lincoln.
Common sense tells me I cannot keep them all, but the soft place in my heart that has always connected easily with our furry, four-legged friends of all shapes, sizes, and species just wants to give them the best home I possibly could.
I do think I have managed to find two of them a home with a family of three children and a dog. I am hopeful they will be happy there and that they quickly adjust to the chaos that will be so different from my peaceful backyard. However this still leaves two little ones and mama cat to take care of.
So goal number one is to figure out a way to get mama cat spayed this time so she can live out her days as a happy and STERILE feline. Goal number two is to find at least one more kitten a home. Goal number three is to convince Bogey and Audrey to come back home if they are indeed still out there.
I seriously believe that with all the activity in my yard with mama and family and the male cats that are stalking mama again, Bogey and Audrey have just decided to lay low for awhile. Until they return I suppose I will depend on my caring neighbors’ UFO sightings to continue to provide me a little hope.