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Cats and Kittens

We didn’t have pets growing up as a military family. Every time we moved, very little went with us. We had a dog for a short time  when my dad decided he needed a hunting dog to help bring home dinner. Yes, it got that hungry out back then. When the family left Georgia, the dog didn’t. I was already staying with my grandparents so I had little connection or time with that sweet little beagle. She was not a pet for us.

We never had exposure to cats at all. I was middle aged when I realized my mother had a deep, unreasonable fear of anything feline. When my daughter was in grade school, her dad decided she should have a cat that would be all hers as the dog belonged to her brother and slept with him. He hoped the cat would keep my mother from visiting. Since my daughter had allergies, her dad found a Himalayan. Beautiful, sweet and gentle, she immediately became a member of the family and the dog was her mom. Blossom and Buffy were great with each other.

My daughter loved Buffy so much.

 

How can you be afraid of this?

How can you be afraid of this?

I still couldn’t understand how mom could be afraid of something so sweet. It wasn’t dislike, it was climbing on the washer or running into traffic to get away from a kitten – deep fear. I finally took her to a hypnotherapist I trusted and we got to the bottom of that sad story so there was no more running in front of cars.

We found the bunny outside at night. It was tame so we brought it in hoping to find its home.

Blossom thought the bunny was a new playmate. Everyone did well.

Best friends and playmates Blossom and Buffy

My son’s wife loved cats and through their years together have had several that lived extraordinarily long lives. Love will do that. The cats are all rescues. When Buddy passed at 18, she rescued Gracie at a gas station.and Gracie has reigned supreme for over 10 years when the DIL heard a tiny meow under their porch. A search brought a new kitten into their home and when they finally saw they could trust Gracie not to hurt him, he became a member of the family.

Baby Sonar. Just too cute

Sonar has circles in his hair pattern and plays like a dog. I get photos almost daily of Sonar’s antics. He plays fetch with the small cloth mouse, jumping high in the air to catch it and then actually taking it back to my son to throw again. This can go on for quite some time.

Sonar loves hands and feet

Gracie barely tolerates him and will not share the window mats I made for her. You will always find one of them laying on the mat, not the sill.

Gracie tolerating Sonar in her window

The kids (son and wife) had to run an errand while men were on the roof of the pre-school installing a new AC unit. Kids were all out in the yard with the teachers to watch the big crane do its job. (staying safe) When they came back the men on the roof told them they had watched a woman drive by and drop a box out her window into the yard across the street. Guess what was in that box.

One by the hat too dark to see

Too cute kittens

Yes! They found 3 tiny kittens squealing for all they were worth. Fortunately, they didn’t get time to wander into the road yet or get hurt. Inside the house they came; to be examined and cared for. There is a teacher at the school who already had 3 foster kittens and all the supplies necessary so she volunteered to foster these little guys too. After dinner my kids went back outside with flashlights to make sure they didn’t miss anyone. The neighbor came to check on what was going on and had indeed found a fourth kitten her husband would not let her keep. That little guy went to stay with his siblings until they are all ready to go to good homes.

Little throw aways

I understand fear and phobias, but when did kittens become garbage? I’m so grateful that so many, including my kids are there to facilitate a rescue.

From Home Town HGTV

Have you ever rescued a creature?

From my heart to yours,

Marlene Herself

 

 

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  1. I like this one.

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  2. So sweet. This is so moving. Herbert The Catillac is a feral kitten rescue. He allows us to live in the house with him for which we are catastically grateful.

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    • You make me laugh, Cindy. 🙂 Yes, we are just there to pay their mortgage and shop for their food. The reward is great though. I think rescues love harder and more. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

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  3. That is so sweet. You got good kids. I have rescued lots of cats and dogs and even a few baby squirrels when I was a kid. As an adult, I just can’t understand how people just toss animals out when they don’t want them. They are out anyway, why not take them to a vet, a humane society, a rescue. Somewhere! Sam, my dog now is kind of a rescue. Now, with my 2 cats, I can’t rescue and take care of any more kittens. They just won’t accept them. But I know of others that will. It’s just the right thing to do. ❤

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    • Right on target, Jackie. I’m with you there. I think I posted 7 years ago as I was moving into this place about finding kittens. I couldn’t keep them but I knew a really good vet and paid them to care for and re-home them. I paid that same vet to put one to sleep when we found out how much pain she was in after being dumped and left to die. I had planned to keep her but she was already holding on by a thread. My friend, Alys who I had never met, chipped in on the vet bill. She’s also a champion rescuer at Gardening Nirvana or Born to Organize. I’ve taken several to shelters and left a contribution for food and care. There were so many from the reservations that just wandered around looking for anything to eat. I knew you were a rescuer. Doesn’t mean you have to keep them. My kids didn’t keep those last 4 but made sure they were cared for by someone in the know. Baby squirrels are fun. They can be quite tame and playful. I’m thinking about you. Hugs and love.

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      • I suppose I worded it just a tad wrong. LOL It’s what happens when you don’t talk to people for long periods of time. I DO still rescue animals, I just can’t keep them because of my old pets who are pretty jealous of any new animals. I rescue and find places or people who can take them. I don’t rescue much now as I don’t get out very much. Thanks to Covid and old age. LOL Thank you for thinking of me. Hugs and love right back at you.

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      • I don’t know how you said it, Jackie, but that’s what I read. So I’m mind reading today. I do the same thing. Rescue and find a place for them. Even if it’s the vets. I can’t take an animal. It wouldn’t be fair to them. I don’t know that I would have survived this lack of connection without the blogging world. And having my daughter here 24/7 to bug me. 🙂

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  4. You all have big hearts. Our first cat in California was dumped on the side of the road. Dad rescued the kitty, who sat in front of the fireplace for three days before he was gradually himself. Most of our cats have been strays, rescues or humane society adoptees. I’ll never understand the heartless act of dumping dogs or cats, puppies or kittens. It’s heartbreaking. Thanks for sharing the sweet photos. xo

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    • You are the queen of rescue, Alys. No one does it better or more. I’ve had so much to learn about animals in my adulthood but dumping isn’t something anyone should do. The kids tried to check the video footage to see if they could tell who it was that dumped those beautiful kittens but it wasn’t clear enough. Even if you can’t keep them, there are other alternatives. I still don’t know anyone who has gone as far as you and Mike to rescue a kitten. 🙂 I get photos almost everyday from TS. He’s in love with Sonar.

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      • You are so kind, Marlene. Thank you. Dumping is unconscionable when we have so many organizations that handle rescue. It’s cruel. I suppose in the end, the best part of your story is that the kittens arrived among good-hearted people. Sonar is such an adorable name! I hope you are doing well.

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      • Unfortunately, the area where my son lives has a high kill shelter and minimal funds. I’ve dealt with them often and contributed funds as often as possible. We were always finding reservation dogs and horses that needed help because the native people want everything to be free and not owned. I get that but they don’t care for the animals I had a couple of horses in my yard that followed the dog home so I found someone to take them to their ranch. I even have a load of pictures of them. Sis and I gave one or two dogs flea baths before trying to see if Animal shelter could find homes. Husband said I couldn’t keep it because we had little Schatzie. Shatzie love the horses so I figured she’d take the dogs too. 🙂 I’m having brain freeze this week. Let’s hope it gets better soon.

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      • Gosh, Marlene. That’s a whole other level of strays. It never occurred to me that horses would roam uncared for. That makes me sad. Thank you for your caring heart. I firmly believe that education is the way forward with so many things. It’s just finding the best way to do that. xo

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  5. PS I love the photo of H and her kitten. xo

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  6. We had two neighborhood cats (at different times) decide that they liked our house better than their own when the kids were still living at home. One of those was around long enough to become my daughters cat when she moved out. I suspect I am more of a dog person, but no pets allowed here. I have my older daughters 2 dogs to play with when I miss not having my own.

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    • My friend, Alys wound up with several cats that way. They liked her and her yard so well, they stayed permanently. Animals know good people. At this stage of my life, when I rescued cats and kittens myself, I took them to my favorite vet and paid for care and re-homing. I can’t imagine just tossing them over a fence. My daughter is allergic to most cats. Funny how things work out. Thanks for stopping by, Deb.

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  7. We have rescued a few native animals but they don’t always make it as they are too immature to be without their Mums. My last dog was a rescue. the best dog I have ever owned. Because she had an abandonment issue she loved us more than words could tell.
    I see all the cats featured in your post have loads of personality. Pets are wonderful companions. You can tell them anything.

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    • I get that they can’t all be saved but the fact that so many reach out and try is a big deal. Most rescued animals love so much more. I talked to both my dogs. Blossom understood every word and tried to answer. Shatzie was the quiet one but understood every word. Both were the gentlest souls you could ever imagine. Thanks for the visit. Have a great weekend.

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  8. A beautiful post. Thank you Beloved for sharing. As for have I rescued… Well I’d need a while to recall them all from when I was a child to present day. There’s been all sorts of creatures, including the small of a baby rabbit in my chest pocket to be pipette fed during lectures. As for the white pony! He perhaps thought himself as a dog and even played footie in the field with a ball. 🦄 We dressed him up each carnival day and he loved it. We once bought him red hoof oil and when asked why, the answer was “So he can hide in cherry trees of course”. Bless ‘im, we loved him so much.

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    • Those are such lovely stories and memories. We had very different growing up experiences and I’m often envious of those that experienced a more natural childhood. I think that’s why I’m always trying to start conversations about experiences. I learn so much from each person. I was in my mid 30’s before I understood where food really comes from. Thanks for sharing with me.

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  9. Our dogs and cats have all been rescues, though none as dramatic as your children’s. Absent accidents our cats have lived ridiculously long lives. The current incumbent, the Dowager is 24 next month and still rules the roost even if all her grooming these days is down to us.

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  10. What a lovely post, Marlene. You obviously instilled compassion and kindness into the hearts of your children…that doesn’t surprise me. Last summer, Derek and I rescued a juvenile hummingbird who’d lost his bearing and ended up in our garage. The poor little thing was exhausting himself trying to get out of one of the windows. Derek climbed up the ladder and was able to capture it. We took it out into the yard and fed it some nectar. Several minutes later, he zipped away.

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    • Wow, Jill! Now that’s a great rescue. I see things like that all the time. I just can’t figure out how anyone can toss away such precious little kittens. I found some just as I was moving in here so I took them to a nearby trusted vet and paid them to care for and rehome them.. It was a service they offered. They were from an abandoned mother under the apartment buildings. A humming bird is a whole other story. Derek sound like a prize.

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  11. Our cats have all been rescues – they rescue us.

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  12. I really enjoyed the photos in this post. All of our dogs have been rescues. We wouldn’t have it any other way!

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  13. I love love this post! The stories, the rescues, the photos!!! Love how you describe each of their personalities.

    I’m a huge cat lover and cats have been finding ME since I was very little. When we lived in Nicaragua I rescued and fostered about 35 Kittens and cats. And yes kittens are often thrown or tossed like garbage – it’s honestly heartbreaking.

    Wonderful post! Bravo!

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words. It is heartbreaking. But luckily, some get found and rescued. Spaying and neutering are so important to control unwanted animals. It’s worth the investment.

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  14. Oh my, those kitties are adorable. My stepmom and sister are always rescuing kittens. I’m glad your kids could do the same ❤️ Take care, Marlene!

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  15. That was a very sweet post, Marlene. Except for the part where somebody could just discard an animal like that. We have had several rescue cats and keep them for all of their days. Two of them now are approaching five years. I also did not grow up with pets as my mother said having six kids was enough but once I was married we always had dogs. Later years cats work best for us as we are able to travel some and it’s much easier to have someone looki n after them while we’re gone. We’ve been blessed with some wonderful cat sitters! Love the stories of the kitties. Take care! So good to see you here.

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    • Thanks so much, Jan. Everything in it’s right time. I inherited my mother’s dog who was only a year old when mom passed. She never stopped missing my mom or her own home. We lived next door. I’ve decided that wouldn’t be nice to do to a sweet creature. I’ll rescue but not keep them. Moving every few years from country to country didn’t make pets a good idea.

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  16. So many cute photos Marlene. How sweet

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  17. Hey hey Marlene 💛 To answer your question, what haven’t I rescued? Honestly that lazy ass woman throwing the kittens in a yard is a bloody monster. Can you tell, it absolutely infuriates me? Kittens are the first to be adopted at any animal shelter too! I would guess she’s too cheap and stupid and of course not had her own cat spayed.
    It’s people like us that clean up after that reckless and thoughtless behaviour. I do it gladly because any innocent animal suffering due to the stupidity of someone is not an option for me.
    Look how sweet the are! I’m so happy they will be loved and looked after until a forever home is found. Happy endings are the best! Thanks for the kitty fix!! x💛K

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    • You just said what the rest of us were thinking. My son scanned his video trying to get a make on her car to report her but couldn’t. Where they live is prone to that kind of behavior. Poor and uneducated. Not to mention unwilling to pay for neutering. Makes me crazy. Those kittens were so cute that if I had been living up there, I would become the next crazy cat lady and had them all fixed. Sonar was neutered a couple of weeks ago when he reached the proper age to get it done. He’s an inside only cat as is Gracie but the DIL has it done anyway. Just in case. Worth the cost. I figured we all needed a kitten fix about now. How do I top that? Hugs and love. M

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  18. All our childhood cats (4 of them) were rescued strays who just staggered in one day. Mouse is also theoretically a rescue; his fate would have been bleak indeed if not adopted. Of course, he now lives like a king, so there’s hope for your tiny kitties.

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    • I would know that about you, Kate. You have such a kind heart. Yes, Mouse is a rescue. I hate that people still breed them for racing and then dispose of them. Same with many horses, etc. I have rescued my share of animals but you can only keep so many so I just made sure they went to good homes. So many do that. The lady that is fostering the kittens will make sure of that as well. I know Mouse lives like a king but he is most likely great comfort to you through some tough times. They are great companions. I would love to have a kitten. Just not in the cards for me.

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  19. My last three dogs have all been rescues, although I didn’t actually do the rescuing. I housed a rabbit my daughter rescued from a barn, sure to be barn cat food if she had left it there. I’ve also rescued several birds, hit by cars or limping by my front door. I’m so allergic to cats, so of course they love to snuggle up against me. Obstinate creatures! If I wanted them to cuddle, they’d run the other way, you know. That being said, they are adorable and don’t in the least bit deserve to be treated like garbage.

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    • Isn’t that the way it is with cats. They seemed to love my mother as she ran in front of cars to get away from them. I just watched in disbelief.
      Can’t keep them all but we can find them a safe spot. My daughter is allergic as well so as much as she’d love one, Himalayans aren’t usually up for rescue. It’s the only cat to which she had no allergic reaction. Thanks for being a rescuer too.

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  20. Marlene, a wonderful post and as a cat-lover I oohed and ahhed my way all through the photos and words. Such cuteness, kindness and antics. Joy for you all over the years. I had two cats as a child and they were adorable and I loved them. Unfortunately, my husband is allergic to cats and we are away so much (well, before … ) so pets were not an option. Seeing Buffy though has me thinking, maybe, maybe!

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    • She was a wonderful cat and my daughter had no allergy problems. She rode to the groomer between the legs of our dog and was thoroughly brushed out every couple of months. They take some care but are well worth it.

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  21. Love!!!!!!!!!! Sure have hahahaha. When I switched to cats (for the most part) I had rescued almost thirty dogs. I’ve never fostered kittens though. And no plans for that. Love all these fur babies!

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  22. I go back and forth from being lightened and uplifted from your post, and then downhearted and sad realizing that there are people in the world who would “dump” a cat/cats/kittens with no care or compassion. But I’m thinking there are more kind loving people like you and your “kids” than the other sort. Let us hope so! These photos are just TOO CUTE!! iIve never lived with a cat – my brother was highly allergic growing up, so we only had a dog. I’m not scared of cats, but I don’t understand them. What are they thinking? What do they DO? It’s a mystery to me. 🙂
    We rescued a dog when I was a pre-teen. My mom found a cold starving stray in the middle of winter a block from our house. She brought the dog in and said, “Hello Suzie Q.” Suzie stayed with us for 12 years until her passing. She taught me about dog love.

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  23. I cannot imagine throwing away an animal. Caring for an animal is one of the best things for children to do, as it teaches them about kindness and responsibility. I always have a guinea pig in my classroom. The kittens are adorable! Did you ever find out the root of your mother’s fear?

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    • Jennie, you were the only one to ask about it! It turned out to be a deeply hidden trauma as a child that her sister verified. I can’t even speak of it here because it would hurt your heart to hear of it. Once the hypnosis was done, she no longer ran from them but never embraced them either. It changed her reaction from fear to tolerance. I’m always amazed at the unspeakable things a parent can do to a child. The hypnosis was so helpful if you find someone really good at it. It was worth the 6 hr drive each way.

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  24. I grew up with us always having a dog and at least one cat, in spite of having nine children and the first of the foster babies the summer before I left home . . . None were bought; I expect they would be called rescues these days. As an adult, I’ve had dogs and cats as often as possible. I haven’t been able to have anything for some time now (1998), but would like to have a couple of dogs and at least one cat once I find a place and settle down. I dream of an Alsatian and a mid-size Scottish Collie, and of two Norwegian Skogkatts (Forest Cats). The latter are about the size of a Maine Coon cat and I’d settle for Maine Coons if I couldn’t find a Skogkatt. Keeping my fingers crossed. Just once in my life I’d like to have a pup / kitten and raise it myself, without all the problems mine have had from poor owners.

    I almost always kept my pets and livestock until they died of natural causes or had to be put down, which was done with love and gratitude for the gifts they gave. Occasionally finances or lack of my own place meant that I had to find a home for some, but it was never a matter of ‘dumping’ them and I always grieved their loss.

    Thanks for the pictures, past and present. For the first time, I’m glad not to live close to you: I’d have ‘stolen’ the two darkest kittens already . . . (after saying I’m done with rescues, too. I think I may be incurable)

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    • Thanks for the visit, LInne. I knew you were an animal lover but fully understand why you don’t have any now. I couldn’t pay for my own health care for so many years and certainly couldn’t pay for the care of another creature. I’d planned to get one when I moved here but after moving in, decided that was not the best idea. I knew I’d made the right choice after my diagnosis. I never want another animal to grieve the loss that my mother’s dog did after her passing. She kept trying to go back home for years and was very somber after that. Then of course, my daughter is allergic to cats which is why her dad got the Himalayan. If I had been living close to my son, I would have probably caved into taking one of the kittens as well. I took the litters I found at the apartments to the vet and paid them to care for them and find homes. Worked out well since I was in the middle of moving here.

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