I looked out the window this afternoon and this is what I saw ...... there was a cat sitting in my birdfeeder waiting for lunch to arrive.
I have caught glimpses of this cat several times over the last couple of months. I have seen her in the fields hunting and have seen her around my back deck. I just assumed she belonged to a neighbor.
I decided to see if she was tame, so I went out and talked gently to her. I could tell she wanted to come to me, but was scared. I filled a bowl with a couple of spoons of food and showed it to her. She couldn't resist, she gobbled it down and began to cry for more. I gave her another full can of food and she ate it down without stopping.
After she ate, I sat and petted her for awhile. She is very affectionate, so she has been around people and was someone's pet. I left her on the porch, hoping she would go home.
It began raining later this afternoon. H looked out the back door in the garage and there was the cat - sitting in the rain, right at the door. So of course, he opened the door and let her come inside. I put a bowl of food and some water in the garage for her and showed her where the litter box is. When I checked a few minutes ago, she was curled up, asleep on a cushion.
She is a young cat, not fully grown and beneath the thick fur, she is rather thin. I think she may have been abandoned, and has been surviving on field mice and birds. There are people who will take their unwanted animals out to the countryside and drop them off to fend for themselves. You do not want to know the terrible things I would like to do to such people.
All of our pets have been castaways that found us and decided they would adopt us. We lost our two dogs - BlackJack and Charlie - last year, both due to old age. We both miss having a dog, but we've been waiting for our next canine companion to find us.
We'll let the cat, that I've tentatively named Mazie Grace, stay in the garage until the rain ends. If she doesn't go home tomorrow, I guess we have been adopted.
Maggie May has only seen her through the glass of the screen door. She doesn't know what to think of this stranger. She doesn't seem too happy that its in her garage.