Now for a few of the things that I’ve been doing when I’m not posting on The Creative Cat! Meet little Pippin, who’s just a little frightened of people still but she’ll be ready for adoption any day. She’s lovely dark tabby with lots of warm brown and just a few orange flecks to make her a torbie, a white snip on her nose and a white milk mustache, white chin and bib and white toes in front, white boots in back. The purrfectly marked little classic tabby and white!
A couple of weeks ago I posted a story titled “Just Being There” where I told three brief stories of helping other people with various issues involving stray cats who needed to come in from the cold. Pippin was part of that time as well, but I thought the post was long enough already, and her story had only just begun. I have to get back to just sharing photos of these kitties since it takes me soooo long to write up their stories, just to let you know what I’m doing and why I’m not stopping in to say “hello” for a week or so.
But about sweet little Pippin, the very lucky kitten! A friend contacted me to see if I could help her with a young kitten who’d shown up and was living in a groundhog hole, but who really needed to be spayed at least, and if she was social enough to come into the house she could be fostered and then when she was ready find her very own forever home. The woman has been a friend for years, bought some prints from me at our local festival, and we shared stories of rescuing and fostering cats and living with a house full of cats, and she also has several stray and feral cats who she feeds right outside the door. She lived in a unique house on over two acres so cats showed up pretty frequently, but at this point she was giving her mother hospice care in her mother’s home not far from her own, and didn’t have much time to run the kitten out to a clinic depending on when she’d trap her.
I offered to loan her my trap and told her about available clinics and other low-cost deals. I would do the transport so she could stay with her mother during those morning hours. One of the things that would determine where she would go for vetting was how socialized the kitten was when she came in so we left the final decision for later. I took the trap out to her around the new year and met the rest of her household, and got a message just a few hours later that the kitten was in the trap within an hour, and was in the house in a crate. She was frightened but not feral, accepting gentle pets and handling, but not asking for it, eventually becoming quite the talker, definitely on her way to being socialized.
I had been considering volunteering for HCMT’s clinic on January 8 since I hadn’t had the chance to volunteer for quite some time, and asked if I could bring the kitten. I could and I did, and got to meet some really neat cats there and see a few people I hadn’t seen in a while, and Pippin got her spay and vaccines so that she’d be ready for adoption as soon as she was a little more socialized. I dropped her off at her person’s home and have been hearing progress updates every few days.
Right now Pippin spends her time in her crate where she can watch the household of cats and dogs and can hide in her shoebox if she gets scared, but she can’t disappear completely like she could in the groundhog hole. Her rescuer takes her out three or four times each day and handles her and takes her in the bedroom for an hour or so in the evenings to watch TV with her mother.
She enjoys laying on her rescuer’s lap and being petted, and even rolled over for a belly scratch belly one night. She stays in her cage at feeding time but Pippin meows for her food along with everyone else, and now and then her rescuer gets the excited tail raise when it’s Pippin’s turn to be fed! “She is going to make a nice companion for someone.”
It’s really amazing what a small act of kindness can do, and completely change a kitty’s life.
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