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Mysterious Kelly:2011

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Mysterious Kelly

Yes, this is the photo I came to identify with A Little Bit About Kelly, little Kelly’s rescue story. It was taken only last year, yet Kelly is ageless in her petite stature, her tortoiseshell coat, her slightly uncertain expression.

She certainly looks mysterious in all that dappled sunlight as she peers around the corner at me.

Kelly used to be very shy and frightened of strangers, but she’s taken up this spot very near the entrance door where she can greet people. She’s very talkative, and while guests are admiring all those congenial black cats and Mistress Cookie, Kelly lets them know she is waiting. She stretches one sweet little paw way out in greeting and purrs so nicely, then does her graceful little dance routine ending with lots of face rubs on the visitor, who would be interested in any common black cats with such a precious tortoiseshell kitty right there?

It’s a joy to see Kelly, in her senior years, finally comfortable in life with humans and enjoying guests instead of always being cautious and hiding from strangers. She wasn’t feral but a stray cat trapped with a feral colony, and was so fearful in her cage at the shelter that she was to be euthanized because no one would adopt her and the shelter needed the space, though she was adopted at the last minute. I can’t imagine the details of her early life living in an abandoned building, though I’m sure it was traumatic for such a sensitive soul. When she came here it was weeks before I saw anything but big fearful eyes under the table in the spare kitty room. Step by step over the years she has become more relaxed and trusting. Kelly is 17.

Never give up on a kitty. Here is her story:

A Little Bit About Kelly

Part 2: The Rescue

Part 3: Saved At the Last Minute

Part 4: A Friend

Part 5: Home

And you can find Kelly in photos and sketches and stories all over The Creative Cat.


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2 thoughts on “Mysterious Kelly:2011

  • Kelly reminds me of Crispy, a female tabby I had many years ago. Crispy was passed from home to home so many times that by the time she finally came to my apartment (one summer when my sister was living with us) she refused to come out of her room.

    It took months for her to venture out of the room and come downstairs. She would sit on the stairs and watch us, but if anyone moved toward her, she ran back up to her room. When my sister moved out a few months later, I told her the cat stayed.

    Eventually, we moved into our own home, and we were rewarded by Crispy finally feeling secure enough to come out and interact with the entire family. She became very attached to one of our dogs and would snuggle up with her to sleep. She lived with us for about 8 years before passing away.

    • Vicki, what a sweet story about Crispy! I’m glad she was saved in the first place, and then that she managed to stay with you long enough to learn love and trust. There are so many animals who don’t get the chance and all they need is the right conditions.


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