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Alethea & Athena
Adventures in cat herding 
7th-Aug-2016 11:21 am
kitties
We have found ourselves with an unusual amount of free time before church today, so we thought we'd take that time to update LiveJournal! There have been new feline developments. I don't remember when it started, but at some point Athena put out a plate of food for the neighborhood cats. The kittens had a black cat friend who had been hanging around, and s/he looked so very hungry that she couldn't resist. This may or may not be why an orange cat we had seen around the neighborhood started also coming by to hang out with the kittens. Both he and the black cat had been known to come in and explore along with the kittens, but we usually just shooed them out and it wasn't an issue.

Well, one night last week, we heard some meowing at the door. We knew it wasn't Page asking to be let out, so I opened the door to see what was up, and there was the orange cat. We gave him some food and closed the door, but later Page wanted to go outside, so we let her out and then the orange cat came in along with all of the kittens. The kittens just like to come in an hide under our couches for some reason, but the orange cat had other ideas. He went and found Page's food, the jerk.

But he was lured outside easily enough; we just had to put some food out there. Meanwhile, the kittens had gotten settled under our couches, and since they have no interest in our food, getting them outside was much more difficult. It wasn't just like herding cats. We were literally herding cats. And now we can testify with surety to the difficulty of such endeavors.

So that was an adventure. Now the orange cat seems to be coming by and asking for food every night. Our plan is to gain his trust so the next time he comes in the daytime we can kidnap him and take him to the vet, and hopefully at least lower productivity on the kitten factory situation.

Today I'm thankful for adventures in cat herding, getting to watch the Noragami stage play last night (more on that tomorrow, I hope), being in a situation where I don't have to go begging for food like a stray cat, having extra time today, and it being Bread Day today.
Comments 
7th-Aug-2016 09:36 pm (UTC)
EEEEEE!!!! Orange cats are the best!! (especially if they're orange and white. I'm totally biased here.) But if you're able to take measures that would limit additional orange (or otherwise) kittens being born into stray-hood, that's probably for the best. You're doing good work, cat-herders!!
8th-Aug-2016 01:24 am (UTC)
He's very pretty. But not orange and white; just orange. It's a nice shade of orange, though. You do make a good point about making more pretty orange cats...but on the other hand, we're more likely to adopt him if he's fixed.
8th-Aug-2016 02:55 am (UTC)
Taking Mr. Orange to the vet is probably a good idea just to get him checked out in general, but there are also usually low cost spay/neuter clinics around. I know things are a little more complicated since you guys don't drive, but I did a super quick search and here's what came up for Orange County. (Did I get the right county? I hope I did!)

http://ocpetinfo.com/edu/clinics

You guys are awesome and kitties are awesome.
9th-Aug-2016 04:44 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip!
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