Saturday, October 4, 2014

Happy Cat / Pitiful Kitten

Just wondering. Can anybody guess what this is...



Surprise! It's a Dumperoo silhouette! I Didn't know the flash was off. There is no mistaking Dumperoo's little sweet feet.


This post was supposed to be cheerful. It was started yesterday but things have a way of changing.  That's right. Something else to break my heart and worry me. Another kitten has been dropped off. All day long Thursday, anytime I was outside I listened to the pitiful meow of a kitten somewhere lost in the woods. A neighbor came up and helped me search, but to no avail. Each time we thought we had figured out the direction of the cries, they would fade, moving farther and farther away. Again yesterday, the loud pitiful cries. Cries sounding like a baby desperately crying for it's mother.

Around the edge of dark last night, Eli was playing in the goat lot, and I was at my usual spot in front of the kitchen window washing dishes. I noticed Eli playing around the back fence barking and jumping, his tail wagging. Drying my hands I quickly went outside and there at the fence was the tiny grey kitten. 

This kitten would not let me get anywhere close. I ran inside and thankfully found one can of  Fancy Feast soft cat food. I slid a bowl under the old dog house and backed up. The kitty was starving. He came to the food and made a soft growling/purring sound as he gulped down the food...



I made a bed for the kitten and put it under the dog house. I also left water and more food.


This kitten looks healthy which tells me it was thrown out just recently, probably Thursday.

Early this morning when I carried Eli and Weetie out, the kitten was still around, still crying that loud meow. I put more food out. I have softly called "kitty, kitty, kitty" time and time again. I have held out my hands to him telling him he is safe and I want to help him. Any suggestions?

Folks I have already listened to a lecture on how we CANNOT keep this kitten. Lectures like this can turn into major arguments. I'm not giving up on this kitten. Poppy has a way of softening. He always does. We need a barn cat, don't we?

Thank you for listening...once again!

Love,
Henny Penny

26 comments:

  1. You are certainly a lady with a big heart, what would we do without people like you.

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  2. I suggest you pick up a humane trap at your local hardware store or feed store. Set it in the morning with stinky food such as tuna or salmon and leave it close to where the kitten has come for food. Don't feed the kitten a few hours before you set the trap and then check it every hour. I wouldnt set it at night as it can end up in there for too long. It is not feral (too young) that happens after 12 weeks but this one looks younger. You have a good chance of trapping it. If you do, then take it inside and place in one room where you can go in and sit with it until it becomes less scared. When you are not in the room leave a radio on with soft music to calm the kitten. I hope it all works out for you. This kitten is far too young to be on it's own. It will surely be in danger. Don't be surprised if there are more around. Most people who dump will dump the whole litter. :(

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  3. I wanted to also mention it looks like our Audrey at that age. Identical. Thanks for being so kind, Henny.

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    1. Deb, thank you so much! We have a small humane trap. I did not think about setting it in the morning and could not stand the thought of the kitten being trapped overnight. And, the music and the room...thank you. I will do these things.

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    2. I was going to give the same advice as Deb.There may be a couple of accidents until the kitten figures out the litter box,but they catch on VERY quickly.
      Thanks for caring for this sweet pea.
      Jane x

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    3. Thank you Jane. I will keep you all posted. I appreciate the help.

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  4. Oh, poor baby! Both of you! It makes you (and everyone like you) sad to see what some people will do with a defenseless little animal. Sounds like you have gotten a good start. Food, water and a soft warm place to lay his/her little head should begin to inspire some trust. The live trap and suggestions sound like a good idea as you could get him/her inside where he/she would be safe and available for some interaction between you two.

    Good luck.

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    1. Can you believe all this. I would love to catch someone dropping animals out by the side of the road. Thank you.

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  5. Uggh, some members of the human race just make me sick. Thank you for helping the kitten. Good luck with trapping him/her. I think most of the cats we have had were ones that just seemed to arrive here, ie someone abandoned or dumped them at one point.

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    1. They make me sick too. It is scary to think there are heartless people out there. I think anybody who can throw out a kitten or puppy or even a grown dog or cat would be capable of doing anything...because they have no heart.

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  6. You have such a kind heart. I hope you are able to catch him and find a good home where he will be loved and appreciated if you are unable to keep him. I don't understand people who can abandon little animals. I think their hearts must have been hardened by hurt early in their lives.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. I am making progress with the kitten. :)

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  7. you are wonderful and woman after my heart
    just keep doing good

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    1. Thank you so much. I just glanced at one of your blogs and can hardly wait to go back and read more. You rescue cats! I am going to enjoy your blog! Thank you for visiting.

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  8. God Bless You for helping this little animal. Hope he begins to trust you and becomes your perfect barn cat!

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    1. Thank you! I think it may just work out. We are making progress. I will post pictures. :)

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  9. Good advice about the live trap and the room. Once I rescued a cat that hated dogs. After a week or two he adjusted to our four dogs and was the best cat ever:)

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    1. Oh, that is encouraging! I really want this little grey kitten.

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  10. It looks like you have been given some good ideas about how to handle this kitten. I hope it all works out.

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    1. Thank you. Aren't blogging friends nice! I do appreciate the help.

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  11. Dear Henny Penny,
    I want to let you know how much I love your site! I find such joy in reading all of your adventures on your little farm! And Bless you for helping the little kitten. I know with daily encounters with this kitty he probably will come around and start to be friendly. Animals know when people love them. My husband is like yours. It always starts off as we aren't keeping this animal and with time he gives in realizing the animal isn't going anywhere! Keep loving your sweet animals. If more people were like you the world would be a better place!
    Take care
    Hugs from,
    Darlene from Calif.

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement and such a nice comment. Animals do seem to know when people are kind or mean. We have sure had our share of strays over the years. My heart just aches over animals that are thrown away and mistreated.

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  12. My vote is that you'll succeed in winning him over since he appears to be so young. And what a pretty boy (or girl)!
    And I think I read somewhere that people who abuse animals generally later move on to abusing people.

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    1. Marty, it is good to hear from you. I've sure thought about you a lot. You are probably right about the abuse. I think anybody who can hurt a helpless animal would be capable of doing about anything.

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  13. I've managed to completely wear down my husband over the past couple of decades. He doesn't even flinch when another cat shows up these days! :)

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