Yesterday afternoon, I worked up the gumption to change out of my nightgown and robe, and start weedwhacking the back yard.
Cleared the main spaces, a long run north of the garage from the big hackberry tree to the fence plus a nice open area between the house and garage, and started on the last little bit.
It's awkward to work in. There's a hallway-width space between one side of the garage and
the fence, which has stepping stones back to a gate we don't use. It
grows up in a kind of little jungle that I trim a few times every
Worked my way back into it with the
string trimmer, paused to reel out more string, did one corner of the gate, started to swing the weedwhacker over to the other -- and
saw pale motion!
Stopped and took a look, and
it was a couple of little kittens, eyes open but blue, moving but still a
little bit wobbly. One with trying to climb up the corner, and the
other was hunkered down, trying to be invisible. The climber was white
with yellow stripey patches; the hider was white with black and yellow
I set the string trimmer down in a hurry and
picked them up to check if they were okay. They were. I carried them
to the patio and parked them in the former fire bowl. The old cover for
it is folded up in the bowl, so I put them on it, under the wire-grid
dome, and went next door to check in with Meredith, our neighbor and the neighborhood cat
She and I had been remarking that one of
the ferals, a pretty calico, was looking pregnant, and Meredith told me
that the cat was in her back yard right then, pacing and acting agitated. So we
decided to put the kittens back.
The kittens are one boy and
one girl (the three-color one, of course). I gave them a closer look-over before returning them to their corner. They appear to be in decent health and not overrun with fleas. The little tomcat hissed and swatted at my (gloved) finger when I reached to pick him up!
I put food and water on my
patio, about as far as you can get from the corner where they were and
still be in my back yard, but on the mother's path between my yard and
I'd seen the calico going into the
narrow space next to the garage a few times and noticed she was very skittish about it,
but I hadn't put two and two together. She'll probably move them now, I
hope to a safe place. Or maybe not -- I shined a flashlight down that way about ten last night, and has cat's eyes glowing back at me. I'm torn between going back to see and leaving them alone so she won't risk moving them.
6 months ago