My Twitter followers are well aware of the Porch Kitty situation that developed here at home late this summer. To bring the rest of you up to speed, here's the background... Why? Because Porch Kitty needs your help!
Our neighborhood has a large feral cat colony nearby and a local group catches the cats, spays/neuters them, and then releases them back into the wild. One day while I was outside working on the front porch, a barely-not-a-kitten walked up and jumped onto my laptop. I set the laptop aside and played with her. When I went out for a smoke later, she was still there waiting on me.
The next day passed without a sign of my new friend, but the day after brought one hungry kitty to my porch. I broke down and put some cat food in a bowl on the porch. It was around this time that I started tweeting about the cat and asking if anyone local had room for the little cutie in their home. No one did.
When we went to the National Equality March, a friend babysat our four-legged friends here at home. (We have four dogs and a cat.) He was given strict instructions to make sure he fed Porch Kitty, but she didn't come around the entire time he was here. She'd gone AWOL. In fact, after we came back home, she still didn't return for a week. When she did make an encore appearance, her face was all torn up - she'd been in a fight with some animal or another.
Of course, I felt pity for Porch Kitty, but I was determined not to get suckered in to taking in another stray animal. Two of the dogs and the cat have all showed up on our porch looking for homes already! Since her wound was healing nicely on it's own, I didn't take her to the vet. After all, she was just the Porch Kitty...
As the weeks turned into months, Porch Kitty made a new friend - Porch Kitty 2. PK2 also enjoyed the free banquet put out every morning and was soon sitting patiently on the porch waiting for his turn at the food bowl. This was getting out of hand quickly - especially when Porch Kitty 3 showed up with an empty belly. PK2 and PK3, however, are very skittish and act much more like a feral cat than Porch Kitty.
Porch Kitty, however, was determined to get inside the house. Eventually I started leaving the laptop in the house because I knew Porch Kitty would be outside waiting on me so she could jump in my lap. She tried every kitty trick possible - the I'm-on-my-back-batting-your-sweatshirt-strings, the I'm-laying-behind-your-neck, and the I-fell-asleep-in-your-arms. She'd run to the door like she was going to come inside, but the sight of the dogs standing in the doorway would always put the brakes on that idea.
On Halloween night, I scooped her up and brought her inside since she's a black cat. I left her in the bathroom for a few hours and once trick-or-treating was finished, I put her back outside. My generosity didn't help with her drive to become Not-The-Porch-Kitty. Not at all.
Our love-fest on the porch was full of pictures and tweets about Porch Kitty. Soon people were tweeting back and asking questions like, "What's Porch Kitty up to today?" or "Did you find a home for Porch Kitty yet?"
Last week, she showed up with a broken tail seeping blood. After a $200 vet bill, I've capitulated and she's taken up residence in my recliner (on the laptop, if possible!). She's actually become quite the little friend to everyone in the house although the big dogs still get the occasional hiss if they get too close. And, of course, Jerame (who doesn't much care for cats) has become her new bosom buddy.
Since Porch Kitty doesn't live on the porch anymore, she needs a new name. I've called her Porch Kitty for months and it doesn't really reflect her new position in life. Any suggestions for a rescued social-climbing feline with more charm and affection than should be allowed by law?
Here are the other pet names in case it helps:
- Lucky (Boxer)
- Reece Piece (Pit Bull)
- Frieda (Fox Terrier)
- Fritz (Rat Terrier)
- Pretty Baby aka "PB" (the orange alley cat)