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Monday, May 24, 2010

Things That Go Bump in the Night!

We have had a little bit of excitement here in the last two days. It certainly explains some of the nocturnal sounds emanating from our third floor in recent weeks. Yesterday I was up in the attic area because I needed to measure some things relating to our roof (which is an entire series of posts that will be forthcoming) when I heard some unusual ruffling sounds. Walking towards the noise I heard a hiss and found myself looking into the eyes of a black cat that isn't one of ours. Upon a little bit of investigating, in a nearby box standing on its side there were a pile of kittens. They are about a week old. The cat is getting into the house via a hole in the roof of the fire escape. Don't ask me how it gets on my roof. I can only assume it climbs up the fire escape. We left the cat some food and water in the hope that it doesn't abandon the kittens.

Of course Elizabeth is excited. The wife and myself are not.

This morning Elizabeth and I went up to check on the kittens. There was only one in the box. This meant that the mother cat realized the box was not a secure location and was moving her litter. Possibly outside the house.

The wife and I were excited. Elizabeth was not.

A few hours later Elizabeth and I went up to see if the last kitten had been moved. It had. Now I was really excited .... until we heard a ruffling noise on the other side of the room in an area that is pretty inaccessible. Upon closer investigation I could see the mother cat with her kittens in a spot that I don't even want to try to get to right now.

Elizabeth is excited .......

Anybody going to need a kitten in a few weeks?

1 Comments:

At 5/24/2010 6:36 PM, Anonymous Kate H. said...

Kittehs! Squeeeee!!!

OK, I'll be serious. Here's an idea: Combine finding the kittens good homes with a PR event involving the local animal shelter.

Unless they're too feral, in which case it's time to promote Trap-Neuter-Return. http://www.aspca.org/adoption/feral-cats-faq.html#tnr

That is, if anybody can get at them. The faster you guys can handle them, the more likely you'll be able to farm them out.

(By the way--What's Basement Cat doing in your attic?)

 

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