Border Collie vs. Kitten

by Melissa R. on December 2, 2009

Mocca & CirrhiYou may have read my previous post where I outline how I was able to get our three cats and my Border Collie, Mocca to live peacefully together. All animals were living peacefully together in (relative) harmony for quite some time. Our oldest male cat, Porsche, would often take a swipe at Mocca, or stalk her from a tabletop, but other than that things were great. Sadly though, the two oldest cats passed away within a few months of each other (they were littermates). During this time we introduced our new kitten, Cirrhi, into the mix.

Guess what? Turns out there is a big difference between 15 year old sedentary cats, and a 15 week old rambunctious kitten! Cirrhi had never met a dog before, but has never shown any fear, just curiosity. Mocca on the other hand…Mocca is a Border Collie. To her, Cirrhi is just a small moving animal she simply MUST keep an eye on. Cirrhi can’t go anywhere in the house without Mocca trailing a few feet behind. Napping for Cirrhi involves Mocca staring 1 foot away intently!

My mornings & nights are filled with variations on:

  • Mocca stop staring!
  • Mocca go away!
  • Mocca go lay down!
  • Mocca Stay!
  • Mocca go downstairs!
  • Mocca go outside!
  • Mocca NO!

It’s getting pretty old now, and I feel like I shouldn’t be scolding Mocca so much – it’s not her fault. I can actually tell Mocca to stop staring, and she will turn away and go somewhere else…for about 2 minutes then she is back again. I know that because she is a Border Collie, she simply can’t help herself – she’s just doing what comes naturally. However, we are getting very tired of this and would enjoy some peace and quiet now & then. To top it off, the other day Mocca took a little “nip” at Cirrhi’s tail. I’m not sure if was more of a herding “poke” or if she really was thinking she might be a tasty morsel!

Cirrhi found the birds!

Cirrhi found the birds!

So I have dedicated myself to coming up with a solution to this problem. Here are some of my ideas:

  • More playtime with Mocca & her toys
  • Direct Mocca’s attention to toys instead of the kitten
  • I am putting up several bird feeders in the hope that squirrels will come and catch Mocca’s attention
  • ???

Does anybody have any other ideas for me? Oh and hey guess what? After Christmas we are picking up ANOTHER kitten. What will poor Mocca do then!?

UPDATE

Day 1: Tonight I tried the “distract with toys” technique, and spent the majority of the evening talking in a high-pitched voice and being very excited about toys. It seemed to help a great deal, and Mocca probably spent about half the amount of time staring at the kitten. I was exhausted though!

Day 2: This morning birds appeared at our new feeders! Cirrhi was instantly in awe of them and spent quite a lot of time chattering at the window all day. We continued trying to distract with toys, but it didn’t seem as successful. So we took a nice long walk and that seemed to tucker Mocca out and not be as interested in Cirrhi.

Mocca found the squirrels!

Mocca found the squirrels!

Day 3: SUCCESS! The squirrels arrived at the feeders! I walked into the kitchen to find both dog and kitten sitting side-by-side not paying any attention to each other and staring intently outside at not one, but TWO squirrels. Mocca pretty much spent the rest of the morning posted by the doors awaiting squirrels, and paying ZERO attention to the kitten.

I am hopeful my ideas will continue to work and eventually Mocca won’t be as interested in Cirrhi (or our new kitten coming in January). Stay tuned!

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About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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Carrie @ Rescue Advocacy December 2, 2009 at 9:28 am

Bruce and Fluffer-Nutter (dog and cat) are always on the good list. That is EXCEPT for mom’s one golden rule: eating random stuff off the floor. The one things that gets both my husband’s and my dander up is when the animals eat things they should NOT eat that have accidentally made it to the wood floor like, oh, bugs, furballs, loose threads (from socks, pant hems, etc.), crumbs, and other “goodies”. The one thing you hear that means “naughty list” in our house is, “DO NOT EAT S%*!@` OFF THE FLOOR!” (Excuse the Fr3n©h!) Last night that was heard in our house no less than 3 times per animal. However, they have since returned to the nice list, I’m glad to say.

Sherry G December 2, 2009 at 9:34 am

Neely is a really sweet girl but has a penchant for trying to get food that as a diabetc she should not have. Yesterday she destroyed a trash bag that contained no food, only pencil sharpener shavings and a few pieces of paper. Naughty dog…

Michele December 2, 2009 at 10:46 am

There is no end to the amount of trouble a 5 month old mini dachshund can get into. He is especially fond of “stuffed” things and no overstuffed chair, quilt batting, pillow or fleece anything toy is safe from being unstuffed by the “bad puppy”. He is finally starting to grow out of the stuffing phase but it has been a long 3 months of not leaving him alone for a second in a room with anything soft that could be ripped open. An ironic note – we named him before he started the stuffing obsession and his name is Ripley (Rip for short). Did he decide to live up to his name?

Peg Kulp December 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Our dog, Chloe Darlin is on the “Nice” list – she’s always on the nice list! Our sweet puppy has PRA – Progressive Retina Atrophy – she lost what little sight she had left in October. She struggles – runs into walls and furniture, but still loves to play fetch – it just takes her longer as she has to sniff her toys out! Thanksgiving evening, we had a freak thunderstorm come through – my husband and I were upstairs when we heard some “bumping” coming up the steps. Low and behold, Chloe – always afraid of thunder – managed to climb her way up the steps to find comfort from the storm with Mommy and Daddy. Chloe is our little love!

Rosalie December 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm

As a pet mom to six cats and an elderly beagle, I’d say I live with a combination of both naughty and nice.

Spenser, the beagle, is nice and sweet – and has to be to put up with his feline siblings!

Now for the cats…

Kip – pees outside of the box by the front door, so naughty
Pacey – smart and chatty, so nice
Lulu – follows me around, so nice
Basia – a daddy’s girl with an attitude, so naughty
Eva – a tomboy, wild, crazy, so naughty
Sam – a wild Bombay who chases everyone, so naughty

There you have it!

Elizabeth Petry December 2, 2009 at 5:31 pm

My 9 y/o DLH Calico, Portia Desdemona Nikita, deserves to be on the “Nice List”… She has been an incredible source of love & comfort during some very challenging months—where I thought I was going to lost fath, and everything with it.

After a long time of unemployment (in NY state), w/ no food stamps, etc…we barely survived. She always gave me hope. And, after the recent move (Sept. ’09) of 2700 miles for a new job/life in Las Vegas…she was incredibly good during the long hours in a UHaul! Portia has been sleeping with me, and has become very protective….sitting on my lap, etc. I may be facing Non/Hodgkins Lymphoma, and I’ve talked with her. I know she’s not going anywhere.

Yes, she’s had many naughty moments, yet, the “Nice” ones far outweigh them. I love her so much!
I’m sure Santa will bring her some great things for Christmas!! Of course, when you love your pets so much…everyday is like Christmas!!

Deena December 2, 2009 at 5:32 pm

We recently introduced two of cats (my children) to my fiance’s older kitty boy. With love and patience we are all now living in harmony. Now, for that Westie I always dreamed about. I hope we are as lucky as the two featured in this story with one big fluffy family!

Deena December 2, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Oh yeah. All of our furballs are on the NICE list 🙂

Heather December 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Sunshine is on the nice list – why wouldn’t she be? As a retired racer, this greyhound has entered our home and our hearts. Sunshine’s name is so appropriate for she is cheerful, silly, and a sun-worshipper. Today we put up the Christmas tree and my girl ran happily around the room with a Santa hat in her mouth! She is truly enjoying her first Christmas.

Lisa Learst December 2, 2009 at 6:47 pm

My two old dogs would be on the nice list. They’re pretty mellow. The younger ones, though – naughty all the way! Zoe is 18 months old and has a penchant for electronics, especially remote controls. I know – just put them up. Let me tell you, and those who have met her can attest – the dog is a ninja in APBT clothing. She can be 100 yards outside the house, and you feel it’s safe to put a remote down – she can tell and whisks in to whisk it back out. I purchased remote controls #29-33 – kid you not. I buy them in bulk now, because you just never know. The newest member of the family, 6.5 month old Maizey is just now discovering a love for wood – and the hardwood floors fit the bill just as well. I’m not nearly as accommodating with this habit, and thankfully she lacks her big sister’s ninja abilities. Love them, though, all four of them – naughty and nice!

sally December 2, 2009 at 7:16 pm

My cat Buffy is on the nice list most of the time. She’s on the naughty list when she takes on her alter-ego “Buffy the Rottweiler Slayer” and takes a swipe at the resident dog at work. And when she’s nice, she’s very very nice. My alarm goes off at 6 every morning, and at about 5:55, she hops on the bed and starts to knead and purr in my ear. It’s so much better to wake up to that instead of the alarm.

Rae Miller December 2, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I’m afraid my two girls, Sadie and Maggie, will be on Santa’s naughty list. They are nine month old Rottweilers. Santa needs to bring me new baseboards and window sills for my kitchen. The girls have used them as chew toys. Naughty, naughty. We crate them when we’re not home but when we’re not looking and notice it’s too quiet, I run to the kitchen to see what they’ve gotten into. Luckily it’s usually the dishtowel they’ve grabbed off the counter. But soon these adorable puppy years will be over – thank heavens!!

Donald December 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm

I would like to share a story of a Dog i had as a boy!I was only six years old playing in the back yard of my grandmothers house!One spring afternon and my father appeared caring a card board box!He said”Donald i have a gift for you”I said “let me see dad”
He open the box inside was a puppy!The puppy was only 8 weeks old i placed he on the grass and he looked at me with so much love in his eyes!He had a beautiful coat mixed with many shades of brown an white with deep set brown eyes!An a large brown spot on his side, and a curly bushsy tail.He was well built for a puppy. My father asked me “Donald what are you going to name him?I said Spot”He answered
to his name !When i called him!Each day was full of excitment just to be with spot! I would go into the yard at night just to be with him!I loved that dog!Well after a six months he was full grown!He was beautiful, he had a head full of a mixture of dark tan hair sprinkled with white,long dark eye lashed an a pair of deep set eyes!He looked
into my eyes with wisdom!He wouldn!t allow me to train him,he trained himself.If i tryed to teach him to sit or chase a ball he would merely walk away!AS if to say Iam not chasing any balls around!Yet he was loyal as the sun,feared nothing ,no man or beast!When he barked he gave a warning don!t come near!I!ve never ever seen another
animal as beautiful as spot not even today!I would allow him to would allow him to walf himself!At times.Yet i was fearful,that he wouldn!t return!That would have broken my w ould have broken my heart!
I would walk spot to the park an allow, him to run free he loved it he seem to dance with the wind Each was a pure joy .Well time passes an before i hardly knew it .10 years passed and Spot became old!I felt so helpless to stop his aging!I would call him he would always come an look
me in hte eyes!As to say i love you Donald!He slowly aged on until his final day,he just layed downed a passed away,a part of me died with him he still lives in my heart!My Dog Spot

Desire' H. December 2, 2009 at 8:02 pm

My boston terrier Tonka is on the good list, of course. I really couldn’t ask for a better dog than Tonka. He gets along great with everyone and does not destroy anything! He’s VERY energetic and playful, but he IS a boston terrier! 🙂 He likes to go visit the other animals that are kenneled when we visit the vet’s office. Just an all around sweet, caring kind of dog. He’s such a joy to be around and brings a lot of happiness to my life.

Nancy December 2, 2009 at 8:25 pm

I have 2 rescue dogs – Murray (shepherd/lab) and Reggie (border collie/cattledog/blue heeler). We just adopted Reggie a couple weeks ago, but he’s about 3 years old. I was helping Santa out and brought home a bag of Christmas doggie toys. I was sitting, enjoying the fact that the dogs were being quiet and appeared to be behaving themselves. Not!!! I go in the other room and they have all the toys spread around the room and are each playing with one… and Reggie plays rough, so he had already torn up 2 toys!!

I’m thinking they are on Santa’s naughty list right now!!

Marie December 2, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Polly, one of my Red-Bellied parrots, is on Santa’s “Nice” list this year. This bird gives me kisses all the time, dances with me, and always whistles the tune to a song I had made up about her! When she wants a head scratch, she makes a whistling sound that has the intonation of a question. It’s like she knows she’s asking a question. “Scratch me?” And sometimes she just looks at me with this completely blank stare…it’s so cute I can’t even take it! 🙂

Anita Landingham December 3, 2009 at 2:24 am

Pookie, my kitty, is 12 years old. She sleeps with me. Rather, ON me. Sometimes when my back hurts, I lay on my stomach on the bed and Pookie gets on my back and just seems to KNOW which place hurts and keeps me warm and the weight of her body helps too! She’s my little love bug.

terry December 3, 2009 at 8:38 am

We have gates to keep our pug from eating the cat food within seconds of discovering it. Sure enough his favorite time to eat the cat food is immediately after he eats his own food and somehow has figured out that I will often forget about the gate at this time because he is eating and how can he want more food. Sure enough, where’s the pug and after yelling he will come flying down the stairs with cat food breath and licking the crumbs clean from his mouth – bad dog or bad daddy?

Brigitte Walsh December 3, 2009 at 11:24 am

Yoshi, my four-year old shih-tzu is on the Naughty AND Nice list…..he’s a little of both. He loves to be naughty: stealing shoes, socks, dirty laundy, for the attention it gets him (we chase him all over the house….great fun!) but he is oh so nice, loving, and super-smart, so he’s forgiven his bits of naughtiness!

Rich Rittorno December 3, 2009 at 11:24 am

My Black Lab, Kip is clearly on the nice list. He truly looks out for our family. Just last month our toaster caught on fire. I was toasting some bread and walking our other Black Lab when I heard Kip with a bark I’ve associated with something is seriously wrong. When I came back running into the house with his sister in toll, he was standing in front of the toaster barking as loud as he can…..

Jen December 3, 2009 at 11:25 am

Hee hee…Our collie Ben is nearly always on the ‘Nice’ list. He doesn’t eat the cats’ food, he’s sweet, quiet, and occupies himself while I’m working with naps or toys. If we leave food on the coffee table, it’s there when we get back (though Ben is usually staring and drooling). About the worse thing he does is not go outside by himself, usually because he wants to be with us.

The kitties can be a different matter, though. Loving and cute, they’re also very, er, energetic! This has led to spilled glasses of wine on the rug, a chewed-up cord to my computer’s power supply, destroyed inventory, pawprints on the bathroom vanity, bleach pawprints on a skirt, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Buckley, our tabby, is forever on the wrong side of the basement door (“Let me down there!”; two minutes later, “I’m ready to come back up now!”) and prefers stealing our tortie kitten’s food. Lucy, the kitten, likes “helping” me iron and pack up orders, and inexplicably begs for food in the kitchen. She has actually stolen food from my plate!

That said, no matter what they do (or destroy), we still love them. The affection and laughter they give to us far outweighs any ‘Naughty’ they might have in them. 😉

Jamie December 3, 2009 at 11:25 am

My dog Francisco is a good boy most of the time. My mom came to visit me and pick up a puppy last month. He welcomed the puppy into his house and even gave it a bath the first night he was there. He was such a good big brother. He is also really good about using his Dog Loo that I got for him from Dr Foster’s. It has gotten colder recently and if he needs to go in the middle of the night or when I am not there he uses that. We started doing therapy dog visits last month and he was really great with all of the people in the retirement home. He seemed to understand how to communicate with them when I couldn’t understand what they were saying. He isn’t perfect but no one is but he is always there for me when I need him with lots of love and puppy kisses.

Carol December 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

Of course my beloved Honey is on the nice list (every once in a while naughty) but she is my side kick all the time. I don’t know what I would do without her so there is no way I could put her on the naughty list. She is Man’s Best Friend. At least MINE!

Jimmy Chung December 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

My cat Chibi is definitely on the nice list! He is so great with my babies (3 year old and 18 month old with another one on the way). Chibi is so protective of the babies where he will meow at me and my wife if one of the babies were crying or needed something. My most favorite thing about Chibi is that he likes to keep our kids warm during their naps by sitting next to them. He is so awesome! I plan to buy him some good treats and toys for Christmas! : )

Twitter: @JimmyChung

Ashley December 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm

All of our 4 rescue dogs (Daisy, Lucy, Dixie, Sammy) and 3 rescue cats (Alley, Shelby & Gracey) on the nice list. We have a small family business that has struggled throughout the last 18 months (as many Americans have) and despite all that we’ve been through, they always show us love and happiness (wags and purrs!) when we need it most. They all have stories (Daisy, for example, was 12 hours away from euthanasia; Lucy was from a puppy mill, Alley was a Hurricane Katrina evacuee, Gracey is deaf) but you wouldn’t ever know it; they are happy & healthy and give more to us than we’re ever able to give to them! The dogs are getting special treats in their stockings & belly rubs and the kitties are getting some new toys and freeze-dried fish treats, yum! 🙂

Jessie H. December 3, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I have 3 Gerbils, 1 Dwarf Hamster, 2 Dogs, 2 Parakeets, 1 Rabbit, 1 Guinea Pig and 13 Goldfish! I don’t know about the fishies if they’re on the naughty or nice list! lol My furry creatures LOVE Drs. Foster & Smith products! Maybe for Christmas they’ll get Drs. Foster & Smith stuff! My pets are all so sweet! My Gerbils have NEVER bitten me! I adopted them from my local ASPCA. ALL of my pets are adopted. We found our 2 dogs as strays. The Miniature Collie kept following my mom around when we went for walks. We took him in and my other dog, Princess, was at my dad’s work wandering the parking lot. (not really a safe place!) She was thin, that she could fit through a picket fence space about 6 inches! But not anymore! lol My poor Collie needs a Drs. Foster & Smth Sweater too! His hair won’t grow back because he has a low thyroid. My pets are on the NICE list this year!

VictoriaC December 3, 2009 at 7:02 pm

My 3 cats are all on the nice list. They always seem to know when I am not feeling well, and all curl up on the couch with me and keep me warm!

Stephanie December 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

Great article. I have two pups. And they are evenly split. I have a pointer/lab mix that is 8 years old, named Jessy. She is the best dog every…listens doesn’t destroy stuff…so she is definitely on the ‘nice’ list. However, I also do have a 4 year old German Short Haired Pointer named Tucker aka the Demon Seed. His latest obsession is with the sucker fish in the fish tank…he stares at them all day barking and pawing at the fish tank. Thank GOODNESS its a 75 gallon tank. He also can not be left alone for longer than 6 hours or else he gets into trouble. He sure is lucky that he’s cute.

Linda F. December 4, 2009 at 9:35 am

Roxy is a 3 year old cat who has cerebellar hypoplasia (CH). Her feral mother was probably not vaccinated against panleukopenia, which is similar to distemper in dogs. Most kittens born to affected mothers die. Surviving kittens have some degree of disability. Roxy is a “wobbly cat” who was humanely trapped and fostered with a family until I adopted her at 8 weeks old. CH cats have various degrees of wobbliness. Roxy cannot jump very high and sometimes flip-flops when she runs, but this doesn’t stop her from playing fetch with her toy mice! She retrieves them like a dog when I throw them and drops them at my feet! She is a “special needs” cat, but I think she is special just because she’s mine!

Joy December 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

Check out Patricia McConnell’s blog entry – she just wrote about her own BC http://www.theotherendoftheleash.com/all-incompatible-behaviors-are-not-equal/

Michelle December 4, 2009 at 11:22 am

My husband and I call our dog, Murphy, the Best Boy Ever! He is most definitely on the “nice” list. He was a rescue, severely abused as a puppy, which you might think would make him a suspicious or even aggressive dog. Not so. Murphy is the sweetest, most lovable, and most obedient dog we have ever had. He’s very smart, and does many of the things he’s supposed to without even being told, like sitting before his food if put down, or to have his leash put on.

When we got him, we already had our cockatiel, and while Murphy was curious about him, he has never tried to bite or hurt, or even play with Pixie. He sniffs him, and has licked him gently a few times, and surprisingly, Pixie doesn’t mind a bit. He loves Murphy, and whenever Murphy leaves the room, Pixie whistles for him to come back. When he does, Pixie sings to him.

Recently, we added a shelter kitty to our family. Romy is already about two years old, a Siamese, and was a stray before the animal shelter took her in. Murphy was VERY curious about the kitty when we brought her home, and followed her from room to room while she figured out her new home. But not once has he chased her or been territorial with her at all. He doesn’t even mind when she drinks from his water bowl, which, for some reason, is much more appealing to her than her own. For her part, Romy has never been frightened or threatened by Murphy. She rubs up under his chin, and will curl up next to him on the futon and our bed.

This all just proves what my husband and I already knew and felt–Murphy really is the Best Boy Ever, and everyone loves him!

Melissa R. December 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Congratulations to the lucky winner – Desire’ H. and her Boston Terrier Tonka! Thanks again to everyone for sharing your comments with us. (Desire’, please email your full name and shipping info to admin@dfs-pet-blog.com – thanks!)

Marie December 5, 2009 at 1:27 am

Melissa- I love this story! I had an older dog that didn’t like cats. He was a poodle mix but he loved to act tough & chase after cats if he could ever get out the front door. Years later I found 4 cats in one week. Brought one home that attacked him & ripped the inside of his poor nose open. Took tender loving care to heal that wound. I found homes for 3 of the 4…The 4th one, a 6/8 wk kitten, I brought home. I expected pure madness, prayed it wouldn’t happen. Instead…It was unbelievable. The kitty hadn’t been exposed to dogs so had no fear of him. He didn’t know what to think of the little kitten. He followed the kitten everywhere it went. All around the house. At this same time I found a puppy someone had dumped & brought it home too also 6/8 weeks old. So two babies with our little old man. He was in shock but enjoying the company. He trained them both. The cat and puppy were best friends. He became their Daddy figure. By the end of the week I had picture’s of them lying in a circle together, each touching the other, wanting to make sure they knew where each other were at all times. They’d become a family. And our little old man was a Daddy for the first time. It was amazing!

Lori R January 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Great story, Melissa! I have a border collie named Bonnie and 8 cats. After I read a book about border collies, Bonnie’s behavior made more sense. She sometimes nips at the cats (sometimes very aggressively), but she never once has hurt any of them. I believe that the nipping is part of the “power” trait in border collies. They use “eye” and “power” when herding. If the cats respond to the collie’s “eye,” there is no need for extra display of “power.” It sounds like Cirrhi doesn’t pay much attention to the “eye,” which prompts Mocca to use more “power.” I also wonder if Mocca feels a sense of failure with the loss of your other two cats. Pleasing one’s owner can be VERY important to border collies, and having lost two from your “herd” and the possible sense of failure over that could be prompting Mocca to work even harder to keep Cirrhi safe.

I’m not an expert, and I’m just speculating, but I’ve read a lot on border collies and have a lot of experience with my border collie and cats. Maybe something I said will make sense.

Melissa January 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

Lori – Thank you for your comments. They really were insightful and nothing I had thought of. I never even considered what Mocca thought of our other 2 cats because she didnt pay much attention to them – but maybe I just didnt notice, or because the didnt do much she didnt have to! Mocca is very “un” Border Collie, so I tend to forget about her BEING a Border Collie, but she is afterall, and I ought to consider that more.

BTW – Mocca & Cirrhi are doing quite a lot better. Mocca still gets very oriented on her from time to time, but it is definitely not as much. The 2 of them spend hours together staring out the deck door at bunnies, squirrels & birds though!

Thanks again Lori!
-Melissa

janey abner March 19, 2010 at 5:49 am

i would like to tell you about kitty tom. i bought for my boyfriend, for christmas the first year we were together. kitty was a black bob tail kitten around 7 months old. we lived in milton fl at the time and decided to move to biloxi ms, cause it was easier for doug at the va. well we had kitty, peany our little chihuahua, and molly another kitty we adopted before we left fl. well while we were loading up the truck to leave we hear a tiny meeew, and there was a beautiful yellow kitten. of course we took him with us after asking around if anyone owned him.
we got to biloxi and all the pets love the fenced in yard and soon became a fixture in the neighborhood. everyone loved them all. the along came jackson a pure black himalayan. he and i had a bond that would never be broken. he had such a bad life until he came to us. he was found in a trash bin.
a couple of years later, katrina hit and we couldnt collect our cats they were all off, somewhere and wouldnt come when we called. police came to our door on sunday before katrina hit, and we had to leave, without our kitties. we drove and drove trying to find them but to no avail. we left and couldnt back into biloxi till friday. doug and our roommate went to biloxi on that friday, and we were in dothan alabama. they came back to dothan that evening and there was jackson. oh my how i cried. he jumped into my arms and i thought he would never leave them again. but there were 3 others, that didnt come back with them. we all 3 went back to biloxi on sunday and we had lost everything. i called kitty kitty kitty as soon as we drove into what was left of the drive, and molly and sammi stuck out there little heads out from the next door building. we stayed there all day and brought them back to alabama, but still no kitty tom. we called posted flyers did everything we could to hopefully find our final baby.
we figured we-d never see him again, and we were truly truly heartbroken.
our phone rang on the 94th day and it was our old landlord in biloxi. he knew we were hoping to find kitty tom we had gotten so many false leads on him. he asked if i were sitting down told him no. and he said to me your old bob tail black cat is here. Oh My God.i almost passed out. i was alone so i just started crying.
i told him wed be there first thing the following day and yes we were there by 8 am.
there he was on the porch, an empty house and i think he recognized the car.
i cried, doug cried and yes real tears were coming out of kittys eyes.
we fed him gave him fresh water and held him and left biloxi and never looked back.
we are now in slocomb alabama, kitty tom is here fat and sassy, doesnt venture very far. molly is still with us .but jackson was killed by a loose dog and sammi just dissappeared.
we have many rescued animals now. 3 dogs 10 cats 2 parrots 2 teils and 2 hamsters. all but 2 are rescues and we love them all dearly. so never give up, we feel so blessed, and we thank GOD for ours and our pets lives.
janey abner
slocomb alabama
kitty tom was gone for 95 days

Melissa R. March 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

Janey – Thank you so much for sharing your story! It was heartbreaking, and heartwarming!

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