Saturday, May 14, 2011

Garden Kitty is Back

All of last year, when we were out in the garden, we had a little visitor come visit us practically every other day.  We called him Garden Kitty, because he loved to go into the vegetable garden with us and roll around in the beds.  I didn't really want him to be in there, so I would pick him up and scoot him out of the veggie garden and let him play in the yard instead.  He was a good kitty though, he didn't eat any of the veggies or pull them out of the ground.  I was hoping that Garden Kitty is someone's outdoor pet, but he's outside ALL the time, so I fear he's a stray, or someone used to have him as a pet and abandoned him.  He's really friendly and let's you pick him up and pet him.  Look at this face!  I was so happy to see that he survived our harsh winter.  And the first time I saw him this spring, he greeted us with meows and purrs.  When I see him, I give him food and water and he scarfs it up.  He's a hungry little stray.
On this day, he decided to take a nap on our patio.  I noticed that he has a new scar on his forehead.  Poor kitty, he must have gotten into a fight with another animal.
Here he is napping.  I need to give him a new name.  Calling him "garden kitty" is not a good name at all.  What do you think we should name him?
After I was done with my garden chores, I went inside.  Moments later, I noticed he was outside waiting for me by the back door.  This totally breaks my heart.  If I didn't already have 3 cats, I would definitely take this fellow in. However, he's an outdoor cat, and all of my cats are indoor cats.  I  couldn't have one cat be outdoors and the others indoors, for fear that he could bring illnesses and fleas to the others.  We'll do our best to make Garden Kitty's life comfortable by feeding him and giving him an outdoor shelter.  Maybe he'll just be our outdoor only cat, if he doesn't already have an owner in the neighborhood.  There is still a possibility that this is someone's cat, because of how friendly he is.  I hope so! 

12 comments:

The Japanese Redneck said...

He looks sweet.

Katnip Lounge said...

You could take him to the vet and have him checked out...that's how Mommy ended up with most of us! Is he neutered?
We think "Travis the Traveler" is a nice name.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

Giving him an outdoor shelter sounds like a great idea! That is what Khyra's Mom does for Butterscotch ad Brofur and they seem very happy.

As for a name, that's difficult. How about OWEN?

Purrs,
The Chans

Charlie said...

We've had a few outdoor-only kitties that, like Garden Kitty, appeared out of no-where & just stayed. We had one who pulled this trick with other families in the neighborhood after we moved to Portland -- we found out when she started putting on serious weight! Try putting a collar on GK to check if he's really homeless.

ArtemisiaFSS said...

A long time ago we had a stray come up that lived outside. His name was Peter, we had him for about a year before he disappeared. You could try taking Garden Kitty to the vet to see if he is microchipped.

We thinks Rumblebelly would be a good name for him.

Athena said...

I like the name Owen!

I think giving him an outdoor shelter would be wonderful. He is a very lucky kitty to have found you!

The Island Cats said...

How nice of you to want to give Garden Kitty a shelter! He seems very sweet!

Sparkle said...

He really wants to be someone's kitty if he isn't already. What Charlie said about about putting a collar on him - and if he is indeed homless, give him shelter and make sure he is neutered so he isn't compelled to stray or get into fights as much - also you might ask around to see if anyone might want to adopt him as an indoor/outdoor kitty. You never know!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

oh...how HAPPY i am to have found you today....i LOVE kittys and feed strays here at Farmhouse Kitchen too...i have Pixie that is always here...and others that come and go...

love gardening too
looks like we have alot in common

and YES !!! you could put the jam in a warm spot in the sun in the house...

let me know if you try it and HAPPY to follow, my friend

kary, teddy and the kittys at Farmhouse Kitchen

Anya said...

As you know - this kind of thing happens to us all the time - it's hard I know.

Garden Hoard said...

My neighbor has a year-round outdoor cat. They bought a tiny little house (I'm sure you could make one) and put a ton of straw/hay in it. In the winter, when he gets cold, he cuddles up in there and blocks himself in with the straw. Just provide food and water and you're good to go! The kitty also takes his daily naps in the house too. It's pretty cool!

Garden Hoard said...

You can have him year round outside! My neighbors have a little house that they bought (but I'm sure you could make one). They fill it with straw, and the kitty makes a nest in there to take naps, and when winter comes, moves the straw around so it blocks out the door in order to stay warm in the winter. It works! Just provide food and water and you're good to go!

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