When Nikita went to Rainbow Bridge, on October 25, I had no intention of giving Elvira a companion well into next year.
As some of you know my current situation is rather difficult right now .
But a celestial committee, led no doubt by Nikita, with its other members being previous cats and dogs in my life, going back 40 years, apparently had other ideas and, well....
I have had a cold for a week and got my flu shot and coming home, Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before leaving for work, I stopped by the mail box.
As I walked to the elevator I heard a hearty "hello!" Looking down I saw a tiny kitten come out of the bushes toward me.
As I knelt to reply it scooted back into the bushes, but soon came back out, loudly purring like a motorboat, a shy smile on its face.
ME: Hi there, little one! Are you lost?
KITTEN: I'm cold, hungry and thirsty, I know that. Can you make me warm?
It was windy and in the 50's and going to be 35 over night...no way was I going to say no.
So, kitten in one hand, I guided my bike into the elevator, down the hall, past 2 doors, down another hall and into the apartment. I then put the little one securely into a carrier while I went back for a picture of where I'd found it.
I learned from a maintenance man that the kitten had been in those bushes since at least 10am. I put a "Found Kitten" sign by the mail boxes, laundry room and one other well traveled spot (Call this number, and give me identifying details to ID the kitten as yours) . I set down a litter box, water and kibble, in my walk-in closet, then left for work.
I came home at midnight and noticed the sign by the mailbox was gone but, when no calls came by noon yesterday I checked to see if maintenance or management had removed it (Why not the other 2 as well, then?), but they claimed not to be responsible.
I put up a 2nd sign, and removed the other 2, asking to be called between 1pm & 8pm. As I left on an errand, 90 minutes later, the sign was gone. I went on an errand and returned a couple of hours later, finding no messages.
Several people being walked by their dogs told me they had seen my signs but had heard of no-one looking for a missing kitten, or seen anyone looking.
By 8pm, with still no sign anyone was looking, and no calls, the signs came down for good.
Any caring pet owner, whose kitten went missing, would have been out searching the apartment complex the minute they realized it was gone and would have put up "lost kitten" signs everywhere.
They would have called the number on my own signs the minute they saw one.
I saw no indication of any of this.
When I rescued Elvira, over the first couple of days of a sign being up I got a call from someone not the owner, and a message from the owner who just said, "We let her out all the time. Let her out again, she knows the way home".
Sorry but, like with Elvira, this little one has a new home.
I don't know what the Lord is thinking, right now, I truly don't.
My situation is month to month, with a temporary job and, while I have creative hopes and dreams, righ now I am in survival mode as best I know how.
I won't be joining Secret Paws this Christmas, or the annual Christmas card exchange.
Elvira was aware someone else is in her home and did some investigating. :-D
The kitten is very friendly, cute and rambunctious.
At 10pm, last night, I let the little one out so it could meet the lady of the house and it was an interesting hour. :-D
Then it was back to the closet so Elvira could sleep on it.
Even with Google images a look at a squirmy little behind left me unsure if I have a boy or girl, so I will not know until the 4pm vet visit this afternoon.
More reports and photos will be shared as the days go by so stay tuned.
****UPDATE - 830PM****
We have a 2 lb. 10oz., 10 week old, girl on our hands!
Her name will be announced tomorrow. :-D
****UPDATE - Noon 11/16/13****
****UPDATE - 11/18****
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