I have to go and try to adopt a cat....
I love kitties, have been fairly allergic my whole life, so I've never been able to really have a cat as a housepet. We adopted a stray years ago who lived outdoors most of the time around our home for nearly 12 years. What a pleasure she was to have around....she was magic. RIP dear Kali. She died in 2005 after a long, good kitty life.
So when a fellow freecycler posted that she wanted to re-home a kitty that had been living under her porch, I thought, 'could it work?' Maybe we could adopt her as our outdoor kitty and feed her here and look after her, and take her to the vet etc.
I went to meet cat, and she was super friendly--yay! She seems to be a young adult female that was very used to people. The woman had been feeding her and she seemed very healthy. She had checked with the neighborhood to see if she belonged to anyone, and got nowhere with that. I went home and talked it over with B, who was wary of the whole venture, but had rescued a kitty years ago and had a similar situation as mine with an outdoor cat. So we made an agreement.
The next day I brought her here in the carrier and she wandered calmly around the house for a bit, had a treat, played with me and then hit the road. When she left, I thought, "oh crap, that's the end of that" and worried most of the day that she'd never come back. But around 7pm I went out in the yard calling to her and brought out her food, and there she was! We hung out all evening, in the house and the yard and she seemed really comfortable and happy. She sat on the throw rug outside my studio door while I worked, and followed me around if I got up.... B came home from Monday nite football and immediately got down on the floor and played with her. "Cats just love me" he said, and he was right, she was all over him like white on rice. Things looked good. We put her out for the nite and hoped she'd be there in the morning. She wasn't. I worried all day about her yesterday, but she showed up at night again. Same thing: she hung out with us all evening, ate her food, played, snuggled, dozed, and went out around 11. Now she's gone again, so I'm a little worried, but maybe she'll come back for her evening meal.
Like I don't have a ton of work to do, I better get on it.
Shortly after I posted this I went out in the yard and called her and she came out from under the neighbor's deck. She came in to eat, wander around and I tossed her a little teabag of catnip that I made last nite for her. She went crazy for it, tossing and biting it till it opened and she ate a bit, and got herself all high and rolled around for a while like a little nutty kitten. She hung around the studio for a while, had a little more to eat and was off again. I think she's getting used to it here.