This is Nemo. A week or so ago we discovered her asleep in a cardboard box in the woodstore : she was frightened by our surprise and dashed off at high speed ; but she returned a few days ago. We were more cautious in introducing ourselves to our visitor, and in return we got nose-kisses, purrs-a-plenty, and non-stop meouws! And would you believe it, Tilly got the same treatment!
Little Nemo is a very sociable little cat, perhaps nine months to a year old, a girl (does that mean she should be Nema?), and very much domesticated – not a feral cat at all. We think it’s likely she’s come from a household where she received a lot of attention and care, from a household with dogs. We’ve asked about the neighbourhood : no-one has said that the cat is theirs.
We already have four cats – all of them from animal refuges, or strays we’ve adopted. (Not long ago we had seven, but the eldest died and two young cats were killed on the nearby road.) We have a dog as well, and livestock to look after. We’re looking to reduce our commitments, not increase them! Also, our own cats do not like this stranger : it is putting them all on edge.
So, reluctantly, we’ve contacted the Cat’s Protection League, and an appointment is being made with the vet for Nemo to be checked over, and if necessary spayed. They’ll take a look at her injured paw, too : she is walking about on 3 legs. She will then be offered for re-homing : she will find a new home very very quickly, because she is such a delight!