Here Kitty Kitty, Episode Four

3 Sep

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Photos by DiVoran Lites

 

When we brought Thea home from the SPCA, she was hyper-alert to her new surroundings. It didn’t take her long to hide, but I thought I knew all the cat hiding places. Finally,I found her in a dining room chair fast asleep. She didn’t come out for about five hours. I figured that having been a recent mother caring for kittens, and being in an entirely new place before we got her she was exhausted. For several days she had no desire to eat, drink, or do any of the things eating and drinking are connected with. I worried as if I were the new mother, not her.

 

 

The next task for Thea was to taste a biteof every house plant we had on the back porch shelf. Before she got to a raggedy old poinsettia however, I threw it into the yard trash barrel. Then I cut back the pothos that grew down to the porch floor and started up the French door, because I thought it might be poisonous. I’d never had a cat that was interested in vegetation before, but my neighbor who once hada hobby of taking in stray cats told me I could provide Thea clover if I had any growing. I did and I moved it onto the porch. By now she has her own leaf garden which consistsof clover, catnip, and cat grass.

We’re teaching her to stay off the kitchen counter by crackling a piece of aluminum. I wouldn’t care if she got on the bathroomcounter or even on the porch table (if we weren’t dining outside). I’m not sure she was actually in a home before even though she is two years old.

I got down on the floor to pet her, but when I looked around, she had sprung into my chair. I laughingly told Bill about it, then I looked at her and her expression was so clear. Did I do something wrong?She’s as polite as she can be and she’s trying to please.

That has worked. I bought her a new scratch pad and started getting down and rubbing my own fingernails on it. My nails became quite smooth, and soon Thea picked up the habit. We bought her a cat tree and she can scratch there.

 

 

Bill’s sister, Judy, and her husband, Fred came for a visit on Sunday evening. Thea rubbed their feet, then got on the couch with firstone and then the other to purr and be petted. She included Bill and methen came around the circle tending to each of it a secondand third time. She worked so hard at being a good hostessshe had to take a little nap between the second and third time. She is gaining strength and energy every day, but she is still a champion sleeper and a sweet loving member of the family.

At first, Thea resisted being picked up, but I do love to carry a warm, relaxed creature in my arms, so I picked her up at various times and let her down almost immediately. Eventually, she enjoyed the things she could see from an aerialview.

 

Angel Wings

 

We’re settling in. Two more visitors came and each one fell in love with her. I’m sure it’s true that people live longer when they have a pet to care for. Thea has already become happily energizing, and inspirational to us.

 

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

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