At my sister and brother-in-law’s house, they have two cats and a small dog, who have access in and out of the house through a doggie door.
Occasionally a stray cat has been sighted making a quick exit through the doggie door after having helped itself to the resident pets’ food. It is a strange-looking cat, with scruffy gray fur and a tail so bare it appears shaven.
My sister also has chickens in a coop in the back yard. They have recently been heard making a ruckus in the night. “Must be that odd stray cat,” my brother-in-law mused. And set a live trap out by the chicken coop, which is located near the doggie door.
Last weekend I was staying at my sister’s house to care for my elderly mother while my sister and her husband took a vacation.
The second morning I was there, lo and behold, the funny-looking stray cat was in the trap!
I know you’re not supposed to dump cats in the woods, and under other circumstances, I would never do such a thing. However, this cat is so bizarre I highly doubt he would be adoptable. So I took a drive up in the hills and found a secluded dirt road. I drove in a little way and set about releasing Possibilities, as I named him, having high hopes of his success in the wild.
When I opened the trap to let him out, he just curled up in the closed end of the trap. When I up-ended it, he hung on tightly with all 20 toes and that bizarre, prehensile tail. I had to uncurl his little toes from the wires.
When he plopped out on the ground, he promptly flopped over on his side. My goodness! I thought I had killed the poor kitty. His mouth gaped open and he already felt stiff to the touch.
Chagrined, I quickly loaded the trap back in the car and went to turn around, so as to make a quick exit without being seen. Like I said, I think it might be wrong to dump a kitty in the woods, especially if you kill him in the process. As I drove back out the logging road, there was the little fellow toddling up the hill into the forest, right as rain.
I hope Possie does ok. There are wild turkeys in the area; perhaps he’ll have eggs for dinner tonight after all.