Possibilities

The Strange Stray Cat

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.

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Anon in Ptld says ... on Saturday, Aug 3 at 8:24 PM

Enjoyed the story and the way you wrote it!

Bongo says ... on Monday, Aug 5 at 11:08 AM

My dogs have killed 6 of those overgrown rats in our backyard in the past two years. After making sure they are truly dead and not just playing possum, I put them in the garbage can and they go out with the garbage. Never touch them. Diseased.

Tillie says ... on Thursday, Aug 22 at 4:38 PM

Actually, they are don't often get rabies or distemper because their body temperature is too low to incubate those diseases, the most common found among wildlife in this area. Interestingly, they are also not affected much by snakebite.

Bongo says ... on Friday, Oct 18 at 3:34 PM

Since possums carry a variety of parasites, they also carry diseases. Some of which include: salmonella, tularemia, and leptospirosis.

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