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    Posted February 24, 2014 by
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    Since I live near a Nature Sanctuary where it is (unfortunately) common for people to dump off unwanted pets, there are lots of feral and wild cats that roam around.


    Usually the residents who live right along the fence that separates the Slough area from the apartments see the most animal action. However, a few years ago, a little black kitten would come and sit in my front yard when I would BBQ on my porch. The poor little thing looked so miserable and hungry so I threw a few pieces of meat her way.


    Well, after that, the black kitty made a visit quite often to see if there was anything good to eat. This cat was very smart and quite adept at surviving outdoors on her own, despite some off-leash dogs that ran around. Also, reports have come in that coyotes have now moved into the Famosa Slough area so that is another worry.


    Little-by-little, Blackie warmed up to us and now waits patiently every evening by the stairs for her evening meal. She is not too choosy an eater and especially prefers beef and liver flavored cat food. She allows me to briskly rub her very soft coat with a cat scratcher and I have even managed to pick her up a few times. But Blackie is still wary and I understand that.


    But I need to be careful around this cat since I am terribly allergic to them. Blackie has tried a few times to come into my house but three birds with unclipped wings have run of it. Plus I know that a few cat hairs would really get me going.


    One time I remember I went to a friend's house for dinner and they had indoor cats. Three, I recall. I was not in that home more than a few moments, before I seriously began to sneeze, sniffle, and rub my watery eyes. Then they felt sorry for me and gave me some Benadryl. After taking that, I promptly fell asleep! So much for socializing that night.


    Just because I cannot be around Blackie doesn't make me love her any less. I just have to do it at arm's length.

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