The Mystery of the Strays


The last time I mentioned anything about the stray mom cat and her two kittens that have been coming to my house was June 18 (see here). After that, we didn’t see them much. Over the next week or so we saw the mom twice, three times at most. Each time she as without her kittens. That caused us to worry about what might have happened to them.

Stray catI believe the last time I saw the mother cat was June 25 when I took the picture above and the video below. She seemed a bit despondent and was not as friendly toward me as in the past. She seemed nervous by my presence which was a far cry from a week earlier when she was rubbing up against me.

Rose and I thought someone might have captured her kittens but not her. That would explain her behavior. We didn’t know who would have caught them. The guy at the TNVR place had scheduled to come out and set traps that weekend but cancelled until the next weekend. He never showed up the following weekend and we never heard from him again.

I set up an email alert for Petfinder just in case the Siamese kittens ended up at a shelter for adoption. At least I would know what happened to them.

Not too long after my encounter with mom cat, Rose spotted one of the kittens outside the cats’ room. It was the shy one with the lighter face.

stray Siamese kittenHe was walking from the neighbors house to the back of our house and he was alone. The mom and other kitten were nowhere in sight. I quickly opened a can of food and put it outside but he never showed up to eat it.

Since then I continued to put dry food and water out for the cats. Sometimes I would wake up or get home from work and the food would still be there. Other times it would be gone. It seemed to be eaten more at night than during the day which made Rose think it was being eaten by a racoon. I thought it was possible but unlikely since I have not seen a racoon in the two years since we lived here.

Then one morning I went outside to take the trash out. Once I got outside I saw who had been eating he cat food. It was a possum, or technically an opossum. Now I have to wonder if the possum is the only animal eating the food I put out or is one or more cats eating it too?

I started putting less out but I don’t want to stop completely until I know none of the cats are coming around anymore. And if they are not, what the heck happened to them?

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26 thoughts on “The Mystery of the Strays

  1. Genevieve Petrillo

    I hope the mystery kitties are just finding foods someplace else and maybe hiding out or hanging out at another good person’s home. Meanwhile, opossums are icky.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  2. Mary McNeil

    Hopefully they are being fed – safely-elsewhere. It’s sort of reassuring that you’ve seen Mama and one kit. You are probably better off with a possum than a raccoon (speaking from experience here) Hope they turn out to be ok.

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  3. kittiesblue

    Have you asked your neighbors if they have seen them? Sure hope they are all okay. Keep us posted. Maybe they have found a home in the neighborhood. We cannot leave any type of food out because of the raccoons, groundhogs and skunks. We used to have possums also, but we haven’t seen any in a few years. Too much competition with all the other wildlife, we suspect. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      We have talked to our neighbor and the right but she doesn’t know anything. I want to talk to the neighbor on the left because the kitten sometimes can be seen in her driveway. At least they used to be seen there.

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I thought I can do a time-lapse movie but my camera doesn’t seem to want to record any more than an hour. If I can get it to work longer I might be able to figure out who’s coming and going.

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  4. databbiesotrouttowne

    awww……we hope ewe N yur wee onez R aye oh kay mom….ewe due seem skittish; we hope ta cod noe one did sum thin two ewe ta make ya sew….we will give a shout out ta r pal st francis N ask him ta keep a watch over ewe N wher ever ya R; just ta pleez make sure ewe all R safe ♥♥♥

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