Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.),
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jan 30, 2015
I got Kate with her sister, they were rescued by a friend who found them under a freeway overpass. The mother had died, and these two kittens had survived by eating their litter mates ... their eyes were not even open yet. It was a miracle they survived at all! Right from the start they were quite needy and covetous of food, but once they realized they were going to get fed on a regular basis they seemed to settle in. They were both indoor/outdoor cats, but were always very close to home, and smart enough to avoid other wildlife, and seemed to have a very calm attitude about most things. I even taught her a few fun tricks: if I patted my chest she wouId leap up into my arms! So sweet! I moved to California a couple of years after I got them, and so a dear friend took them on. It's sixteen years later, and Kate is still going strong, though having survived great adversity: she even disappeared for some weeks last winter and we thought she was gone, but miraculously a neighbor's cat quite literally 'brought her home' - she'd been stuck inside a nearby garage for almost three weeks during a severe cold snap, had suffered some frostbite which in time caused her to lose the tip of one ear and about three inches of tail (we think she was trapped underneath something heavy) and was severely malnourished. This was a year ago ... with love and patience she has overcome all adversity and is warming laps all over her loving home, which includes two dogs and several other cats. She's a true survivor, and has a remarkable memory, as she still comes right to me, giving me kitty kisses and purrs every time I visit.