Martin, beautiful pics! You are so lucky to have a pond in your yard! I bet you get to see ducks and geese and frogs and what-not.
Wis, you kitty is just gorgeous!!!!!! She looks like an Angel kitty!
The story about Straya...
Once upon a time, at work where we were surrounded by woodland, everyone kept seeing this fluffy kitten, perhaps 6 months of age. It was around every
day for like a couple of months and we would all leave food out for the poor little thing. It was terrified of people. We would see it sleeping in the
dumpsters and were getting concerned because it was late Autumn and getting quite cold at night. A few of us kept trying to catch it and one day my
Husband Mark was working on a Saturday and called me up saying, "I got the cat, you still want it?" I thought he was joking because it was so
difficult for anyone to catch her. But he did indeed catch her. There was a little porch on the side of the building where we worked and he put a cat
carrier down with the door open and food in it and he caught her.
Now back then we had already had two cats and figured this kitten would never be happy with two other cats around. We decided to take her to the vet
and find a home for her. It was funny because when they asked for the cat's name we just stared at each other and had to come up with a name on the
spot. I always took time to name my pets. I blurted out Straya. Well she was a stray and all. And besides, she couldn't hear anyone so would never
know her name anyway. When the vet said it was a girl, I looked at Mark and said, "Awwwww, honey it's a girl! All excited like parents. LOL Well
Straya had fleas and a bad ear infection and so we took care of all that and got her shots and whatever she needed.
I placed a litter box, food and water in the bathroom and kept her there with a nice blanket. It was the first cat I was ever afraid of. I'm telling
you she was such a hissy growly mean looking little thing. I kept thinking, please don't kick my butt and bite me!!!
I would flick the lights on
and off to alert her I was coming in. I would even lay on the floor near her without touching her, so she would try to relax and see I meant her no
harm. I did that daily for I don't know how long, then one day she purred! OMG, she purred! I put my hand toward her and she let me and then I pet her
and she let me do that too. It was amazing!
In the meantime, there were no ads for a lost kitten anywhere and shelters were filled to capacity. Hell, I fell in love with her already so figured,
well, we'll try and see how it goes with the other cats. She never did like the other cats, but learned to tolerate them. LOL I think she was glad
when they passed away. I was certainly grateful I had her. She turned into the most lovable, sweet and gentle kitty.
Here is a pic of one that looked just like her, but mine had gorgeous blue eyes.
And here is a pic that looks just like my Tai, a male Himalayan who I adored! He lived to be 19 years old!
Straya passed away eventually, but I will always remember her coming into my life.