Friday, February 19, 2010

The Trials and Tribulations of Bella and Ginny...The Stray Cat Chronicles

~* Day 3...after the capture*~
~* Princess Bella*~
~* Princess Ginny*~
Oh, where do I begin?  These two little minxes are more than I bargained for, most definitely.  They are high maintenance with a capitol H and are smart as whips!  No pulling to wool over their eyes, no sir-eee!  If we find their first hiding place, they find another, and then another just in case. 

 In fact, they have wanted to hide so badly that they found a tight space to squeeze into that led them to be behind the fireplace,  way on top of the fireplace box.  Our fireplace is built out with storage on both never imagining that 2 little stinkers would think it to be the best of hiding places.  Needless to say, my husband had to tear apart one whole side of the wall and get them out the other night.  And, while they ate their dinner on the princess couch, he secured the top hole (which really, was quite impossible to reach, but right now, anything is possible with the two of them). 

Thinking that all was good, the hunt for kitties resumed last night after dinner...which has somehow become our new ritual, trying to guess where we could find them next.  We had found Ginny easily but there was no sign of Bella, anywhere.  Where on earth could she be.  Thinking that it was impossible, we checked the fireplace again and lo and behold, there she was!  Again!  Apparently, upon putting back the shelving the night before, my husband had left just enough gap for her to get through.  Again our metaphor for these girls is home renovation and seal up the holes so that you don't have to go back and fix them when you get 2 new precocious kitties. 

Or really, finish your business because that keeps you from moving forward.  Maybe that is why I feel like I am spinning my wheels sometimes, stuck in the mire of what next.  I haven't closed the "holes" that take all of my energy and place it in areas that don't serve my higher good.  The more energy that I have to put towards finishing things that should have been done long ago, the less energy that I have available for moving myself forward.  Lesson learned!

I have to say that on Thursday, I had begun to think that I had made a serious mistake.  My kids were sad, my husband was scratched and bruised, and I was heartbroken.  We had waited to get them and now they didn't want to be here...maybe they weren't meant to be inside or ours.  But after talking things out with a few super friends, I felt a little better about all of our noble efforts.  They are starting to come around slowly.  I know that it's a process of gaining trust and gosh, they are so darned cute.

It's funny that once we catch them, they are so lovey dovey and want to be petted and snuggled. 
But, first we have to catch them...
get ready, get set, go!


sarah said...

Thank you so much for taking such good care of these cats who hold the love and wishes of so many of us out here. It will take time for their trauma to ease away and for them to trust you, but I'm sure it will indeed happen, and then - what joy!

I feel relieved to know their bruised hearts are in such good hands.

Pamela Holderman said...

Oh my they are a handful! When we adopted Matteo we were ready to return him after a week and if my husband had agreed it would have been a done deal. He drove us crazy and attacked the poor dog who had done nothing. I would say it took months for all of us to settle into the new arrangement and now he is the most wonderful cat and sleeps curled up next to the dog. He still misses being outside and does not know what to do with his time, but the other day I let him out on accident and when I discovered him on the wrong side of the door, I opened it, and he ran back in. I think he was panicked I was getting rid of him. Thanks so much for doing this! I will be sending good kitty wishes your way.

joyce said...

Hi, I've seen your name on Dagmar's blog & saw ther cute little ditties, I had to stop by! SOunds like you will definitely have your hands full for a while, and they make take some time before they lose their timidity.....but be patient & you'll be rewarded. Just remember though, cats always do what they want, not what we want!

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

I just did a post with our Kitty Vincent, and Joyce commented and said you did a post about your kitties. Those kitties are so lucky to have you guys, and I hope they start to be better for you! We got our guy at the humane society when he was 4 months old and still quite young. I hope all gets easier for you soon!

Jeanne Klaver said...

Maybe it will help to remember or at least try to imagine what they have gone through. Trust is earned, they say, and while I can only imagine how difficult your task is, I feel in my heart that you will win their trust. Sending prayers and good vibes your way.


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