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updated: May 21, 2011, 9:00 AM
I came home from work one day and saw a small gray and white cat sitting in my front yard. I assumed she would run away when I got out of the car, but she just sat there looking at me. I approached her and said hello, then went into the house. I came back outside and to my surprise, she was still sitting there. I wondered if she was all right, so I went up to her and picked her up. She seemed fine, just very docile. She was very friendly and not alarmed at being handled. She had no collar and I had no idea if she was fixed. But I had heard that when some neighbors had recently moved away, they left behind several cats that they couldn't round up before they had to leave. She was a beautiful cat and my favorite color for cats too.
The next day she was waiting for me again and for many days after that. She would sit in the driveway and as soon as I got out of the car, she would run to the front door and demand to be let in. I normally kept my door open on nice days and she started coming and going, first to explore and later to have some kibble since I had started leaving a bowl out in anticipation of her visits. She always went off after dark but would always reappear the next day.
One evening while I was watching TV, I heard a thump on the door which startled me since it was after 10 p.m. Seeing nothing through the peephole, I cautiously opened the door and there she was. She entered and spent the night. After that she wanted to be around even more. When the weather turned rainy, I bought a cat box, started keeping her in and I named her Miz Mia. She started getting fat but I attributed that to not getting as much exercise outside. But in the middle of March, 2008, I woke one morning to four more mouths to feed! I sort of suspected she was pregnant, but just didn't know enough about cats to be sure. I ended up naming all of them, Maddy, a tortie, Buffy, born all white but she turned into a calico, Samy and Alvin, both tuxedo kitties. I found excellent homes for the first three of them with a couple of my good friends, but I kept Alvin. He was the one who would follow me around the most. When he fell asleep with his head on my foot while I was doing dishes one night, I knew I could never give him up. They are both healthy and happy indoor only kitties now and they have made me very happy. All five of them are now fixed and healthy.
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