So where was I… Oh yes, so this cat seemed really hungry and seemed to really enjoy being around. This cat helped me somehow feel a bit better. My kids started to notice their mom talking to something. I told them this cat must have been eating Lucy’s food I was putting out.
The cat came to visit daily. It was such a sweetheart! We began to call it a she. My daughter even named her Tulip. I thought we should name her Faith. Because she seemed to have this amazing amount of faith to win us over and make her our own! The kids absolutely loved this cat! What a great change! We actually had a cats affection and she wanted to hang around us!
We put an add in a few garage sale sites in our area to see if Tulip belonged to a family already. I even stuck a note on her collar. We never heard from anyone. So we pretty much decided we were going to keep Tulip. So guess who decided to show back up? Yep, one day I heard a whine that sounded vaguely familiar. I looked out the window facing the cornfield and see a wee little face peeking through! It was Lucy! Thank God my Lucy was finally home! We were all so excited to see her! But what about the new cat we just about entered into our collection of pets? The kids were a bit disappointed now. The two cats didn’t get along. I should say Lucy couldn’t get along! And now we got this great experience of having an affectionate cat!
Now please remember, I am from the suburbs near Chicago. So if this cat of ours was going to come back in the house and lay on my bed etc., she was going to need a bath! So we gave her a bath, got her nice and clean. Now we need to figure out what we are going to do about these cats!
We decided to take care of both cats. Since Lucy was our cat, after all, she would come back in the house and stay. Tulip would be well taken care of outside. She seemed to survive alright outside as a farm cat. There were farm buildings she seemed to somehow get into if she needed to get away from the cold and wind. We would take Tulip to the vet and make sure she would be healthy and safe to be around! We didn’t pick her up or get too close because we didn’t know if she had something we could catch. So I was anxiously awaiting to be able to cuddle with this cat!
A week before or so we took Tulip to the vet, a neighbor of mine who I hadn’t met yet came over. We talked about how we were homesteading, her horses, flowers and etc. Then Tulip comes out and we introduce her to our neighbor who was visiting. She commented how nice it was. Then I can’t remember if I asked her to check Tulip’s private area or if she just said it. But she said it was a Tom Cat!! A male cat!
Oh man! We call this poor cat a girl’s name! Now, what do we do? The cat actually comes to his girl name! What do I tell the vet that his name is? I was feeling pretty stupid! After going through some alterations to fix his name. We finally came up with Tu. I know it kinda sounds weird! But it has character! Right? I felt a little better after his vet check, the vet said he was neutered. So not too weird that I couldn’t tell!
As of today both cats are now outside barn cats. And both Tu and Lucy have adjusted themselves around each other. We had some more behavioral issues with Lucy and no one wanted a mean cat in their houses. She comes twice a day to my door and eats her food. She too sneaks into the farm buildings or our greenhouse. She has actually become a tad nicer and is a great mouser. Tu is a great cat! This past fall we had a huge scare! He was peeing blood! We took him to the vet and found out he had crystals blocking near his urinary tract. It was so scary! We thought we were going to have to put him down. Thankfully, we tried this food that is supposed to help. It has been an answer to prayer. Since we started the food there has been no more frequent urination and no blood. Praise God!
Tu hangs around when we are doing chores outside, comes to greet us when we come home, hangs on our window screen if he wants our attention,gets along with the chickens, ducks, and dogs! And he is good with the kids! He is also a great mouser. Its pretty funny when I am gardening and he jumps on my back and just lays there on my back! He sneaks into the house a lot and tends to make himself comfy! I’m telling you must be that faith!
I hope you enjoyed this two part story blog of The Tale of the Two Tales! Its always an adventure here on the homestead!