There is a small population of feral cats at our apartment complex. You can see them out and about but they tend to stay away from people. We noticed a kitten and due to it being so young, we got her to be comfortable around us by enticing her with food. Food is always the way to a pet’s heart, right? All of the cats look relatively healthy, so we’re probably not the only people feeding them, but I am glad I can help out in some way.
The kitten is black and white and just about the cutest cat we’ve seen (aside from our own cats of course!) and her mom is orange and white. We’re not sure if it is a biological mom since they look nothing alike. It may just be a foster mom. The mom is more skittish towards people, so for the first month or so, she just hung out in the background and kept a watchful eye on us. But eventually she realized that she was missing out on the food, so now she comes closer. We are able to pet the kitten, but not the mom yet, but at least she is getting some food now.
We kept calling them momma and baby so eventually we decided to give them names. Derek came up with both names. I said that I wanted to do something to do with a cow since the kitten was black and white, so he suggested Clarabelle, the Disney character that is a cow. I also suggested something to play off of momma’s orange color and Derek said Cheddar. I didn’t like it at first but it stuck eventually. So Clarabelle and Cheddar it is.
The only problem with feeding the two of them is that other cats have taken notice and boom, you have the crazy cat lady starter package. At least we don’t feed them every day. The cats hang out in a different part of the complex, by the front office, so they will only follow us back to our apartment if they happen to see us when we’re going to get the mail. At least it has not become an every day thing, yet.
Another good thing about feeding the cats is that our cats like looking at them out the window. Well, at least 2/3 of our cats enjoy it. Sabrina and Ginny seemed intrigued, but Chessie just hisses. Oh well.