Some of you who visited last fall will remember Frannie, our tortoise-shell cat who was just a kitten at the time. She made some good friends during the pumpkin season, so I wanted to share some current photos and tell a little about how Frannie came to be part of our family.
Just before bedtime on the Friday before Labor Day, I heard loud, urgent meowing outside the front door. I knew it wasn't one of our two adult cats, and when I went outside I was absolutely shocked to see it was a tiny kitten making all that noise. If you've been here before, you know that we have a long driveway and no close neighbors -- how did this little thing find her way here? I picked her up and she immediately began purring so hard she was vibrating. She never stopped meowing, the loudest I've ever heard from a kitten. Terry and I looked at each other and said, "This is the kind of thing that doesn't go away. We have a new cat." Other strays have visited over the years, but no one so tiny and helpless. This kitten needed us, and we were just the suckers to help her.
After feeding her (have you ever heard a kitten try to meow at full volume while eating or drinking milk?) we took her to the shed outside for the night. We needed sleep, and it wouldn't happen with her in the house! In the morning she was just as loud and needy, but as the day wore on and we went about our tasks, she found a pile of hardwood flooring in the garage, climbed to the top and seemed to settle in. This would continue to be her "safe place" for the next few weeks while she became more brave and comfortable in her new home.
It only took a couple of days before we were completely in love with Frannie. Its still a mystery where she came from. Thankfully, the meowing stopped and she has become a really sweet girl. If you visited during pumpkin season you may have seen her lounging in the middle of a display table in the gift shop, or darting through the sumac bushes just out of the reach of little fingers. She has now become good friends with our adult cats, especially Willy who is happy to have a new sparring partner. She is fearless, completely spoiled, and a big part of the family. Sometimes you just don't know you're missing something until it shows up meowing at your door!