Monday, August 10, 2015

Rory, as in Rorschach

Rory is a kitten of mystery and intrigue. So who is this tabby girl who moved in so quickly after Wilson's disappearance? Where did she come from?  I thought you might like to know :)

Rory's story begins before I lost Wilson. Boyfriend's mom is a cat lady and feeds a dozen or so feral cats at her house in the city. Back in May we noticed a young and very pregnant tabby start hanging around. Any then one day, she wasn't pregnant anymore, uh-oh!

Mama cat resentful but settled now that she has her babies back (there are 4 although you can only see 3)
As most of you in the US have probably heard, Texas had unseasonal, monsoon-like rains this spring and mama-cat chose to have her kittens under some bushes with precious little protection from the elements. Also, she was on the neighbor's property, and we weren't how friendly he feels toward the cat colony next door.

So.  I asked around and my boss at the hospital said she would take mama-cat and her kittens (until we trapped them we didn't know how many there were) for barn cats at her place in the country. When they were 6 days old boyfriend and I trapped mama-cat, gathered up her 4 little fuzz balls and loaded them into the back of my car.   This was the day Wilson went missing, but I didn't know that yet.

As soon as we knew Wilson was missing I knew I wanted to get one of those babies.  I waited 5 long weeks, visiting a few times to play with the kittens, until they were 6 weeks old.  Rory is the prettiest of the litter hands down, but I was a little worried about her being timid and skiddish.

Well, I needn't have worried! Even since she got settled in she has been the queen of the household.

She is definitely a mama's girls; she's a people cat. She hates to be left alone and will meow pitifully if we close her in a room. She sleeps under the covers on the bed at night and she thinks I hung the moon. 

It's good medicine for me when I'm missing my Wilson. 

Yesterday Rory turned 10 weeks old. We are in the midst of potty training ;)  If it works I'll be sure to let you know!

PS- Mama-cat and Rory's 3 siblings are doing great.  They have gone from "barn cats" to inside/outside garage cats with a cat door and everything.  The kittens don't know the meaning of hunger and mama-cat is warming up to people. She thinks the whole food and shelter thing is pretty swell.


  1. What a great story and Rory is so cute. Love that photo at the beginning of the post.

  2. What a cutie Rory is! Cats definitely have unique and funny personalities. I hope Wilson finds his way back home, any idea what may have happened? We have an older inside de-clawed cat and my greatest fear is him sneaking outside.

  3. What a wonderful kitten! All mine have come to me in various ways; never paid for one. She should understand the litter box pretty quickly. It is in their nature to bury their waste. She's so tiny, you'll want to make sure she can get in and out of the box with no problem. I use the tidy cat red cap litter, it clots and is relatively dust free. Enjoy your new baby.

    PS Hope your senior kitty comes home. I'm having mine micro-chipped at her next vet appointment (vaccination update due). KAT

  4. Heartwarming story!
    I'm sorry for Wilson!

  5. What a cutie! And the piles of pretty fabric in the fifth picture are nice too! ;)