Our Very Own Love Story...
Hi! I'm Gay Rees, founder of NNCLT, and I have a little story to tell you - It is a Love Story with a very happy ending, so here it is:-
In April of 2011 I recieved a letter from a lady who was feeding a stray cat. He had obviously been a pet, because he had been neutered, but he was very thin and she couldn't get near him, but her husband made him a little shelter in the garden and he came very day for his food, but couldn't come into the house because they had two cats who wouldn't accept him. All enquieries failed to find anyone who knew him or his home.
This state of affairs continuted for about two years. Every day "Tabby" would come for his food and eat it straight away. But suddenly, things changed. Tabby continued to come, but he no longer ate his food straight away but sat looking at it. However, about an hour later, the dish was licked clean, so they decided to hide and keep watch. Once they had dissapeared into the house, a little, very thin black cat came to the dish. She and Tabby touched noses, and then she began to eat ravenously. He waited until she had finished and only then did he eat what she had left. They went off together.
Although the little, black cat was so nervous when people around, she finally summoned up enough courgae to eat while they were there, but you could not touch her, although Tabby enjoyed being stroked. She was known as "Mrs T".
Time passed and one day she arrived with two kittens. Tabby immediately accepted them and the little family stayed together. Mrs T was then trapped and spayed, the kittens were neutered too, and went to live in a neighbours stables, but they wouldn't take mum.
When the couple wrote to me they were no longer able to keep the two cats, and needed someone to take them in. I couldn't think of how we could do this as they really needed a safe place with a shelter where eventually they could go out if they wished.
Then I had an idea. Some years ago I rescued two birds - a magpie and a jackdaw, and had a big double aviary built where they had lived until they died, aged 13 and 14. So I had it converted to a place for Tabby (now Toby) and Mrs T. When completed, the couple tapped Toby easily and we moived him in, but Mrs T took several weeks to trap. However, we finally recieved her and they were reunited. They were delighted to see each other and are now happily settled into their new abode.
If you come and visit us at any of our events, you can see our little lovers. Toby is about twelve and Mrs T is about seven. They are together always.
A HAPPY ENDING...
~ Gay Rees