Sunday, October 6, 2013

"Um, Mom..there's a snake in the kitchen"

Remember Mama Kitty? The rather shy, but beautiful ace-nurser of four kittens?

We returned her to the shelter two weeks ago. Her kittens had gone back last month (and all found homes right away), but we kept her a bit longer so that her milk could dry up before she was altered and adopted out.

Unfortunately, she has not found a home yet. She has been on the floor for a couple of weeks, but  it's not an environment she's well-suited for.

We went to visit her yesterday, to give her some hugs and love. We took her out of her cage and brought her into one of the small visiting rooms. She spent the first several minutes hiding under whatever she could find. Anna, who always seemed to have a way of calming her down, worked to coax her out.










If you know of anyone in the Kansas City area who is looking for a furry companion, please let them know about Mama Kitty (aka Cybil). She loves children and other cats. She is trained to come at the sound of a clicker (but will expect a treat once she gets there!). She will take some time to get used to a new home, but I think that someone with patience will be rewarded with an affectionate and sweet friend. She's available at Wayside Waifs.

Of course, while we were there, we made a few new friends.











When we arrived home, we opened up the house to enjoy the first cool day of fall weather we've had this year. It was glorious. However, it soon became clear that our own four-legged children were made a bit insecure by our morning of visiting other kitties.

Lulu decided to restore her place in our hearts by venturing outside and procuring a gift for us.



Ah, thanks luv, but you shouldn't have.


She must have noticed that we seemed underwhelmed by her generosity, but this didn't deter her.She simply decided to up the ante.

Ten minutes later, she came back with this.








I was sitting in the living room, posting the grasshopper picture to Facebook (ha ha, look what my cat brought in!), when my son calmly informed me that there was a snake on the floor.

I turned around to take a look, jumped to my feet, waved my arms frantically in the air and let loose a long stream of (child appropriate) profanities.

When I determined that none of those things were going to get the snake out of my house, I devised an evacuation plan utilizing a plastic tub and a stick. This was followed by more drama on Facebook and the cats being placed on lockdown for the rest of the day.

After the fact, I was rather impressed with my quick and (relatively) calm disposal of the animal. After all, I've dealt with worse snakes.

The cats walked calmly upstairs to take a nap and, I may be making this up, but I'm pretty sure they high-five each other as they left the room.

It just occurred to me that it is perhaps unwise to include the snake story in the same post in which I'm petitioning readers to open up their home to a cat. Then again, with pet ownership, unlike parenting and dental extractions, you should probably know beforehand what you're getting yourself into. 

Before you leave this post you may want to scroll back up to the kitten picture and hope that that is indeed the image that stays in your mind after you close the page.







18 comments:

  1. Oh I am soooo grateful we don't have any snakes in New Zealand. I'm phobic about snakes

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    1. I had forgotten you have no snakes there. What a contrast to your nearest neighbor to the west!

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  2. LOL ~ in my years of owning cats and allowing them to come and go during the day as they pleased, I have dealt with snakes, lizards, squirrels, birds, and baby possums. Not all of them were alive when I found them ... and at the same time, not all were dead. Getting a live squirrel off the top of the curtain rod while my dog loudly insisted that he could get it was the challenge. Waking up at 2a to realize that there was a baby possum in the closet amongst my shoes was another challenge. I'm grateful that my neighbors were not awake when I snuck out in my pj's to release it in the woods across the street (and that they did not hear my lecture along the way about the dangers of crossing the street alone).

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    1. I have grasshoppers, lizards and two snakes. No rodents or birds (yet). I would have loved to have seen you trying to catch that squirrel.

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    2. Heavy duty gloves are a must, and a towel to toss over it. Even with thick leather gloves (they had been my father's sheepskin lined work gloves) I could still feel its bite when I grabbed it. Trooper (my dog) worked as my tag team ... he distracted it while I snuck up from behind to cover it with the towel. I had quite the audience that day ... all four cats were sitting in a semi circle around the curtain, Trooper was barking and trying to jump up to get it, and Tink (my pug) was doing a woowoo noise to encourage me.

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  3. Uh. Snakes and pets. We have 3 pet pythons (well my husband has them..) But I must say I had a very similar reaction to seeing my dogs play/ fighting with a (non-python that much I could see) on our patio. Screams got them off it and the play had actually mostly killed it, but yep, turned out to be VERY poisonous small eyed snake...so stressful. Not sure if I am thankful for the kill or would rather not even know they're out in our garden at night :/

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    1. You know, if this had happened to me in Australia, my reaction would have been very different. Most of our snakes here are pretty harmless. And pet pythons?! I would not sleep well in the same house as them.

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  4. Cats, man, I tell you, they could rule the world if they had thumbs.

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  5. So glad that even grass snakes are a rarity in the UK. When my kitties drag a stag into the house then the problems will start.

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    1. That could prove a little more difficult to get into a plastic tub.

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  6. I think I may have just pooped my pants. I seriously am petrified of snakes. Going back up to look at the pretty kitten now :) xx

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    1. Yes, cute little furry kitty. Look at the kitty. He wants to give you kisses.

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  7. Our cats have been indoor ones since we left Australia so I had forgotten about all the little presents they used to bring us from outside. We had one cat that specialized in dead birds and would de-feather them in the lounge room. Ghastly.

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    1. They are so cute and cuddly, it's easy to forget they are ruthless killing machines.

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  8. I'm thinking I would almost prefer a harmless snake (not the dugite that found it's own way into our house with no cats involved!!) than the numerous dead mice we have had left over the years, along with the odd bird. Funniest thing was when one cat bought in a live mouse and we all ran around trying to catch it so we could take it outside. I can so see your cats high fiveing as they left the room, that is such a cat thing to do. Loving your 2 new foster kittens to death as well. xxxx

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