Employee Starts Feeding Stray Cat That Hangs Around the Shop, Then Her Kittens Pop Up

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I started seeing Calley around the welding shop where I work back in July. She pretty much ignored me. She would catch mice in the scrap pile and carry them to her home, across the alley and under a shed. I decided she looked too skinny, so I started leaving food and fresh water in the scrap pile.


After only a couple days of feeding her, she would be there everyday to greet me when I got to work. She let me pet her, and I could feel all of her little bones. She was starving. So of course I heaped her food dish and started giving her canned food, too.


After a couple weeks of feeding her, she brought her kittens out. (I had no idea she was nursing kittens) I decided to do the TNR (trap, neuter, release) thing with her. When I saw that the kittens were eating solid food, I made an appointment and got her fixed and shots, and then I brought her back to her kittens and let her go.


A couple of weeks after that, she and the kittens disappeared. It drove me crazy wondering and worrying about her. She came back after five days, but I didn’t see the kittens. I brought her to the vet to make sure she didn’t have any fleas, worms, mites, or ticks, and then I took her home.

A week or so after I brought Calley home, the kittens came back and took up residence in the scrap pile. I continued to feed them until the city animal control showed up. I don’t know who called them, but it was for the best. I live trapped them, and they were taken to a no-kill shelter that has a barn cat program. They were wild and wouldn’t let anyone touch them. It was their best option.

Calley, or Cal O Mal as I call her, is my sweet baby. She’s living life like a pampered princess should. I already had two cats and I wasn’t looking for a third, but she stole my heart.


Story submitted by an anonymous user from Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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