It’s me. I’m the friendly neighborhood cat lady.
I can’t have pets where I am, which I am fine with. I have a family dog back home. And recently, I have been adopted by some cats.
I would see them hanging around, a Siamese, a skinny orange tabby, a grey and cream larger cat and a rough-looking larger orange one. The latter likes to hang out on my deck and scurry away the second I come home.
I like animals as much as the next person, but I tend to prefer dogs to cats.
I just lost some readers for that one, didn’t I?
I have this uncanny ability to get any dog to like me. Skittish or mean, they all like me in the end. But cats and I haven’t historically gotten along.
I met the Siamese-looking one first. I named her Goose. Don’t ask why, just go with it. She would hang around and greet me occasionally and I would let her sit on me on the porch, but she wasn’t afraid to go off and do her own thing.
Then Maverick came along. This skinny little orange dude was afraid at first, but when he warmed up to me, he became my shadow.
First, he would hang out on my porch for stretches of time. Now, whenever I come out to leave for work when I come home at night, he comes bounding out of who knows where at lightning speed.
Despite their movie-inspired names, these two don’t always get along. They get into spats over me if I start petting one and the other doesn’t approve.
I decided I needed to make friends with the grey one so I could collect them all, and that finally happened the other night. I came home from grocery shopping to a cat on my doorstep. Nothing new, Maverick does this all the time.
But this one ran a bit. I got him to come back and, after some convincing, we became friends. But then he didn’t leave for another hour or so. Just sat outside my door and stared with his big ol’ eyes.
Three cats have now deemed me the cat lady of my neck of the wood. Great.
I’d like to note that I don’t feed these guys at all. Not a speck of food. I just give them some attention every once in a while and hope they help keep the mice away.