Something smells fishy,
Mum was feeding poddy calves and the smell of the milk was in the air.
One day a cat turned up and because there was always a little milk left in the bottom of the packet we put the milk in a dish for the cat to drink. When we put the milk in the dish we would called "Puss, Puss".
We called the cat Puss, Puss because we didn’t know if it was male or female.
I was the first get near Puss, Puss and he was a tabby cat. I was the only one in the family that could get near him, he was a wild cat but my friend. He would be gone for months then he would come back for a feed, sometime he would have an injury.
The last night that I saw him there was a black cat with him eating from his dish, I went outside but the black cat ran down the path so all that I could see was two eyes.
About 2 years later a black cat turned up with two kittens and I started feeding them, I am not going to not feed them if they need a feed.
One of the kittens disappeared, it was like a tiger – black with orange stripes. The black would only come if I called Puss Puss so her name became Puss Puss.
She had two more litters while she here. The first litter there was Shadow and Tabby. The second there was Sooty.
Shadow broke the tip of his tale so I renamed him Kinks, Tabby is a tabby coloured with a white belly but I wanted cat called Missy and I didn’t think Puss Puss would have another litter so she became Missy. Then Sooty came and he is just Sooty. At first Salem was Little One, but when he got bigger than his mum, he became Salem.
Sooty was only a few weeks when Puss Puss let me play with and get to know him, she snarled at me once. To me that is a lot of trust, when the other kittens before Sooty did not come to the house till about a month old.
Now Sooty follows me around nearly everywhere I go on the farm, down to the goat pen, when I’m feeding calves, feeding the dogs, he’s there. He has followed Dad up to the top pig shed.
Sadly, I have not seen Puss Puss and Salem for a while.
Puss Puss, Salem, Kinks and Missy will only let me and a few others pat them. Sooty loves everyone, especially Dad.
So they are really my cats.