Sunday, 20 June 2010

Soup..Er ... Meat Kitchen

I didn't notice her straight away.  Then, the kitchen light, shining out into the darkness revealed her eyes.  She was so thin and tiny, almost skeletal.  She came towards me, limping...

It's our mission to fatten her up.  Her name is 'Rognons', 'cos her first meal was Steak and Kidney pie and she wolfed it down with great abandon.  She is a nocturnal tabby.  There is no sight of her during the day, and then, at night, with the clashing of pots and pans, and the ritual door-opening to let cool night air into the hot kitchen, she appears, waiting, wanting ... with faint meows...

Two nights ago, a pure black cat showed up, too.  Rognons, although much smaller, growled at the newcomer, as she lapped up her evening milk.  The larger black cat now waits until Rognons is finished before she approaches the bowls.  The Machinist informed me earlier this evening that yet another cat; - a black with white patches feline attempted to claim Rognons' position as the Head Daily Pie cat. He continued on that he showed the other cat some 'Oliver Number 7' boot (he'd never do it.  He just hates injustice).

I remember smiling with admiration at a local farmer - all of 84 years of age - who feeds the local ferral brigade.  The cats don't remain ferral and a nuisance for long, though.  They become tame.  He names them and they become his.  The dairy cows on his farm provide a bottomless dish full of lactose nourishment.

Perhaps we've started a trend akin to our local farmer.  Maybe the feline community do their rounds.  Meaty dinners, followed by warm milk in two of their favourite locations.  Maybe, then, Rognons will become ours.

Smile....

5 comments:

English Rider said...

The only greater good you can aspire to is to spay and neuter. Keep up the good work.

Ken Devine said...

We had a frequent visitor that we nicknamed 'fatcat' because that's what he soon became...so much so that he wasn't able to move fast enough to avoid the speeding cars en-route to his next stop. We miss him loads.
It's a really good thing you are doing.

Vera said...

I would think your visitors also lighten early morning fogginess as well. Hope your pie emporium is doing well, and hope your energies are running high.

Sue said...

Such a lovely story! Are you certain these feline freeloaders are all feral? LOL - recently, 'Intruder Kitty' has made appearances in my kitchen, solving the "why am I buying so much cat food?" question. Intruder Kitty looks quite well-fed (perhaps coz he's been nicking MY cats' food for ages???) He's very timid though. The downside to his visits is that he has turned MY cats into 'Territorial Kitty' types. SOMEONE is now marking the territory. Eeeewwwww, stinky!!!

Phil Lowe said...

fab post and I hope that you continue posting and keeping us 'readers' up with your news.