New Kitty!

Seven days ago I received a frantic note from Julie, who visited the Cross House last year. She was visiting her elderly parents at the family farm when something unexpected arrived: A cat, which Julie suspected was dumped in the area.

As Julie wrote: She showed up 2 days ago way up high in the tree next to the house and there were chunks of cat hair all over the deck.  She looked very helpless up there but soon she came down when we called her.  She stayed a few hours then disappeared so we thought she was from a nearby farm.  However, she returned the next morning and hasn’t left.  She is very friendly and even likes my Yorkie! She is not friendly with the dog from the next farm because she runs and hides in the tree when it comes around.  We feel like if she was from close by she would have gone home for food. 

Julie contacted several animal shelters but all declined to take in another cat as they were already overloaded. Thus, Julie contacted me. “Do you know anybody who can help?”

I responded that I did not.

Julie could not take the cat back to Dallas as her husband would, ah, react poorly. And her parents were not in a position to take in a young cat. So, she wrote that she would just have to leave it to the fates that the cat would find a safe place on its own.

And then…she sent me a picture. And the cat’s fate was sealed, for…


…with one look at the image, I knew that the cat would come and live at Ross Land.


The next day New Kitty arrived at my house. Oh! She was still a baby! And very friendly so obviously not feral.

Kitty was put into the bathroom, along with food and water, and a litter box. Did she know what a litter box was? The BIG test!

She settled in right away, curled up on a towel on a shelf. Whenever I would enter the room, she would hiss but stop instantly realizing that it was the friendly bi-pedal upright with no fur atop his head. I would pet her and she would eagerly accept the attention with purrs and outstretched, curled paws.

By the next morning it was obvious that New KItty did know what a litter box was, confirming that she was not feral. What had happened in her short life that she would be found up a tree on a lonely farm?

That afternoon, after returning from the Cross House, I left the bathroom door open. Would she explore? And how would Spot and Gray, my two indoor beasts, react to this intruder?

Well, only one way to find out.

About an hour later, as I worked at my desk, I heard un unfamiliar meow, and looked over. Tucked almost out of sight behind my work table was a small furry head. I called out: “Kitty! Here kitty!”

And the small furry head came right to me.

It amazed me that she would so quickly decide to explore. I am more used to new cats hiding under the bed for a week.

In the days which followed, New Kitty met Spot and Gray. Spot was curious and cautious. She came right up to New Kitty and sniffed and sniffed, then backed way slightly. New Kitty did not seem afraid and nor was she aggressive.

Meeting Gray proved otherwise. Gray was not happy! She hissed and hissed and all her hair stood straight out. New Kitty just stood, looking at this sound and fury, and it was clear that she realized it signified nothing. I swear she shrugged her shoulders, wholly nonplussed.

More days passed and Spot continued to be cautious. Gray continued hissing but each day brought about a reduction in decibel levels. GRRRRRRRRR was reduced to Grrrrrrrrrrr and then Grrr. New Kitty has remained unplussed, just rolling on her back and stretching out one paw. This scares Gray, who backs off. I smile.

Several times I have scolded Gray for this lapse of good manners, reminding her that just last fall SHE was the new girl in town. But I am uncertain if Gray understands the wisdom of my words.

New Kitty is a curious combination of skittish and a loving muffin. She is easily startled. When she is walking around the house, and I approach, she runs away. But when I am at my desk, she delights in hopping atop the desk, throwing herself against my upper chest, rolling over, and purring with vivacity. She will spend an hour nestled in my arm, alternating between playing with my fingers and chewing my shirt buttons, and sleep.

It is not easy getting any work done during these encounters. But it sure is cute.

Soon, New Kitty will need to go to the vet. I suspect she is old enough to be fixed, and otherwise checked out. Julie offered to reimburse this expense, and I greatly appreciate the consideration.

At some point I will let New Kitty out into the fenced back yard, and wonder what her reaction will be to the many other furry creatures.

And not for the first time do I wonder about my sanity.


Cute mode.


Chewing fingers mode.


Pondering her good luck mode.


Sleep mode.





  1. Karen Spencer on July 1, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Congratulations Ross! You have a big, kind heart. She’s a pretty calico girl. What fun having the kitties roaming across House. They are always beautiful and entertaining. Enjoy!

  2. Karen Spencer on July 1, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Whoops that was supposed to be Cross House but I am sure they will cavort across house too!

  3. Cindy A. on July 1, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Your a good man Ross,and she’s one lucky cat!

  4. PK on July 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    I’m so happy NEW KITTY found the right home with you!
    She is beautiful!!!

  5. Mary Garner-Mitchell on July 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm


  6. Sandra Lee on July 1, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Gosh new kitty sure is cute!

  7. Julie C. on July 1, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    I am so relieved and thankful for your big, kind heart!
    My mom (who is 85) was so happy that I was taking her someplace she would be safe. She said when I was leaving that she just couldn’t stand it if she had to leave her there to fend for herself. It was obvious she was not a normal farm cat bc she just wanted to be with us all the time. We discovered very soon that she is a smart one, but with the owls, coyotes, etc. I hate to think what she would be up against. In the Dallas area we have lots of resources for pets in need. In the country cats are expected to fend for themselves. I also worried that she would not have nice indoor manners so I’m very glad that she is fitting in! Hopefully she and Gray will be best buds soon. I’ll be back in October so hopefully I can visit her then. Your pictures with her warm my heart – she has come a long way this week from crying up in the tree. Thank you again Ross!

  8. Annette on July 1, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Oh how sweet she is. I’m sure Grey will get over her issues, maybe! It is your absolute insanity Ross that makes us love you. New Kitty has found her forever home!

  9. Hilliary Hoggarth on July 2, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    OMG Ross there is a special place for you in heaven! Bless your darling heart!

  10. Sandy Fisher on July 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I am Julie’s sister and so proud of the care and compassion she showed this furry, young kitty that most would, and obviously did, just cast aside. The tenacity she showed to assure the kitty was safe and sound was admirable. From the time Kitty appeared in my mom’s tree until she was placed safely in the care of Ross, Julie never stopped thinking of her. When one idea didn’t work out, she kept thinking until she came up with another possibility. Often I have wondered where Kitty was before we met her. What was her prior life like that led her to the farm? Then I realized the only story that matters is the one that lies ahead, and I am confident she will have her happy ending thanks to Julie’s persistence and Ross’s kind heart.

    I’m so appreciative for both!!

    Please continue to share her heartwarming story with us.

    Sandy F.

    • Julie C. on July 11, 2018 at 9:32 am

      My sister is being very kind and I am also very appreciative of her for all she does for our parents. I find owners for cats or pups whenever they are romping around our neighborhood unaccompanied. My escape artist Yorkie has been returned to me more times than I can count! So I look at it as good Kharma 🙂
      That being said, Ross has so much good Kharma stored up it should make his future very wonderful! He is saving the cats, house, theater, etc. etc. and entertaining all of us in the process!
      Does New Kitty have a name yet?

      • Laurie L Weber on February 1, 2021 at 6:48 am

        You are an angel in disguise! It’s true – cats are like potato chips – can’t have just one. I’ve lost count of the number of feral cats that have used my garage for shelter and food. Breaks my heart. Bless you.

    • Laurie L Weber on February 1, 2021 at 6:45 am

      I just came across this. Everyone involved are angels in disguise, and you are a wonderful sis.

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