Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

Asbolane and Dot

Mowing down on the kibble. This is their second helping. Now, if these two don’t just ooze cuteness, I don’t know what does. When they move, it’s as if they are synchronized. Here they have assumed the same pose, their heads diving into the dish in unison as if the aerobics leader is calling the moves: Jaws wide! two, three.  Scoop food! two, three. Chew once! two, three. Swallow and Repeat!

Two nights ago I was on the sofa, minding my own business when I heard Oscar fussing at the window. I looked up and yelped, “Oh. My. God.”

Two wee black kitties sat at the base of the birch tree, just outside the window.  Reiner sprang into action, and took out a plate of food. The babes scattered, but once he came back indoors, they plowed into the dish and polished it off, instantly. Ditto the second helping of wet food. And the third bowl of kibble. They were also very thirsty.

The following morning, they were back at the base of the birch tree, and again in the late afternoon, when we managed to snap the above photo from behind the window.

We have named, them of course. One is Asbolane – so named for the jet black mineral that Reiner recently found. I pronounce it with a Southern drawl, like a Looney Tunes Southern Colonel would call his hound, “Oh, Belvedere! Come here, boy!”

They both have small white patches on their breast, Dot’s is smaller than Asbolane’s.

We don’t know their sex, their age, their provenance, though there was a lanky black adult hanging about earlier in the spring. If it was the mother, then these guys are maybe three/four months old. After their evening meal last night, I had to giggle at the little pot bellies on otherwise skinny frames. Of course they will have worms or other parasites from eating whatever mice they managed to snare. Or drinking from the puddles and the vernal pond.

If they survive the assorted hazards that come with living in the Northern Ontario, in the fall, Reiner plans on creating a den for them in the abandoned shed. They will have a very cushy place, trust me. He’s talking raised bunk, heat lamp, room service.

I am fully aware of the objections to encouraging the kittens to stay, especially if either one, or both for that matter, are female. The last thing we need is a swarm of feral cats running about. But the alternative, trapping and euthanizing them is not an option either. At least not for the moment.

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  1. So cute! Perhaps they will get used to you and you can have them neutered.

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  2. You could have them neutered. One of my babies came from a rescue that finds feral cats, takes them to the Vet to have them checked out, gives them shots, gets them neutered and finds homes for the ones that aren’t totally feral yet. The feral ones are allowed to once again roam free once they are healthy and neutered or spayed. Euthanizing healthy animals is just not a solution.

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  3. Little black kitties!

    Hopefully, your two new ferals will stick around long enough to get the pampered treatment…because right now, they’re adorable.

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  4. Enjoyed your share today. We have some ‘catch and release’ type sterilization programs locally for feral cats. My daughter lived in a town where she volunteered for these neutering roundups. Pretty cool really – no charge for the procedure. We get so attached to these little furry friends – they are a joy! Please post some pics of their kitty condos this winter!

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  5. They’re gorgeous. I predict they’ll end up inside, on velvet cushions, running the house.

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  6. I agree with Ellen. No matter how cushy the shed might be, a comfortable chair and a warm fire, a dog to bully, and two servant humans is the life any cat deserves…. Good luck to all.

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  7. They may be young enough to de-feralize handily. (I suppose a baked product would be even handier, but SOMEone just said, “Welcome to Cobalt!”)

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  8. I’ve always heard that telling the sex is pretty easy: look at the backside. If it looks like a colon, it’s a boy, a semicolon, it’s a girl. They’re adorable.

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  9. Food is a HUGE motivator. Those 2 little bundles of cuteness will be back every day.
    I think you’re going to have to eventually come to terms with the fact that your family is growing 🙂

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    • I’m slowly getting used to the idea that the cat population has doubled in one fell swoop.

      That, and that I need to watch my step outdoors. I came across a half-eaten frog on the walkway. At least that was what Reiner figured it was. Looked unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. urp


  10. Good luck with these cuties. When Reiner gets the den ready, let me know. I’ve stayed in hotels that didn’t sound that nice 😉

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  11. A proper cat lady in the making ??? Good luck.

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  12. They’re gorgeous. If I didn’t have allergies, they would be hard for me to resist taking in, feral or not.

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  13. You are good people, that you are 🙂


  14. Oh, Maggie–Put food in your doorway and keep the door open. Reiner–I’ll be darn! Look what followed me home! They are precious….but then I am partial to adorable black cats.

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  15. They are cute! I hope it all works out!

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  16. I can see Scarlet O’Hara say, “Why, Asbolane, you and Miss Dot theah, must earn yo keep if you wish to remain at Tara.”

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  17. So cute! I’m glad you have these new neighbors 🙂

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  18. Back up a year and that was our experience with Tux and Twiggy. Tux, a really sweet gentleman, sadly disappeared. But not Twiggy and she added Skunk, Runt, Lady and Kirby to the mix and she is pregnant again. We wanted to get her fixed but didn’t move fast enough.

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  19. I think you’re doing the best you can with those cats. Even if you took them to an animal shelter, it’s hard to find homes for feral cats. If at all possible, it’s best to get them “fixed” but I know that is very hard. For now, thanks for providing water, food and shelter!

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