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Cats in My Life: Meet Pumpkin

Pumpkin was part of my life for about ten years. She was one of three who lived with our previous tenant who lived in the mobile home across the driveway from us on our property. Each was unique, and each was kind enough to be sociable with us from time to time. Pumpkin was the one I was most attached to. She is one of the sweetest cats I've ever known. Her temperament was calm and she was friendly. That's her on the chair outside our door. It's a favorite place for visiting neighbor cats to hang out, as you will see later. We have cleaned up the porch since this photo was taken.

Pumpkin is a great hunter. She was very helpful in keeping the gopher population down. Below is one of a sequence of photos I took of her eating a gopher. You can see its little feet and another part of it to the left of her. It's red. Yes, it's gross, but cats are carnivorous and God made them to keep vermin down. Pumpkin was very good at that.

I took the photo.

The time came when our tenant needed to move on, but she couldn't have the cats where she was going. I said we'd care for them as long as necessary. So we began to feed them. Quite naturally, they missed our tenant. They still spent a lot of the day hanging out at their old home. You can see that Pumpkin isn't exactly happy in this last photo. This is the side of the mobile home that doesn't face us. We were still in the process of making repairs and fixing it up for the next tenant. Pumpkin is lying on top of the air conditioning unit by the front porch rail. The window behind is reflecting the yard behind.

I took the photo.

I miss Pumpkin. Our tenant sent her friend to pick up the cats when our new tenants, who had four cats and a dog of their own moved in. She was afraid the cats would not mix. I hope Pumpkin is OK. I hope her owner finally found a place where she could have her pets back again. Pumpkin will always have a special place in my heart.

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MegL wrote on August 2, 2014, 3:49 AM

Your cat looks EXACTLY like ours! Lovely photographs. Looks like a great place for cats to enjoy.

bestwriter wrote on August 2, 2014, 3:55 AM

I can understand what it must be to live without your loved one. Pets come under that category.

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 4:16 AM

Our tenant had another cat that looks almost like Pumpkin. I believe they are mother and daughter, but they were totally different in personality. We'll meet Niki another day.

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 4:17 AM

She wasn't exactly our pet. She was more like a favorite neighbor, and then a foster kitty for a few weeks.

JanetJenson wrote on August 2, 2014, 4:19 AM

Pumpkin is a lovely cat. The coloring is beautiful and one can tell from your photos that she has a sweet temperament. BTW, congratulate me as I was able finally to figure out how to do multiple photos in a post here. You inspired me.

bestwriter wrote on August 2, 2014, 4:24 AM

You say that you were attached and so I suppose I could safely put her in the 'loved one' category :). I have a fellow coming every single day to our house. I feed him well. But I do not want to adopt him as I am not sure if he belongs to any one. I love him.

inertia4 wrote on August 2, 2014, 8:44 AM

BarbRad I love cats, but unfortunately I al allergic to them. My son loves cats as well. He had one that recently died. That upset him something terrible. And I know the feeling of losing a pet. I have lost a few in my life. That cat is beautiful and I do hope Pumpkin found a good home.

Scorpie wrote on August 2, 2014, 11:01 AM

Nice cat. Thanks for sharing!

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 1:16 PM

Yes. That's it. I felt like a foster parent who gets attached and then has to send the child away to an uncertain future with the parent.

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 1:18 PM

I"ll be getting there soon to see what you've done. Took me a while to realize the intro photo has to go in the form rather than coming from the gallery. So I put that one, sized smaller, into the form and put the rest into the gallery.

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 1:21 PM

Had Pumpkin gone to her real owner rather than to an unstable friend, I wouldn't be worried. It's the friend's care I worry about.

AliCanary wrote on August 2, 2014, 1:43 PM

I am glad that they came back for Pumpkin, since she missed them. It was very good of you to take care of her!

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 2:00 PM

I loved taking care of her.

inertia4 wrote on August 2, 2014, 4:04 PM

&BradRad I hear that. I totally understand. Not everyone is an animal lover.

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 9:31 PM

I personally identify with cats more than with any other animal.

BarbRad wrote on August 2, 2014, 9:34 PM

I think the friend was an animal lover, but just irresponsible in all her relationships. Her kids grew up like weeds after she started playing around with drugs.

sandyresearch wrote on August 3, 2014, 12:09 AM

Pumpkin looks like she was protecting her turf, in one of those pictures. She knew that something big was going to happen. I think cats have a sixth sense about these things.

BarbRad wrote on August 3, 2014, 1:54 AM

Her situation had been unstable for several weeks. Her owner had moved out and then we spent months making repairs. Workmen were around and invading their mobile home. Her territory went through lot of changes before she left.