Momma Cat, AKA Calico Lady Cat but no one calls her that anymore, has discovered the joys of living inside and has all but renounced the Outdoor part of her Indoor/Outdoor Cat title. She’s snoring away on the couch next to me, where she’s been all day. So I thought this was a good time to revisit the history of Momma Cat and how she became my best little couch buddy cat friend.
Momma is the cat in our blog cover and for a reason– Momma was the first cat I started feeding. In fact, when Genius Cat started coming around, my first concern was whether he was nice to Momma or not (he was). Here are the earliest pictures of Momma (with SuperBad, one of her husbands) that I can find, from February 2015:
Momma was a scaredy feral cat who spent most of her time getting chased around by Superbad, who would later become Boo and Ballsy’s dad, and Megalo Cat (RIP). who we believe was Genius Cat’s dad.
Here are some more pictures of Momma in the snow that winter.
Momma is an unusually clever cat, as evidenced by the time she brought the neighbor cat’s kittens to our window to pimp them out like a Fagin. I repeat, THESE ARE NOT HER KITTENS.
The only thing that was kind of like cat food I had in the house was some leftover bacon grease and a hamburger roll, so that’s what that round thing is, It wasn’t a big hit with the kittens, but something ate it. It was some time after this I started buying cat food to have some for Momma.
I started making even more of an active effort to care for Momma when something happened to her head and she disappeared for a few days and reappeared with a big wound on her head. Here it is mostly healed but you can still see it.
It was around this time that Momma had her orange babies and we made her a box and started taking care of her as much as she would let us. Look at the tiny orange baby. You can still see the injury to her head. It was pretty bad.
And here’s a photo of Boo with both his eyes looking gunky but he’s still such a brave little explorer:
Eventually of course we took Boo inside and got the cats fixed which went a long way in making Momma’s life better. Momma got really playful after she got spayed. She was like a teen mom who’s kids are finally out of the house and now she’s single and ready to mingle.
We gave Momma a place in the basement and slowly but surely she’s become more and more of a pet cat and less of a feral cat.
Here’s Momma and Ballsy sharing a meal at the kitchen window.
As Boo as gotten bigger and become territorial about the apartment he has learned to tolerate his brother inside but he has remained consistent in his efforts to chase his Momma right out the window.
Until last week, when one rainy day Boo decided he doesn’t care if his Momma comes inside the apartment. He did the same thing with Ballsy last summer, just got over his objections and stopped chasing the cat. Momma jumped up on the bed and took immediately to the lounging-on-the-bed idea.
Yesterday, Momma and Boo even slept on the bed together!
Did I mention already what a smart cat she is? Well not only did she easily adjust to bed-sleeping, she’s gotten the hang of couch-sitting as well. Here’s my best little cat friend napping next to me.