A Free Kitten with Every Plant Purchase

May 1st, 2012

We have a feral mama cat who hangs around the Garden Center.

Because we feed her.

And talk to her.

She won’t let us touch her or get closer to her than a few feet.

But she seems to like our company enough to skulk around making demands and sleeping in sunny spots in the greenhouse.

She had a batch of kittens a few months ago.

She hid them in the sale barn which is located behind the Garden Center.

The guys at the sale barn also look out for mama kitty.

Between the sale barn guys and the Garden Center girls, mama kitty has a pretty plush life for a wild cat.

When the kittens got old enough, Darla went out with a big box and brought them into the green house.

We offered kittens to several customers as they shopped for plants, but there were no takers.

Although how you could resist them is beyond me.

Eventually, all but two of them were claimed and taken into good homes.

I took the remaining two kittens to a local vet where we were assured they would easily find placements for them.

So mama kitty is kind of lost and alone right now.

She spent her first few days of freedom anxiously searching the Garden Center for her babies.

I felt for her.

It must be awful hard to lose six of your young all on the same day.

There are plans in the works to try and catch her and get her fixed.

But if we are forced to deal with another batch of her babies…

Somehow I think we will manage.


  • Kait:

    Each part of your story made me awww harder so now I am all awwww-ed out.

    • Kait:

      That is supposed to say “out” at the end. I am having oodles of troubles commenting today. Some of them are disappearing completely.

      • Rechelle:

        I fixed it for you Kait. This is after all – a full service blog.

        • Kait:



          • Rechelle:

            Clearly you are not as “awwwwed out” as you thought you were.

  • fw:

    I hope you do catch her to get her fixed…It isn’t easy to find homes for alot of animals and their offspring make 100′s and thousands more. And of these, of course many suffer variously and sometimes horribly that we most of the time don’t see and are completely unaware of. Even the “good homes” you gave these kttens to, you don’t know how it will be down the road. So please, there are many tricks and tactics to catch ferrel cats, and you have gained some of her trust. Certainly you could have put the remaining two in a “Have a Heart” trap or rigged one of just a box and a way to close it behind her …pt is make a serious effort to get her spayed!! It’s the best for the kittens, of which there are so many most get euthenized or live ferrel at the mercy of homeless animal life.

  • Teri:

    It’s so kind of all of you to look out for her….some people would just look the other way. Thank you.

  • Char:

    We bribed a ferral momma and one older kitten into our house with food one winter. She promptly had four more kittens. Needless to say, Momma went off to the vet to get fixed shortly after. She wasn’t happy and gave us and the vet a run for our money. We were able to find homes for all of the kittens but one, which we kept. They’ve been living with us for seven years now. Momma has always loved her food and to sleep in the sun or on the furnace register. Now we’re starting to think she might like us too as she just recently started to let us pat her. She even purrs. Hope your story has a happy ending too.

  • LucyJoy:

    Oh man… I would have probably taken one. I’m a sucker for kittens.

    By the way, how are your beautiful Show Cats?

    • Rechelle:

      Cookie remains the most beautiful cat in the world.