This week we’re honoring Zeela, the mother of Fluff and Fuzz (the First), and adoptive mother of Noah who was the mother of our current cat, Raina.
Zeela was my grandma’s cat, adopted for the purpose of keeping down the mice and vole population around our house and yard. She didn’t bond with anyone in particular and was very standoffish with everyone, including my grandma. She would accept being petted, but didn’t seek it out. Her very best quality was, as you might guess, her mousing abilities. She was a fabulous mouser and she taught her kittens to be great mousers, as well.
She fell pregnant around the beginning of May in 2011 and gave birth in July on a part of the roof of all places. There were three kittens, though we were afraid some might have fallen off the roof. Thankfully, none did. However, the third kitten was stillborn. Between June and August, a tiny kitten was dropped off between our house and our neighbor’s house. Patricia named her Noah. When we saw the neighbor’s kid swinging Noah by the tail, we rescued her. Zeela immediately adopted her as one of her own and nursed and nurtured her along with Fluff and Fuzz.
After all the kittens were weaned, Grandma took her in to the vet and had her spayed. Soon after healing, Zeela took off and didn’t come back. Perhaps it was because she didn’t bond with anyone. Perhaps she decided there were enough cats in that territory and she needed to move on. Or perhaps something drew her away. Who knows why cats sometimes wander away and don’t come back. Why she left will always remain a mystery. Even though she didn’t bond with anyone, we still missed her and wondered where she was and hoped she was safe.
This post is in memory of Zeela. May she never be forgotten.
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