Our sweet Little has quite a dramatic story. She was part of a wild litter that was born in 2001 in the sewer in our neighborhood. We started referring to her as “Little Gray Kitty Who Hangs Around Sometimes,” a name that obviously got shortened in a hurry. We slowly won her over by leaving food out for her. By the time she felt comfortable enough to let us get close to her, we discovered she was already pregnant (she was only 9 months old herself!). She gave birth in the woods and one day during a thunderstorm, she carried her four babies one at a time across the road to our porch (see action photo above). When the kittens were old enough, we found homes for all of them.
We wanted to adopt Little ourselves, but she was too scared to stay in our house, so she continued to live on the streets and to stop by the house for occasional meals. In a matter of months, she was pregnant again. This time we convinced her to come into the house and taught her about the litter box. A few days later, she gave birth to her second litter of kittens in our bedroom (see them with her in the photo at left, when they were one week old). We helped her raise her babies and found good homes for them, and adopted her for real. We took her to the vet to get spayed, so her kitten-producing career is now over.
Little now enjoys a cushy lifestyle as a well-fed indoor kitty. Still, she does retain some of her nervous nature from those early days. Many of our friends have never seen Little, because she hides whenever “strangers” come around. She also has a terror of the vacuum cleaner. And on the rare occasions when she has encountered dogs, well, I never knew such a skinny tail could poof up so much!
So she’s a bit neurotic, but she also has a fun side. Her physique has become a bit more--ahem--round over the years, making her name somewhat ironic, but she’s no couch potato. Her hobbies include running around the house really really fast, which has earned her the nickname “Cheetah.” She also loves lying in sunbeams, being brushed, and playing with her little sister, Nacho. She's come a long way from her humble beginnings, and I feel very honored that she trusted us with her babies and let us make her a part of our family.