Was she asking for help?
(Toms River, N.J. U.S.A.)
Over the last few years I help feed a feral colony of cats that reside at a friends property. Usually two times a week I bring left over meats and or canned cat foods. My friend feeds the cats well twice a day so my feeding is just a treat for the cats. I have mentioned this colony on this site under Black cat superstitions "Goodbye Samson."
Two of the cats were tiny kittens and have grown up trusting me enough to brush against my pants, and one will touch her nose on my finger. The female is a little cream colored fluffy cat I call "Baba" and the male, I call Blackie, is all black except he has what looks like stars over both eyes. I've never seen markings like it before.
Saturday I came with some food and called the cats like my friend does and Blackie and Baba didn't come this time. Now what's so unusual is that when my car begins to come down the 400 foot driveway Baba and Blackie are the first cats to come running to greet me meowing for food. I usually scatter canned food in several spots on the driveway so there is no fighting and all the cats will get some. I began to think some predator caught them because coyotes, foxes, raccoons, owls and hawks have been seen on the property.
After a few minutes Blackie showed up and followed me around meowing but didn't eat. Then Baba showed up. She came from behind a fenced area carrying a kitten which she dropped at my feet. Unfortunately, it was dead. It looked just like her all cream colored.
As I put more food down Baba followed me, dropped the kitten right in front of me, and began to eat some of the food. I went back to the car to get a few more cans and that little female was standing behind me with that dead kitten in her mouth.
She placed it almost on my shoe while Blackie was meowing up a storm. Well I opened up a few more cans near the car and the two of them began to eat again. While they were busy eating I put the dead kitten in a bag to bury. Baba And Blackie both ate their fill, didn't look for the dead kitten and ran behind the fence again. I assumed she has other kittens hidden back behind that fence somewhere.
As I left I began to wounder if these two cats were asking me for some kind of help with this kitten. I guess I will never know, but Baba amazed me that she trusted me to do something with this kitten. As I'm writing this story I'm still amazed at these wild cats actions.
Toms River NJ USA