Dave and I went fishing on the morning of June 22, 2013 at the city dams. We caught this very strange orange “catfish”. She was very friendly, she was rubbing our legs as we sat fishing. Meowing at us and rolling at our feet so we could pet her tummy. Yes, we brought her home. She was a slender kitty, but very skinny. She was very hungry. She was flea and tick free so we don’t think she was out there too long. She slept a lot the first couple of days. We tried several different names for her, none of them seem to catch her fancy. The next day she finally chose her name. We called her Milly which she responded to. We came up with this name because when we found her she was chasing , catching, and eating millers. That is what we call this one kind of small moth here in Nebraska.
Photos of the day we found Milly
So we brought her home and she got a name. She was a pretty good kitty. She was very happy to have a home. She would get on your lap and roll around on you so much she would fall off if you didn’t catch her. Once she settled down on your lap she would purr and purr and knead the crap out of your leg, claws extended.
She got along with Sully ok, but her and Fiesty did not get along. So in those first days the cats took turns at getting to run around the house. Fiesty would stay in Nick’s room and Sully in our room so Milly could run around. We would put her in the spare room with her own food, water, and litter box at night. So the other cats could run around.
Milly’s first days in the house
Well things were going along great until she started peeing in the most unusual places. She peed on the end of the couch, she peed in my dirty laundry basket. She only did this when she was allowed to run around. She had a litter box knew where it was and I kept it clean. She was not sick. I think she did it because she was not fixed and there was another female cat in the house. She was trying to take over and marking territory. The final straw was when I caught her peeing in the clothes washing machine.
So she became the shed cat after that. I didn’t want her to be an outside outside cat. There was just too many things out here that could get her. Plus the country road and highway were close, she could get run over. Our shed is attached directly to one of the houses outside walls. Inside the shed she can get under the enclosed deck and under the house.
So she is outside but not. She is protected from the weather but still has dirt to roll in. She also can catch mice to her heart’s content. Which she does very well. In the winter time we bring her in if the temperature is going to get really low. That is why I brought her in this morning. It is supposed to be -10 to -20 with wind chills tonight. That is just too cold for her even when she crawls up under the sub floor in the bathroom under the bathtub which is inline with the furnace and the main heating vent to the bathroom. Dave hears her in there when it gets a little cold some nights.
Well now that she is in the house for a few days I thought I would make her a cat cowl too. So I made her this pretty two-tone pink one from scrap yarn. I used a H/8 – 5.00 mm hook, single crochet, and slip stitched the ends together. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Milly inside for the cold spell
We shall see how long she stays in. Sometimes she starts to get cabin fever and wants back in her shed. She is usually ready after about a week. And most of the time the weather warms up by then too.