Ariel Heath noticed four kittens in her yard a few months ago. They drank from a dog bowl because there was no mother cat around. “They heard us, dashed under the fence, and took refuge in some bushes outside the property,” Ariel explains.
The woman inquired of her neighbors, but no one knew anything about the kittens, and no one had seen them. She started leaving food outdoors in the hopes that the small visitors would return.
“Products always vanished in half an hour or less, but the kittens went undiscovered.”
A few days later, the family heard meowing from the back door. It turned out that one kitten came, the smallest in the litter. “He was shy and would run away if we were moving too fast.”
Ariel placed the filled bowl against the fence and lay in wait. “I meowed, and the kitten approached slowly, stealthily. The other three never showed up.
“After a while, he came into the yard with increased confidence and ate right next to me, as long as I stayed motionless.” The task of taming the wild child took a long time.”
The kitty began to visit multiple times a day for food. He walked over to the window and peeked in, signaling his presence to his family.
“Eventually, I established enough trust in him that I was able to pet him and feed him straight from my hand.”
They recognized the animal had welcomed them and had made him a permanent member of the family at that point.
“When we didn’t know she was a female, we named her Billy.” I brought her to the veterinarian’s office. Her health was exceptional for a cat who had spent her whole existence on the street. We spayed her, vaccinated her, and treated her for parasites so she wouldn’t become sick and infect the other cats in the neighborhood.”
Affectionate kitty quickly became attached to Ariel’s son, they loved to walk in the yard and play together.
Every day she meets him at the door when he comes home from school.
Billy didn’t feel at ease within the four walls at first, but the dog, who had already been adopted by the family, took pity on her and offered her friendship.
“She won over our dog,” Ariel adds, “And now these two don’t even require our company to cuddle.”
illy grew to appreciate her home life, started using the cat litter box and became a regular on her parents’ knees.
“They are so unlike, yet they are both looking forwards to my son’s return from school.”
“Billie used to show up at our door, begging for an extra piece of chicken. She is now a perfectly spoilt young lady who has everything.
These people had no intention of getting a cat, much less being picked by a stray kitten.
“She’s the pet we didn’t realize we needed,” Ariel explains.