if you follow me on twitter or flickr you know that i have a family of feral/stray cats living in my yard; a young mom cat and two kittens and i'm obsessed with taming them and then adopting them.
i noticed them about 2 months ago when i spotted mom in the bushes behind my house. at the time, there were 4 kittens.
i put food and fresh water out near their hiding place and spied on them from the inside of my house.
then something must have scared them off because the whole family disappeared. i wondered if i freaked out the mom too much, or if an other animal might have made them pack up and leave. so i tried not to worry too much and left with j on vacation.
and then 2 weeks ago i spotted them again! in fact they showed up the day after i had put in an application at my local shelter to adopt!
unfortunately i haven't seen 2 of the kittens (the black one and the one with the white face) since they came back. i don't want to think too hard about what might have happened to them. so i'm even more determined to take care of the 2 that are left and their mom.
i've made some progress but it's slow going. i leave the food by my kitchen door now. and when they spy me through the window they don't run away. but i really wish they would get over being afraid of me and just let me take care of them properly.