by Chris Damschroder
About 10 years ago I moved to a farm in Illinois and got 2 barn cats to help keep the mice in check in and around the barn. About 1 week after getting the kittens a stray cat showed up wanting to help the kittens eat their cat food. The stray was in exceedingly ragy condition and was aggressive toward the kittens. We wound up taking the stray about 15 miles away and placing it near another farm.
A week later the stray was back. At that time we decided that perhaps 2 food bowls would make everyone happy and decided to allow the stray to stay with us.
As she continued to receive the proper nutrition, a beautiful cat was uncovered. At some point we discovered that she had been de-clawed and offered for her to come in the house. She liked to come in and eat, drink, and nap, but then preferred to be outside.
We did some research and came to the conclusion that she was a NFC based on pictures, descriptions, and personality traits. She was the best cat I had ever met, sometimes more like a dog than a cat. When she came in she loved to rub her nose on our faces so we named her Huggie.
Recently she became ill and apparently was not going to recover. I made the most difficult decision to help her on her journey to the promised land. I held her in my arms entering the vet’s office, I could not speak, he looked at me then the cat and back to me, turned and motioned for me to follow him. She was laid to rest without even a word being spoken. Tears of grief poured down my cheeks as I mourned her death.
I think I shall never be complete again until the day I get my next NFC. I just want a pet, no registration necessary, don’t want to pay thousands of dollars for a show quality animal, but want a NFC. Any help appreciated. All of this due to a single stray cat, unreal…….