And so I thought maybe it was time to adopt a barn cat. Or twenty. Okay, we'll start with one. We went through the Barn Cat Buddies program and if you live in southwestern Virginia I highly recommend you check them out. Low cost adoption, and the animals are sterilized and have their vaccines. Diane, who runs their program is so fantastic and she will happily answer any questions you have about placement. So our whole family headed over to meet a few of the cats last week and we decided on a little timid orange kitty, who had been living in the shelter for almost a year. A lot of the barn cats aren't necessarily friendly, or tame, but they do need a safe place to live where they can happily work as mousers for your family.
We brought our little orange kitty home and while she came with the name Radiance, I will probably shorten that to Radley. After all, she kind of reminds me of the reclusive yet watchful and brave Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird. Radley has to stay confined for 3 weeks until she realizes that this is her home. I put her in our bedroom, where it is quiet and she won't be
I brought her out for the first time a week into her stay with us. She was nervous, and camera shy, but she did purr a little when I scratched her chin. I just love her golden eyes.
However, I think she was pretty anxious. Considering that in the 2 minutes I held her on my lap to pet her, she lost 90% of her fur and is now bald. Okay, not really, but I certainly gained a lot of hair:
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