Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Little Rooney

As I sat on my front porch swing one April afternoon, I heard a kitten cry.

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It was coming from a newborn that had been abandoned.  Poor little fellow - he was caught by his attached cord in some shrubbery, of all things.  He was strong and healthy and couldn’t be but a few hours old. 

Warmth is the most important need of a newborn, so I wrapped him up and placed him in a container on a heating pad.  Throughout the day, I tried everything I could think of to get him to his mother, who was a wild cat, and first time mother.  Nothing worked.

I prayed and prayed.  Then it came to me.  A couple of weeks or so before, our cat Pocahontas had given birth.  Although I didn’t know where she was hiding with her kittens, I prayed that she would make an appearance.

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And there she was!

I brought her inside and with a little work, convinced her to nurse the infant kitten.   I couldn’t  keep Pocahontas long though, since she had to get back to her own babies.

By this time, my daughter’s heart was involved, and she named him “Rooney” after Mickey Rooney.  My worry thickened.  Could this even possibly end well?

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It would be a long night as I got up every three hours to feed the crying desperate little guy. 

At daybreak, I trudged through our tornado tattered woods, hoping to come up on little Rooney’s mom or siblings, or even Pocahontas. 

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There was no use. More prayer was in order.

Later that morning, both moms showed up.  However, the wild cat acted as if she had no idea that this baby was hers. 

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She sniffed, hissed and then ignored Rooney.

But sweet Pocahontas dutifully let me coax her once again into feeding him.  With high hopes I left the door open so she could come and go.   She tarried the remainder of the morning responding to his cries.  By noon, she was gone – and so was Baby Rooney!   I just knew she must have taken him to where her other wee ones were hid.  I assured my worried daughters and myself,  that we would likely see him again when he got old enough to follow his new adopted mama out of hiding. 

This story has a happy ending!

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Look who appeared!  Isn’t he so precious?!

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He is a bit shy, but not as wild as her other two slightly older toddling kittens.  Could it be that he remembers us?

And here is our hero, Pocahontas, still nursing and caring for him.  What a sweetheart! 

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Praising God today for this happy ending and reminder of the Lord’s interest and care in all the details of our lives!

20 comments:

Katie said...

What a precious story!!! Yes, God does care about the details. Thank you for sharing!

Mrs.T said...

What a sweet, sweet story, Mrs. Smith. Little Rooney is adorable -- does he have blue eyes as it appears in the photo?

I am not at all a "cat person", but surely can appreciate how God was in the details of this and how it pictures His care for each of His children. Thank you so much for sharing this story with its happy ending!

Mrs. Smith said...

Katie,
Thank you for your visit and comment! It is always so good to hear from you!

Mrs. T,
Yes, his eyes are blue and just adds to his cuteness.

Hope your busy Wednesday is a good one! I am so glad that you stopped by!

Dawn said...

What a beautiful story and kitten, those blue eyes! Thank you for sharing this. I have been blessed!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

That is the most heart warming story! I am so happy that you shared it. Thank for your loving diligence, and wonderful Pocahontas' motherly care. God is good.
Blessings,
Susie

Mrs. Smith said...

Hi Dawn,
I am so glad they you enjoyed our kitten story. Thank you so much for following and for your kind comment!

Susie,
You are right, God is so good! Thank you for visiting and I am heading your way to your adorable blog!

janice15 said...

MY GOODNESS, YOU HAD ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT. PHEW I'M SO GLAD GOD IS GOOD AND YOUR MAMA KITTY TOOK HIM IN AND TOOK GOOD CARE OF HIM. HE IS VERY HANDSOME...HAPPY WEEKEND WITH LOVE JANICE

Mrs. Smith said...

Lol Janice! We were on the edge of our seats too until we got to see him again. Happy weekend to you also and thanks for commenting!

What Joy Is Mine said...

What a sweet, precious reminder that God does tend to all He has created especially our tender hearts. Thank you for sharing this at WJIM. I so enjoyed reading it.

Mrs. Smith said...

Naomi,
Thank you for letting us link up at your blog! Visiting you there is always uplifting! Blessings to you!

Insoul said...

What a beautiful story!!

Mrs. Smith said...

Glad you liked it! Thank you for commenting!

Pam said...

Oh, what a wonderful story and a wonderful ending! I loved the pictures too!

Mrs. Smith said...

Hi Pam,
I got to see his real siblings and mom today. It is all interesting to observe. Thanks for your sweet comment! It is great to see you!

Jacqueline said...

Dear Mrs. Smith,
I would like you to hop on over to Deep Roots At Home and see what is there about your sweet blog!
I am SO glad you shared this on the 'EOA Wednesday link-up. I love this story about Little Rooney. Please always share on the link-up each week!

Mrs. Smith said...

Jacqueline,
How wonderful!!! Thank you so very much!!!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Wow what an incredible and sweet story. Abby

Mrs. Smith said...

Hi Abby,
Thank you for all of your sweet comments this morning! I was blessed by them!

Michelle said...

Oh what a lovely blog, I am so glad to have found this little slice of refreshment!!
I love to surround myself with such encouragment such as what you have created, and the kitten did melt my heart.

blessings
Michelle

Mrs. Smith said...

Michelle,
So good to meet you! Thank you for your comment and following!

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