Reader Aratina Cage entered the lovely tabby Kiki:
It must have been mid-October several years ago when Kiki-chan became part of our family. One cold morning before the first frost, we heard a little mewing from a bush over out near the road. Thinking she might be lost since she was so young and obviously not feral, I provided her with food and water and posted signs around the neighborhood, but when the nights kept getting colder, I decided to take her in.
She was in bad shape. Her back right leg was gimpy, she was flea-bitten, and her inner eyelids were exposed. Bumps in her skin made me think she had been hit with birdshot. The vet even warned that they might have to kill her immediately if she had feline leukemia, but as you can see, she turned out to be physically damaged but nothing more. After those harrowing first few days, she instantly became part of our family.
I’ve never had a more loving or vocal cat. She does cry until fed, a bad habit learned from her days in the bush, but she loves snuggling and sassy playing. She is my scarf on cold nights (draped around the nape of my neck) and always loves to be around her family. She knows how to sit, spin, stand, and walk and does the cutest things like articulating her actions with sounds like “burrr-rup” when she jumps onto furniture and turning into Kiki Fat-tail when excited. I’m glad she decided to drop by that cold night.
Here is a photo of Kiki “doing a somersault while trying to catch a computer mouse taken right around her first Christmas.”
Like Maru, when Kiki sees a box she cannot help but enter:
Aratina: “And I was proud to find out that she enjoys jumping through tight boxes like Maru (although Kiki is not so spontaneous about it and prefers to have something enticing her on the other end like a wiggling finger), so the last photo is one of her just moments before she jumped up through a 12-pack Coke Zero box that I was holding in the air with my other hand.”
Aratina also sent me a photo of Kiki right after she had been found; it was taken for a “found cat” poster that they put up around the area: