• Jeri, you meany. That poor abused kitty. Obviously you didn’t hurt him too much though seeing that he made up with you. I guess I must have gotten everything I really wanted because I don’t remember having to scheme very much.

    • Glynia, yep that’s me. A total meany. I probably schemed to get that cat more than any other part of my childhood.

  • I love this story Jeri! It’s so vivid with seeing you doing whatever you could until you got that kitty you wanted. Either I was spoiled rotten, or I’ve had too much Splenda over the years, and my memory has failed me. I just cannot remember anything I wanted so much, and couldn’t have, that I was lucky to find a friend to help me plot to get it! Thanks for this one lady.

    • Patricia, another single-minded feat I pursued was having my dad rescue a Barbie that I floated down the ditch in the middle of winter. She got stuck under the snow and he broke through the entire top until he found her. Otherwise, I’m sure I would have wailed for days.

  • WOW! I can see where the stubbornness all began:-)) Great story Jeri. and good for you on pursuing what you wanted. I really really love the close up of the black kitten too BTW

    • A.K., that’s me… single-minded to a tee, which has its good sides and bad sides. Finding a cat picture was so easy. After all, cat pictures own the internet 😉

  • Sue Hines

    Determination is a great weaver of magic! That’s a great story, Susan. You do have the power of commitment.

    • Sue, yes Susan does. I’d like to think we have that in common since I wrote this post 🙂

  • Love the story and the lesson that determination will never fail. Oh did your neighbours ever find out.

    • Awazie, I should have included a bit more about that. They were fully on board to letting me capture one of their kittens as it was going to be hard to round up all those kittens gone wild. They were a great couple. Very nice, and always good for a pint of raspberries from their garden at the right time of the year.

      • Oh Thank you for telling me this part of the story

  • Jacqueline Gum

    What an adorable story Susan. You gave me a picture in my mind that has me grinning:) At my grandfathers farm there were a ton of feral cats and kittens…I never did catch one, but I sure did try! So you get great kudos from me for the catch:)

    • Jacquie, Rubic was quite a prize for a cat. He turned into a great cat, but was always a little stand-offish around strangers.

  • Oh what a great story, I not only enjoyed the read it made me feel happy, there is something about cats and I am not a cat person

    • Jo-Anne, I’m equal when it comes to siding with cats or dogs, but cats do have a certain multi-faceted quality about them that dogs don’t.

  • I can just see this story unfolding! I’m glad you got your cat in the end, even if you had to sacrifice your skin to do it. I think you and I would have been friends as kids, if we’d known each other then. 🙂

    • Meredith, I think we’d have made great friends as kids too. I always like climbing around on the hill and building forts so much more than playing with dolls and stuffed animals.

  • Jeri — what a charming story. If only cats could talk, you could have told Rubic what a wonderful home you would have for him — lots of milk and food and a cozy bed. But you were persistent and and he came to enjoy the good life after you caught him.

    • Jeannette, I like how you put that. I hope my current rescue dog “project” feels the same way.

  • Jeri, I did love kitties when I was young. I can’t say whining helped me much – it was discouraged. My daughter loves little animals (and big ones, too).

    • Leora, haha. My whining was discouraged as well a great deal of the time, but I guess my determination tended to win in that area too.

  • Cheryl Therrien

    I have a similar story as a child except that it was my father doing the capturing. That cat was the best. Seriously….

    • Cheryl, here’s to Dad Kitty Catchers 🙂

  • Pat Ruppel

    Jeri – you were pretty determined. Guess that goes to show for parents to never underestimate their kids when they want something bad enough. It’s good to hear they also lived up to their end of the bargain. 🙂

    • Pat, yes they were always good that way. For most of my childhood, we always had at least one type of pet, if not more, around. Such good lessons can be learned from animals as a child.

      • Pat Ruppel

        Pets are great in teaching lessons to children, Jeri, for sure. I love them. 🙂

  • Jeri, I loved this story. It just goes to show that we can never assume that someone can’t make something happen if they want it bad enough. Plus I love cats. 🙂

    • Susan, exactly. Though love can be a strong word when you have a cat that meows like a banshee at pre-determined hours every day.

  • Krystyna Lagowski

    Isn’t it funny that when something is hard-won, it’s even dearer? I’ll bet you treasured that kitty. Love your description of the tail being attached to the cat – that’s often how I think of my guys, it’s like a whole animal unto itself!

    • Krystyna, you comment reminds of of how my current cat really likes to flip his tail around so we can play catch with it. He’ll be all docile, and then WHAM! goes in for the attack 😉 Cat… gotta love ’em.

  • Niekka McDonald

    This is the cutest story. Catching kitties is not an easy job lol but you finally did it.

    • Niekka, catching that cat was probably one of the first times I really saw a huge task through. This post could be twice as long… I might expand it someday as part of an e-book collection on animals.

  • This story is very cute and I am happy that you got Rubic. Same story, when I was on holidays in Kashmir a cat given birth to small cute kittens like these and they were very cute and were hiding under our house in bushes and when they used to sit in row in sun all kids try to catch them but still they were not successful ( as long I was there). Yesterday I called home and got to know finally a kid manged to catch one of them. 🙂
    It is really hard to catch kittens.

    • Anna, that makes me smile to know that you too have witnessed the fine art of being a kitty catcher. Those claws and fangs sure do hurt!

  • Hi Jeri – this is such a neat story. I’m not a cat lover, per se but we always had barn cats around and two of our boys in particular loved cats but the rule was, no cats in the house. One day I walked into our back porch and heard meowing. the two boys were sitting in their lockers, each with a cat. They were all quickly evicted to the barn.

    • Lenie, at one point Rubic was given away to a family who owned a small farm. My mom was convinced our cats were spraying all over the house (but to this day I don’t think they weren’t). Anyway, Rubic came back home in a couple of months and was mine to keep until he died of old age.

      • Jeri, I love that ending.

  • My story was more with dogs than cats as I am more of a dog lover and Idid have some experiences. Just last week I was with my sister and we were talking about how crazy we had been when we collected a vicious dog from my uncle’s house and drove him to our house after meeting him for the first time first day and he would have almost caused an accident because we were not best of friends and could not stop him from trying to get into the driver seat.

    • Welli, loose dogs in cars can be so dangerous, especially vicious ones. I hope you and that dog ended up getting along okay.

  • My son wanted a puppy in the worst way but going out and catching one wasn’t an option. When all of his assigned essays in school came home and were all about how badly he needed a puppy we eventually got one. But of course I’m really glad we have him. Good story.

    • Ken, that’s great that your son used his persuasive writing skills as a way to state his case on why he needed a puppy 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    We always had cats while I was growing up but nothing wild. I did have a friend though who had a cat house. The collected them with a good number that lived in their garage. I think at one point they had over 20 cats living in or around their house.

    • Jon, I think I’ve maxed out at two cats. At one point my sister had eight, but now she doesn’t have any and is talking about getting a dog. I never expected such a complete turn around from her, but I guess even neighborhood cat ladies can have a change of heart.

  • Debra Yearwood

    I love this story. What an amazing sense of accomplishment you must have had. I would love to hear the stories your parents and sisters tell from that time. 🙂

    • Debra, interesting that you ask that. I too would be curious to see how my family recalls the event. Sadly, I can’t ask my cousin because she was killed in an ATV accident about four years ago.

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