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Presenting Libby: A Feline Extraordinaire

Patricia is someone whose life is centered around family. Each day is one more opportunity to show my loved ones how much they mean to me.

And now, there are two.

And now, there are two.

"Babysitting" a Black Cat

Black kitties have been the subject of much discussion throughout the ages. It is almost Halloween as I am writing this update, and I am so happy that the baby girl kitty that I "babysit" is an indoor kitty. Too often individuals troll neighborhoods for black kitties at this time of the year and the fate of them causes great despair. The black kitty in this article is a kitty who keeps me entertained each time I "babysit" her.

Over the months that I have been fortunate enough to care for her in her Momma's absence, we have formed a lovely bond. Understand, please, that Miss Libby is in charge of this new friendship. She sash-shays into the room amid the spotlight that is surely focused on her commanding my total attention. She surveys all that is in the area, circles around to peer out the front door, and then hops onto the chair where I wait were royal self.

She then hops down, takes a sniff, and sometimes a lick off of my coffee cup if there is creamer on it. Then she tromps, stopping to knead a bit across my tummy, and parks beside me, awaiting adequate adoration and petting.

Sweet Pea waiting to be adored.

Sweet Pea waiting to be adored.

Happiness is . . .

Happiness is . . .

Libby has truly stolen my heart over the months I have been privileged to care for her. She races me to the couch so that my lap can be provided for her lounging pleasure.

She is an excellent supervisor as well . . . while I am preparing food or some other task, she watches over and 'talks' to me. What a delight she is!

If fate deems it so, once or twice in our lifetime, we meet totally lovely individuals of the Human-kind.

When good fortune smiles upon us on other occasions, we meet uniquely special felines (or canines) who, like the humans, bring us joy that is beyond measure.

Those of us who are under the spell of our special pet have established a relationship that is enduring. The bond that forms between a human and a pet is not one that can be easily explained or understood by those who do not have a pet to call their own—it is a singular (or "plural" in cases where there is more than one pet) experience and one that brings immeasurable pleasure and happiness to each and every day.

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.

— Garrison Keillor

It Takes a While to Make Nice With This Newbie

Libby's Momma may travel away from her domicile on this or that foray out into the world. At such times, she leaves me to be supervised by her adorable, Libby. My job during those times is to visit twice a day so that I may take care of Libby's every need.

When I first met Libby, she was not totally impressed by my presence. As a matter of fact, you might say, she could take me or leave me. This was an experience that I had endured more than once from even my own kitties so it was not at all shocking.

You see, with kitties, it is necessary to win their adoration especially when you are an interloper in their world. Newbies must prove they are worth the trouble it takes to 'make nice.'

How would I fix that?

Extending my visit to an hour each time I went to see her as part of my plan, and, as a result, Little Libby girl began to warm up to me.

O, wait, I am getting ahead of myself. In order to understand this little girl kitty perhaps some of her history will provide the much-needed backstory.

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Three Plus One . . .

Having loved and currently loving, more than one kitty and a pup is most deliciously delightful for me.

Honeybee and Milo, my two felines and Gretta, my pup, are most precious members of my family that make me smile many times each day.

And in recent months I have become very fond of a kitty who belongs to a friend of mine, the same friend, in fact, whose butterfly garden I have written about here on HubPages. It is my pleasure to introduce such an adorable kitty to you.

"Won't You Please Come Play With ME?"

"Won't You Please Come Play With ME?"

Learning About Libby

Libby's Momma shared with the following—in her words . . .

"I found her seven years ago on the road that goes to Blue Highway. I stopped at the creek that runs under the road to look for panther prints. Then I heard, what sounded like a bird screeching, but it was only poor little, skinny, starving Libby trying to get help."

Rescued Kitty

And, her Momma continued . . .

"She was emaciated, covered in seed ticks, and had a cut across the bridge of her nose. My friend picked her up and put her on her lap while I drove home.

On the ride home, Libby put her paws up on the door and just looked out the window, perfectly content.

As soon as we got home, I put her in the kitchen sink and gave her a bath, with no difficulty at all. She took it all in stride.

After I dried her some, I gave her a nice plate of cooked deer meat that I had on hand. She just about inhaled it so I gave her some more, which she also made disappear. When she asked for more, I couldn't refuse her. I don't remember how many servings she put away, but I think it would have been enough to stuff Andre the giant!!"

Fed and nurtured. NO doubt by now Libby was beginning to feel that this human was going to be someone very special in her life. And she was correct about that!!!

The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...

— Albert Schweitzer

Sweet Pea . . .

Sweet Pea . . .

A Home of My Own

". . . on Monday I took her to the vet. I left her there while they did all the good stuff . . ."

The vet had found that Libby had an intestinal upset of some kind which was not remarkable as who knows how long she had been out in the wild trying to survive on her own.

Already Libby must have felt that her life was changing in a most remarkable way . . . everyone was fussing over her and treating her with the care that she had hoped to find. She must have thought "Maybe now I will have a home and my very precious Human to love and adore and who loves and adores me in return."

Taking a Little Stroll

Taking a Little Stroll

I believe cats are spirits come to earth

A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.

— Jules Verne

Kitty Extraordinaire Indeed

Her Momma added . . .

"After her visit to the vet, I took her home and watched her fill out, heal up, and enjoy her kittenhood.

The world became her playground, and everything in it, her toys. From the get-go, she has had the sweetest disposition."

This story of Libby's history has not ended . . . she and her Momma must have been destined to meet as they both are unique and special.

Pampered, Spoiled, and Loved

"Sweetest disposition" is spot on. Once she gets to know you and you have passed her thorough inspection, you belong to her. Over the few months I have been caring for Libby, she has decided I am a Human that can fit into her plan. She has decided it is quite alright if I adore, pet, photograph, and toss her toys around for her.

When I enter the home she allows her Momma to share, she greets me now and welcomes me with a sweet, melodic tone and escorts me quickly to the kitchen so that I might prepare her food. And prepare I do . . . her wet food must be heated for about five seconds in the microwave prior to being served with a flourish. She usually will enjoy that and then wander off to somewhere land until she wishes to grace me with her presence.

She has gradually allowed me to pet her. This has taken many weeks. And while I was keeping her most recently, she began to snuggle up behind my head and nuzzle in my hair.

I knew I was truly accepted by her a few nights ago, when she crawled onto my lap and snuggled!!

What a joy it is to know Miss Libby girl and her Momma.

Rescue a Kitty (Or Pup If You Are so Inclined)

Perhaps we cannot all be lucky enough to find such a lovely kitty to rescue. But know that the shelters are full of many candidates waiting for a loving home.

Visit one today and if you are ready to be owned by a kitty, take one home. Being a pet owner does ask something of you.

Playing Possum

Playing Possum

As the Caregiver for a Pet

You will be expected to:

  • Provide food and water daily.
  • Provide a clean litter box.
  • Bring them to the vet for inoculations, dental care, and other times when they may become ill or injured.
  • Provide toys and adequate space for your pet to play and relax.
  • Acknowledge that the pet, especially if it is a kitty, is allowing you to share the residence.

If you are willing to accept this Pet Owner's Bill of Responsibilities then go ahead and take the plunge. You will be glad you did.

Update: A Little Bit of Sadness

A few weeks ago, my friend moved to another town. The home she sold is quite large, and had become more than she feels like she can manage. I knew this time was coming, and as the days grew nearer, my heart grew a bit sad. And, of course, it meant that my kitty friend Libby and her sister, Miss Queenie, would be moving as well. So in the last few visits that I had with Libby, I told her of the excitement of moving to her home that she was already familiar with because her Momma had already had this home in another town for many years.

It's a place that Libby loves very much and she has settled in there very nicely. I miss her—I must admit it—and I miss Little Queenie, but they are happy and their Momma is happy and that's the important thing. I have lots of lovely pictures and fond memories that help to ease the sadness that I feel.

A New Member of the Family

Several months ago, a new kitty came to Libby's home. Her name is Frosty but she is often called "Queenie" because she is treated like Libby, aka, royalty.

She has her own suite, for goodness sake. She has two windows that reach almost to the floor that open her room to warm sunshine rays and a peek at the outside world.

What a feline's luxurious life she leads. She was taken in by Libby's Momma when her Daddy passed away. She traveled from Jacksonville to her new home with her Auntie and Cousin Libby.

Becoming Adjusted to Her New Home

It has not taken Queenie too long to become accustomed to her new home. At first, she was separated from the house via a baby-gate but that was only for a short time. The two kitties have accepted the way of things . . . that Queenie is in fact the matriarch . . . and that seems to work. Libby will go ''check on" her—she will sit in the doorway for a bit and then scurry away to lie in the sun or to be adored.

In the photo above, Queenie is playing in the toy box while she is out for one of her forays around her new home. She sometimes will roam around at night as well exploring to her heart's content. She is either 14 or 16, so she is beset by some of the aches and pains that old age can bring, but she does not seem to let it get her down.

She "talks and talks" when someone is in earshot . . . and she simply adores being talked to, petted, and brushed. Another precious kitty for me to adore, too. How blessed these kitties are to have been adopted by their Momma / Auntie.

© 2015 Patricia Scott


Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

I totally get the love for your kitties. Smudge is a name that brings a smile to my face. How cute is that. Hoping all is good with you and yours. Angels are headed your way ps

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 08, 2019:

Cats are one of my (many) weaknesses. My wife and I have been rescuing cats for a long time and we have two living with us right now. One looks very much like you black cat friend here. His name is Smudge (which always makes people laugh). We love them dearly, even though they are both klutzes and fall off the bed with alarming regularity.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 21, 2018:

Love my Libby-girl..just finished up a week of visits with her. She is truly spoiled rotten between her Momma and me. And she adores having her photo taken..Angels are on the way. ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 12, 2018:

O she isn't camera shy at all as a matter of fact sometimes I think she is even more animated when I get ready to take a photo. She is more spoiled than ever...and I am thankful that I get to take care of her and MIss Frosty who we often call Queenie...I will be taking care of them for their Momma next week....their Momma has kept me very busy this year which is a good thing. take care of you...Angels headed to you this morning ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2018:

Libby is lucky to have you as her "second Momma" when her first one travels or is away for some reason. She certainly has warmed your heart from what you have written about her. Thanks for showing us all of those cute pictures of her. She does not appear to be camera shy! Hope this day is filled with love from your furry pets. Virtual hugs are being sent across the miles.

pstraubie48 on December 23, 2016:

Thank you flourish.

I love this little kitty...I have become her second Momma when her true Momma has to go away. She is a loving kitty who let me know right away who the boss is...and I assure you, it is not I.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

flourishanyway on November 29, 2016:

Returning to see Libby. She's such a stately and magical black cat. Black cats are absolute magic. A feral one has recently come into my life and we have become friends. I fixed and vaccinated him and began to work on gaining his trust. For weeks he wouldn't allow touching. Now I hold him like a child and he places one paw on each shoulder as he snuggles in my neck. They are so amazing. I love the Albert Schweitzer quote.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 06, 2016:

Hi Flourish I responded to your comment but dont see it...just want you to know I appreciate you stopping by. Still adore sweet Libby girl..she has completely stolen my heart away

Once again Angels are on the way ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 06, 2016:

Thanks, Flourish. She is a doll. I see her often and we have gotten to be great friends...sounds silly, huh? Some have begun to call me the Cat Whisperer....I do think it is the kitties who are doing the whispering however.

Thank you for visiting....many Angels are on the way today ps

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 05, 2016:

Returning to enjoy sweet Libby. She's a real treasure.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 20, 2015:

O i get it, Peggy..No doubt Peaches and Skippy make you smile, often. As do my Honeybee and Gretta outside pets and Milo, who is the owner of the home I live in...he kindly allows me to share it with him!!!

Thank you for stopping to visit.

Hoping you are yours have a lovely Thanksgiving.

Angels are on the way to you bringing many good wishes and blessings ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2015:

Oh how cute! Libby reminds me of our Momma Kitty that was a feral and also abused cat that we had for many years. She was also jet black. It would seem that Libby really lucked out by finding such a good home...and having you as her temporary caretaker when her "mommy" leaves on trips. This brought a smile to my face. Our cat Peaches and dog Skippy cause many smiles each and every day. Pets are a blessing but like you pointed out...also a responsibility.

Happy Thanksgiving Patricia!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 18, 2015:

You are so right, Scribenet...she is a love bunnie. I enjoy taking care of her each time I am given the opportunity. She is just so sweet and loves to be adored.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 18, 2015:

You are so right, Scribenet...she is a love bunnie. I enjoy taking care of her each time I am given the opportunity. She is just so sweet and loves to be adored.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on November 18, 2015:

So sad when pets get lost or worse abandoned. Yet so heartwarming when someone finds and nurtures them.

Sounds like Libby hit the jackpot she deserves after almost starving. Great Hub!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 12, 2015:

Thanks for stopping to see precious Libby. I have just spent eight days being her adoring keeper while her Momma is out and about.

She gets more precious every day.

What a joy our precious kitties are to our lives.

Hoping all is good with you, Alicia.

Angels are winging their way to you this early morning hour ps

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 09, 2015:

Libby is beautiful! She sounds like a truly lovely cat. She's lucky to have two ladies to look after her!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 19, 2015:

Yes their lives matter too...for sure and often they are abused at this time of the year. Shame on anyone who does so.

I visited Miss Libby yesterday after being gone for 18 days...and she so sweetly came up and allowed me to adore her....a lovely feline for sure

Angels are on the way to you ...thank you Flourish for visiting ps

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 18, 2015:

She sure did hit the jackpot when it came to families and caretakers. She's a beautiful cat. I just love black cats; they are underappreciated. (Their black lives matter too.)

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 10, 2015:

Thank you, Sheila. This was a story that wrote itself. Libby is such an easy subject that words poured effusively from me as I sat down to compose.

She is another kitty who has stolen my heart.

So glad you stopped by and so glad you enjoyed the read.

Angels are once again on the way ps

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on October 09, 2015:

What a wonderful story! I am so glad that our friend was able to rescue her. She is a beautiful kitty and I know she is very appreciative of her new found home and family. I truly enjoyed your story and the pictures!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 04, 2015:

thank you DDE for stopping by...she really is a gem of a kitty and I enjoy each visit I have with her. Hoping all is well with you and yours today

Angels are once again on the way ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 04, 2015:

Thank you Faith.....I know you must have adored Honeybee is my outside kitty has been with me 15 years and I adore her too.

Libby is a is fun to be greeted by her and have her supervise me as I prepare her food

Angels are on the way to you once again this afternoon ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 04, 2015:

Aviannovice...You are so right...I do not remember writing that we own kitties or other pets (so now I must go back and reread) because I am so aware that I am totally 'owned' by my precious creatures.

this sweet Libby girl has stolen herself into my I am blessed to have my precious loves to love and adore and now I have Libby ...

thank you so much for stopping by.

Have a lovely Sunday Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 04, 2015:

Lovely photos! You must really like Libby I can see why, she is amazing!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 03, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

Thank you for inviting us into Libby's world. She is beautiful and those eyes are stunning! Your photos are always great and add much to the hub.

Cats have such unique characters and do add much joy and intrigue to family life.

I enjoyed reading this delightful hub.

Our George is always entertaining us, and our Kitty did so for over 17 years.

Blessings always

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on October 03, 2015:

If I might make one correction...we never own animals, but they somehow manage to own us. After al, we cater to their every need. Glad to hear that your friend adopted a feral kitten. Life is so difficult for them, and they, in turn, make life hard for other species. I volunteered for a feral cat non-profit when I lived in PA, and never did I meet such dedicated folks. They are truly the salt of the earth.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 02, 2015:

Thank you, Frank...I was so lucky to be there at the right time to get these photos. Libby is my second girl kitty!!! She is a doll

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 30, 2015:

thank you for sharing Libby, I hope all is well in the end.. you gotta love those photos .. bless you and the cat

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on September 29, 2015:

Hi MizB.....O lucky you...I have had three black cats (not really my kitties..they were my daughter's but I loved them so).

Thank you so much for stopping to read and comment. Libby is indeed a joy to care for and I am so thrilled she has made friends...

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on September 29, 2015:

Thank you is an honor to be entrusted with the care of someone else's precious kitty....what a love she is....

I appreciate so much you stopping by to visit...Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on September 29, 2015:

Thanks Carb diva....I enjoyed sharing her with you and would love to meet doubt a love bunny.

Hoping all is good with you

Angels are headed your way. ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on September 29, 2015:

Thanks for stopping by....Nell. I just cannot imagine not having my Milo and my Honeybee and now I am under Libby's spell.

I was one of those who was never going to have pets inside because of pet hair...eeeew...but I fell in love with kitties!!

Hoping all is well with you

Angels are once again on the way to you ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on September 29, 2015:

O how lucky your granddaughter is and what a precious names...I call Libby lots of names besides her name and Peaches is one of them!!!

So nice of you to stop and visit, Rachel....Wishing you a lovely evening. Angels are headed your way once again this evening ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on September 29, 2015:

Thank you vocalcoach...I am like second Mom to her...her Momma has been so kind as to allow me to take care of Libby in her absence. What a joy it is to spend time with such a loving kitty.

Thank you so much for stopping to visit.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on September 29, 2015:

Yes m'am...drbj We really are 'staff' to our kitties....we live to serve their every whim :D

It is really my pleasure to visit with this little kitty in her Momma's absence.

Thank you for visiting...hoping all is good with you...

Angels are once again winging their way to you ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on September 29, 2015:

Hi bill

Hoping all is well out in your little corner of the planet today....

I get what you are saying about not being a cat person at some point; there was a time when I was a no pet person...and then my daughter worked her magic and I fell in love with kitties and pups and many other critters as well

thank you so much for taking time from your day to read and comment...I do appreciate you

Angels are on the way to deliver blessings and hugs and all things positive. ps

drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 29, 2015:

What an expressive face on that beautiful kitty, Patricia. Your photos are terrific, m'dear. And your story engrossing. Wrote a comment earlier but it's out in the ether somewhere.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on September 29, 2015:

You are so privileged, indeed, to be accepted and loved by this beautiful spirit occupying the body of a feline. I agree with Jules Verne that cats are spirits come to earth. I tell my cats repeatedly that they are precious little souls and that I am so happy that they have come to live with me.

Thank you for posting so many photos of Libby. She is beautiful. I'm so glad that she and her mommy found each other, and I believe they were destined to be together. BTW black cats are my favorite, and I'm never without one. Great article and photos. I know your angels are blessing you, Libby, and Libby's mommy.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on September 29, 2015:

Thank you CC....It is a lovely experience to have my own precious kitties and then to be able to love this special kitty that belongs to someone else.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 28, 2015:

Miss Libby's beautiful. She looks like a little panther. It's nice that she and her mama have someone they can trust to take care of her when mom's away.

manatita44 from london on September 28, 2015:

One hungry cat, and a really sweet video. Remarkable how she was found and awesome the way that she responded and adjusted.

Dogs are my favourite due to loyalty and devotion, but cats have these, too. I know many and some funny cat stories. Love. -Manatita

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 27, 2015:

Your Libby is absolutely adorable. How wonderful that you and she found each other. She looks very much like our little man Pumpkin (yes, he is black, not orange tabby as many assume when they hear his name-long story). Beautiful hub. The love shines through.

Nell Rose from England on September 26, 2015:

I loved this! I do miss having a cat, and a dog too. but I love the photos and your tale or should that be tail? of Libby! lol!

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on September 26, 2015:

Hi Pat, what a lovely story. My second daughter and her 7 year old daughter (my granddaughter) both loves cats. Being an only child, my granddaughter thinks of her cat, Peaches, as a sister almost. She loves her so. There is another cat they call doctor, it's black like Libbey, but it's personality is different then Peaches. So I know how you feel about this cat. They tend to fill up a room. Thanks for the pictures and story.

Blessings to you.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 26, 2015:

This is a beautiful 'love story' Patricia. Miss Libby is so very blessed to have found a mom like you. I felt your love for her throughout your heart-felt rescue of this precious kitty. The photographs with captions tugged at my heart. I giggled and cried at the same time. Bless you both.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 26, 2015:

I readily admit that I have never been a cat person....until Bev and I got we have Josie, and she runs the household, demanding of us, insisting on everything...and I love that damned cat. She's got an attitude that is totally unacceptable and lovable all at the same time.

In other words, I loved this hub.

Blessings and hugs heading your way


Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on September 26, 2015:

O Jackie...I hope she is so heartbreaking when that happens (it happened to me too but thankfully she returned after 3 long, heartwrenching weeks),,,Miss Libby girl is a peach of a kitty.

Angels are on the way and hopefully will guide your sweet kitty home, Jackie.


drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 25, 2015:

Your photos are precious, Patricia - so indicative of the moods that kitties express without words. Well, you know what they say: dogs have owners and kitties have staff.

Libby and your own pets are very fortunate to have you around.

CosetteClareese from Battle Creek MI on September 25, 2015:

Aww that was the sweetest thing ever! Thank you for this sweet story.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 25, 2015:

This made me miss my cat that has been gone for weeks now. It is her third time missing but she made it back the first two times. She is so beautiful I think she is being stolen and if I get her back again she will not be allowed outside unless I am right with her!

Libby is beautiful too and I bet she is a wonderful new friend to have! My last kitty lived almost 20 years and it is very hard to be without a feline friend!

Great story, thanks for sharing it with us.

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