Stray visi­tors

Ja­nine finds more than she bar­gained for in the chicken run

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north­ern France are gen­er­ally feral and vi­cious. I car­ried it into the house and it be­gan cry­ing, a low wail. Its feet and tail were sat­u­rated and ice cold.

It was a boy cat I dis­cov­ered when I dried him off as best I could. My neigh­bour rec­om­mended a hair dryer - it gets their tem­per­a­ture up quickly ap­par­ently. Then I sat in front of the fire hold­ing him tight with a blan­ket round him. He went to sleep. As soon as I put him down he cried, so I took the morn­ing off and just sat and held him un­til I felt he was warm enough to stay wrapped up on a chair in front of the fire. He stayed with me for a couple of weeks and then de­cided to leave, a lot fat­ter than when he ar­rived and hope­fully with a fight­ing chance to make it through the win­ter.

Hav­ing taken in three stray dogs and six cats al­ready I don’t really want more. But, if he re­turns, per­haps just one more lit­tle one might not be too cat-as­trophic.

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