As some of you know, the Mr. Kitty Project has been ongoing for a little over a month now. For background information on this story, you can go to the original post at: https://bree1972.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/the-mr-kitty-projectevening-walks-82009/
Since the day I left my contact information with someone in the Mission Point gift shop, Ted and I both have been to Mission Point quite often – not specifically to look for Mr. Kitty, but just on different outings over there at different times. Each time we would go, we made a special effort to look for the elusive cat, asking if she had been seen, giving out our number again – no luck. We have had spottings by Jeanine from her taxi, but she has never been close enough to take her picture.
Ted and I were at Mission Point the other day and asked once again in the gift shop about Mr. Kitty. One of the young men who has worked at Mission Point for years finally ‘fessed up to what happened after I left my name and number the first time, and asked them to see if they could catch the cat so I could have Dr. Al take a look at her.
It seems the Mission Point Resort employees all consider Mr. Kitty “their” cat, and they didn’t want her to leave. After the word got out that someone wanted to adopt her, they all got together and decided as a group NOT to catch her.
According to this young man, Mr. Kitty is a very happy outdoor cat. Someone is there at the resort all summer and all winter to provide food and water for her. She is very friendly, but DOES NOT tolerate being picked up. The wounds on her back that were a concern in August were from a run-in with a raccoon that was trying to steal her food one night. Mr. Kitty won that battle, and the wounds have since healed.
Mr. Kitty also seems to be quite smart. In the past, an eagle has “stalked” chipmunks and squirrels on the grounds at Mission Point, and could easily have carried off Mister Kitty also. When the cat spotted the eagle nearby, she would go into “the wind tunnel”, a long enclosed area behind the hotel where garbage, etc. is processed. Then she would wait until one of the employees was walking in the direction she wanted to go. She would then walk out with them – knowing the eagle wasn’t going to attack a person.
So, it seems the adoption of Mr. Kitty would be fought tooth and nail by the employees of Mission Point, who say she showed up there in 2003. There was a flyer circulating that year about a missing cat that met her description. Mission Point called the number and told the people that they had found her, but her people never came. She has been Mission Point’s cat ever since.
There is a vet on the island all year, and I was assured that Mr. Kitty would be well taken care of if medical issues should arise.
She has become something of a celebrity over the years, with people asking about her when they return year after year, as did the couple who wanted to adopt her. The young man also said that a lot of visitors have their picture made with Mr. Kitty as she suns herself on the drive in front of the resort.
So it seems that Mr. Kitty loves her rather vagabond life as the Mission Point cat, and Mission Point definitely loves Mr. Kitty. Maybe now that she knows she’s safe from being spirited away from her forever home, she’ll come out and let me get a picture of her!
Summer’s Last Stand
Today has been windy and chilly on the island, and rain and colder temperatures are forecast for Saturday. When I stepped outside to walk to town this afternoon, the air even had a different smell – crisp and sharp and cool enough to make my nose tingle when I took that first breath out on the backporch.
When I was walking around this week with my camera, I was amazed at how summer-like all the flowers still were. Even with some of the leaves changing, and with dry leaves blowing around the streets, the summer flowers are hanging on like they just can’t bear to give up and fade away.
Here are a few shots I took just three days ago – some from downtown and some out on the West Bluff.
I’m off tonight for a date with Ted (LOVE those Saturday night dates)! Will see you back here Monday morning, good Lord willing. God bless.