In spring 2013, an outgoing tenant abandoned a female kitten to the basement. For many weeks, it hid in the shadows. Then she timidly befriended the super and other tenants. Not long after that, a large grey alley cat made friends with her, too, and by summer’s end, she was a very young mother.
After successfully nursing three females and one male for two months with the help of the super and tenants, the mother was taken to get her shots and spayed.
Attention was given to make sure the kittens were people friendly. The super’s daughter and a former tenant each adopted one of the females, while the other two found homes with the help of a posting on the website, Craigslist.
The proud mother cat now patrols her territory, greeting those doing laundry and doing her part in keeping mice away. The occurrence of mice dropped dramatically once she took up residence downstairs 2 ½ years ago.
Feel free to say hi. She’s very friendly. She was never given a name. Try “Here Kitty, Kitty.”