Monday, October 27, 2008

Friday the Thirteenth And The Black Cat

It was late at night on Friday the thirteenth in October 2000. I kept hearing what sounded like a kitten crying. After going out on the porch to see if I could still hear the noise, I realized it was a kitten crying and it sounded like the crying was coming from the big tree in the front yard. I went inside to get a flashlight, then I walked over to the tree to investigate. The crying was coming from up in the tree. When I shined the flashlight in the tree, I could see a tiny little black body and two big yellow eyes.

The kitten was about 10 feet up in the tree and I wasn't sure how I was going to rescue the poor thing, so I just kept talking to the kitten trying to sooth it while I thought about what I could do. Suddenly the kitten jumped towards me. I tried to catch it, but it landed on the ground in front of me.

I picked the kitten up and took it inside. It drank warm milk and ate canned cat food, and purred! My two cats came out to investigate and did a lot of hissing. The little kitten didn't seem to pay any attention to their aggressiveness at all. I had the feeling that the kitten had decided this was it's home because it was in a warm place, had food and drink, and me to cuddle it.

It didn't take me long to realize that the kitten had fleas, so I gave it a flea bath. That is when I discovered it was a girl.

This picture was taken the next day.

My son named the kitten, Pearl. She was our black pearl that came to us on a a cold, windy Friday the thirteenth night.

Pearl lives with my son and his other cat Bitsy. She is a wonderful, loving cat.


  1. Pearl was a cute kitty, and now a beautiful silky lady! I think stray cats have a sense about who the cat lovers are and they seek them out!

  2. I work with Black Cat Rescue ( in Boston, MA (USA). I found your post while searching for information about black cat adoption rates.

    Black Cat Rescue is a no-kill, all-volunteer network of foster homes dedicated to saving the lives of homeless black cats and kittens by providing them with quality foster care while actively seeking loving, permanent adoptive homes. We are currently seeking new foster homes in the Boston area and thought you might be able to help.

    Black cats experience lower adoption rates, particularly within kill-shelter environments. For this reason, we're dedicated to assisting individuals and other organizations with the care and adoption of black cats. Fostering has a significant impact on saving the lives of animals.

  3. She's adorable! It's so sweet that you found each other.