Slinky in the Garden

Slinky's Domain

Slinky’s Domain

Slinky Malinki, our shiny black kitty, arrived a few years back. Her haunting green eyes, spoke of unhappy lives; slight moves put her on the attack.

We fed her each day; she would eat and run away, returning each night for a meal.

Should I venture a reach? She would greet me with teeth, trying to pet her lost all its appeal.

Slinky gradually came ‘round, but remains leery and unbound, affection is given with care.

Now she sleeps near my pillow and head-butts my face, it’s hands she continues to fear.  Each passing year, a little less fear, what I wouldn’t give to let her know she’s safe.

Slinky Near the Strawberry Patch

Slinky Near the Strawberry Patch

Like a Sunflower, Slinky Rotates with the Sun

Like a Sunflower, Slinky Rotates with the Sun

Proud Lady

Proud Lady

Making Progress

Making Progress

Did you know:

  • Cats head-butt as a way of showing affection.
  • Feral cats can be tamed.  Here is an informative, compassionate article written by The Lucky Few
  • We named our Slinky after a wonderful children’s book: Slinky Malinki by New Zealand writer Lynley Dodd

16 thoughts on “Slinky in the Garden

    • Thank you, Sharon. We’ve come a long way. She still bites when startled so we’re all a bit leery. But she now asks to come in every single night, and settles down on her little blanket next to my pillow and purrs. Progress to be sure.

      I would like to see the fear in her eyes go away. I also wish Lindy wouldn’t chase her.


  1. You continue to amaze me with your vast knowlege of every manner of things. I tried to capture several ferrel cats in my daughters apartment complex last fall with no success. I’m looking for a live trap online so once I get back up there I will be better armed with tools and now information. Lots of people were feeding them but that didn’t get them to a vet for spaying and neutering. It breaks my heart. I will print out several copies of the post by “a lucky few” with the website so others will have the information as well. Thank you so much


    • Blushing here! Thank you so much for spreading the word, and for your good-hearted efforts. If you contact local shelters or animal rescue groups in the area, they can probably lend you a humane trap, or assist in the capture of the kitties.

      You’re right about the spay/neuter problem. They are destined to reproduce over and over again, further the enormous overpopulation. It’s very sad.

      Let me know how you do when you get there. And thanks for reading and commenting.


  2. I adore that picture of you lovin’ up Slinky. I think our little Petals looks a lot like Slinky, she’s usually a mamma’s cat while Blossum just absolutely loves Jim to smitherines…he can pick her up and carry her around forever, he gets all the head butts and she sleeps at his feet. They’re both rescues and both very loveable, I just think they’re very grateful for bringing them home.


    • Thank you! It is such a compliment when she approaches me for some love. She does look a lot like Petals, though Petals seems a lot more relaxed. It’s funny what cats choose. Our 15 year old Beijing follows Mike around and waits for him to sit on the couch. She is in his lap within minutes and remains there. I often think she wonders where he goes during the day (she sleeps on my son’s bed or the couch), but as soon as he is on the scene, she’s ready for him.

      Our cat Lindy is equal opportunity and Slinky is all mine. I’m smiling thinking of Jim carrying Blossum around. So sweet.


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