Princess Feral Kitty

The Betterly household is officially a house of cats. It hasn’t always been like that because truth be told I would adore a dog, but cats adopt us. Oli aka Princess Feral Kitty is a Maine Coon that came to us as a kitten found in our wood pile. Her actual name is Oliver because we thought she was a he. She would walk back and forth at the far end of the property and go in and out of our barn. I always called to her and prayed she’d come and let us love her. I don’t believe in outdoor pets because they don’t get the love, shelter and attention they need, never the less, we fed and watered her regularly.


2 years ago last June my darling Thomas, a Basset-Beagle mix passed away and broke my heart. We went on vacation and when we came home found 2 baby kittens in the barn. Right away we knew Oliver was an Oli. We waited and waited and we didn’t see her so we brought them in and raised them with bottles. It was an adventure to be sure and with the help of my readers and family these two kittens thrived. I would still see Oli walking the back of the property and sometimes stopping to “meow” as if to say “you took my children”. I felt guilty and again wished she would come and let us love her.

When the kittens were 4 weeks old my husband heard meowing in my dad’s barn (my parents live next door). When he went to investigate he found Oli huddling under the car and 3 more kittens the same age as the ones we had. They were darling and beautiful so all together 5 kittens survived, an Orange, Black, Cream and 2 Calicos.


We brought them in and the cream colored one had pine pitch stuck to his nose. He had some type of infection and a hole in his neck. He was also about the 1/3rd of size of the others. We took him to the vet who wasn’t sure he’d live, but with lots of loving care he did.


These kittens were well loved but we knew two things: we couldn’t keep them all and they needed, along with mama to be fixed. Our Humane Society has a program that will spay and neuter all the kittens at no charge if you fix the mother cat. We had never really been successful at capturing Oli and on the occasions that we did we were afraid of her. But catch her we did and hauled all of them in. I was a bit amused with the idea of them trying to get Oli out of the cage.

This happened to be my Birthday and I prayed to God He would gift me with that cat.  That he would help us help Oli and tame her. After their procedures were done the vet assistant called me and said, “Joie, Oli is a really really nice cat but she’s scared. If you want to tame her leave her in the cage and expose her to the human touch.” Since it was winter we had already decided to keep her inside until she was fully healed, and I thought I would try hard to make this beautiful girl into a house cat.


Over the few months from the birth of the kittens and after the learning curve I went through, we were were amazed. Oli was drugged when we brought them home and I pulled her out of the cage and laid her in my lap. I pet her, talked to her and tried to soothe her. She was so beautiful. She had been through so much, and out of fear wasn’t letting anyone help her life get better.


We kept one of the Calico cats and the Cream colored cat naming them Izzy & Vanilla. We KNEW Vanilla was going to require special attention because he was the runt and “special” and didn’t want to give him to someone that might not be prepared to care for him. After a few days Oli stopped hissing from her cage. We were no longer afraid to put the food and water in her cage, and she even let us change her litter box. We also learned how much she loved her babies and observed her trying to feed Vanilla her cat food even through the bars of her cage.


Today (2 1/2 years later), Oli is still a little skiddish but she is a doll. She is our princess and loved beyond words. I brought home what is now referred to the Princess Pillow.  I specifically told her to stay off it as I plopped it on the couch, and she promptly climbed on top meowing. She sleeps on “her” pillow  every day. She’s extremely boisterous and you never have to wonder what she’s thinking. While I would like to refer to her as  the Taming of the Shrew, truth be told she taught us how to treat her.  She is now living her happily ever after with 2 of her babies that she dotes on.

35 comments for “Princess Feral Kitty

  1. Erin K.
    February 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Your cats are beautiful. Unfortunately, we cannot have one in the house due to my husband being allergic. They are such gentle and loving creatures that are full of personality. Thank you for sharing this story.

  2. Maryann D.
    February 9, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I am so happy you helped Oli and all the other kitties. I am sure they all appreciate your love and help!

  3. Laurie Lanni
    February 9, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing!
    Wonderful all is good
    ~Big Hugs Peace n Love~!

  4. Auntiepatch
    February 10, 2017 at 3:01 am

    What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Tina Alexander
    February 10, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Heartwarming! Beautiful kitties and this is truly inspirational!

  6. Lynne B
    February 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I truly enjoyed reading your story. I’m sorry about your dog but it seems when one door closes…

  7. denise low
    February 10, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you for the story. Sorry to hear about Thomas.

  8. Ann
    February 10, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing this story, and for sharing your love with these lovely cats. …And I just can’t get enough of the look on Princess Feral Kitty’s face, as she rests atop her royal pillow!

  9. February 12, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    They are beautiful!

  10. Sarah L
    February 13, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    What a sweet story. I’m glad you didn’t give up with Oli and let her into your life.

  11. Debbie Welchert
    February 16, 2017 at 11:18 am

    What a great story. A little love goes a long way. We take in abused birds and here I sit with my wonderful parrot sitting on my shoulder listening to him telling me he loves me. I’ve had him for a while now and I hope he knows that this is his forever home. I couldn’t imagine life without him.

  12. Sarah L
    February 18, 2017 at 3:03 am

    My friend befriended a feral cat. She’s still a bit feral, but mostly not.

  13. denise low
    February 18, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. You have a cute one here.

  14. February 20, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Sarah L. Your comment left me laughing and having to explain this to my husband in a chair across the room. For those that have never had or known a feral cat her comment “She’s still a bit feral, but mostly not.” you may not get but tis such a true statement.

    Feral cats can be tamed and domesticated but they keep a bit of wildness about them.

  15. Sue E
    February 21, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Your experience sounds similar to ours. A few of our neighbors and us, fed a beautiful stray cat. We would put some food and a bowl of milk outside our doors. It took a while, but eventually she started coming closer and closer to us when we would open the door to fill her bowls or just try to bond with her. Then we didn’t see her for awhile. My husband, who was not a cat person, even started worrying about her. Finally our next door neighbor came over with tears in her eyes. She told us how the cat was pregnant and had 6 babies in this one neighbor’s garage. And how animal welfare was searching for this cat, because she bit the little girl’s hand whose garage her babies were born in.
    Well the neighbor said her and her husband quickly took the babies while the little girl was at the doctor for her hand and animal welfare was searching for the momma. We took two kitties and each neighbor took one each of the remaining 4. We named one cat, Mocha and the other one, Tiger. Well when we took them to the vet, he told us that Tiger was a female! Boy we’re we fooled! Anyway, my eldest daughter adopted Tiger, because our grandson took a big shining to her and kept the name. We still have Mocha. She is such a character and my husband loves her! As a matter of fact, she loves him! She sleeps between us! I was having a couple of health issues since we adopted Mocha into our family and found out that I am mildly allergic to her!! But oh well. I think my hubby would give me up now before he gave up the cat!
    On a very sad note – animal welfare found the momma cat and put her to sleep, because she was a stray & bit the little girl. We were all sad & mad! We knew that the momma cat bit that little girl, because she was probably protecting her babies!! ????

  16. February 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

    What a beautiful story Sue. Beautiful and sad. We live outside of town and there are farms sprinkled here and there so there are a lot of feral cats. Some want to be with humans and some don’t. We don’t push it but we’ve caught some re-homed some. There are a couple that live in our barn and we put food out for them but let them be.

    Oli was one of two kittens a neighbor threw out because she didn’t want them. They were just babies. I’m not sure what happened to her brother and I hope and picture in my mind that he is happy with a family.

    When it comes to domestic animals there are vicious bites, defensive bites and even love bites and I think each case should be evaluated. It’s so sad that the cat was put to sleep for taking care of her young.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  17. Sherry Keef
    February 23, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    She looks like my ragdoll kittie but I think mine is prettiest.

  18. Katt Lewis
    February 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I miss my Prettyboy. He was a Maine coon born in Orlando, and died a month after my house burnt down here in North Florida. I have dogs now. Prettyboy was around for 14 yrs, not sure any cat could take his place.

  19. Kayla Klontz
    February 24, 2017 at 2:48 am

    She is such a pretty cat!

  20. Margaret Appel
    February 24, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    What a lovely happily ever after for Princess Oli! I live in the suburbs but that doesn’t mean we don’t have strays. My big orange & white Tiger showed up 3 years ago & insisted he lived here. I never found who he belonged to & decided he was a dumpee due to his predisposition to bite. He was about 6 months old & already spayed. I really didn’t want to let him in, I already had 5 rescue kitties but the night it was supposed to go down below freezing, I opened the door & told him come on in. He made himself right at home & at night he sleeps next to me on one of my big fluffy pillows.

  21. Amber Ludwig
    February 25, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Aw, I just LOVE this!! Mine and my hubby’s family are both kitty collectors of the barn type and outcasts!! We love them all so much <3

  22. Trisha Carlson
    February 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Awww god bless you. I just love this. You are such a great person for helping all these kittens!

  23. Geri Sandoval
    February 26, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Great and beautiful post! Thanks for sharing your story.

  24. February 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Your furbabies are adorable! I love the stories. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Linda Manns Linneman
    February 27, 2017 at 9:07 am

    This is such a heart touching story. Most people would not have done what you did. God Bless you for seeing and expecting the best in her.

  26. Elizabeth Brooks
    February 27, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Thanks for sharing, so awesome

  27. Sally Gearhart
    February 27, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    What an amazing thing you did! I really enjoyed your story. I have 4 cats and been in similar situations. Your babies are beautiful!

  28. Terri S
    March 5, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I don’t believe in outdoor pets either. For me, a pet is a member of the family and deserves to be free inside the house. I only have one cat, Lois. I had Kitty for just over 17 years when she passed about 2 1/2 years ago. Kitty’s real name was Dodger, because I also thought she was a he…This was a great posting…thank you for sharing.

  29. Irene Lirette
    March 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Your fur babies are beautiful! I have 2 of my own and a dog! They get along great, most of the time! lol All my pets are inside animals. I feel bad for pets that have to stay outside!!

  30. Cheryl Everitt
    March 17, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    This is a beautiful testament of a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing.

  31. gloria patterson
    March 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Tears………… thanks for a beautiful caring story

  32. Sherry Keef
    April 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I love my 2 cats and spoil them accordingly.

  33. Jessica Rouse
    April 17, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Awh thanks for sharing. Wonderful story 🙂

  34. Cindy S.
    May 19, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Aw….sweet kitties. I have always been a dog lover but I have known some very wonderful cats that I would love to have as pets. Sadly, my hubby is allergic so it is not an option. 🙁

  35. Linda Szymoniak
    July 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    We’ve had a number of stray cats that became part of our family (found wandering and couldn’t find the owner, but they were friendly and tame). I took in my first feral kitty just over a year ago, but as Kotoha was just two weeks old, she didn’t have the usual transition as a feral. I’ve actually had more experience working with dogs who had no socialization with humans than cats. It’s a shame there are so many of each.

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