I've never really been a 'cat' guy. Well, when it comes to mammals I mean. Fish are another story... We've had cats in the past that, for whatever reason, liked to torment me by doing things like putting garbage in my shoes or peeing on my pillow. We have a full grown cat now, Chaplin, who gave us some trouble at first, but is pretty well-mannered these days since the "manhood removal." He's really my wife's cat though. We're friendly, but mostly we just share living space.
So when this little tabby kitten showed up one day a few months back while I was putting in at the river, I wasn't exactly springing into action.
She was all up in my business, getting in my kayak and trying to climb me and perch on my shoulder. The more I assessed the situation, the more it looked like she had just been dumped off down by the river. A twinge of empathy. But I was going fishing. So that's what I did. I didn't get off the water until after dark and by that time it was getting pretty chilly out. I had barely pulled the yak out of the water and I heard her meowing and running across the parking lot down the ramp. She jumped right back in my kayak. "You're still here? We already have a cat. You're not moving in." I loaded up with her underfoot the entire time. And I have to confess that I made an attempt to leave her. I took her way out into the grass and jumped in my truck so I could pull out without her underneath me. But my headlights lit her up as she was making leaps and bounds over the big tufts of grass to get back to me.
It was going to be the first really frigid weekend of the year. If an owl or a coyote didn't get her she was probably going to die from exposure. I was already feeling the guilt.
I opened the door and she jumped in.
She's a full-fledged member of the tribe now. I have to admit it feels weird to have bonded with a cat. They say the sometimes your pet chooses you, and I'd have to say that seems to be the case in this instance. No idea why. Maybe she just misunderstood the Whisker Seeker sticker on the back of my truck... #rescue#cat#downbytheriver#catfishing#WhiskerSeekerTackle
Loads of fun this weekend! I spent the weekend in a cabin at lake #redrock along with the rest of the Iowa @whiskerseekertackle prostaff and teamed up with Amy Smith and my buddy Spencer from @rivercertified to fish the #icats catfish tournament. I got pushed well outside my comfort zone on this one but I had a great time and learned some new tricks that I'm looking forward to trying from the kayak. Great food, great people and great fishing. It doesn't get much better than that!