Eugenia and Marco live at Reggio Emiliaa rural municipality ofItaly populated by many stray cats. The woman had always lived with tomcats. When she met Marcoshe already had Margherita and Giovannathe 2 queens of the house.
One year later, Brigitta came to enlarge the family. The unfortunate one-month-old girl had been found in the middle of the road by a neighbour. She was watching over her deceased brother. So the couple took her under their wing and bottle-fed her day and night.
Thus, since 2014, the household composed of 2 humans and 3 felines lived happily.
A wild cat shows the tip of its nose
In September 2021, Eugenia and Marco spotted an extremely skinny young wild cat with matted fur in their garden who wouldn’t let anyone approach him. He came to take advantage of the bowl left by the couple for visitors such as cats, hedgehogs and other small animals.
“He came from the fields every evening. He was so scared that if he caught us watching him from afar, he would run away. In addition to the croquettes, we brought a bowl of mash twice a day. But he was still terrified and we thought it wouldn’t be possible to adopt him. It seemed like he would never trust us.”lamented Eugenia at La Stampa.
The couple did not give up, however, and the months passed without any improvement being felt. But in January 2022, when the temperatures were negative, the wild tom named Tommino agreed to occupy the cozy basket placed especially for him in the barn. From there, he could observe the comings and goings of his future masters and gradually came to realize that they were harmless.
Eugenia was very sad to see Tommino live in the cold while his house was wide open to him. “On the evening of January 13, we opened the door and put the bowl in the dining room. I hid and the very hungry cat decided to come in”explained the good Samaritan.
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Tommino never left again. He had decided to trust his new masters and thanked them warmly with his most beautiful purrs and hugs. “For more than a month, he did not put a paw outside. In my opinion he was afraid to return to the cold”said Eugenia.
The 3 duchesses have accepted the newcomer. The couple therefore lives today with 4 rescue cats. Marco assured that it would be the last…