A few weeks ago, I was in the kitchen and heard Mattie's and Little Debbie's strident arguing. They were having an animated "discussion" about something. I peeked around the corner and into the back hall to see them standing at the back door and staring out through the glass storm door at something on the concrete slab outside the back door. I quietly sat on the top step of the four steps that went down to the door and proceeded to eavesdrop.
Little Debbie: What's going on here? The staff has been giving our uneaten food to that cat.
Mattie (hissing): I've also noticed Daniel has been OPENING cans of our favorite cat food for that cat.
Little Debbie: And look at her -- or him! Getting chubbier and chubbier! Eating OUR food!
Mattie: I wonder if it's a boy cat or a girl cat. Maybe staff would invite him -- or her -- inside and we could have a new friend to chat with and snuggle up to. That cat actually looks harmless enough.
Little Debbie: A boy cat would be fun. Boy cats are soooooooo laid back! I miss Kuro. It would be cool to have a boy cat around again.
Mattie: The way this cat is getting chubby, I'm wondering if she's a girl. It might not be food that's making her chubby.
Little Debbie: What do you mean? Do you think she has a tumor?
Mattie (sighing): YOU think! Didn't your mother ever have The Talk with you? "The birds and the bees" talk? Feral girl cats loose outside. Feral boy cats loose outside. February is mating season. This cat might be pregnant.
Little Debbie (eyes wide): Ooooooooooooooo!!!!!! KITTENS! I can picture the fun already! We'll finally have PETS!
Mattie: And we need to somehow convince staff to get her inside before they are born. They don't have a prayer of surviving outdoors. Not with the coyotes that have moved into this neighborhood.
Mattie and Little Debbie sighed in unison and continued to watch the black-and-white visitor.
Deep in thought about defenseless kittens and hungry coyotes, I stood up and tiptoed back into the kitchen.