A stray cat often came to Floreak's house for food. After spending some time with her new friend, Ida realized that she was pregnant. “One day, Salami started meowing insistently at my door at 5 a.m. I had started feeding her at this point so she knew to come by but she had never been so insistent."
Artist Ida Floreak is originally from Massachusetts but has been living in New Orleans for 10 years now. Recently, the artist noticed a stray cat hanging around her house. Having a pet cat of her own (who might be the one behind invitation), Ida named her new guest Salami.
“My cat Bruce is a 7-year-old Siamese, and about twice her size. He’s big and very rude but I love him. Salami does too — he’s the reason she started coming by. I would let him outside for a little while and they would hang out in the backyard together. When he would come back in, she started to follow him. Now they hang out all day, nap together, and groom each other. It’s very sweet,” Floreak told.
After spending some time with her new pet, Ida realized that she was pregnant. “One day, Salami started meowing insistently at my door at 5 a.m. I had started feeding her at this point so she knew to come by, but she had never been so insistent and certainly never so early. Salami came inside and just meowed at me for a few hours so I figured something was about to happen; she was so round at that point,” Foreak explained.
Floreak let the cat in and provided her with blankets and important stuff for giving birth. “Salami lives with me now. I was able to get her fixed and vaccinated, and she and Bruce hang out all day together. She’s adjusted really well, and is a very sweet and loving little cat. All of the kittens have gone to friends: one is in Mississippi, and the other three are all in my neighborhood. I’m glad I get to still have a connection with them,” Floreak added.
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