Katz Luv Us all began in the back yard of a Victorian in San Jose. A feral tortoise-shell cat named Macha had the first litter of kittens, born in January, 1999. The two little black kittens scampered about in the back yard in the cool, brisk days of February. The neighbor and I thought they belonged to the lady in the cottage behind the Victorian, but to our surprise, they were owned by nobody.
So we took it upon ourselves to feed the kittens. After six months, Miedo and Macho were growing into large kittens. Macha (or Mama Kitty) was pregnant again. I could not bear to see this cycle continue, so in June of 2000 I rented a trap and began trapping for the first time. Miedo was the first cat to go in the trap. I had to bribe Macha (Mama Kitty) to come into my apartment. She was too smart for a trap, which is common for feral mother cats.
The next day, we took Miedo and Macha to the Humane Society to be tested for feline lukemia and AIDS, and to be spayed and neutered. Macho, the other kitten, was rescued at first by the next-door neighbor, who had her spayed. She was a very affectionate cat, which led her to a good life as a domesticated cat.
Macha's second litter, which she had kept hidden, had five kittens. In July of 2000, I began feeding the one-month-old kittens every morning. Two of the black kittens were very friendly as they munched on their food. After two weeks of freedom and play, I picked up, with my hands, the first black feral kitten. I put him in a box and named him Primero ("First"). The rest of the litter, Gordo ("Fat," black), Gemela ("Twin," black), Pantero ("Panther," black), and Guapita ("Tiny beautiful," tortoise-shell), I caught in a trap. These were the first feral kittens to be rescued as Katz Luv Us.
I currently own Primero and Gemela. I still go visit their mother, Macha, who to this day will eat out of my hand as a feral cat. Macho, from the first litter, lives with Paul, my partner.
So this is the story of Katz Luv Us.