This last year has been a year of drastic changes in our feral colony: some bad, mostly good. Shadow (pictured above) has been coming to our back porch bowl for a few years now, and is now letting me (Karen) pet her most times! She also enthusiastically headbutts Tabby (who follows me out of the house to go say hi).
Outdoor Fluffy Buddy, pictured here in late January, hasn't been seen since March or April. He may still be around, just have found other hunting grounds for the moment.
Tux hadn't been seen for over a year, but now makes regular appearances again! We're so glad he's doing well.
Little Bit and Starla are now both inside cats, and Little Bit's kittens all have wonderful homes. Starla is getting socialized more and more every day, and now comes out on her own most days to sit with my husband and snuggle when he gets home from work.
The little shelter we built on the porch hasn't been used, because all the ferals now prefer the basement/laundry room. We're glad they feel comfortable inside there.
it is good to hear there is more good than bad to report. thank you for taking care of the kittys. if only more people cared.
Happy National Feral Cat Day!!!
What a good thing you do taking care of all these kitties! Happy Feral Cat Day!
Aww.. how sweet! So good to take care of these precious kitties.
Our Munchkin and Soot were the offspring of a feral. We tried to resuce 'Mama,' but it was too late. After we'd had Soot and Munchkin for about a year or two, 'Mama' turned up pregnant again...had one kitten, and abandoned it. We caught her (easily), and took her to the vet along with the kitten.
We were going to have 'Mama' spayed, and rescue her, but sadly, the vet found she was still carrying another baby that had died.
When they did the blood test prior to the spay proceedure, they found she had feline aids, and she had to be put down.
The little kitten she abandoned did not make it: it had gotten too cold. We don't know how old 'Mama' was, but she'd been loose in the neighborhood ever since we moved in in '03, and all of this happened in '06. So sad.
Since 'Mama' has been gone, there do not seem to be any ferals around anymore...if there are, they hide well. We think she alone was responsible for 90% of the ferals that were in the area.
The only 'loose' cats we see now are a few belonging to neighbors who do not keep their cats indoors all the time.
That is so nice of you to take care of those kitties.
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