February 7th 2012 7:47 pm
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To bring the feral story up to date:
The weather has continued to be mild for a mid-Michigan winter. The pawrents haven’t seen a winter this warm since…well – ever! Hopefully it will continue, though the Mama always feels some concern when the weather changes drastically. Are we going to be missing the moisture later from that non-existent snow? But right now it’s in the ferals’ favor, so we’re grateful.
There’s never been a set number of porch visitors; the top count has been 11, but it varies considerably. Last night there were 8, including Mama Cat, Aunt Bobbie, Little Socks and Igor (more about him in a second). We know our neighbor across the road has been feeding the ferals as well, and in addition to the barn which some of them use part of the time, the Papa has seen that he’s put up another shelter this winter. So when we don’t see some of the crowd some days, it’s generally because they’re across the road.
Little Socks has apparently been fully adopted into the colony, and the good news is she even has her own little Valentine – Igor! They play together, eat together, and sleep together in one of the kitty condos. The bad news is that Igor was the Friendly Black that was taken by the Cat Whisperer for fostering before placing out. According to the foster people, F.B. would never calm down and was a “biter”. The folks had told them if he didn’t work out, that we’d take him back – well, they took us up on that. The pawrents are thinking now that this is the little male who, for the spaying gig, had been the hardest trapping, and who bit the Papa pretty hard during the transfer from the trap. They stopped transferring from the traps after that; just taking the cats in the traps to the spay clinic. Fortunately, Igor HAS been spayed, though Little Socks hasn’t. She’s probably 4 months old now, so she’ll need to go in sometime soon for spaying.
The other visitors – Big and Little Possum – are both doing well and looking bigger every day; they’re so ugly they’re cute! They continue to share the big shelter with some of the cats, though it does seem that when the weather is less cold, the cats tend to use the smaller shelters and the kitty condos. The pawrents have already decided when the winter passes, that they’re dismantling the big shelter in favor of a series of small units. The possums were always a possibility, but they’d hoped that the size of the colony would have been a sufficient deterrent. Wrong! :)
Taking care of the colony sounds like such rewarding work, we love reading about the kitties in the colony. and the care your pawrents give them. God bless them for caring for these precious lives.
Glad to hear the ferals are doing ok. Your paw rents are wonderful for taking care of them!
sam...de blessings oh st francis two yur mom N dad for helpin de kittehs N de possums two...itz hard werk...pretty soon ewe will need a trout towerz yur selves !!
You take such good care of the ferals! Your folks are awesome!
So happy to hear how well the ferals, especially Little Socks, are all doing! How sweet that Little Socks and Igor have each other :-) You have such a special mama and papa for looking out for our feral cousins :-) Those possums sound too funny for hanging out with the kitties! Maybe "survival of the fittest" at work? The possums doing what it takes to survive!
Sounds pretty exciting over there! All those kitties visiting your house. Its so great what your family is doing for all the ferals ♥.