January 4th 2014 8:09 pm
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That's right, it was -2 last night and cold all day yesterday and today. Right now it is the warmest it has been all day (18 degrees) AT 10:30 at night. Yesterday we woke up to about 6+ inches of light fluffy snow. Mom was up at 6:30 because she was suppposed to have a breakfast meeting at 8:30 and then I was to be at the vet for a check-up and shots at 10:15. Our street was not plowed till about 8:30 so mom's meeting got moved to 10:30. She felt really bad about taking me out when it was so bitter cold. The vet isn;t far from the house, but it was the in and out and the cold car. So she called the vet and changed my appointment. They were fine about it and actually it open up room for some emergency calls they got that morning.
But, I know mother nature can be a little cruel too. Our outside friends are being so brave. The moms shoveled paths for them to travel around the yard, drink from the heated birdbath, and get to the other shelters that we made. We have two strays that are at our house in the morning and at night for food. I think I mentioned them before....Ron, the Daddy of some of my siblings and little Chatty Charlie. Charlie does not like rain or snow. He looks up at the sky and meows at it. It is like he is telling it to stop.
Charlie lives in a shed across the alley from our house. When he sees us out in the yard, he comes running down the path, yammmering all the way. We are not sure where Ron lives, we have seen him on porches all around the neighborhood. He is a free spirit and loves to wander. They are both friendly with us, although you can't pick up either one. They will both give their bellies for belly rubs though! They also, for the most part, get along well with each other.
We built two cat shelters and have them under our picnic table which we keep covered with a huge tarp. They don't really uses the shelters unless the weather is really bad.
Charlie has made it for all his meals. He eats, gets a drink, walks around a bit and then goes back to stay warm. Ron was here yesterday in the bitter cold, for breakfast and supper, but he did not come back today. We looked around for him and called for him, but no luck. We are not too worried, he is an old, wise street-smart cat and is probably holed up somewhere, maybe with better kibble, mol. He was gone for a couple of months (June - October) and then one day waltzed up to the back door like he was never gone at all. Oh Ron!
Well my friends, stay safe, stay warm, take care of your feral friends the best you can. I can't help but think that many of us could have been in the same boat as Ron and Charlie, but were fortunate enough to find our homes.
Thanks for all the Christmas presents! Sorry we didn't get a chance to send many out. But know that you are in our thoughts each day!
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OMC, that is cold!
We sure hope your outside furends will be OK. The weather is going into major deep freezer mode, at least here it is, and much worse further north & west.
We might get about 10mor more inches of snow over the next couple of days, our church has already cancelled services tomorrow.
We hope your (future) vet visit will go well...
It's cold here in Philly, too. Today it made it to 29 degrees, but it wasn't for long. Mommy has been with me inside the house since yesterday. It's a good thing you didn't go to the vet. It was too cold. It sounds like your moms are working hard to keep the outside kitties as warm as possible. Hopefully Ron will be back.
Brrr...it's really cold in Green Bay, too. Sending lots of purrs to all the animals outside.
As an update, when Mom went out to the trash cans last night with our "poop bags" (that's a whole other story) Ron was back and he was here for breakfast and dinner today. If any cat should have one of those camera collars, he should so we can see where he goes.
Today is also my brother Rusty's birthday. The old man turns 14 today!