October 18th 2013 4:29 pm
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Tig's Momma Renee here... first off I was able to trap 2 of the last 3 ferals yesterday. I thought they were both females & one was getting pudgy so I was convinced "she" was pregnant. I thought the younger was the baby of Bunny, the 1 year old. So imagine my surprise when I called yesterday afternoon to "check on my girls" when they told me they were both MALES! OK - well maybe we need to rethink the names Bunny & Baby-Cat. Anyways, there is only one left & it is definitely a boy. He is very friendly, which makes me think he got dumped or lost. No signs are up, and I have been trying to see if he is lost, but around here - I doubt it. So Fritz will at least get neutered next week & get food & pets every day. So here is my ode to the ferals in honor of Feral Cats Day 10/16.
I see you in the alley, little one - dirty & scared, looking for anything you can find to eat - I see you eating the corn from the bird feeders. My heart breaks, and I find some food for you. I know you cannot trust, as so many places shoo you away, or worse. But little cat, welcome to my yard. It is safe here, there are bushes to nap under, lawn chairs to laze on, a cool patio in the shade when it is hot, a fountain with running water, and when the cold comes, there is shelter with nice warm straw. Here you will get 2 meals at least a day, and there are toys to play with - so that yes, for a little while, you can just be a cat, and not fear the unknown that you must face every day. Here you will get a name, here you will get sung to, here you will get talked to, and if you allow it, a good scratch & pet. Did I mention the occasional chicken & fish? Here you will not have to worry about having kittens or fighting - that option will be removed for you. I wish I could find you all homes, but I know that all of you would not be content with that either. I was able to rescue some of you, and you are off living wonderful lives with families, but to the rest of you, I offer all I can to each of you - you will have love, and will know what it is like to be part of a little family. I will fight for you if need be, watch over you best as I can, keep you as healthy as possible. I can only hope that one day, it will be rare to see a feral, but in the meantime my little ones, you can call this HOME. I salute your fight for survival every day, and I love you all...
To my little feral family: Fluff, Inky, Scaredy, Onyx, Mini-me, Tiptoe, Peanut, Jazzy, Bunny, BC & Fritz
In Loving Memory of: Boots - Rest in Peace at the Rainbow Bridge
To: Rocky,Tipper,Penguin, Panda & Foxy-I hope you are ok wherever you went off to, or are at peace.
And to those that have found a home: Felix (with me!) Cooper, Tazi, Jett & Pearl- have a happy life!
As you can see, with the exception of a few that were not related, how quickly cats can multiply. This was all before I found help at Triple R Pets to TNR my group (and they found my woodpile made a nice place to have litters). Now there is only the 11 - whew!
To all of you - give your kitty an extra pet for those out there that do not always get one.
Soft pawtaps to you all...
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Hope you can catch that last boy and get him a good home. Thank you so much for your kindness to those cats.
Your mom is an earthly angel for caring for and helping feral kitties. Ferals are welcome in our yard too and we have an outbuilding too where several older altered ferals live a safer indoor life. Mom has TNR'd a number of ferals and some of them now are being fed by neighbors as well as Mom and one neighbor even keeps her garage door partly open in inclement weather for these altered ferals. These cats have been welcomed by these neighbors because they ARE altered and not fighting, spraying, or having kittens.