Monday, February 3, 2014

Friendly Ferals

Sammy
Mini Mia

Patty O

In between snow and sleet storms, I managed to hang out with the 'o' cats this weekend.  I marvel at how friendly they have become; even Mama Mia who hates the camera.  She often rubs against my ankles, and has a lovely purr.  Sammy has been shy a lot this Winter; preferring to hang out inside a warm shelter. And yet he hung out with me long enough to pose.  Patty O is just a nut, as he often races around in the snow, playing with sticks and leaves, and pretending to chase the squirrels. He chirps at me when I get out of the car, and he will always put himself between me and the other cats.

When the feral cats first caught our attention, we couldn't get anywhere near them.  That's why building shelters out of scrap wood and Styrofoam coolers made sense.  Now, they are my very dear friends, and this wild Winter has caused me to reevaluate the set up.  I've been shopping online for insulated shelters, and there are some spectacular cedar cat homes that have everything I would wish for...for some really hefty price tags.  I will keep looking, and may even go DIY.  I don't mind going in and out; I just want my friends to have the very best I can provide.  We are pals!

P.S. Happy February!  Are we getting closer to Spring?  Hmm, the groundhog said NO.

3 comments:

  1. Aw, they love you for your care! You know, cats never forget this sort of thing. :-)

    P.S. It's snowing here tonight! (We desperately need the moisture.)

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  2. Your Sammy looks a little like my stray Squatty. It must be rewarding having them be friendly to you.

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  3. You are so wonderful to care for the ferals!! I know they greatly appreciate your kindness.

    Creek Cat mom here...I help take care of a TNR'd feral colony of about 12 in my town. Before the snow last week, we took a bunch of Rubbermaid tote shelters filled with hay out to the kitties. It was so great to check on them and see that they'd put them to good use. We don't get much snow in these parts, so we wanted to make sure they had shelter.

    Hugs and purrs,
    Maggie May and The Creek Cats

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