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.