Friday, July 11, 2014

Feral Friday

In our town, there are many feral cat colonies.  When the economy tanked people could not afford their homes and they left their cats behind when they moved.


This week the caretaker of a colony near the mom's work was hospitalized unexpectedly, and for an indefinite period of time.  The mom volunteered to help and is taking care of them in the evenings.


This pretty little silver kitty was the first one the mom saw.

The next day she was surprised to see not one 
but three silver kitties.
Look at that face!  OMC!
It reminds the mom of her first cat, Leia.

 There are five kitties in this picture.
Can you find them?
It's a little eerie knowing there are a dozen sets of eyes watching you
yet you don't see any of them,
you just know they are there.

I've circled the third silver kitty and one of two all black ones.
They are all so shy, grabbing a mouth full of food and
running back into the under growth to eat.

Although this colony was TNR'ed
some of the cats look like they don't have clipped ears.
Perhaps they are newbies or maybe the entire colony wasn't caught.
Time for the binoculars!
And maybe the traps.

 The mom's first cats, Attila (L) and Leia (R).

We wish everyone a great weekend!  Sunday is Oui Oui's & Mica Minnie Moo's Gotcha Day, so stop on by!  We are having a Comment-A-Thon here and a Post-A-Thon at the Tabby Cat Club to benefit PAWS, the shelter featured in Animal Shelter Volunteer Life with Moosey, Gracie, Zoe, meowmeowmans and Tracey.

34 comments:

Lone Star Cats said...

That's pawsome your momma is helpin out!

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Poor kitties - my human can't even fathom leaving a cat behind, no matter the economy!

Vanessa Morgan said...

Poor kitties. I think you will need the traps too.

Patty Woodland said...

The Farm cats love a party!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

So kind of your Mom to help take care of those kitties!

Purrs,
The Chans

Fuzzy Tales said...

*Thank you* to your mom for helping out. And purrs to the caretaker who now is hospitalized.

Our city has a lot of feral cat colonies too, some managed, some not. It's an epidemic no matter where you live, because so many humans still are uneducated or uncaring re: spay/neuter.

So kudos to all the volunteers who work tirelessly to help.

Peace.

Marg said...

Wow, good for Mom to help with the feral cats. That is terrific. Wonder if they haven't been fixed. Maybe someone could ask the person that used to feed them. Anyway, thanks from us for feeding them.

The Island Cats said...

That is very nice of your mom to help out with the feral kitties. They look well-cared for, though it does make us sad to know that they were left behind and now hafta live outside.

Brian said...

Thanks for helping those sweeties, we know they appreciate you.

Pat Hatt said...

They sure give you a glare, but sure they appreciate it indeed.

LP said...

Sad that so many people see this, "throwing" cats outdoors for evermore , as an alternative to being responsible for their cat for the entirety of the cat's life.
Glad that your Mama is helping out. We know the feral cats appreciate it!

the critters in the cottage xo

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

We are thankful that these have a small sanctuary and you are helping to fill in and feed them. We will be back on Sunday!

The Meezers or Billy said...

Your mom is pawsome.

Stop by our house trashing party before the gotcha day party

Timmy Tomcat said...

We have our Post all set for this great event Oui Oui. Will be by for some goodies too!

Caren Gittleman said...

you are such a sweet momma!!! It is eerie to think that so many eyes are watching. Hoping they all are safe there.

Laila and Minchie said...

What a wonderful thing your mom is doing! Our mom picked out those hiding ferals right away because she use to feed the ferals at her work.

dezizworld said...

They awe all gawjus and wees so lookin' furward tu Sunday.

Luv ya'

Dezi

da tabbies o trout towne said...

guys...may yur mom bee blessed ten fold for helpin de kittehz N can we say happee gotcha day earl lee ore late coz we iz knot a loud ta play online... veree rare lee... on de week oh endz... ??
heerz two a longfinned smelt kinda week oh end ♥

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Thank you for helping with the TNR colony. We're sure the kitties appreciate the fact that they won't have to go hungry.

We hope their regular caretaker gets better soon.

The Swiss Cats said...

Your mom is so kind to help the feral kitties ! Paws up for her ! Purrs

Flynn said...

That is very good of your mum to help out with the feral kitties.

Annie Bear said...

Paula, you are so awesome for helping these feral kitties! It is worrisome that some may not be neutered or spayed. (Pierrot's ears are tipped--both of them!) I enjoyed seeing their pictures but feel so sad for these left behind ones.

Looking forward to the Gotcha Day celebration!

BeadedTail said...

Our mommy would never ever ever ever leave us behind so it makes her sad for the kitties but we're glad your mom is helping make sure they have foods. They are very cute and we hope they are all TNR'd. Much thanks to your mom and the other caretaker too!

Katnip Lounge said...

13 tails STRAIGHT UP for your Mom stepping in to help! We are purring the caretaker gets better, soon.

Fur Everywhere said...

We will *definitely* be back on Sunday! It is so nice of you to have a commentathon for PAWS and it's so nice of your mom to help those poor feral babies.

It makes me SO upset when people abandon their cats (or dogs) when they move. Adoption is a *lifetime* commitment! I'll stop before I get started on a rant, LOL.

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

Oh those gray kitties are cute but so feral. Glad you're helping. I just joined the friends of feral cats from Alley Cat Allies. Tons of great resources.

Eileen said...

Thank goodness for people like your mom. Even if the kitties are shy we is sure they are grateful.

Have a great weekend, efurryone!

Sasha, Sami, & Saku

pilch92 said...

That is so sad, but at least your mom is helping.

Lone Star Cats said...

Congrats! I has nominated ya for a Liebster Award - ya can see it here: http://lonestarcats.blogspot.com/2014/07/liebster-award.html. Whether ya play or not, da award are yours!

meowmeowmans said...

That is so awesome of The Mom to step in to help care for those ferals. We are glad your community has TNR programs, 'cause they work!

We are really looking forward to the TCC Post-a-Thon and the commentathon here at your blog. :)

Hugs!

Angel Keisha said...

It is good to help teh kittehs. :)

Kitty Cat Chronicles said...

We think that is so pawesome that there are people out there taking care of the feral colonies, and that your mom has volunteered to help. Those sure are some cute kitties!!!
Looking forward to the celebration tomorrow!!!

Clooney said...

We feel so sorry for the kitties, bless you and their regular caretaker for taking care of them, what awesome grey kitties, we have a soft spot for them.

Kitties Blue said...

Mom Paula has such a good heart. It was excellent for her to take over these feeding duties. It's possible that people have dropped off kitties knowing that this colony existed making for the absence of tipped ears. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo