Daily Photo: A Few Ferals Waiting for Food

Oh, yeah?
Oh, yeah?

I’m helping feed a friend’s feral colony while she’s on vacation, and I get the evening shift. And, of course, any cat who I feed has to work for its meal—by being a model! I don’t think they mind at all, except Spider, seen above and also below. He’s a tall and gangly, slender tabby as befits his name. I could pet Spider this year, and it’s never a surprise to see how feral cats will warm up to people after they’ve been spayed and neutered. He escorted me around and kept an eye on my activities. Here he is below, saying, “Hey lady, can you just put that thing away and feed us our dinner?” Love his spots!

Spider says to just get dinner already.
Spider says to just get dinner already.

I hadn’t planned to photograph them, but they were so beautiful as they all gathered for dinner. I find any cats hard to resist photographing, no matter where I see them, but this was just too much. I used my cell phone the first and second night to send a report back to their person, and after visualizing all the really nice photos I could get, I gave in and brought my DLSR the next night. I showed up a little early hoping they’d be hanging out when the light was better, and hopefully the evening storm would be late. But they fooled me, no one was there! I fed her inside cats first and cleaned the boxes, and by then they were starting to collect. I went outside to pick up their dishes and snapped them as I went.

Dusty
Dusty

We began TNRing these cats in 2015 and through 2016 all were done but a few stragglers. There were a few moms who would not be trapped, but we trapped them after they had their kittens who were fostered and adopted, and a few others were too friendly to be returned, or were sick and were friendly in treatment, so they were also adopted out. We’ve picked off a few new ones as they show up, and most are returned to live outside. Chessie, below, was being fed about a block away and when the person moved we all urged him over to this colony to ensure he’d be fed.

Chessy
Chessy

I fed them last year too, and they weren’t too happy with me or the other person who was feeding them, and went off to eat at other feeders’ stations. Several people feed daily on the hill, and others put out food when a cat shows up. Makes trapping really tricky, but at least they are all well fed and supervised by several people. The other feeder and I agree they are much friendlier this year and we both got to pet a few of them.

Smokey
Smokey

Not all are feral, but we don’t always know their stories. Beautiful Smokey is VERY well fed, but covered with mats. With all that fur we can’t tell if this cat is male or female, but we’ve never seen any kittens or male cat activity, so we figured this cat is fixed and call Smokey a he. But he is, as usual, saying, “My bowl…is…empty.”

MooMoo
MooMoo

MooMoo thinks I’m stalking him.

There are many more, and it’s my goal to get them all!

Do they look any different from cats who live indoors with us? No. It just so happens they didn’t grow up with humans and aren’t used to our weird ways. But inside they are the same domestic cat as any other. And just as inspiring.


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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo: A Few Ferals Waiting for Food

  • May 27, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    When I was able to pet a feral cat in my care, my heart burst with love! I’ve vowed to help any cat that I see, and I’ll do it until I cannot pick up a bag of kibble anymore. Today, we swept out our Cat Hotel for our ferals, and replaced the straw. I removed the heating pad too. In the fall, I’ll do the same; new straw, a new cover for the heat pad, and make sure everything is secure and ready for the coming winter. The first and second time that I did this, I worried that the cats would run away! They didn’t, and now, they just lay on the deck watching me, and again, it’s such a trust issue that I get all squee!

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    • May 27, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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      These cats were ready for their closeups, and that’s a big thrill for me too! Most of the time when I’m photographing ferals I know they sense I’m stalking them, because I am, and that big black eye is pretty frightening. I’m so happy they relaxed! I generally get to be friends with all the ferals I help too. And, of course, get their photos!

      But being able to pet them is really a big thrill! Thanks for taking care of your ferals!

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