Mancat Monday: A little look at the ferals and a Dangled Carat


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Happy Monday everyone!  Oh I know, there usually isn’t much happy in Monday, but a little positive attitude will help make it better.  That may just be a rumor, but hey, it’ s worth a try.

It’s been a little while since we’ve shared any feral pics with you.  Actually, there are not many of our ferals around any more.  We did have eight that visited on a regular basis, but now there are only two.  One we’ve not seen for a long time is the older Daddy cat. He was very old, very feral and not in the best of shape.  He was the Daddy of the others.  We do know that there are about three neighbors that also regularly feed the ferals so we’re hoping the others have just opted for a better menu somewhere else.

The two that do visit on a regular basis are a tortie and tabby.  Of course the tortie is a girl, but we’re not sure of the tabby.  We call the tortie TT, for Talkie Tortie, because she does talk to Dad all the time.  She is telling him not to think about getting close. The tabby we call ET, because he has a rather outstanding ear tip.

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You can see TT in front and ET over by the corner of the deck.  Sometimes in the evening they do opt to lounge around on the deck.

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Here is ET waiting for the sunpuddle to make its way over to her.  Hey, why move if the sunpuddle can come to you!

In other non-feral news, I want to give a shout-out to our wonderful friend and Sister Gracie’s Mother-In-Law, Hilary from


Hilary just published her book, The Dangled Carat, and we are so very proud of her.


Hilary had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship-why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready-and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point.

In this relatable, lighthearted, and playful memoir, Hilary reminisces about her life before Marc-from the insecure and awkward teenage years she spent in a back brace and dealing with the loss of her father, to her early relationships and, finally, to the day she met Marc and realized that she really wanted to see him again. Through their first date-even though Hilary was technically seeing someone else at the time-and the ease of their early time together until Marc first decided that they were moving too quickly, up until that fateful New Year’s Eve, Hilary shares the details of their relationship and how Marc’s inability to commit led her to find an inner strength and confidence she didn’t know she possessed.

For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace , Hilarys humorous and honest story will hit home.

“Dangled Carat Sparkles with humor and shines with wisdom. It is a gem of a book.” – Christina Baker Kline – New York Times Best Selling Author of Orphan Train.

“Fans of Sex and the City – Grossman makes a reference to Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big – will enjoy the story, but its real-girl charm should draw an even wider crowd.” – Kirkus Reviews.

The Dangled Carat is available at, Barnes & Noble and is also available in eBook format.

Remember everyone, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!!  More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!


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10 years ago

I am always a little sad when I see feral kitties, even those like yours, who are well taken care of. There is always danger around the corner for them. I hope the other feral kitties are getting fed and cared for elsewhere.

10 years ago

Those feral kitties must be feeling a little comfy on your porch to take naps like that. I hope the other feral kitties have found another food source.
That looks like a good book of Hilary’s. Hope it is a great success for her.
Take care and have a great week.

mollie and alfie
10 years ago

Those kitties are super lucky to have you there Brian, looking out for them. Looks a fab book 🙂 xx0xx

Mollie and Alfie

10 years ago

I hope Daddy kitty and others are okay…I hope they just moved to somewhere. TT and ET look very relaxed on the deck 🙂

10 years ago

I agree with Sparkle… It makes me sad knowing kittens / cats don’t have a loving home…

Thanks so much for the shout out!!!

Molly The Wally
10 years ago

We too hope the other feral kitties have just gone elsewhere. Good luck to them. Great review and sounds like a good read. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Pat Hatt
10 years ago

Better menu, what you feed them the cheap stuff? lol I’d go elsewhere too. They two look comfy out there.

Hannah and Lucy
10 years ago

The feral kitties may have just moved on – we bet you miss seeing them round your home.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Angel Abby
10 years ago

Awww those two babies are so sweet. We are so glad that they feel so safe around your home Brian. That is such a great news about Hillary new book! It sounds like a terrific story! We hope she makes the the NY Times best seller list!

10 years ago

Lucky guys!

Old Kitty
Old Kitty
10 years ago

Oh the ferals are gorgeous, handsome Brian !! They’re torties!! How lovely! Awwww glad they have a great safe place to hang out in – yay!!

All the best to lovely Hilary!!! Brilliant news! Take care

Ann Paws
10 years ago

Well the ferals look very comfy and like they are right at home out on the deck! I read about the book too, pretty exciting 🙂

Fern Reed
10 years ago

Before the destruction of next door we have Ferals around here all the time too but now that there is strange stuff going on next door the cats and lots of the coons are gone too.
Frankie nd her babies are still here tho.

da tabbie o trout towne
da tabbie o trout towne
10 years ago

meowloz two ewe ET & TT !!! hope all iz well with DC and him DID just head over ta de naybors for a change oh menu pace !! mite wanna think bout leevin brian a note if ya wanna change two…like sum pizza ore sum sghetti sum time…he haza way a sneekin inta de pantree & de fridge !! 🙂

Savannah's Paw Tracks
10 years ago

so purrleased to get to see the ferals…and the book does sound like a good read…paw pats, Savvy

Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101)

Let’s hope at least TT and ET have a fighting chance of survival. That books like fun and it’s a true story?

10 years ago

Your feral kitties sure do look content there on your porch, Brian. We are so glad your dad and mom take care of them. As for the others, we, too hope they found somewhere else where they are protected.

We love Hilary, and her book sounds great!

Emma and Buster
10 years ago

we have regular ferals too in our neighborhood. there used to be a lot of them, but we believed some have also as you said opted for a better menu.

the ones we feature in Wordless Wednesday are the ones who used to come for a visit.

Emma and Buster

10 years ago

These kitties are so sweet! I hope they are OK for the upcoming winter! 🙁
xo Catherine

Sue Brandes
Sue Brandes
10 years ago

I am glad those feral kitties have someone like you that cares. Hope daddy kitty is alright. Congrats to Hilary. Sounds like a wonderful book. That is a great photo of you Brian.

Dip Bridge & Elliot
10 years ago

It is so nice to see someone helping feral cats. It can’t be an easy life for them and they need all the help they can get.
The Dangled Cat sounds like a very good read.
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

Kitties Blue
10 years ago

Hey Brian, Mom just signed Mauricio up for Cat Scouts as a birthday present. Maybe you can give him some pointers on being a better brofur. His skills are definitely lacking in this area. Hope the other ferals have found other means of support. We wouldn’t like it if something bad had happened to them. Don’t forget to join our commentathon tomorrow. You could win a donation to your favorite shelter/rescue. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Misty May, Mauricio, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Sometimes, Cats Herd You

We hope that the other ferals have found a better menu sometwhere else. Feral cats make us sad. We wish that all cats had wonderful forever homes, but we’re glad that these can at least get a good meal and a safe place to nap on your deck.


Well, they look comfy and happy, but a bit thin — girlish figures I guess:)

Tillie and Georgia
10 years ago

We also purr the other ferals have moved on to another home.
Our stray kitty has moved on too.
We hope he is getting good foods at another house.
Hilary’s book sounds like a fun read 😉
We hope you had a good nap in that bed Brian!!

Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Treasure,Tiger, JJ and Julie

Random Felines
10 years ago

we are so glad you care for those kitties. it is sad though when we don’t know what happens to them…

Yeah for Lucy’s mom

10 years ago

TT and ET do look content on your porch Brian. I hope the others are okay.
That sounds like a good book by Hilary.

Scylla, Socks, Tuiren & Fenris

Mommy is drooling over Hilary’s book.

We enjoyed seeing TT and ET, hope they stay safe and visit you often.

Oui Oui
10 years ago

Ferals always make me sad. They lead such a hard life, poor things, its good they have people like you to help make it a little easier. And a bonus that they have a choice of buffets to eat from. We hope that is where they have gone. Sometimes when I see glimmers of what MMM would have been like, had she had a better life growing up, it just breaks my heart.

The Island Cats
10 years ago

We purr that the other ferals have found another home to hang out…though we think your house would be an excellent place to hang, Brian.

Cathy Keisha
10 years ago

Concats to Hilary on the book. TW could write a sequel about an ex. Your ferals look nice and comfy and not threatened. TW and Pop saw a malnourished little stray very young kitten Friday and set the wheels in motion with 2 rescue peeps. None could find the kitty but told TW there was a feral colony near there that the kitty could have went home to. TW was scared cos it was near 495 and she thought someone could have dumped it out of a car. All’s well that ends well.

Shaggy and Scout
10 years ago

We have a thin black feral that mom has spotted a few times since last spring. We think he(she? but there haven’t been any kits at least none mom has spotted anyway!) is living under the neighbors low to the ground porch. It’s real sheltered but still outside. He looks quite young andh as been in the garage going after Zolies food once or twice. She chased him off and he hasn’t been back. Of course, mom worries about him.

Sweet Purrfections
10 years ago

We used to have a orange feral kitty that hung around but haven’t seen her in a long time.

Texas, a cat in... Austin

It must be a little worrying not to know what happened to the other ferals. Hopefully they have found good people that are nice to them…

10 years ago

Your ferals are looking quite comfy on the deck. Hopefully they’ll stick around through winter so you can keep tabs on them.

10 years ago

We do hope the ferals are doing fine. TT and ET do look very comfortable lounging on your deck.

10 years ago

We are just so amazed at all the people with feral cats. We never see a cat around where we live. I guess it is either the part of the country or maybe the location of the neighborhood, but cats outside are as good as non existent where we live. We do see them sitting in windows when we are out walking, though.

10 years ago

good job on watching over the ferals,mummy says the book sonds nice,xx SPeedy

Katie Isabella
Katie Isabella
10 years ago

I LOVE seeing the ferals and like you, I hope they have moseyed to good eats across the street. xoxox I love the description of the new book. I may have to get it in honor of a dear Blog friend such as she. xxoo

Jobi and Fisher
10 years ago

The ferals are adorable gracing your patio with style! Congratulations to Hillary, even though I am a commitmentphobe. I hope she was kind. I will have to read it to find out!

10 years ago

It is so cool to see your ferals, purrs the them. We are so excited for Hilary and her book! Very cool indeed!