Thankful Thursday: The Feral Mystery Remains

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Hello everyone!  I kind of hinted about this on Monday, but we’ve had a wee bit of a feral mystery going on around here.  Most of you know, we take care of about 16 ferals, many of which have been around for a while.  Of that group, we’ve managed to TNR 10 of them, the others being darn elusive.  Our Mom kitty had two more kittens and they are growing fast and really don’t look like kittens any more.  Mom’s kitten Zelda, from her litter of two last year, recently had two kittens and they are still small.  Mom and Zelda have continuously avoided the traps.

Anyways back to the mystery. Dad puts out a big bowl of dry food every morning.  Then in the evenings the group gets two big bowls of wet food at 6 and 7PM.  This is usually what the feeding station looks like at the 6PM feeding.

They come in shifts, first one group and then another.  Once they finish off the wet food Dad gives them a second serving so that everyone gets a chance to eat.  Usually both servings are completely gone.

Brian's Home. Adopt cats, we deserve it! All of a sudden, almost three weeks ago now, our feeding station looked like this.

Brian's Home. Adopt cats, we deserve it!

Oh, Mom Kitty and her two (Speedy and Forrest) were still here as was Zelda and her two kittens, but the others, nope.

Yep the ferals were gone, nowhere to be seen, nowhere to be found.  Our super regulars JR, Hank and Nichols were no shows too.  I actually thought I would be writing a post about their disappearance and how sad we were that they were gone.

Then, last Friday evening Mom peeked out back at the feeding station and yelled to Dad, “they’re back”, and indeed they were.  As near as we could tell, most were back, including JR, Hank and Nicholas.

We have no idea where they were and as near as we can determine there isn’t anyone else feeding them.  So, it’s a mystery.  But we are so very thankful to see them back, especially at feeding time.  We’ve all grown quite fond of them all.

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


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easy rider
7 years ago

I’m glad they are back… I worried that something happened to your feral friends… that’s really a mystery…. I hope there was no bad thing what made it impossible for them to visit your feeding station…

7 years ago

That is very strange! But who cares – they’re back!

Austin Towers
7 years ago

Perhaps there was a feral cat convention on somewhere!! A mystery! But glad they are back! xx

Team Dash Kitten
7 years ago

We are very relieved the ferals are back!! Maybe something scared them but they know a great meal and a safe place when they find one. We would have been super worried ourselves.

Keep safe ferals.

Mr Puddy
7 years ago

My mom just talks about TNR to her co-worker. We wish to have it here.
Great to hear the kitty are back 🙂

7 years ago

Oh I know all about the disappearing deal, although I have never had a bunch disappear together. I always wonder if a dog came through and scared them all. I sure am glad they are back. Most likely something scared them . You all have a great day.

7 years ago

I’m so happy they are back and OK… you have the best parents ever!

7 years ago

I’m so glad they are back. Maybe they had a little trip to the beach or somewhere… 🙂
Thank you for taking care of those sweeties xoxo

7 years ago

That is strange! I wonder where they went. I am glad they have come back safely.

7 years ago

Maybe something upset them and it took a few days for them to feel comfy (and probably very hungry) by then. We hope they will stay with you and not wander off again.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Pat Hatt
7 years ago

Maybe they found a nice feeding ground of mice and weren’t hungry those few days.

Caren Gittleman
7 years ago

so happy they are back and I sure wish you could trap them.
Sweet kitties.

Sailor Edgar
7 years ago

It will probably remain a mystery. At least they have returned. Your place is the closest they have to a home!

The Swiss Cats
7 years ago

That’s weird… But the most important is that they’re back ! Purrs

7 years ago

Happy Thursday!!!

7 years ago

Well tune the Twilight Zone music!!! Purrhaps they visited the Dr in the Tardis!

Fur Everywhere
7 years ago

Oh good! I was afraid this story might have a sad ending, and I’m so glad it’s a happy one instead!! Hopefully no kitty disappears again.

The Daily Pip
7 years ago

Glad they are all back safe and sound. Guess they went on a bit of a summer vacation.

7 years ago

OH we are so glad that your ferals came back.
My Ginger girl worries me when I can’t find her, but so far knock on wood she has been very faithful to me.

da tabbies o trout towne
da tabbies o trout towne
7 years ago

guys…if ewe solve yur miss tree let uz noe….we see turtle, coal chute, sauz J, sno cone, little gray & barry…..then we dont see em at all….then we see purr haps turtle…then we see coal chute…then we dont see em at all….. but we R preetee sure thiz bunch iz knot sew much “feral” as they R “communitee catz”….. ♥♥♥ happee ta noe yur bunch iz still ther ♥♥♥

7 years ago

Fico contente que eles voltaram!

The OP Pack
7 years ago

Well, we are happy to hear they are back, maybe they went on a mini-vacation:)

Woos – Ciara and Lightning

7 years ago

good to see them all back,xx Speedy

Dezi and Lexi
7 years ago

Dat’s a mystery to be sure Brian. Weez so glad they be back. We was so worried you was gunna say they was killed or twapped fur testin’ by sum pawful lab or sumfin’. Our minds just pawtomatically fink da worst. So we awe so happy they be gettin’ their noms again. Have a gweat day.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Lexi

Madi and Mom
7 years ago


7 years ago

We would have been worried too but good thing they reappeared! Magic!

Hugs, Sammy

7 years ago

That is one big feeding project! They are very lucky feral cats to get such hospitality from you all! Glad the mystery missing ones have returned.

The Poupounette Gang
7 years ago

What a very strange story! We’re glad they are all safe, though!

The Chans

Emma and Buster
7 years ago

They took a vacation probably. We have been feeding a kitty that came to us when she was a very young kitty. She came for maybe 6 months straight, every night she meowed at our back door. Then she disappeared for nearly 1.5 to 2 years. Then one evening as mom was coming back from work she saw her in our front yard and still knew mom. From that time on, she’s been coming every morning and evening for meals at the front door.

Kitties Blue
7 years ago

What a mystery. Did you go looking for the gang? Do you know where they hang when not feeding at your house? Our mom would have been beside herself, and we are all happy that your friends have returned. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Golden Woofs: Sugar
7 years ago

Glad to hear they are back. For sure they were hungry 🙂 Golden Woofs

McGuffy 's Reader
7 years ago

Hmm…we have had that happen in the past. I wonder if someone else trapped and vetted them, not aware of your efforts. Glad they are okay! I did have a cat (my 1st), who ran off for seven months. I was 14 and Schatzie (a neutered, classic tux) was 2. When I was sick with mono and in the hospital, he got lost. After seven months, I saw him in the field next to our house. I ran out in my pj’s to bring him home. I called to him and…he ran to me! Everyone doubted it was Schatzie, but… Read more »

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties

Sounds like they just went on vacation! Glad they are back though. Here’s hoping you have good luck catching the rest for tnr!

7 years ago

That is a mystery. Glad the cats are back.

Cathy Keisha
7 years ago

Whoa! TW was afraid someone else had trapped them and send them to their death. I’m glad they’re back.

7 years ago

Wow, that IS quite the mystery, Brian! We wonder where those ferals could have gone? Thank goodness they came back…

7 years ago

Hmmm, puzzling for sure. I was guessing someone else put out food and then maybe went on vacation this week and they found their way back? Whatever the reason, they are so lucky to have your wonderful mom and dad.

7 years ago

That is quite a mystery. I’m glad that they’re okay!

ELlen Pilch
7 years ago

Glad they are back, I was thinking they were poisoned. I wonder where they went?

The Island Cats
7 years ago

What a mystery! We’re glad they’re back…but we sure wonder where they were. If only they could talk.

Socks, Scylla, Fenris & Tuiren

We are glad they are back. Perhaps they went further afield if the weather was nice and found food elsewhere.

katie kat and kody bear

Well that’s fantastic! and mysterious. Maybe they were at the Ninja Cats Convention.

Laila and Minchie
7 years ago

When Mom worked and fed the ferals there, she was always so happy when they would magically reappear after their big adventures they would go on. Your group are beautiful!

7 years ago

That is a mystery Brian! We think it would have been cool if one of those feral cats was wearing a little video camera on their collar that could explain their whereabouts! 🙂 Glad they were all safe. Thanks for feeding them 🙂

the critters in the cottage xo

Sherri-Ellen T-D.
7 years ago

Yur so pawsum Mistur Terry an Lady Celeste fur takin care of 16 Feralss…..yur PAWSUM!!! Trulee…..
An wee iss so happy all thee ususal katss are back where they belong!!!!
**Hi-5’ss** an **play bowss** of respect…
Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum

Dennis the Vizsla
7 years ago

hello brian its dennis the vizsla dog hay maybe yore feral frends went on a rode trip!!! i do that frum time to time and yoo never no ware yoo mite end up!!! but i am glad they got bak sayfly frum warever it wuz!!! ok bye

7 years ago

PepiSmartDog: how strange that your feral guys disappeared…glad they came back though. Sounds like they all went on a family vacation…secret kitteh stuff!
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