T.G.I.F. This Group – National Feral Cat Day

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Brian's Home, adopt cats, we deserve itToday is National Feral Cat Day, so I want to get my T.G.I.F. out of the way right up front. Our T.G.I.F. for this special day is This Group Is Family.  Those of you who help ferals will know exactly what I mean.  Even if you don’t take care of ferals on a regular basis, I know you will understand.

Most of you might have seen some of these photos before, but I’ve recently had some questions about housing, especially in winter, so I am sharing them again.  It was really kind of sad as I went through the photos of our ferals and I realized just how many of them were not with us any more.  It’s so very sad, they are family.  Their family dynamics are amazing to watch.

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This is baby Zelda.  I told you about her the other day.  Mom Kitty, Zelda’s Mom, has been gone almost 4 weeks now.  It was very obvious that Zelda was sad.  Zelda is a bit older now, but still very young.  Zelda has 2 kittens of her own that she is caring for now.  But Mom Kitty left behind 2 of her kittens.  They are bigger, perhaps 4-5 months old.  They were always right there with their Mom Kitty.  Zelda has stepped up and has taken over the role as Mom for them and she watches out for them just like they are her own.  So with Mom Kitties 2 and her two, little Zelda has her paws full, but she is such a terrific Mom. We sure hope we can get them trapped and fixed, but they are the ones who have faithfully avoided the traps.

One of Zelda’s kittens went missing and was gone for about 3 days.  Zelda and her other kitten gave Dad a lead by pointing him in the right direction, almost taking him there.  The Dad heard some distressed meowing.  The other kitten was trapped in the neighbor’s crawl space.  The little one got in there likely when a maintenance human was doing some work under the house.  We’re so happy that Zelda and her other little one were successful in getting Dad to understand them.

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This is their feeding station with the morning feeding..  It was important that we get them somewhere to eat where they could keep dry when it rains or snows.  This is actually a deck storage box with out the top.  The food bowls fit in there nicely.  The Dad drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom so it can drain easily if rain happens to get in there.

They get dry food and fresh water every single morning.  They get more dry food and two big bowls of wet food every evening and the wet food is replenished should they happen to finish it off early.

Brian's Home. Adopt cats, we deserve it!As you can see, they do enjoy it.  The do seem to eat in shifts, another bunch will come after the first bunch finishes.

There are several places for them to keep dry, under the deck, and under the cover of the riding mower seem to be favorite spots.  Even though we live in the South, winters can be quite cold and we had record low temperatures last winter.

2015fcd042015fcd05This is their winter house, although they do use it to keep dry when it rains.  It is double insulated, and you can see the cord in the bottom photo and the plug in spot in the top photo.  The house is heated to a constant temperature safe for kitties.  The electrical cord is wrapped in spring wire to prevent them from chewing on it.  We also have a super big doggy igloo which the use as well.   Those windows are not open, they have plexiglass in them.  There is also a front deck that also has plexiglass and it serves to block the wind and wet from getting inside.

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We’ve also been trying our paw at TNR.  So far we’ve done 14.  Nope, Zelda, the kittens, and her Mom’s kitties are not in that number.  We’re not giving up though, some of you have given us some good tips.  The super nice lady in the picture is Sandy from Kitten Action Team.  She is the one that save me, Sister Gracie, Sister Zoe, and Sister Sascha.

So, as I said yesterday, we’re not really celebrating being feral today.  But we are sharing our group, because they are family, and hopefully we can all raise awareness of the difficulties they face on a daily basis.  We salute feral caretakers everywhere, thank you all for doing so much for those who have so little.

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

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Summer
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Your human takes such good care of this feral family! I hope the efforts to trap Zelda and the kittens are finally successful.

marg
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h what fun to see a bunch of the feral cats eating. Feral cats are just as much fun as the regular pet cats.That Zelda is too cute. It is so sad when the cats disappear. I always just hope that they have found another home. Brian, your Mom and Dad do such a good job taking care of the ferals there. They sure have a great home.

easy rider
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it’s so sad to see that not all members of that feral-mily are still there. I always think about the homeless pets when it gets colder outside and I hope there are more people4 like you in that world who help furfriends with some food and a warm place. Thanks to you for having a heart for all kitties…

Diane
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Diane

What a beautiful post. We are sure happy caring people like you and yours take care of the helpless fearless. Thank you.

Sammy
Guest

What a great spot for the visitors to eat AND sleep and find shelter when they need it. Love the “double decker” house too……..we made a shelter from a large storage bin too with a nice comfy cat bed inside AND we have the wonderful heated house we got from Chewy a couple of years ago. Both are well used in winter……..we feed and provide fresh water every day and those who NEED it, FIND it. Bless you all for doing so much too………..they need us.

Hugs, Pam (and Sam)

Pat Hatt
Guest

Good that they knew just what to do to help you find the trapped kitten. The ferals sure have it great at your place indeed.

Pretinha
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Zelda é muito bonita.
Esse é um grande trabalho de ajuda e resgate, parabéns a todos os envolvidos no projeto.

The OP Pack
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The OP Pack

As we have said so many times, we think you all are just wonderful to all those feral kitties in your area. Zelda is very lucky to have you, and she is a great Mom too. We are so sorry about her Mom going away, but we are delighted to hear how she has stepped up to the plate to care for the little ones. God bless you for all you do.

Woos – Ciara and Lightning

Madi
Guest

OH BRIAN AND PEEPS YOU HAVE WARMED OUR HEARTS TODAY
WHAT A WONDERFUL SET UP YOU HAVE.
HUGS MADI YOUR BFFF

Mag's Corner
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Thank you sweet Brian for sharing this beautiful post. Bless your mom and dad for all they do for those sweet kitties who need help. What a great example and inspiration they are to all. You all have a super wonderful weekend. Thank you for coming by and wishing Chancy a happy birthday. Hugs and nose kisses from all of us to all of you

Savannah's Paw Tracks
Guest

Being feral is for sure no cause for celebration…but bringing focus on their plight in life is. Humans created this population and must now assume responsibility. Thank YOU Brian and family for all you do

Clarissa & Co.
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Bless your purrents for taking care of the feral kitties. We are purring for a TNR for Zelda and her young family. Our dream is for all kitties (and doggies) to have forever homes and not left to fend for themselves on the streets. Two of us weren’t feral, but strays being taken care of by kind people. Our late brother, Colin Feral was an intact male being fed by a young lady who couldn’t take him in because she lived in an apartment. Our sister, Daisy, was living in a nursery and being taken care of by the people… Read more »

Deb Taylor
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I hope you can catch Zelda and the others. We have one who is trap wise – still trying to get him. We have done TNR for about 36 + cats (lost count a while ago) .. and found homes for many as well. That’s a really fine kitty condo arrangement. And isn’t it amazing how intelligent animals are? Imagine how fabulous it is that a kitty can show you where to find one who is trapped. Pet lovers please check out my homeless cat blog archives for some fun posts and archived stories about the cat abandoned/feral colony I… Read more »

Deziz World
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Oh Brian they awe so bootyful. Yous got a pawsum set up fur them. Weez hate dat Zelda has to gwo up so fast. Such is da life of a feral kitty. It’s just not wight. Weez so sowry dat da mommy be lost but weez so glad yous daddy was able to help da baby. We too hope and purray yous can ketch them all. And weez so fankful dat yous all was saved.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Lexi

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties
Guest

How scary for that kitten, so glad your dad was smart enough to get the hints! Yay for him! We think everything you do for the kitties is amazing!

HH and the Boys
Guest

It so wonderful to see how you take care of the ferals… We love those little houses you have for them to keep warm.

hugs Bugsy and Knuckles

meowmeowmans
Guest

Great post, Brian! We are so thankful to you and your family, and for all the care and love you provide for the feral members of your family.

Hugs!

Annabelle
Guest

That is so good Brian. We know you are doing all you can to help your little outside family stay intact and safe.
Do you close off the openings (of your winter houses) in any fashion during the winter?

Sailor Edgar
Guest

Sad that Mom Kitty has not returned. You are doing wonderful work to help your feral kitties!

Emma
Guest

You do so much for the ferals, they are really lucky. We had to laugh at the winter housing as it looks very similar to temporary housing the Germans provide for people requesting asylum in Germany!

Flynn
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Your family are wonderful for all they do for your ferals.
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Hobo Hudson
Guest

Hi Brian, Your parents are doing a fabulous job taking care of the feral cats. The double-decker your dad built as a shelter for the cats is really great. Tell your parents to keep up the TNR. It’s very successful within the feral cat colonies here in our area. By the way, my kitty brother Thomas comes from one of those colonies where he found refuge after someone kicked him out of his home. He has turned out to be my best supervisor, and he’s also a skilled arbitrator among our kitty siblings. My mom says he’s the gentlest cat… Read more »

Cathy Keisha
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What a pawsome little family. I hope you can get Zelda and the kitties. TW has been feeding homeless cats since she was a teenager. Before it was even called TNR she teamed with a neighborhood boy and they got every stray on the block fixed. Today she still carries cat food in her bag at all times in case she runs across a hungry cat. Everyone doesn’t feel this way. Some nasty woman screamed at her and called the po po a few weeks ago. She won’t go back there but just donated a case of food to help… Read more »

The Island Cats
Guest

Paws up to your humans for all they do to help the feral kitties.

Raven
Guest

Brian, Your feral family is very lucky to have you all looking after them. Hopefully most everyone can be trapped & neutered. I think the deck storage box is a great solution for a feeding station.

Ellen Pilch
Guest

Zelda is a sweetie. I pray you can catch her and the kittens.

Little Binky and Granny
Guest

Every story is so heartfelt, Brian. Besides that the kitties are left alone, it’s so sad that kitties get kitties, but it is good to know that there are people = angels, who take care of them and other ferals. We’ll purray that you catch them too. Extra Pawkisses for Good Luck 🙂 <3

Kitties Blue
Guest

We used to have strays show up in our neighborhood all the time but never any feral. Now we don’t even have strays. Mom suspects it is because of the skunks, raccoons, possums and groundhogs. Too much competition. We cannot leave any kind of food or water outside as it attracts all these unwanted visitors. What Dad Terry has set up for the feral cities is so wonderful. We all applaud his efforts and so hope all the others can get TNRed. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo