Simon: Today, as most of you already know, is National Feral Cat Day. This is the day to bring attention to the plight of feral kitties and to educate and foster compassion so that the lives of feral cats can be improved. We are both honored to be co-hosts with Mackerull from Da Tabbies O Trout Towne and Cathy Keisha from Stunning Keisha. I’m sure they’ll tell you how important it is to bring awareness to Feral Kitty needs.
Seal: That’s right everyone. Simon and I were born feral and lived outside with our feral buddies before making the big move inside to become loved and cared for kitties.
Simon: We’re among the fortunate. We found this place with food and shelter and humans who made sure we had the basics that we needed for survival. We knew there would be food here, and shelter, but still it was pretty scary outside.
Seal: We hope everyone takes the time today and every day to help other humans learn about the needs of feral kitties. Recently everyone has started calling feral kitties Community Cats. It’s pretty accurate, the entire community needs to be involved in improving the lives and conditions of those less fortunate.
Simon: So what can you do to help ferals? Well, educate yourself and then help educate others. Learn about TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return), help care for and feed community cats where you live.
Seal: Yes Simon, there is so much that needs to be done and so much that can be done. If everyone just did a little bit we’d end up with lots of bits happening.
Simon: Today is also Selfie Day and today we’re going to celebrate Our Gotcha Day!
Seal: Yes, yesterday was our official Gotcha Day but we wanted to wait and celebrate it today since we’re formerly feral and we are co-hosting National Feral Cat Day.
Simon: That’s right, we love that we were Gotcha’d. Back in 2017 the Dad was trapping kitties out in the backyard so we all could go and get all fixed up. We were about 8 months old at the time. I couldn’t believe my eyes, Seal was the first one to go into a trap thingy. That was really concering since Seal and I had been together since we arrived on the scene here as really wee.kittens. I just could imagine her going off without me.
Seal: Hey, I thought that might be the doorway to a better life, but you were sure reluctant. Finally, at the end of the night there was one empty trap left, the other six traps had been filled. I was so glad when you went in and decided to make the journey with me Simon.
Simon: It was sure scary but several days later we came home. I was pretty wild and all together it took us close to a year behind closed doors to calm down enough to meet the family. Well, Seal was much calmer that I was but we were a team so she stayed with me.
Seal: Thanks everyone for letting us share our Gotcha Day today. Now I do believe it’s selfie time, we’ll show off our Ear Tips. I’ll go first.
Seal: I hope you all like my selfie and now Simon, it’s your turn for the selfie thing.
Simon: Thanks sis, I’m always up to the selfie thing, it’s fun. Okay gang, let’s all celebrate Feral Kitties today and let’s all promise to do what we can to make their lives a little bit easier. Seal and I will be looking for your selfies over at The Sunday Selfies Blog Hop after while.
Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later! Help those ferals!
A year behind closed doors to calm down? wow I didn’t know that, Simon. One of my our two kitties is still very shy and won’t allow us to trim her claws though she does allow us to carry her for a little while..they both lived outside with other feral cats when they were just born..
Your mom and dad are very good for looking after the ferals as are all the other people who do the same. I am glad you became indoor cats and live a life of luxury now. Happy Gotchaversary!
Love this post………..and we are happy to join in highlighting this special day for Ferals. It’s not an easy life and those who are rescued from the life are so lucky – we would wish that for ALL.
We are so glad you both chose to make that journey and are safe and loved forever. Happy Gotcha Day!
And you helped Trav when he was there. We allowed knowing he was safe with you.
Simon, I think your whole family is glad you stepped into that trap. Because it wasn’t really a trap it was just the gateway to a better life.
We are so happy that the two of you are now living the great and loved life.
Happy Gotcha Day to you both! You were lucky to find a wonderful forever home with such patient humans. ❤️
I am so happy that you found Brian’s home and knew it was a safe place to go to and get food. Even better is that both of you got adopted and now enjoy life inside Brian’s home!!! I was abandoned and starving when, by chance, I ran into Auntie’s yard looking for food. She gave me food and took my picture. Mum saw it and knew she had to have me. She loves black cats and I was a black cat! I wish every kitty was that lucky. Thank goodness there are people ,like your Dad, that look after… Read more »
Happy Gotcha Day, we let Grandpa’s feral kitty Myst do our post today. The Mcats are all outside cats but their life has improved since they were relocated and spayed and neutered. We love the fact that downtown Ocean Springs has lots Community Cats some of them live at restaurants and are very friendly.
You are two of the lucky kitties that were able to find and enjoy a home inside the house where you were found. We love your ear tip selfies.
Seal and Simon!! Not only were you beautiful/handsome feral cats you obviously were very smart and could tell from day one that being loved and cherished inside was where you needed to be.
Happy Feral Cat Day and thanks for hosting, Simon and Seal! And Happy Gotcha Day! We know how it is, we have an ear-tipped fella here, and the rest of us came from a feral mom. She’s spayed now, living in the yard with Uncle Jack who was TNRed by person’s unknown. Thanks for helping to educate and enlighten.
Happy Gotcha Day, Simon sand Seal! We sure are glad you were gotcha’d into such a loving and amazing home. We love feral cats, and know it is super important to care for the community cats, and that TNR is critical. Our Angel Sammy was found in a feral cat colony, and like you, was able to find a loving and happy indoor home. XO
Beautiful selfies,both of you!
And happy Gotcha Day!
Happy Gotchaversary, Simon and Seal!
We are celebrating today with Sweetie, who was like you two but now has a toasty beddy and will never have to walk on snow or ice again.
If you feed them, fix them!
Happy Gotcha Day Simon and Seal, and hugs to all of you, miss you
Happy ‘Gotcha Day’ ~ you kitties are beautiful and your photos are awesome ~ Xo
Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
Youy are BOTh a delight to see. And, in truth there is little between being feral and a home cat; it is more a state of (the human) mind. You both look awesome and are awesome!
Beautiful and informative post, on such an important subject – hoorah for Simon and Seal! We had one feral that took forever to trap and it was pins and needles until our little Harry Houdini got in there finally.
I love you two. I remember all the time that led up to the reveal of you two beauties.
I am so happy you two were able to find a loving and patient home. I love ferals, I have 4 living with me that I can’t touch, but they are slowly getting used to us. Happy Gotcha Day! XO
Happy Gotcha Day, Seal and Simon. I love your selfies.
My kitty brother Thomas was once a member of a feral cat colony.
Amazing stories kitties! I have a feral that I got as a kitten when a neighbor brought her to my door in the middle of a storm. She’s doing great health-wise, but she’s still too wild to be around the other kitties.
Happy feral and gotcha Day!
Happy Gotcher Day and thank you for the spotlight on feral cats. It is vital, and it matters!
I didn’t know feral cat.
Coffee is on and stay safe
RaenaBelle: Hey Simon…, hello Seal. We’re soooooo glad y’all got gotted. Ya’ really hit the jackpot with your home. We’re so happy to be your furiends.
Zebby: (shakes head) Hey dude and dudette, happy gotchaday. It’s great to belong to loving peeps. We’re the lucky ones.
RaenaBelle and Zebby
Yours is a wonderful story. I’ve been working with cat rescue for a long time, and all of our cats are adopted or were born to feral moms. TNR works and is worth all the time and effort!
Happy Gotcha Day….and Feral Cat Day…Simon and Seal! I’m so glad you both aren’t living outside anymore and found such a wonderful home! ~Ernie
Pobres gatitos, cuanto sufrieron y fueron aforutnados en tener un hogar. Te mando un beso.
You are so fortunate to now have a home indoors where you are taken care of and loved. Your humans are good peeps.
Such beautiful selfies! I’m so happy you found such a patient, loving home.
We’re SO glad your now Daddy knew what to do and helped you become loved kitties with a REAL home.
Happy Gotcha Day to YOU, Seal!
Happy Gotcha Day to YOU, Simon!
Thank you for this important post. We have some ferals around us and I let them sleep under the porch when they are so inclined.
I give your mom and dad the biggest virtual high five for being so good with taking care of feral babes. Yes, you two were lucky ones. Several yrs ago when I was getting the barn cats fixed, I made several calls since I was new at doing anything like that involving cats and I was told by the Pet Community that in the Nashville and surrounding areas, there were an est of 80 thousand feral cats. I could not believe it. Well, the barn cats went to the Pet Community and were fixed and released back at the barn.… Read more »
Lovely selfies guys!
Oh, I so remember that day, Simon and Seal, can’t hardly believe that it is already 5 years ago💗Double Pawkisses for a Happy Gotcha Day and what a special family you have found. They sure care a lot for you all and the ferals too🐾😽💞
Charlee: “Happy Gotcha Day, Simon and Seal!”
Chaplin: “Gotcha Days are the best days ever, wouldn’t you all say?”
Lulu: “I would!”
Java Bean: “So would I!”
Charlee: “It’s unanimous!”
We were fortunate when we took in Mama Sita…it took about a year for her to trust us (outdoors), but once she came indoors…she settled right in. At that time, she shared the space with 3 other cats….but now it is just two of them left as we lost two of our long time felines earlier this year. It is nice that Mama Sita & Ollie buddy up together.
Happy Gotcha Day you cuties!!!!!!! Thank your Dad and Mom for all they do for the ferals and for sooo many reading your blog who do wonderful work with ferals too! Happy Belated National Feral Cat Day!! xoxo
Great selfies 😀 Yes big feral population here too but lots of people help them.
Happy Gotcha Day!!! So very happy for you! Entrepreneur’s mom feeds feral cats in the barn lot on the farm. One is becoming tame enough to touch. The others are still too skittish….but they really like the food and treats that magically appear. X
We are fortunate to get to know you! And I agree that caring for ferals is a community effort. Take care!
We are so thankful when feral cats get to be socialized and have loving and forever homes inside. Your humans take such wonderful care of the Community cats that come to your house. They are very kind, and those kitties are very lucky. Happy Gotcha Day 🎂🎈🎁, Seal and Simon, and thanks for hopping. Those are some mighty fine selfies. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, angel Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer, Kizmet, Audrey & Raleigh