Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Feast for the ferals

                                This is as close as I can get before he runs

This is a feral that I feed behind a warehouse close to where I live. He/she is one of the young ones that appeared one night as I was putting food down for an older grey tabby. These cats have been fed regularly for years by a local woman and I was asked to help last winter because of her having an injury to her leg. I became quite familiar with the ferals that came by from the bush. This one knows my car and runs through the tall grass when he/she  sees me and then sits this far from where I place his dinner. These cats are fed every night. At one time these ferals were trapped, neutered and released back to the bush but lately no one is doing that.  I know that some people question the practice of feeding without trapping because the problem is only getting worse but how do you stop feeding them? I am hoping that soon there will be spaces and time given to catch these cats and sterilize them.  All foster homes are full,  shelters are full and money is tight. Even animal control doesn't bother with them although they would definetely be euthanized if they were trapped by the town.  So on goes the saga of the feral cat. Some of you remember me posting about the feral kittens that I stumbled across in June. Well, they are still there and being fed by a caring lady but no trapping has been done there either. I wonder if it will ever happen.
Tonight he got Purina Cat Chow and a can of Friskies chicken.

Cat-tip-for-the-day=^..^=Is milk ok? 

Some cats develop milk or lactose intolerance and experience gastrointestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhea) when given that little saucer of milk. If your cat shows signs of this intolerance, save the milk for the humans. If your cat loves its milk and does not show an intolerance or weight gain, feel free to indulge him. To avoid weight gain try skim milk.

hugs, Deb


  1. You are so good to feed the feral cats! I have been told milk wasn't good for cats, so now it's good to see if they tolerate milk it is OK.

  2. It's great of you to feed the feral cats, Deb; it is a sad story, but best of luck to them!...Happy Birthday to Jess and Brittany!

  3. I wouldn't be able to ignore the ferals,either, and not feed them. I hope that somehow, someway, TNR can start again.

    I'm sure the b-day celebrations will be wonderful!