We have 5 new animal additions living in one of the barns. I have partnered up with a fantastic lady who rescues feral cats from the very worst parts of the inner city and gets them medical care and gets them "fixed". She then reaches out to the animal community looking for farmers with barns, space and a kind heart to take in these little ones and give them a better life.
They are in different stages of "feral" ranging from almost house-cat to very afraid and hissing. The first three have been here since Mother's Day:
|This is "Grandma". She was one of the original colony members.|
|This handsome man is Saruman (the rescue lady is a Lord of the Rings fan). He is very skittish and I hardly |
ever see him now.
|Saruman giving me the evil stare.....|
|And this is "Daddy". He is reputed to be the father of most of the cats in the large colony. When they finally trapped him and had him fixed, they had a party.|
That is the nature of outdoor barn cats - to explore and hunt. By having them in the relocation cages for a couple weeks in the barn, they learn that this is 'home' and where the food is, so they should stick around. Grandma and Daddy have become so friendly I may bring them in the house. But they are the feral cat exceptions.
I agreed to take two more of the colony cats who needed barn homes:
Normally, I would not think of adopting 5 cats at once. My husband was not thrilled about this but he has grown very fond of both Grandma and Daddy. I remind him of where these cats came from and that they truly need a safe place to call home. I can not turn my back on an animal in need, especially if they are in a horrible situation. I have the space and I can afford some extra cat food every month and I just want to show them that life can be peaceful with a warm bed and a full belly.