Look at me! Clear eyes, perky ears, a nice set of whiskers perched on some nice humps. And that coat, have you ever seen something this shiny?
And you know what? I was a Feral Cat. Yep, that's right, me, caught in a trap and taken in by some really nice people (except when they... well... you know what happens to boy kitties) at UN-Cats. I wasn't feeling too good, so they decided to keep me in their shelter for a while.And when I was used to being inside, I became such a sweet cat, but I was pretty scared of people, until I met the momma
and the daddy. The UN-Cats people didn't think I would let them pick
me up, but when the momma did, I liked it and I snuggled right in. And
then she and the daddy wrote on a bunch of papers and they went home to get a PTU and I got
to go to their house! It was really cool and I had a brofur named Harry, who was really nice to me, and I got happy and shiny and I don't ever have to live outside and be hungry or cold again.
So today is National Feral Cat Day, the day for people to learn about us, and the people who want to help us to live to be happy and healthy, even if we don't have a furever home with a human family. A lot of the nice people do what they call TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return). We don't like the Trap or the Neuter part (not the most fun) but when they fix us up, the let us go back to our village with our friends and we're happier and healthier. Nice people make sure we have some food and sometimes give us houses for when its cold. And because all the boys (and girls) are neutrilized, we don't make kittens so much and there aren't so many homeless kitties around.
We have another favorite group that does TNR AND takes in kitties that are sick or hurt or injured really bad, and that's Carol's Ferals. They are down lower in the mitten from us where the momma used to live, and they help A LOT of kitties. Last night they did a big trapping and took in 30 CATS!!! The kitties will all get neutrilized, get some shots to help them not get sick, some will get medicine for ear bugs and fur bugs and any of them are really hurt or sick they will stay at Carol's place until they are better. Then they all get to go back home and Carol's gang will look for more kitties to help. We are always bugging you to vote for Carol's Ferals in contests where they can get monies, because we bet you guys give monies to help kitties in your area, so all we ask is for votes. It helps them a lot.
We also have one of our own cat blogosphere friends who is doing their own small scale project right in their back yard. Au, Target and Guido (and their mom Ellen) from Katz and Other Tales are selling a cool book about them and then uses her monies to neutrelize the kitties that are in her back yard. We tell you so that you can go check her books out and help support her efforts AND you get cool Katz Tales to have your human read to you!
As a former Feral, I (and my brofurs) hope we can help keep supporting these groups. So if we keep bugging you about voting, or reading, you'll know why! Thanks for caring.
Luv and purrs, Tipp