Foray into Feral Felines

13 Nov 2007

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My daughter is a cat whisperer. Through intense patience and perseverance, she's managed to befriend a couple of feral cats living in our neighborhood. Her goal, squelched by her parents, was to adopt "Mommy" (an exotic breed, possibly an Egpytian Mau ) and "Broadway" (her kitten) and transform them into indoor pets. Realizing this goal as impossible, she did the next best thing -- asked an animal shelter what to do.

The local no-kill place, it turns out, has a six-month waiting list to take in new cats. And that's for regular indoor cats; they don't even consider taking in "difficult to work with" ferals. Their advice: Build an outdoor shelter for the wild cats if you care about their survival trough the winter months. They even supplied some free hay and plastic bags.

So, we built a wild-kitty condo over the weekend. I have to say, it's pretty damned nice. It's built next to a heavy stone wall of our garage, thus protecting from storms approaching from the east. I put 4 or 5 inches of straw inside on the bottom, installed a rudimentary drainage system, used a cardboard box for the inner walls and ceiling, lined the outer sides, back, and top with another 5 or 6 inches of hay, and covered the whole thing with thick plastic weighted down with bricks.

Within a few hours of construction, my daughter had coaxed the cats inside, where they've stayed ever since. So far, so good. I was going to rig up some sort of light-bulb-based heating system, but forgot about it. Still, it looks possibly cozy enough to facilitate wild cat survival throughout the winter. Time will tell, though.

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On November 13, 2007, Dragon Laugh wrote:

That is so damn awesome, going to such trouble to take care of homeless cats like that. :) Good for you and your daughter! You must post photos, of course ... Cats rock.

On November 13, 2007, Grant Miller wrote:

Our kitty condo is bigger than the first apartment we lived in.

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