Feral Cats Deserve A Chance

As twilight shadows pirouette in the city's hidden corners, a subtle pulse of life whispers undetected. Glints of emerald light flash in the obscurity, reflecting tales of tenacity and perseverance; they are the silent testimonies of the city's unsung inhabitants, the feral cats. In this hidden realm, these feral cats deserve a chance to be acknowledged, understood, and given the opportunity for a better life.

These bright green eyes shine in the shadows, telling stories of toughness and how they've managed to stay alive. Come and learn about the world of feral cats, the unsung heroes living in our alleys and backyards. It's time we start seeing them for who they really are, beyond their wild outside.

Join us on this touching journey of understanding and kindness, as we explain why these stray cats deserve not just our attention, but a real chance at a better life.

feral cat staring straight intensely

Our Feral Tenants: The Heartwarming Tale Of Unlikely Coexistence

Over the years, feral cats have moved into these burrows under the buildings. Female cats have their litters underground, and eventually, move on to find more suitable quarters.

Recently, we had the opportunity to meet two adorable little waifs who didn't seem to be in too much of a hurry to vacate their newly found home.

A Serendipitous Encounter: Meeting Our Adorable Feline Guests

Last summer, several of us placed a bird feeder and birdbath out on our building's porch. We soon attracted quite a variety of songbirds.

Shortly before Thanksgiving, we also attracted two of the cutest predators you've ever seen.

Two beautiful silver and black kittens, one shorthaired, and the other longhaired, appeared on the porch to stalk these birds.

Two feral cats sitting behind fence on wall

Nurturing The Tiny Predators: From Food Providers To Caretakers

We started leaving food out for these ferocious hunters, hoping their appetite for sparrow or finch could be curtailed.

We soon discovered these kittens were living under our building, and the mother cat had vanished.

Also, we then began placing food near the den entrance and enjoyed watching our two little friends come and go as they pleased. As it got colder, the kittens would emerge from their cozy little home less frequently.

We knew the kittens were still under the building, however, since their food deliveries were being devoured daily, tiny paw prints traversed the snow.

The feral felines seemed content, and we enjoyed having them as non-rent paying tenants.

A Winter Friendship: Witnessing The Kittens' Cozy Retreat

Everything was going smoothly until the blizzard hit right after New Year's Day. Twenty-three inches of snow fell on the weekend and several of us worried about the welfare of our two little tenants.

We were concerned enough to visit the office that miserable Sunday morning to check on them.

When we reached the building, we were horrified to find snowplows had deposited a massive hill of snow directly over the burrow entrance.

We tried to dig it out, but the weather had turned extremely frigid, and the mound of snow had quickly turned into an impenetrable hill of ice.

After several minutes, we gave up. We couldn't uncover the entrance. Also, we began to worry that our two little friends had been buried alive.

We soon decided to go into the building's basement to determine if I could hear the two cats scratching at the walls or crying out in despair.

With a flashlight in hand, we searched every room in the basement and continuously listened for any sounds or noises. Nothing.


Silent Footprints: The Presence Of Contented Feral Felines

Just as we were about to give up, we noticed a small hatch leading to the building's crawl space. We cautiously pried it open. We were both relieved and delighted at what we discovered.

two kittens in the entrance

The two little orphans, whom we had named Fritz and Furball, were patiently sitting by the hatch entrance as if they had been expecting me. They were also extremely hungry.

We gave them some food and watched them eagerly devour every last morsel. When they were finished, they slowly and quietly retreated back into the deepest recesses of the dark crawl space.

After that day of discovery, one of us visited Fritz and Furball on a daily basis and brought them care packages.

Although they would never let any of us touch them, they seemed to enjoy our human visits almost as much as we humans enjoyed their company.

Fritz, the smaller, shorthaired cat, although curious about his human benefactors, remained quite shy and aloof. Furball, however, anxiously ran towards us whenever we brought him his latest meal.

He was a joy to watch as he grunted and groaned in delight at every bite as if he were dining in the most elegant of gourmet restaurants.

A Rescue Operation: Trapping And Preparing For A New Life

By spring, we decided our two little friends had been living underground long enough.

We contacted Operating Room Nurse Kathy who is definitely a cat person. In fact, she's one of our heroes. She's rescued dozens of stray felines from the hospital grounds.

She quickly brought a live trap over to the building and placed some cat food in it for the two little critters. By the next morning, the smaller, short-haired one was safely trapped.

Two kittens eat cat food feral cats deserve a chance

Fritz was placed in a makeshift pen in the basement, and the trap was reset for Furball. By the following morning, our other feral feline was safely caught.

Nurse Kathy picked them up and whisked them home for a much-needed flea bath, a good brushing, and a trip to her veterinarian for neutering and vaccinations.

We're confident that our two little feline friends will happily live out their lives with Nurse Kathy.

She has more than a dozen of these rescued cats on and around her property, and she treats each and every one of them like royalty. She truly is one of the great 'cat persons' of all time.

Feral Wisdom: Unearthing Hidden Lessons

The journey of Fritz and Furball, the feral cats, unveils a critical lesson: every creature, no matter how wild or elusive, has value and contributes to our shared world.

Their resilience and survival in the urban wild teach us that beneath perceived wildness lies a treasure of untapped potential, waiting for understanding and compassion.

Their story encourages us to look beyond fear and stereotypes, to approach the unfamiliar with an open heart.

It implores us to give every life a fair chance, because each one, regardless of its circumstances, is worth nurturing.

Feral Cat at a Park feral cats deserve a chance

In short, our feral friends teach us to embrace all life with compassion, to appreciate resilience, and to recognize the silent heroes in our midst.

Let's carry this wisdom forward, cherishing and respecting every life, as each adds a unique note to the harmony of existence.


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