With another winter quickly approaching I decided to start a fund raising campaign, Please help support our feral cats, to support the feral colony we care for. There’s a lot involved in taking care of a colony of wild cats. What started as just two tiny kitties begging for kibble some mornings, turned into a community of cats that get fed twice a day. It’s not only food that we provide for these beloved creatures. We also provide planned parenthood via TNR, housing via an installed cat door in the garage for them, outside sleeping quarters, monthly flea treatments, worming, toys, dental care and doctor visits.
At the present time we go through about 30 pounds of kibble in a week or so. That will increase during the winter because they tend to pad themselves with an extra pound or two in order to keep warm. We feed them twice a day. Breakfast is usually when the entire colony shows up and we can keep a good head count on them and keep up with anyone that might have an injury, or need additional attention and care. Breakfast is kibble mixed with canned food, so it’s a hearty start to their day. This is also when we can mix in a flea treatment and be assured that everyone gets treated. We worm them once a month and this is also put into their morning meal. It’s banana flavored, but I’m sure they never even notice. We give them vitamins once a month as well. This is a salmon flavored oil that is mixed in with the kibble and adds a certain flavor profile they really love. I’ve seen them swat each other over that meal! In the afternoons they get a second helping of kibble. They start showing up for dinner around dusk after sleeping all day.
The security lights installed in our back yard keep us aware of anything happening back there at night, but also give the cats a safe place to run when they’re being chased by a predator like a dog and sometimes a raccoon. When those bright lights flash on, the predator usually runs like their butt’s on fire, but the kitty knows they’re in a safe spot. It’s a nice feature for them. They also have a cat door downstairs that bigger predators can’t come through. I’ve seen them dive through that door when a stray dog comes in the yard.
We change their bedding twice a month. Sometimes it’s sturdy enough to go through the washer and be cleaned and disinfected, etc. But sometimes it simply falls apart. This means I am always on the lookout for bedding like old towels or fleece blankets.
If you find the time, I would be so grateful if you checked out our online campaign at this link: Please help support our feral cats
It would be so great for us and the kitties if you could donate something and even share the link with your friends so the word gets spread. I will be writing updates about once or twice a week, introducing the different cats in the colony to you with pictures. There are already about a dozen updates on there. I hope you enjoy those stories and I hope it inspires you to find a joy in your own life that brings you as much happiness as these cats have brought to me and my family.