Winter and the Feral Cat

Six weeks ago, I wrote a post about a feral cat we were trying help. What follows is a pictorial update of how the cat is doing half way through winter. As you will see, he is quite sassy and fat. Several times a day, he wanders over to the cat house to get something to eat. Sometimes, he will stay for a few minutes, other times he stays for a few hours, especially if it is snowing.

His mother is doing well and she also frequents the cat house to find something to eat. The kitten is quite independent now, but, from time to time, I will see them chasing each other through the snow-covered yard. We also have a number of other feral cats that stop by at least once a day to feed at the Gerencser Buffet®.

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Feral Kitten

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Black Feral Cat

Our newest visitor. Eerie eyes that say, take my picture and you will have seven years of bad luck.

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Feral Kitten

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Feral Kitten

That’s Bethany’s feet in the background. She is the ONLY one that the cat will come close to.

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Feral Kitten

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Feral Kitten

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Feral Kitten Watching a Cardinal

Oh, Mr Cardinal, please come just a little closer so I can eat you for lunch.

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Hey, that Fat Redheaded Guy is Taking my Picture

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Feral Kitten, What’s that Noise?

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Feral Kitten

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Feral Kitten


  1. Ian

    Nice pictures.

    You’d better watch out, soon all the strays will show up at your door.

  2. kittybrat

    Bruce, I love you guys for this!

    1. Angiep

      Me too!

  3. Steve

    Are these cats atheists? Beware! It could be a trick; they could be Christian cats sent to evangelize you guys!!

  4. Rita kennedy

    Please be sure to trap neuter all the feral that come to your’ll never regret it

  5. Rebecca

    I’ve never been a cat person at all, but in the early fall, I was trail jogging through the nearby state game lands when this adorable black kitten came and sat on my feet. Then she followed me like a dog for this one to two mile jog through the woods. It was incredible.

    I was about to get back into my car to drive away when the cat rolled over on her back for a tummy rub, purring like crazy. Needless to say, I could not leave this kitten. I had terrible visions of her starving through the winter.

    But, I was about to go away with my husband out of town, and then to top everything off we have a very energetic Border Collie dog who would not mix well with a kitten. I took the cat to our vet. She called around to various shelters. Most were full and would not accept this adorable kitten. Finally, we were able to find a place that had just opened some distance away. I had to pay a pretty penny out of my own pocket, but it was worth it. (My husband, not a cat person, doesn’t know the whole story.)

    The shelter worker could not believe how sweet and friendly this kitten was..It seems impossible to think she could have been feral. But, what was she doing way out there in the middle of nowhere in the woods? I guess I’ll never know, but I was glad to have been able to save her. (The shelter is a no kill shelter, and it was felt “Raven” would be placed right away.)

    I actually wish that I could have made her my own. 🙂


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