It’s been six years since the three litters of feral cats were born in various spots in our neighborhood. Being completely naive about “alley cats,” I began some research and learned about the recommendation to spay and release. So, I rented 7 traps and the process began. In all, I trapped and treated 15 cats and released them, as instructed. But they didn’t leave.
So, I decided the next best thing was to try to “tame” them. I’ll skip over the details, but suffice it to say, nine of them now live with me and three (the mothers) are permanent porch residents.
My greatest challenge was living through the kitten stage with 9 feral kittens in my antique-filled home. Not too many disasters but quite a few sleepless nights.
My life has forever changed. I am in love 12 times over. The joy they bring could not be purchased at any price. And I have free, around-the-clock entertainment.
Don’t let anyone tell you that a feral cat will not make a good pet. If so, then I have nine exceptions!
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