I have the privilege of beginning my new blog with a happy post.
My fiance and I spent this past summer doing a TNR program with our neighborhood feral cat colony. It has been a bit of an emotionally challenging, but ultimately rewarding, experience.
It started with a pair of adult cats that were breeding on our street. We and our neighbors decided to help out a little by leaving food and water for them. It became clear early on in the year, that the queen was pregnant. We decided there that we should do something more to help. We named the queen, Mama Cat and the tom, Larry. Mama Cat had two litters this year. One in April (that is where our beloved Ezio Auditore da Firenze was born) and one in August.
The litter that Mama Cat had in August had two kittens in it. We had no idea where the litter had been delivered, so we waited until they were old enough to make an appearance. About a month after we noticed Mama Cat was no longer pregnant, two sickly little kittens, one male, one female, emerged from the crawlspace of a neighborhood house.
After getting them vetted, quarantined, and healthy, we were able to find homes for them. The male was adopted by a wonderful cat-loving couple in Charlotte. They are big Queen fans, so they named him Freddie Mercury.
The female we named Fiona Fuzzybritches, the Duchess of Nom. We were able to quickly find a home for Ms Fiona through with the help of Sandra from the Kitten Action Team. She found a loving home on the first day she was up for adoption!
With the successful adoption of Freddie and Fiona, things are settling down in our house now. All of the feral cats in our neighborhood have been fixed and can hopefully live happier, healthier lives.
We and our neighbors continue to feed the three remaining members of our colony and really enjoy seeing these guys running around the neighborhood.
I am sure I’ll be writing about them more in the future.