We live in a small quite area on an island of about 1500 people. The houses around us are on mostly small lots with yards and trees. This house has some space under it for other animals. I don’t dare close it up, because the rats would soon take over.
There are so many rats and rabbits in the area that hawks, eagles, owls and coyotes are well fed.
Anyways, before we moved here the people before us didn’t fix their cats and there were also others down a few houses from us. There was a big tom cat, that was a Lavender color with out a tail. Many times when cats have some Manx in them it can cause extra toes and wierd tails. We find many cats around here with extra toes.
After Petunia’s first litter, the lavender tom cat grew a huge lump in his face then diapeared.
Then a tom cat, I named Captian Balls showed up. He was actually nice and we could pet him.
After we caught Pearl, a black cat with no tail had another batch of kittens under the house. Captian was a great tom cat, because the females trusted him to help protect the kittens.
One day I heard mewing outside and ran to see where it was. There was a kitten over by the fence. When I got to it, I was freaked to find that it’s back end was completely wimpy and covered with slugs. I took him in, but he was too far gone.
The fallowing week we were out catching 3 more black kittens. Jim’s friend took one and we took the other 2 to the no-kill shelter.
It was at that point we went crazy trapping every cat possible and getting them fixed. The Neighbor also had about 15 cats fixed. They are all related.
Some of the cats were wise to the cage traps, so then we borrowed a drop trap. It worked so well, that I caught 3 cats in 45 minutes. Be sure to make one of those!
As Captian and Petunia kept other strays away, my oldest cat, Emma passed from kidney failure, fallowed by Batley, Jim’s dog in 2008.
Winter came and Petunia became sick.
For a tom cat like Captain time is short before he is killed by something or ran off by other toms. Perhaps he was missing Petunia because she was inside with us, he got to old and was caught by coyotes or possible just ran off by his own offspring. We just don’t know. But that left our house open to new arivals.
Lenny and Squiggy, Jim calls them, a black and white cat that is super shy and a bigger black cat.
But that is just the surface!
Looking at me one night with desparation for food is a big black and white cat with long fur.
Some other cats will come over from the neighbor’s place.
Then pops up an Orange zombie cat. There’s a sad story.
The long haired cat may have kittens under the house.
Yesterday, May 1st there’s a super big black cat right out side the door. He must have been around 20 lbs.
Other than that, Pearl lives with some snakes, a tarantula and there are raccoons that come by everynight.
Here’s some new photos of the regular visitors.