Sunday, January 29, 2012
There are five in the "shed buddy" clan - that's what my friend calls the cats that have found her lovely home in the country. They are the luckiest of feral cats. They don't come near, nor allow my friend to touch them, but they stick around. Probably because they have regular food, though occasionally the opossum that recently has moved in to the shed tries to take most of it.
They also have a heated water dish and two choices of housing, even though the shed itself is far more protection than many feral cats have. But this particular group of cats live together with an insulated and roomy dog house inside the shed and also a home made of straw bales - which can be toasty warm in the coldest weather.
She locks up the cat food at night these days though - because Mr. Possum is taking more than his share. And she also locks up the shed in the evening to keep prowling coyotes away. She saw one on her walk with her dog the other day. It was on the other side of the road and a bit further down, but a tad unnerving for her all the same.
While many of my blog posts are about birds, the outdoors, and all the wonderful things about nature (including our pets) that I am passionate about, I also love the opportunity to talk about the kindness of others towards those less fortunate. My friend/neighbour and her husband, as do many others that I know, care for these creatures who may have been dumped off at their side road as infants or wandered to their farm by accident. Too often in both urban and rural environments, people ignore the plight of feral cats, and stray dogs as well.
So here's a tip of the hat to my friend and her husband. I hope their example inspires others to help critters in need in some way.