This beautiful tortoiseshell cat is another member of the feral “popcorn cats” colony. This colony, located behind a movie theater, is well taken care of by colony caretakers who feed the cats daily and provide warm shelters. An additional indicator that this colony is being managed is the ear tip missing on the top left ear of each cat. The ear tip is a universal sign that the cat has been spayed/neutered and has often received important vaccinations. The ear tip is important because feral cats are unsocialized to humans and therefore un-adoptable without proper socialization. Feral cats that enter shelters are typically euthanized as already overcrowded shelters do not have the time to attempt to socialize a feral cat. The ear tip indicates that the cat can no longer reproduce and should be left in it’s habitat to live out it’s life.
Cats that live in a house, city, barn or forest all have one thing in common… they can harness their wildcat side. This feral cat lives in a residential neighborhood, sandwiched between two busy streets. But, he has found a little slice of the jungle within the concrete city. Cats often have a way of finding solitary hiding spots that are only visible to those looking to find them.
There is a colony of feral cats that live in a small wooded lot in a highly urban area. Their home is sandwiched between a movie theater and a Sonic drive-thru. All the colony residents have been trapped, vaccinated, neutered, and released back into their colony (TNR). Many people know of the “popcorn cats” and sometimes they decide to dump their unwanted (and often un-neutered) cats into the colony, thinking it is a good alternative to a shelter. But, it only furthers the issues of cat overpopulation, exactly the problem TNR aims to curb.
This feral cat was spotted near Akaka Falls on the island of Hawai’i. She had a litter of kittens who looked to be a little too old to still be with their momma. Despite their age, she was extremely vigilant over her kittens. When one of them began to cry she immediately went to them, after sharply looking at me to make sure I did not follow.