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.

Popcorn Cats


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.

Hawai’i Momma


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.


Feral Cats


A feral cat is a domestic cat that has lived without human influence most of its life. These cats are “unsocialized”, meaning they have not developed accepted social behaviors toward humans. Because feral cats lack interactions and positive experiences with humans they are often fearful, aggressive, self-defensive and distant when a human is present. In my opinion, this makes them an extremely interesting subject to research.

This feral colony lives outside of an now empty house in a college town. The house is by no means abandoned, the residents recently moved to a retirement home and the house is in limbo while they decide what to do with it.  The colony was being cared for by the house owners and when they moved they paid a woman at the local pet supply store to continue caring for the 15 colony residents. Despite the fact the entire colony is spayed/neutered new cats are frequently showing up in the area. The colony is located near campus and students often dump cats when they have no more need for them.