Hi! I'm Janis and I am a retired elementary music teacher. But this blog is not about music and it is not about children. This is a blog about cats — feral cats.

The story begins with my first post—Cassie!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Feral Cats

Feral cats? In my backyard? That doesn't sound good. But they're so cute.

So I started to do what we all do now—Googled it! Oh, my goodness. I couldn't believe what I found out. There is a serious problem with feral cats (and dogs, too). They kill birds and spread disease. They do whatever they can to survive. All because people have just thrown out unwanted domestic pets to fend for themselves. And to my shock, I discovered that a female cat could have up to 4 litters each year. With 2-4 kittens in a litter surviving to have more litters, do the math. That's a LOT of cats! Running around neighborhoods and downtown areas all over the country.

But I was just doing my own backyard math. I already had nine. And both of the daddy cats were hanging around. So sad. 

What were we going to do?! I couldn't stop feeding them. Winter was close and Nashville winters can
be very cold and snowy. So I Googled again. And I found out that there are people everywhere who are not only dedicated to taking care of feral cats but are also trying to eradicate the problem, humanely. I'll talk about that later. But for now, we had to help these babies through the winter.

Oh, Don . . .  I've got a great idea!!