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Feral Cats and the Nicest Thing

Friday, April 16, 2021

Yes, I KNOW I should’ve taken photos!

The nursing facility where my mother hovers at death’s door has a healthy feral cat colony in its outdoor courtyards, and when I say “healthy”, I mean sleek and fat and comfortable, and yet very wary of people..... I noticed some feeding bowls just outside the entrance, and I figure that they must get fed around 6pm, because I caught sight of a whole bunch of them close together near the “feeding area” at that hour last night..... normally they’re pretty scattered.

The librarians at my library keep a colony of feral cats fed and watered there, too..... I suspect it keeps the rodent population down, which, in turn, keeps the snake population down... our library is right on the edge of a field that is mowed only occasionally, perfect for critters...

Incidentally, my library sent me an email today detailing how many books I have that are now overdue, after me leaving everything to be with my mother..... so I called them....

Much to my astonishment after I told them of my situation, the library clerk apologized profusely and said he was resetting their due cycle for May 1st, and would re-adjust it if it becomes necessary, expressing concern for my mom, and finishing with, “After all, they’re only BOOKS! YOU take care of what’s IMPORTANT!”

Now isn’t that the NICEST THING!?!??

And since I know there are a lot of cat-lovers around... I’m including some feral cats pictures that I didn’t take, just because I want to pass the “Nice” on... .

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    Your library staff is so understanding and wonderful to make those adjustments.

    29 days ago
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  • JAMER123
    I am not a cat person but love them anyway. We had mega numbers of cats (outdoors) on the farm which most could have been considered feral. Great mousers and ratters. Love the pictures. Cute cats. Our son has 2 cats and the rest of the family has dogs.
    Nice of the library to extend the overdue date. Compassionate. emoticon
    29 days ago
    our library told us to keep the books we ordered before the pandemic as long as needed . as soon as they said the drop boxes were ready I returned mine and got a surprise call and a thank you . Libraries are such caring places, loved the cats more prayers and love to your mom emoticon
    29 days ago
    You amaze me, Julie, and I'm thankful you're my friend. You always stay so positive, and your creative juices are still flowing with your writing, no matter what the circumstances.
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    30 days ago
    The first pictures...those cats are looking like "the posse" not to be trifled with.
    30 days ago
    Beautiful, I want them all.
    30 days ago
    Very thoughtful and kind, one less thing to think about at this time. emoticon
    30 days ago
    Awwwww, things like that absolutely restore your faith in humanity. Thanks for sharing.

    HUGS and many, many prayers.
    30 days ago
    nice to hear about those around us that care for others
    30 days ago
    That was such a sweet thing for your librarian to do!!!! emoticon At a time like this, your "sweet mom" is the ONLY important person right now!!! emoticon Thank you for sharing the pictures of the feral cats; they're beautiful!!!! emoticon
    30 days ago
    What a sweet librarian!!! (Although I have to admit, in my experience librarians are usually pretty awesome!). He's right - you've got more important things on your plate right now. And that's very cool about the feral cats. Like SUSANBEAMON, our local animal shelter adopts out feral cats to ranches and farms that need good mousers for the barns, making both cats and humans happy!
    30 days ago
    I volunteered with a feral cat rescue team back before I moved. Most of them could get acquainted with people and adopted into homes, but at the very least the others were fixed!
    30 days ago
    For a while I had a family of ferals in my yard. When the grandchildren arrived. I had to turn them into the county. The county has a "barn cat" program for ferals. They get adopted in a group to farms and warehouses where mice are a problem. The cats are neutered and spayed so they don't have kittens. The adopters must have an inside space that is dry for the cats, and they must provide water and supplementary food.I still miss the ferals.
    30 days ago
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