It’s been more than 18 years since we came to Dry Creek Hill and saw our first feral cat. We’ve known and named 78 cats in those years–you’ve met all the colony cats in previous posts. We trapped, neutered, and cared for all of them that allowed it. For those who say TNR does not work, we haven’t had to deal with new arrivals for 6 years now. Compare that to 78 in the preceding 12 years.
The colony is now gone and only a few cats remain. MiniMo is the last colony survivor and she has moved into my office in her old age. We have 3 house cats that arrived on Dry Creek Hill as kittens during the years of the colony, but they were obviously socialized and we couldn’t resist their affection. They’ve become great companions. I’ve already introduced Turk, and I’ll cover Swiffer and Sofia in the coming weeks. Swiffer and Sofia were tiny black littermates we found abandoned in the weeds at the foot of our driveway. They were purring in our laps within an hour and haven’t left yet.
The remnants of the colony are still in the yard, but it’ll be time to break them down when the weather cools. The Harley Platform is a big, heavy structure and it’ll be quite a job. (Those flat rocks on the roof served as plates when we served wet food.)
The Boots Platform is less substantial and will be easier to break down. It grew from a piece of plywood on sawhorses into it’s present form as we gradually realized we were in this for the long haul. By the time we needed the Harley Platform we knew how big a job we had and built accordingly.
We removed MiniMo’s recovery station a month ago so we could hang a hummingbird feeder on the nearby pillar. We built it so MiniMo could rest and recover at a safe distance above the ground and in the light from the front door while she was using up at least 1 of her 9 lives getting over her raccoon attack. We didn’t think she’d make it, but she fooled us then just as much as she fooled us by happily moving into my office. If you need a lesson in how to roll with the punches, talk to MiniMo. She surprises us every day.
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