Guest Post with Cat Scout Felix

Hi, everyone! Today we are very lucky to have a guest post by Cat Scout Felix. He has a very important post today.

33a--Felix-Cougar-Hat-Nov-2  Greetings, everyone!  Today I wanted to remind you about a very impawtant date coming up next month: National Feral Cat Day on October 16.  nfcd20162This annual event allows you to make a difference!!

National-Feral-Cat3 Alley Cat Allies sponsors this annual event to

feralsraise awareness about community cats and how you can help them survive.  If you would like to sponsor an event to raise awareness about feral cats, there is still time!  Alley Cat Allies recognizes blogs, tweets, volunteer projects, special  events, and they will provide you or your group with materials and tools to have a successful NFC Day!

Auntie Ellen and probably many of you have pawticipated in helping community cats in your area.  Every little bit of help really saves lives and improves the lives of our relatives who are not lucky enough to have homes.

If you think you can devote a day, a blogfest, an event or any other activity that will raise awareness about our feral relatives AND possibly get other peeps involved, GO FOR IT!

Every bit of information and networking that alleviates suffering and publicizes our feral relatives’ needs is a VERY GOOD THING>  One cat at a time, one community at a time….

THANK MEW SO MUCH, DEAR FURIENDS!ncfd2016


Thank you Felix- that was excellent! If we all do something, it adds up. This is the first year I have been involved with TNR and I am glad I decided to try. Brody is happy about it too.

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And one more thing-the question for P.S.Annie’s 19-Somethin Challenge is :Did you get into any toy or game crazes? I just had to have a Cabbage Patch Kid, I am not sure why being that I detest dolls. My Dad waited in a big line to get me one, mine is a preemie boy. I still have it, but I didn’t have time to get a photo.

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Phoebe will announce the winner of the pirate giveaway tomorrow .dscf2519

Friendly Fill-Ins Week 15

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it is already week 15 of the fill-ins, thank you to all who participate. I love learning more about everyone and I hope you do too.

The Fill-Ins:

1. When I run out of ___________________, I use ___________________ instead.
2. My guru is _______________.

3. I am afraid of                            .

4. I feel empowered                                 .
My answers:
1. When I run out of  SHAVING CREAM, I use HAIR CONDITIONER instead.
2. My guru is JAMES ALTUCHER, HE HAS WRITTEN SEVERAL GREAT BOOKS. HE HAS FAILED AT MANY BUSINESS VENTURES, BUT KEPT TRYING. HE RECOMMENDS READING FOR AN HOUR A DAY AND GETTING LOTS OF SLEEP- GREAT ADVICE. I STILL NEED TO WORK ON THE NOT EATING AFTER 5 PM THOUGH.
3. I am afraid of THOSE I LOVE DYING, I HAVE NEVER FEARED MY OWN DEATH, JUST LOSING THOSE I LOVE. I AM ALSO AFRAID OF MICE, EVEN IF THEY ARE ALREADY DEAD AND SNAKES. AND GETTING SPRAYED BY A SKUNK.
4. I feel empowered ( NOT SURE I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS), BUT, WHEN I CAN DO SOMETHING TO HELP CATS, LIKE TRANSPORTING FERALS FOR TNR.I LIKE BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION. WE GOT 2 MORE TODAY, THE LAST KITTEN IS STILL BEING DIFFICULT.
Be sure to add you link at McGuffy’s Reader.

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Guest Post With Cat Scout Felix

Hi everyone! We haven’t had a guest post in a while so let’s welcome Felix back!

33a--Felix-Cougar-Hat-Nov-2  Howdy, everybody!  Today I’d like to talk about “community cats” and ways we can all help make their lives better.  These cats are sometimes referred to as feral, but if they live in “colonies,” they’re really community kitties.  

Many of you probably already do rescue and rehabilitation or fostering work, but as you know, Spring brings lots of litters and so many more of our compatriots who need help and nurturing.  Community cats can live decent and long lives if they are properly cared for, and because they are taken care of by groups of people, they are more socialized than feral cats who are often single and solitary creatures who are wary of human contact.  220px-Feral_cat_with_clipped_earAlleyCatAllies

There are several national organizations that offer educational programs and assistance to communities wishing to start a local TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) Program.  Some of these have local state or city offices that can assist interested groups in setting up a community cat program.  They can also offer advocacy advice on how to work with your state and local governments to pass legislation favorable to TNR programs.  

These programs have been successful across the country, and one that you might like to check out is the ORCATS in Key Largo, FL.  The Ocean Reef Club (hence, ORCATS) has an incredible community cat program at the north end of the island.

Residents of this community funded a hospital and sheltering program for their large “feral” population, and their cats are very lucky, indeed!  They are fed and nurtured by all of the residents of the Ocean Reef community, and they have veterinary care and play/fostering. .ORCATS1  OCATS2

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This successful program reduced the local feral population from 2000 cats to 500!

Best Friends in Utah was one of the earliest proponents of TNR, and along with the ASPCA in New York City and Alley Cat Allies in Bethesda Maryland, offers assistance to groups wishing to start a local TNR program. All of these organizations have state representatives ready to help you learn more, or start your own community cat program!

They also offer webinars and on-line information kits about getting involved in your community.  Go ahead and get involved!

Thank you for an excellent post Felix! Alley Cat Allies is one of my favorite groups.