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Cat Brigade: The Taming of the Calico

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The calico, thus far, is my favorite of the Cat Brigade.  The gender of this kitty is unknown, but I’ve been referring to it as a “she”, because its coat is so pretty and we all know that only girls can be pretty.

I’m trying to get her to come inside.  For one thing, she needs to be TNR’d (trap-neuter-return), and I’d prefer not to scare the crap out of her doing it.  Secondly, yesterday she was shivering like mad, which kills me!  I’d like to fashion a little bed for the cats with a bundle of rags on the porch, but as Shannon said, it’s far more likely they would just pee on them.  Yes, I could simply wash the bedding, but… ew.  And they would probably pee on them again.

I found out she has claws; I noticed them when she tried to paw at the wet fish food I put out.  I was a little worried she wouldn’t; if she’s going to be outdoors, she needs to be armed!

No nickname for her yet.  Maybe you could think of one?

Calico Face (1)

The Calico up-close!

Calico 2

Calico licking her paws.

There’s another cat that’s visited a couple times, which I simply call Tiger.  It’s the beautiful auburn fur, and his/her strut.  For some reason, I get the feeling this cat is doing fine outside.  He seems self-sufficient, a medium sized cat, and not worryingly thin.  However, he is very skittish of people.  He’s going to require a lot more effort to earn his trust.

Tiger 1

Tiger eating.

Crouching Tiger

Crouching Tiger!

Interesting update… Last night I peeked out the window to check if the kitties had come by for food, and was startled to see an orange cat looking back, just as surprised as me!  It ran off immediately, but for those couple seconds I had a good look at it’s head.  He looked a lot like Tiger, but I’m convinced it was a different cat.  His coloring was much lighter.  Could there be yet another stray roaming around out there?

Cat Brigade

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

I moved into a new apartment over the weekend.  It’s fabulous to have one’s own:  bathroom, bedroom, walk-in closet, and privacy.  Also, kitchen, living room, porch, dining area, dishwasher, pantry, and laundry room.

The apartment has also come with a surprise:  Stray cats!  At least five of them, of all different breeds and sizes.

I feel terrible for the poor things.  They are obviously abandoned–no tags, no tagged ear, and still human-friendly (i.e., not feral).  Winter’s been chilly, and I hate to think of them outside in the cold at night.  Last night I went out to Target and picked up some wet cat food and food dish.  While my roommate and I settle in, I’ll put out some food for them, though eventually I’ll have to take them to a rescue shelter.

In the meantime, I need to get them to trust me.  I’ll document my efforts with some pictures! 🙂  Hopefully, my friend Shannon (who blogs at I Game Therefore I Am) will lend me her super-awesome camera to take those photos.  Otherwise, you get my cell cam, which is a great woe in comparison.

Cat Brigade:  The Persian (1)

Cat Brigade: The Persian