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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Thinking About Feral Cats


I was reading over Mom’s shoulder a couple of days ago…I think it was on Boxing Day actually.  Anyways, I saw this on the Editorial Page…and my first thought was like…WOW!!! HARDLY ANYBODY EVER TALKS ABOUT FERAL CATS ON THE EDITORIAL PAGE!!!

feral cats

So then I calmed down, Mom asked me not meow so loud as it was still quiet time in the morning…we read the newspapers, watch the news and read my new emails every morning in bed…Dad brings Mom her coffee and I go down stairs to help him out and of course, to get my brekkies.  Then I trot back up to snuggle with Mom while she reads to me.

Ok, so now I have digressed (VBP) so let me get back on track…about this Editorial.  It was in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The editorial really talks about the pawsitive impact on feral cat populations that two bay area cities have experienced since the city shelters started doing more TNR rather than destroying cats.

Let feral cats run free – SFGate.

I wish I had this to post on Feral Cat Day…but I wanted to share it with my furriends because it is not often a major newspaper prints an editorial about cats at all, let alone feral cats.  I was purrleased to say the least!

So, Mom thought I should at least add a couple of photos of MOI, as this is my blog and she thought you might want to see me playing around some more…so here you go…

…not much I like better than pretending the feathers are getting away under my Nip N Nap Mat…going under for the grab!!!


…this is my “cross over” move…I keep my right paw holding it down under the mat while I use my left paw, crossed over my right, to snag it with my claws…heh…heh…


Paw pats, Savannah

peeEss Mom like TOTALLY luvluvluv’d the Wand I got her!!! She and Dad are in San Francisco today and tonight and my Auntie Shannon is here with me!

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38 thoughts on “Thinking About Feral Cats

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  2. Me Mum told me dere are feral kittehz here in town called “Da River Katz” az dey live along da river bankz. There iz now a group who want to do TNR to help dem kittehz. Me finkz az long az dere are bad Hu’Manz who don’t spay/newtur dere kittehz dere will be homeless kittehz who end up feral!! Sad but true!
    As fer you Savannah dose are some pawsum movez on da Feather usin da NipNap mat….me iz still lubbin me Nipnap iz da bery best!!!! 😉 Nylablue.

    • I agree Nylablue. And we have a small creek in Walnut Creek too and also it supports a large feral colony right in the downtown area. At least lots of people take care of them and the local vets do spay and neuter when someone traps a new feral. And I do think I have developed very good and unique techniques with my Nip N Nap Mat…you could come over sometime and I can show you…paw hugs, Savvy

      • Say iz dat creek named “Walnut” creek, MOL!?!? We haz 2 riverz dat run thru our Mum type da namez fer me pleeze:
        The north to south river is called the Sydenham & that is where the feral cats live & the east to west river is the Pottawatomi after the aboriginal people who lived here hundreds of years ago….back to you Nylablue:
        We haz a new group here to TNR da kittehz by da river. Me hopez dey find fur-eber homez but Mum sayz some are TOO wild to live wif Hu’manz…..dat could have bin ME!!!! YOWSERZ!!!!
        Me wuud lub to come bizit but me don’t know how….

  3. I knew she would! I hope she has had a lovely birthday!

  4. You’ve got some moves Savvy!!

  5. Chancy and Mumsy (Mag) on said:

    We are happy about the article and wished it was printed in every paper everywhere. You are having lots of fun there sweet Savannah. Hugs and nose kisses

  6. AND, if TNR reduces the amount of ferals permanently, they won’t kill as many birds, in the end. Great article, Savvy!

  7. Happy Birfday to your mom!

  8. It’s done a lot here in the UK, Though I have taken in two adult feral toms in my time and they became most loving housecats. Of course both took a long time,one took 18 months ,the other took 2 years and I realise not everyone can do this.

  9. I actually do think that is a good idea. Cats have learned very well,much better than dogs in my opinion in being feral, so as long as they are caught the same and spayed and neutered I don’t think their quality of life would be that worse off then in comparison to just being euthanized. And the numbers will still drop the same, so the goal of for one day all cats to have a home is still there. great post!

  10. It’s a start!
    Happy Birthday to your Mom!

  11. We love ferals and try to help as many as we can. Great mat moves pretty Savannah!

  12. You’re adorable when you play, Savvy!
    Wow, you’re right, it is not often that you see kitties in the news, so yay for the attention to the feral problem!

  13. Maybe you should have kept the wand another day or so. Then you could’ve zapped your Mom back home so you can play. Love that cross over move. Wish there was a pic of ME in MY blog today.

  14. catfromhell on said:

    Exception news and moves!

  15. maxwellnfaraday on said:

    Mowzers, that’s such good news to hear an editorial like that got published. High paw!

  16. GREAT that a newpaper writes about TNR !
    LOVE to see you play with your Nip N Nap Mat and the feather 🙂

  17. ande123 on said:

    This is a great post and so good to keep people informed about Feral cats and that they can be tamed and rehomed eventually. We have whole bunch of them here. That was a great article. They make excellent pets and friends.

  18. Sparkle on said:

    Thank you so much for the link to the TNR story, Savannah – my human shared it with her fellow Cat Writers Association members!

  19. mistletoeandhitch on said:

    Hopefully other, less forward thinking, cities will see that TNR works better than the alternative and will embrace it on results alone, even if they don’t care about the humanity. Hope your mom have a wonderful birthday.
    Purrs to you,
    Mistletoe & Hitch

  20. Great post… and I like your cross over move … you should get your own dance show in Vegas ( I’m in the first row then- that’s for sure ;o)

  21. Awww sweetie – you will have to teach us those moves. They are great and very useful too I would think.

  22. It’s great to see that San Francisco is forward-looking enough to have that article published in the editorial page. Slowly, very slowly, things are changing. We hope those changes spread everywhere for all of the feral cat populations.

    We live in a place where the feral cat population is still treated as an embarrassment and a liability. Change can’t come soon enough!

  23. We have a feral coalition here in Portland that does TNR. You can always tell the ferals that have been through that program with the little snip in their ear.

  24. mollieandalfie on said:

    We don’t get very many Feral kitties here but when we went to Tenerife, OMC there were hundreds of the poor little souls. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas Savvy and Peeps. Youz got my mat out 🙂 love’z you xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  25. thanks for letting us know about this. mom is involved somewhat in our area with TNR but agrees is takes a larger effort to make people understand that “shelters” aren’t going to help ferals…..

  26. Have you heard of the feral cats on Parliament Hill in Ottawa?
    The Maple Syrup Mob

  27. I agree with you that it is rare that a major newspaper (if ever!) writes about feral cats and the SFC is to be commended! The only reason it didn’t surprise me is that San Francisco is more liberal and more “forward thinking”…..they are more open minded than many cities. Wish more places would follow suit. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Thanks for sharing the editorial. A stupid woman wrote a letter to the editor in our local paper (Sun Herald) advocating killing any cat (including pet cats) that were outside. It was very upsetting. So nice to see an editorial advocating TNR.

  29. That was a great post Savvy

  30. It’s true that TNR does have a positive impact on ferals. But it requires commitment from the entire community, and that doesn’t always happen. 🙂

    • I know it doesn’t always happen Rumpy, but at least in both these cities, the public shelters are the proponents and that makes a difference at least here in the Northern Calif area. Not so sure if it would be the case in the Southern Cal or even central calif areas. I thought it was hopeful to see this editorial.

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