James’ Gang Colony

Newt Gets a New Indoor Home!

So happy to hear that Newt, a cat I TNR’d in my yard in 2013, is now a fully 100% indoor cat in my neighbor’s home!   When I first saw Newt he lounged around all over my yard. Once he was TNR’d, Newt started visiting Amanda, my neighbor, a few blocks away. She let… Read more »

Lion Cuts for Matted, Long-Haired Colony Cats

Puffy is a very fluffy, long-haired cat that comes to my yard irregularly to feed ever since I TNR’d him in 2013.   This past year he’s been looking fluffier than ever. His long-haired coat is magnificent, but starting to look downright disheveled. He’s not easy to capture on camera – he’s a true feral who… Read more »

2015 Trap Neuter Return Case Study

Since 2007 I TNR’d 183 cats from 20 colony sites within one square mile around me. Today there are only 51 cats from that total left outside. That is a 72% reduction rate in nine years. I am very happy with these numbers and track them carefully. I visit these colony sites and their feeders all the time… Read more »

Feral Cat Saves Woman from Squirrel Attack!

*Disclaimer: Of course no animals or humans were harmed in this series of photos.    I walked out my front door and saw Funny Face, one of my TNR’d colony cats, in the front yard. I hardly noticed the red-tailed menace in the tree. But obviously Funny Face noticed. He hunkered down. And the chase… Read more »

Welcome to My Yard, Paddy Cat!

Paddy showed up last week on my neighbor’s garage roof, taunting the cats in my yard. Seriously? My colony cats run off any newcomers from the backyard, which is why I started feeding in the front yard last year. And yup, I trapped Paddy two nights later. He was a Textbook TNR case, in and… Read more »

Setting Out Traps In Secret Locations

Some new cats were visiting my yard and the weather was mild so I decided to set out traps overnight. I call this stealth trapping, because sometimes this way you end up getting cats you didn’t even know existed.   I set out traps in my secret, secure locations that I sleuthed out over the… Read more »

Dumped Colony Cat?

So this cat showed up in my yard a couple of weeks ago.  Jim put traps out immediately but the cat never came back. Ever since then, I’ve been watching a house leave a lot of garbage in our alley, like they’re moving. And I started seeing a lot of cat supplies with the garbage…. Read more »

Shoveling Out the Cat Paths

Nineteen inches is a lot of snow all at once. Jim did most of the heavy shoveling since I was out of town for work and missed the storm.   Mooha helped me with the little bit of shoveling that was left yesterday afternoon. I made sure to clear out the cat paths so that… Read more »

Cat Camouflage

You can hardly see Funny Face in my yard when it snows out.