V Colony

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 »

Wally One Year Later

Wally showed up sick in the V Colony last summer. The first vet I took him to told me to euthanize him. The second vet tested him as FeLV+, and told me to give him a chance anyways.   I’m glad I found the second vet and listened to him. Wally ended up beating the… Read more »

Portrait of a Well-Fed Colony Cat

I visited the V Colony today and was very happy to see this TNR’d tuxedo cat dining on their steps. Their yard is shoveled and the cats are well-fed. Some of the cats still have chronic URI issues but I’ll just have to keep an eye on them for now. I don’t want to stress out the… Read more »

The Costs of Cat Colony Caregiving

There is a lot of invested time, effort and money needed to help the feral cat colonies. But I wanted to share the numbers here to show what can be done, that it’s not impossible, and to thank all of you again so much for your support. Also, I know there are people out there who… Read more »

Feral Cat Recovery Crate

When feral cats get sick for extended periods of time you need to provide extra space for them to recover safely and humanely. I’ve run into that situation a few times this past year, and the Feral Cat Recovery Cage has been a lifesaver, literally, for the cats. My TNR friend, Dave H, invented this set-up, and… Read more »

Recommending a Full Service Cat Sitter: Mama Bear Pet Care

Going out of town when you have multiple cats can be stressful. Not only are there pet cats to care for, sometimes with medical needs, but there can also be foster cats, sick feral cats resting in recovery lounge crates, and outdoor cat colonies.   Greer from Mama Bear Pet Care handles all of the… Read more »

Using a Drop Trap to Catch Feral Cats

I rented a drop trap from Tree House Humane Society for the first time. This is what it looks like set up in my garage. You set the food under the trap, wait for the cat to go under, and then pull the string attached to the stick so that it drops to the ground…. Read more »

Outdoor Cat Houses In My Community

Feral cats know how to find shelter from the cold, just like other wild animals outside. If you provide shelter, they will use it. The James’ Gang Colony cats in my yard have a Feral Villa and another insulated outdoor cat house filled with straw that we built for them. For my neighbor’s feral and… Read more »