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post #1 of 23
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I saw him/her just a few hours ago, slipping through a broken spot in the underpinning of the work shed. It's a little gray tabby, 10 months to a year old I'd guess. It's either a female or an altered male, I'm guessing female. She is pretty skinny, but obviously not afraid of people, just really wary. So, I'm guessing she isn't feral, just a stray, but thus far, touching isn't allowed

I've put two bowls of food under the shed, about 2 hours apart, and she's eaten all of both She is where it's good and dry, and I've tacked a piece of plywood, lean-too style over her opening to keep the wind out, while still giving her plenty of room to come and go as she pleases.

It's getting really cold out there, so in addition to having shelter, I felt a little warmth might be welcome. Sassy Sasparilla supervised every step of assembling an improvised heater. A heat resistant ceramic light fixture, inserted through a hole drilled in the bottom of an M&M's Christmas candy tin, and enclosing a 100 watt bulb, ala' "easy bake oven" style.



If the little tabby is still hanging around for breakfast, I'll go into the city and get her a real heat lamp. I'll also see if I can entice her out for a picture or two
post #2 of 23
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I gave her another bowl of food, and put the heater in place along with an old towel on top of some plastic sheeting. I was able to snap this picture, but she didn't find the flash to be the least bit amusing! She retreated back under the shed.



The food won out though, and she was back in less than a minute. I'll leave her alone for tonight and let her get some sleep.
post #3 of 23
He/She is a cutie pie!!!!
post #4 of 23
What a cutie! Bless you for caring.
post #5 of 23
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I just checked on my little stray again. She is still under the shed, curled up under her heater on her towel, just snoozing away. It's a little above freezing, so I set a bowl of water out for her so she won't have to drink out of puddles. She is actually pretty crafty and found herself a good spot. I didn't even know the sheds underpinning was broken till I saw her push it aside to go under the building
post #6 of 23
Do you have a Jellicle name picked out yet?

Smart and lucky girl to find you, Mike.
post #7 of 23
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Do you have a Jellicle name picked out yet?

Smart and lucky girl to find you, Mike.
looks like a new house kitty is in your future!
post #8 of 23
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Oh well She had left by the time I got home with the stuff to fix up her shelter. Apparently my shed was just a handy place to get in out of the rain. I've been watching for her, and have seen her a couple times. She seems to really like the old oak slabbed hen house that my farmer neighbor converts to a feral shelter every winter. She has heat, water and food, and comes and goes as she pleases. He claims he isn't "cat people" but he sure has a hard time convincing anyone of that

So, I replaced the broken underpinning with a new piece, that included a cut and lined opening, should she ever need it again. Never know when you might get caught out in the rain.
post #9 of 23
Even if she is using that feral shelter... she knows she has place #2 to come to should she need it!
post #10 of 23
She's a real sweetie, Mike. And having alternate digs never hurt!
post #11 of 23
What a cutie!!!!!!!!!!!!! Me asking a dumb question - is someone going to get her spayed? Or did your "not cat people" neighbor already do that?

Laurie
post #12 of 23
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What a cutie!!!!!!!!!!!!! Me asking a dumb question - is someone going to get her spayed? Or did your "not cat people" neighbor already do that?

Laurie
The shelter vet is going to give her "a full workup", but they are booked solid on non-resident appointments for 3 weeks. She was back this morning (guess she likes the premium food better ), and I got a few scritches in on her chin and back. Hopefully, by the time her appointment comes around, she'll be relaxed enough that I can transport her without it being too traumatic.

eta: She got her appointment under the tentative name of "Zephyr", as she is always breezing in and out
post #13 of 23
Lovely name! Glad she's not abandoned you.
post #14 of 23
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Well, a new name is in order I was finally able to get the gray tabby to let me check him over, and he's not a she. He's very he, it was just hard to tell from a distance because he's got fuzzy britches.
post #15 of 23
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Well, a new name is in order I was finally able to get the gray tabby to let me check him over, and he's not a she. He's very he, it was just hard to tell from a distance because he's got fuzzy britches.
well, IMO, Zephyr is a gender-neutral name...
post #16 of 23
Zephyr is good for a male, too, Mike! He looks like a real sweetie!
post #17 of 23
Yeah, I'd have thought Zephyr was gender neutral -- and it's a great name.
post #18 of 23
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Oh good Because I really like that name. As Jellicle cat Alonzo Zephyr, he can be called Alonzo, Zephyr, Al, Zeph, or just Zo
post #19 of 23
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I gave her another bowl of food, and put the heater in place along with an old towel on top of some plastic sheeting. I was able to snap this picture, but she didn't find the flash to be the least bit amusing! She retreated back under the shed.



The food won out though, and she was back in less than a minute. I'll leave her alone for tonight and let her get some sleep.
That looks like my little tabby too!
post #20 of 23
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Oh well She had left by the time I got home with the stuff to fix up her shelter. Apparently my shed was just a handy place to get in out of the rain. I've been watching for her, and have seen her a couple times. She seems to really like the old oak slabbed hen house that my farmer neighbor converts to a feral shelter every winter. She has heat, water and food, and comes and goes as she pleases. He claims he isn't "cat people" but he sure has a hard time convincing anyone of that

So, I replaced the broken underpinning with a new piece, that included a cut and lined opening, should she ever need it again. Never know when you might get caught out in the rain.
If you ever want to "call for her" just knock on something metal acouple times. This might work.

Some strays respond to that.
post #21 of 23
Haha only just read this story. He has 2 names - he's definitely a Jellicle now. Wasn't I reading just recently that you had more than enough cats and wouldn't be taking in any more, or something to that effect?
post #22 of 23
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Haha only just read this story. He has 2 names - he's definitely a Jellicle now. Wasn't I reading just recently that you had more than enough cats and wouldn't be taking in any more, or something to that effect?
Actually, I can't take in any more in the house. Trace and the Diva stay cranky enough about being crowded as it is. But, I can do everything I can get get him in out of the cold. I took a nap after getting home this morning, then got up and spent the afternoon lining the underpinning of the shed with foam sheeting for insulation. I also finished the "bulb box" I was working on, which is a frame to go under his bed box with a couple of light bulbs so he has a heated bed.

I even found a water bowl at Walmart this keeps water at about 38 degrees so it doesn't freeze I thought that was pretty cool
post #23 of 23
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Actually, I can't take in any more in the house. Trace and the Diva stay cranky enough about being crowded as it is. But, I can do everything I can get get him in out of the cold. I took a nap after getting home this morning, then got up and spent the afternoon lining the underpinning of the shed with foam sheeting for insulation. I also finished the "bulb box" I was working on, which is a frame to go under his bed box with a couple of light bulbs so he has a heated bed.

I even found a water bowl at Walmart this keeps water at about 38 degrees so it doesn't freeze I thought that was pretty cool
That's great, Mike. Anything is better than him freezing his furry little butt off.
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