I live in the middle of suburbia in a nice neighborhood. Up until July 2010, I had never seen a cat I didn't know in my yard. In July 2010, Shadow a small 6 month old kitten showed up. He was so feral. He is now on the semi feral side, but still shows his feral ways from time to time. Patches showed up in Dec 2010, but I only saw him a few times and felt confident he had a home. Rarely saw him all winter, but then in the spring he showed up again. At first it was sporadic, but by mid summer, he was here fairly often. Now he is here most of the time. He and Shadow get along great and are often found snuggling together on my deck. I trapped Shadow and had him neutered early on. Since I was unsure about Patches I waited. I now know he is an intact male who I will need to trap in the spring. For 3 days now another cat has found its way to me. It appears to be feral as it runs when it even catches a glance at me, gets low to the ground and wild eyes. I have seen it eating out of the feeding stations a few times and it is ravenous. I am just beyond sad. Where in the world are these cats coming from? Some how they all find their way to me. My neighbors are going to have a fit. They could all handle just one, but when Patches showed up, he was chasing birds and hiding in the neighbors flower beds. This didn't go over so well. My neighbor suggested, I trap Patches and release him elsewhere so he can be someone elses problem. I would never ever do that. I did try calling all the shelters in the area and they are beyond capacity. Also Patches is feral so not adoptable.
My deck looks like a zoo. I have 2 feeding stations, a feral villa up on a table ( so the raccoons can't get in), a heated water bowl up on a deck box ( once again so the raccoons don't wash their paws in it), and now my latest addition, a large shed/tent like structure for the cats during the winter. My deck has an awning, but it must come down for winter. So the shed/tent will be used to get out from the snow/rain.
I am trying to wrap my brain around how so many cats are finding their way to me. Is it possible that Shadow and Patches lead them here? I am so distraught. I also have an indoor cat and dog. I will do my best for this new cat. I am just so sad that it is almost winter and now another (probably not neutered) feral cat. I love them all dearly, but I don't know how I will deal with the neighbors.
Any suggestions on how to deal with the neighbors?