We are a private feral cat sanctuary. These cats are rescued ferals from the groups living in my yard or the neighborhood block. Some live with us inside - the elderly ones who need more attention and medication. The rest have their own house with a screen porch for warm weather (we cover it with plastic in cold seasons) and a nice snuggly indoor area for winter.There are 18 of us cats so scroll down to make sure you meet them all. We have black cats, gray tabbies, brown tabbies, tuxedo blue, and all white cats! Some are more tame than others but they all have a safe forever home with us.
Minnie is one of my favorites if I can say I have favorites!
One of a feral litter of three black cats and one tabby, she was born (Joey, Leroy, who disappeared at age 6 months and Nick who went to the Bridge in 2006) in an old abandoned travel trailer on our neighbor's property. As kittens they all showed up in January coming out from under the trailer on sunny warmer days. I was worried they would not survive the winter but they did.
Minnie was named because she and Nick (originally named Micky) had huge ears like Minnie and Micky Mouse. Nick's name was changed after we TNR'd him and the vet nicked his ear so we would know he had been captured already. Minnie responded to her name and actually came when I called her, even while living outside.
She left her outdoors the first few years with her family until Ivy, who we still have, ran her off when Minnie reached maturity. I guess she was a threat to Ivy. Poor Minnie lived across the street behind the old general store and only came by for food when none of the other cats were around. She looked so pathetic sitting on the edge of the road just staring over at our house. I talked to her and petted her when she did come over but was worried she would not survive on her own or be hit by a car on a busy street.
One one particular day she was sitting out there looking pretty forlorn and my husband and I just opened the front door and called to Minnie. She came running and came right inside! That was eight years ago and she has made herself at home with us ever since.
She is a tiny slim cat only weighing 7 pounds and has velvety fur and the most beautiful shade of green eyes. Minnie gets herself into unusual predicaments. Because she is so slim she would get between the screen and glass in the porch windows when we slid them open. I didn't want her to get stuck there but she would slowly back out and be free.
Minnie is very talkative and has a funny voice - raspy and scratchy. She lets you know what is going on and who is doing what. Most of her teeth are missing (from inbreeeding probably) but two very large fangs are visible even with her mouth closed, giving her a vampire look!
She has IBS and had diarrhea since a kitten but as she got older and with better food that seemed to even off and she actually put on weight and had normal bowel movements. At about ten years old now, she is having constipation problems. I worry she could develop more severe bowel issues with her history of IBS.
We love her dearly and hope that she will be with us for a long time to come.
He was Joey and Minnie's litter mate. He developed cancer while still living outdoors so I brought him inside and cared for him until he passed away in 2006. He loved all the attention he got. He was a very shy boy but handsome.