Each week, we feature a new multi-pet household and one of our readers, Marg, told us all about her band of cats! She has a lot of them – some live in the house and lots of them live outside because they’re feral.
Like many of you, Marg is one of those people who cats seem to “find!” While Marg loves caring for her kitties, she warns that having a lot of cats can be a lot of work and it’s important to have resources and space for them and make sure they are spayed and neutered!
Because Marg lives in the country many of the cats she cares for are feral and live outside most of the time. She does a great job spaying and neutering and caring for the sweet babies that seem to find her!
Here’s Marg’s story….
We have a multiple cat household and in general, they all get along. They have their spats and little fights. Six of the cats stay inside all the time and the rest stay outside and come inside when ever they want. I live in the country so the cats are fairly safe outside.
I like having multiple cats because they interact with each other so much. They do play together which I think is so healthy for them.
It is very rewarding to see the cats get along and snuggle together and play together and just in general be together. I really think they eat better with other cats around. It is like a little competition. They don’t fight over the food. And the best part is that they entertain each other and are great company for each other.
Here’s how I came by so many kitties! The neighbor had a mother kitty and didn’t feed her at all and she lived outside. They told me that they thought there were some kittens, so I found the kittens, and started to feed the Momma kitty and eventually the kittens. As the kittens became a little used to me, I was able to catch them and put them in my extra bedroom where they hid for weeks behind the books in the bookcase. The Momma kitty is very feral and so the kittens were also feral but they became familiar with me. I got them spayed and neutered. And eventually let them outside but they still come in the house daily to visit.Then the Momma kitty had two more litters and I was able to somewhat tame them too. The last litter was the hardest. She hid them about ten times but I managed to get them moved over to my house. It took me two years but I finally caught the Momma kitty and after a traumatic road to getting spayed, she did get spayed and I brought her home and turned her loose and she comes around here every day.
Then I adopted another feral cat that was in a vet’s office. She had been hit by a car and so had to have a FHO which involved taking out part of her hip. I said I would foster her, and when I got her here she was so feral especially after living for months in a cage, that I couldn’t stand to see her go to another home, so I kept her. Once she got used to me, she is the sweetest kitty ever. She does not allow me to pick her up but she is the best.
Then I took another cat whose human mother was put in a home and the family was going to just put the cat outside, so she resides in my extra bedroom and is scared to death of other cats and dogs. I have been trying to find her a home but no success so far.
Then I had two cats that just appeared here out of nowhere. One of them has a blood disease but he is all right. Then my neighbor moved away and left two cats next door.
Then the neighbor down the street called and he had found four kittens under the hood of their car. So guess where they ended up?
Then I found a whole bunch of cats around the corner from me – they were very, very thin. The house was for sale and the woman that owned the house fed the cats once a week. So I was going over the to feed them more and one cat seemed to be there under the house all the time. To make a long story short, I managed to trap her, and got her spayed and went back to the house three days later and, much to my horror, found three kittens! I had no idea that the cat was nursing kittens. Anyway, I was able to catch the one of the kittens and she and the mom live with me – the feral cat has turned into the sweetest cat of all.
If you want to learn more about Marg’s brood, visit her blog at Marg’s Pets.
Awwww, we love that! And we love that Marg is committed to caring for the cats who need her help!
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