Ferals at Our Door


About a month ago I saw a small tabby cat as I drove around the corner and onto my street. I thought she might be a stray or feral because she was somewhat skinny and had no collar. I didn’t see her again until last Tuesday or Wednesday evening.

After I arrived home from work and fed the cats, I walked out the door to put some laundry in the washer and a startled cat ran from my steps to the end of my driveway and turned to look at me. I said a few soothings words and she stayed for a few seconds but then disappeared around the corner. After I finished with the clothes I walked out of the shed and saw the cat was at my back stairs again. I again scared her and she ran away.

I put a handful of dry cat food on a plate and put it outside in case she came back. When I talked to my wife that night, who was away on business, I told her about the stray cat. “Don’t feed him,” she said. “He will spray the outside of our house.”

“I won’t,” I said without hesitation. I didn’t need to, I thought. The food was already out there. The next morning it was gone.

Yesterday morning I put our trash outside the back door. Normally I take it to the trash can but since we were planning on leaving soon I thought letting it sit out there for twenty minutes was better than fighting with the cats to get out and then back in again. Not long after that Frankie was going nuts about something he was seeing out the window. Rose looked out and saw a mother cat and two kittens outside our back door. She called to me to come and take a look.

I looked out the window and saw the same tabby cat I saw before with what looked like two Siamese kittens. “That’s strange,” I said. “It looks like she has Siamese kittens.”

“You need to put some food out for them,” Rose said. “Those kittens are probably hungry.” With that, I put some food on a paper plate and brought it outside. When I got outside the two kittens scurried under the house while the mother stayed where she was. I put the food down and picked up the trash, which now had holes in it. I wanted to throw it away but doing so required me to walk in the direction of the kittens and Mama made sure I knew, with her raised hair and hissing, that I should probably make other plans. I decided she was right and put the bag down and went inside.

I quickly grabbed my camera and slowly and quietly opened the window on the door just a crack so I could take pictures. It wasn’t quiet enough as she knew I was there.

Feral cat

It also didn’t help that Frankie grabbed on to the edge of the window and pulled himself up like a bodybuilder so he could peek out the window.

A few minutes later one of the kittens joined Mom at the plate of food but did not eat any. I tried to take pictures through the open crack in the window and at an angle through the window screen. feral tabby cat and Siamese kitten

feral tabby cat and Siamese kitten

The pictures came out better than expected. The last one even shows that the kitten does indeed look Siamese, very similar to Floki when we adopted him. Siamese offspring from a tabby must be rare for feral cats since there are not many feral Siamese cats out there. In addition, the Siamese features must be quite dominant for a kitten to look like this from a tabby mother.

Rose wanted to do something to help and we knew from past experiences that The SPCA would rent traps cheap but we didn’t know how to trap a cat and two kittens at the same time. She decided to call the community office here and left a message with them.  I thought that was a bad idea since they would probably call Animal Control.

After calling the office, Rose Called the local SPCA who told her about the traps. The woman on the phone said that the kittens often follow the mother into the trap but I didn’t believe that since I had seen the mother without the kittens at least twice.

I then called Suncoast Animal League (where I once volunteered for a short time) who gave me the number of Meow Now, A TNVR organization. I called them and left a message but have not yet heard back from them.

We were away from home for several hours on Saturday and when we returned the dry food I left out was gone. I put more food out and Rose saw the mother cat and one kitten at the food bowl that evening. I moved it closer to the house so the neighbors wouldn’t see it but that also made it more difficult for me to see when the cats were there.

This morning I put wet food out for them in addition to dry and was disappointed that the cats didn’t show up before we left for the beach. When we returned I expected to see an empty food bowl but the only creatures to get a meal were about a hundred ants.

Now I can’t help worry that something happened to them. I hope they weren’t caught by the county animal control. That might be good for the kittens but I doubt the mom would fare well. On the other hand, there may be other people who are putting food out as well and our food is not needed as much. Who knows?

 

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29 thoughts on “Ferals at Our Door

  1. kittiesblue

    Please keep us posted. We so hope you can trap all three so that they can get spay/nueter surgeries and hopefully be adopted. A stray/feral Siamese is indeed a rarity. Siamese traits may be dominant just as Asian traits are dominant in humans. Time for some research. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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  2. Summer

    I hope you are able to help this little family, and that nothing has happened to them.

    Actually Siamese ferals, or ferals that have Siamese blood, are more common than you would think. We have a male in our neighborhood right now that my human is plotting to catch and neuter.

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  3. Photofinland by Rantasalot

    Poor kitties, I hope they will come back, and you can help them to find a safe place. I have been trapping a mother with three kittens. We first trapped the kittens one by one with quite small traps, and then the mother. They were so hungry that this all happened in 20 minutes. They were in two carriers in a car and they were totally quiet, that was unbeliable.
    Waiting for news…

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  4. onespoiledcat

    What a story….hope you see them all again and something awful hasn’t happened to them. I’m wondering if they might just have been a group of ferals rather than a Mom with her kittens…..the Siamese kittens could have been abandoned or on their own for some other reason and maybe joined the tabby in trying to survive on their own. I hope the story has a happy ending just like you and everyone else does!

    Pam

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  5. The Swiss Cats

    We hope that nothing happened to this family, and we’re glad you’re trying to help them. Purrs

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      They are cute. I’m sure the kittens would get adopted easily if they are not too feral already. The mother seems more like a stray. She does not run from me but she does hiss, which could just be her protecting her kittens.

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  8. Juliea

    I had two different tabby moms who both had Siamese kittens, tabby kittens and black kittens in their litters. Remember that a female could have been impregnated by many different males. That is pretty unique to cats in the animal world, but each kitten could have a different father. If there is an unneutered Siamese male out there he could’ve easily fathered those kittens. That’s a pretty amazing fact that most people don’t know about cats.

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