Shelter Cats on National Cat Day

Since today is National Cat Day, a day to raise awareness of homeless pets, I thought I would share some recent pictures I took while volunteering at a local SPCA in Largo, Florida. Most of these cats are very friendly and still available for adoption. If you don’t live near me, I’m sure your local shelter has plenty of cats that would love to share your home with you.

As you can see, many cats need a home and the pictures shown here are perhaps five to ten percent of the shelter’s total.

Lately, my wife and I have considered adopting a female cat to help keep our boys in line but we are currently two cats over our legal limit so I don’t know what will happen. If we do decide to adopt, one possibility is the cat shown below. Forgive the quality but I couldn’t get a decent photo of her face because of low light and too much movement.

This girl came to me as soon as I walked in. She got on my lap and purred up a storm. I was a bit concerned because she was practically skin and bones. When one of the shelter employees saw this she said, “Wow, Mama Girl is coming out of her shell.” This surprised me for two reasons. First, out of several cats in the pod, this one seemed the most outgoing and affectionate. Second, I thought she was still a kitten. How could she be a mother? I was told she was about a year old and had already had a litter of kittens.

I expressed my concern about her weight and the employee said she would make a note of it and watch her. If she didn’t improve they might have to remove her from the pod and isolate her. I hoped that wouldn’t happen but sometimes a bully cat can keep another cat from eating. She brought her a container of wet food and asked me to watch and make sure nobody took it from her, which I did. I then noticed a sore on her front leg which I also mentioned.

I will keep on eye on her for as long as she is there. Hopefully she will gain a little weight. Perhaps if I bring her home Chris could show her how to eat for weight gain.

32 thoughts on “Shelter Cats on National Cat Day

  1. onespoiledcat

    Well bless her heart – she REALLY wants a home doesn’t she. She’s beautiful….nice of you to point out her sore – surely they had seen it and done something for it. And if she isn’t eating because she’s being bullied away from food hopefully they will isolate her at meal time so she DOES get food. I hope you can figure out a way to give her the home she wants.


    1. Charles Huss Post author

      It would be nice to have a girl cat but having 3 cats in a one pet community is already hard enough. Plus, we don’t plan on living here forever. What if we move to a place that’s even more strict? And lease with enforcing the rules.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I think there are so many cats it is difficult for anyone to know what is going on with all of them. They do have a chart to note any concerns but I need to be reminded how to use it.

  2. franhunne4u

    I’d take any of the black ones, or the shy grey and white one … but in the end I cannot – being in Germany. And in the end it would come down to: Which one is the ideal companion to my 10 year old, toothless cat.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Finding the right companion for ones cat can be difficult. You must visit a shelter and watch the cats closely to see how well they interact with other cats.

      1. franhunne4u

        Yes, and how they react to new things. I quite like shy cats, not aggressive shy ones, just shy ones. They usually come around after some time. The last one I had, is lying next to me, purring. Since 2011.

        1. Charles Huss Post author

          Over the years we have had four cats that were either shy or somewhat shy. Two of them were male black cats, Flash and Puck. There was a female named Abbey and our Siamese cat, Floki, is the only one still with us.

  3. Rosemarie Huss

    I’m so happy that you are helping out at the shelter, it’s such a worthwhile cause. And I know that you are giving these poor babies lots of love when you are there.

  4. Feral cats' videos

    I’ve got three feral cats living in my house, and one more that shows up just to eat. There are millions of feral cats around here, and the shelters are full.

    I’ve taken a few sick and wounded cats to the vet, but I had to pay. I’ve seen many vets taking cats that were hit by cars or sick, and taking care of them for free, but if they offer their services for free all the time, they’ll have hundreds of street cats on their hands. So they charge, and it’s hard to get those cats into cages. They fight back and can be pretty aggressive. I can’t take EVERY sick cat I see. There are just too many of them, and I don’t have much money. It’s a rather difficult situation.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I totally understand. We had a feral mother and her two kittens that I would feed at our house a couple of years ago. I also fed ferals at work until I left that job. I felt bad for leaving because of the cats.

      It is difficult to know what is best for them. Catching them and putting them in a shelter is probably a bad idea for most. Even the ones that can be domesticated may never get adopted or they will get adopted in place of another cat that won’t. I would rather they live outside than in a cage.


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