Julie is our 11 years old black and white DSH. She came to us along with her other 4 siblings when a feral mama decided to leave her 5 kittens in our backyard in 2004. We already had 3 inside cats, but needless to say, we took these 5 in also. We bottle-fed them and when they were about 6 weeks old, my daughter took one and my son took one.
|the original 5 feral kitens|
Her 2 brothers whom we kept and who were also black and white turned out to be very large cats (about 18 lbs). Julie was smaller and thinner. But she has since 'rounded' out over the years.
She is the mischievous one... always ready to play and act silly. You can't leave things around her that can be 'pushed' off as she is more than ready to see it 'fly'. She's also very vocal. And although she's usually not a lap cat, she does have her days.
|checking out the comics on the kitchen counter|
|sharing her spot with groceries|
And she's very curious... always watching me sew or quilt. Wants to be 'in on the action' or near by - as the case may be.
|thinking about quilting|
And the next two pictures are old ones and were taken a few years ago when Ghost was still a kitten. Julie and Ghost 'rough-housed' a lot.
and now Ghost is all grown up, but they are still buddies...
Hope you enjoyed a brief look into Julie's life. Since 2004, we have 'fostered' many feral cats' offspring, but (except for Ghost) have always eventually taken them to the Adoption Room at our local no-kill shelter. There is a limit as to the number of cats inside a house. This number may vary according to an individual's ability to care and maintain - but our number was reached at 6 - later expanded to 7 when Ghost came into the picture, but that's another story (Ghost would not have been adoptable).
There is one other matter I would like to mention... this belief that feral cats aren't adoptable or don't make good pets. Feral cats are as individual as any other animal. Some take to domestication readily. Some don't. If an animal has been feral it's whole life, it may be more difficult... but kittens are very adaptable. All our cats have been good cats who take to having other cats introduced into the house-hold in their stride. But I have to say that the original 5 feral kittens that we took in in 2004 turned out to be the most lovable generous-natured of any cats we've ever shared our lives with.