Our Feral Cats

We had indoor/outdoor cats from 1966-1982 (when we lived in NY state) and from 1982-1993 (when we lived in Raleigh, NC). After our last cat died, we decided not to have any more cats. We moved to our current house in WV in 1997 and a couple feral cats showed up in 2003. We fed them on the front porch and put out a dog house so they would have some shelter in the winter. Over the years the feral cat population grew and shrank. At one time we were feeding 20-25 cats. It was hard to tell exactly how many were around because some of the males would only show up when the females were in heat.

Cutie, one of the females, introduced two of her kittens to the food on our front porch in mid-September of 2016. They were about 7-8 weeks old at the time. The kittens liked to hide in the amaryllis that Nancy had in pots around the cold frames behind our house.

In mid-October of 2016 we had a few inches of rain from Hurricane Matthew. Nancy walked around the yard after the rain stopped and heard a kitten crying. She found the smaller kitten inside the garden fence. He was really thin, soaked, suffering from hypothermia and too weak to climb out. With Nancy's TLC, the kitten survived. Nancy named the kittten Matty (for Hurricane Matthew). We decided that Matty and her sister would be lonesome without each other so Nancy caught the other kitten and brought her in the house. I named that cat Taffy (because of her coloring). Both kittens shared our laundry room for several days. When we took them to the vet we learned that they are both males so Matty becaame Matt. We didn't change Taffy's name. After the first visit to the vet, we allowed them in the kitchen, living room, foyer and hall during the morning and afternoon/evening when we are home. We keep the doors to the bathroom and bedrooms closed. We sometimes put them on our screen porch and in mid-November we started letting them roam in the back yard for short periods of time.

Matt and Taffy ended up being our first tame indor/outdoor cats. Click here to see the photos of our indoor/outdoor cats of stay on this page to see the feral cat that we feed.

2003-2005  -- 2006-2008  -- 2009-2011  -- 2012-2013  -- 2014-2015  -- 2016  -- 2017  -- 2018  -- 2019
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Click on a photo to see a slightly larger image and/or to scroll through the photos.

2003 - 2005


2003
Sundae (our first feral cat)

2003
Carmelcorn

2003
Tuxedo

2003
Tuxedo

2003
Carmelcorn

2004
Sundae
painting by Dennis Huntley

2004
Sundae's three kittens

2004
Malty

2004
Kittens at play

2004
A gray kitten

2004
Sandy & Sundae

2004
Rusty, Sundae, Sandy and Gray

2005
Seven cats at dinner

2005
Honey & Cali

2005
Missy

2005
Missy
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2006 - 2008


2006
Cat under a hot tin roof

2006
Lightest kitten

2006
Pepper & Ginger

2006
Pooh

2006
Stormy

2006
Peaches & Carmel Stripe

2006
Terry

2006
Spot

2006
Spot

2006
Terry

2006
Terry

2006
Terry

2006
Terry

2006
Terry

2006
Terry & Feisty

2006
Terry

2006
Terry

2006
Terry

2006
Terry

2006
Terry

2006
Cats in a tree

2006
Cats in a tree

2006
Ginger & Sooty

2006
Stripes, Ginger & Sooty

2007
Malty

2007
Snowy

2007
Stripes, Amber & Snowy

2007
Stripes, Amber & Snowy

2007
Sundae, Charcoal, Tigermitts & Taffy

2007
TigerMitts

2007
Amber & Snowy

2007
Taffyapple, Charcoal & Sundae

2007
Kitties eating

2007
Tommy

2007
Terry

2007
Cats

2007
Malty

2007
Belly up to the bar

2007
Cats

2008
Kitties

2008
Kitties

2008
Kitty watching the birds

2008
Gray Kitty

2008
Whit & Carmel Kitty

2008
Pumpkin & Spot (Stripe's kittens)

2008
Spot (Stripe's kitten)

2008
Peaches, Ladybug & Lily

2008
Punky, Stripes & Spot

2008
Tigger, Lily & Ladybug

2008
Four gray kittens
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2009 - 2011


2009
Kittens

2009
Kittens

2009
Kittens

2009
Kittens

2009
Kittens

2009
Three Little Kittens

2009
Puff and her kittens

2009
Puff and kitten

2009
Candy, Jamie & Tigger

2009
Kerry

2009
Sundae & Candy

2009
Sundae, Tigger, Jamie, Candy & Kerry

2009
Jamie & Squeak

2009
Patches (Star's kitten

2009
Pile of gray kittens

2009
Tigger

2010
Cali, Carmel & Candy

2010
Carmel, Candy & Cali

2010
Sundae & Carmel

2010
Paws

2010
Buttons

2010
Carmel & Paws

2010
Spot's kittens

2010
Spot's kittens

2010
Crackerjack

2010
KittyKat, Cricket, Paws& Sandy

2010
KittyKat & Speckles

2010
Tux, KittyKat & Cricket

2010
Speckles & Crackerjack

2010
KittyKat at play

2010
Sandy at play

2010
Spot

2010
Tux & Puff

2010
Snowy

2010
Tux

2010
Tux

2010
Tux

2010
Tux in a tree

2010
Tux in a tree

2010
Cats at the suet feeder

2011
Sundae and a kitten

2011
Bug, Sundae & Ginger

2011

2011
Patch, Penny & Dusty

2011
Patch, Penny & Dusty

2011
Dusty

2011
Sleigh cats

2011
Bug

2011
Gray

2011
Jimmy

2011
KittyKat

2011
Sundae in the sleigh
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2012 - 2013


2012
Bandit (formerly Dusty)

2012
Magic

2012
Fuzzy Gray kitten

2012
Light Calico & Caramel White

2012
Pumpkin

2012
Sprite, Dimple & Sundae

2012
Sundae's kittens (Scooter, Pumpkin, Angel, Dimple & Sprite)

2012
Gray

2012
Penny

2012
Cali & Foxy

2012
Cali's 2 kittens

2012
Princess (Spot's kitten)

2012
One of many Skunks

2012
Sundae's kittens (Cutie, Fuzzball, Scamp & Zebrina

2012
Zebrina

2012
Fuzzball

2012
Cutie & Scamp

2012
Scamp & Zebrina

2012
Cutie & Scamp

2012
Sandy sitting on water

2012
Sandy walks on water

2012
Sundae & Scamp

2012
Dinner time

2013
Two of three new kittens

2013
Alli & Patch

2013
Alli & Patch

2013
Andy

2013
Tigger

2013
Unknown

2013
Charcoal (mom unknown)

2013
Fuzzy bunch of cats

2013
Princess (Foxy's kitten)

2013
Princess

2013
GrayBritches & Teddy (Foxy's kittens)

2013
Creamsicle, Magic & Cali

2013
Streak, Creamsicle & Patch

2013
Streak & Tigger

2013
Patch
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2014 - 2015


2014
Tigger & Penny

2014
Patch

2014
Penny, Angel, Bigfoot, Cali & Creamscicle

2014
Dots

2014
Zebra (showed up this spring)

2014
Bigfoot (6 toes)

2014
Pile of cats

2014
Penny's kittens (Frankie, Jamie & Amy)

2014
Frankie & Jamie

2014
Jamie

2014
Amy

2014
Malty

2014
Tigger

2014
Nancy with Frankie, Amy & Jamie

2014
Ringo (Patch's kitten)

2014
Fuzzy (Patch's kitten)

2014
Patch

2014
Patch & Fuzzy

2014
Patch and 3 (of 4) kittens

2014
Midnight

2014
Amy, Frankie & Penny

2014
Sandy

2014
Dots

2014
Frankie

2014
Magic

2014
Big Foot

2014
Angel

2014
Oreo

2014
Amy

2014
Dots & Fuzzy

2014
Oreo

2014
Patch and her kittens

2014
Patch's kittens (Fuzzy, Oreo, Midnight & Ringo)

2014
Midnight & Ringo

2014
Patch

2014
Bigfoot

2014
Tired kittens

2014
Fuzzy, Cutie, Cotton, Frankie

2014
Oreo & Fuzzy

2014
Patch & Ringo

2014
Fuzzy, Scooter, Ringo

2014
Penny & Cutie

2014
Tigger staring in the window

2014
Ringo

2014
Cutie

2014
Sandy

2014
Cotton

2014
Scooter

2014
4 nursing kittens

2014
Midnight

2014
Fuzzy

2014
Ringo & Fuzzy

2014
Penny

2014
Dots

2014
Creamcicle & KittyKat

2014
Angel

2014
Tigger

2014
Cutie

2014
Bigfoot

2014
Frankie

2014
Sandy

2015
Frankie

2015
Cutie

2015
Guests for dinner

2015
Fuzzy in the snow

2015
Ringo in the snow

2015
Frankie

2015
CarmelCat
(Adopted by someone)

2015
CarmelCat
(Adopted by someone)

2015
Johnny

2015
Frankie

2015
Johnny
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2016


Half Nose (white/black) (1/9/16)

Candy (1/9/16)

Ringo (1/12/16)

Cutie in a tree (2/6/16)

Scamp (kitten) & Dots (5/20/16)

Scamp (kitten), Dots & Jamie (5/20/16)

Scamp (kitten) & Dots (5/21/16)

Scamp (6/24/16)

Tuxedo (7/8/16)

Sandy (8/6/16)

Scamp (8/6/16)

Cutie (8/6/16)

Scamp (10/5/16)

Cutie, Taffy & Matt (10/5/16)

Cutie, Taffy & Matt (10/5/16)

Sandy/Dad? (10/5/16)

Taffy in Amaryllis (10/5/16)

Scamp, Taffy & Cutie (10/8/16)

Cutie (10/8/16)

Scamp (10/16/16)

Cutie (10/16/16)

Scamp (10/22/16)

Scamp (10/28/16)

Unknown cat
(11/04/16)
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2017


5/27/17
Cutie's new Kitten (Charcoal)

5/27/17
Cutie's new Kitten (Charcoal)

5/27/17
Cutie's new Kitten (Charcoal)

5/27/17
Cutie's new Kitten (Charcoal)

5/27/17
Cutie's new Kitten (Charcoal)

5/28/17
Cutie's new Kitten (Charcoal)

5/28/17
Charcoal, Cutie & Taffy

5/28/17
Scamp in the strawberries (5/28)

6/9/17
Gray

6/10/17
Freckles

6/10/17
Dot's black kitten

6/10/17
Freckles

6/10/17
Freckles

6/10/17
Dot presented her 3 kittens

6/10/17
Freckles

6/10/17
Dot's black/white kitten

6/11/17
Freckles & Shadow

6/11/17
Shadow

6/11/17
Black & White kitten
(Disappeared on 6/13)

6/13/17
Black kitten and Freckles

6/13/17
Cutie

6/13/17
Cutie

6/19/17
Freckles

7/14/17
Freckles

7/14/17
Dots & Shadow

7/23/17
Old Grey

7/24/17
Scamp

7/24/17
Freckles & Shadow

9/2/17
Cutie

9/25/17
Scamp

9/25/17
Cutie (kittens mom)

9/25/17
Scamp

9/25/17
Scamp & kittens

9/25/17
Cutie, Scamp and kitten

9/25/17
Freckles

9/25/17
Nancy, kittens and Taffy

10/9/17
Freckles

10/9/17
Scamp & Freckles

10/9/17
Scamp

10/9/17
Scamp

10/30/17
Dots and 2 of her 3 kittens
The kittens appeared a few days ago

11/23/17
Gray

11/25/17
New visitor

11/28/17
Dots & her kittens

12/13/17
Freckles checking how far
it is to the ground

12/14/17
Cutie. She was spayed on 12/12

12/22/17
Freckles
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2018


1/6/18
Miss Kitty (one of Dot's 2017 kittens)

3/6/18
A new visitor

4/12/18
Watching the birds

5/24/18
Scamp

6/18/18
Scamp

6/18/18
Miss Kitty

6/18/18
Scamp Yawning

7/28/18
Shadow

9/22/18
Tigger nursing her
kittens (7 weeks old)

10/29/18
Tigger and her 5 kittens

11/8/18
Tigger
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2019


1/16/19
Tiggger post-surgery

2/3/19 Stubby
New cat in the yard

2/3/19 Stubby
New cat in the yard

3/21/19
Stubby

6/10/19
Freckles

6/29/19
Scamp

7/27/19
Tuxedo Cat

7/31/19
Scamp

8/4/19
Freckles

9/29/19
Miss Kitty

11/11/19
Freckles
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2020


3/4/20
Freckles

3/4/20
Freckles

3/31/20
Tigger

3/31/20
Scamp

3/31/20
Shadow

6/1/20
Scamp

6/19/20
Tuxedo

6/19/23
Tuxedo

7/24/20
Dots

10/23/20
Tux

10/23/20
Miss Kitty

12/27/20
Freckles
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2021


1/31/21
Tigger

1/31/21
Shadow

1/31/21
Scamp

1/31/21
A few cats

2/5/21
Scamp & Tigger

2/18/21
Tigger

3/18/21
Freckles & Scamp

3/18/21
Tux

3/31/21
Freckles & Shadow

5/20/21
Freckles

7/16/21
Dots

8/10/21
Dots

8/10/21
Tux

8/10/21
Miss Kitty

8/23/21
Shadow

10/14/21
Chick & Karen's cat

10/14/21
Chick & Karen's cat

10/22/21
Dots

11/13/21
Tigger

11/13/21
Shadow

11/13/21
Freckles

11/13/21
Cats on the porch

11/13/21
Dots
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