Our West Virginia 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 current 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.

We started this web page to showcase our West Virginia Cats.

2016  -- 2017:  September  -- October  -- November/December
2018:  January/February  -- March/April  -- May-July  -- September-December
2019:  January-April  -- May-August  -- September-December
2020:  January-June  -- July-December

Click on a photo to see a slightly larger image and/or to scroll through the photos.

2016 (Matt & Taffy are adopted)


Cutie & her kittens - 10/5/16

Cutie & her kittens - 10/5/16

Sandy/Dad? - 10/5/16

Kitten in Amaryllis - 10/5/16

Scamp, Taffy & Cutie - 10/8/16
Scamp was a kitten this spring

Matty - 10/8/16
Shortly after being rescued

Matty - 10/9/16

Matty - 10/9/16

Matty & Chuck - 10/9/16

Taffy - 10/10/16

Matty - 10/10/16

Matty - 10/10/16

Charles & Matty - 10/14/16

Charles & Matty - 10/14/16

Charles, Taffy & Matty - 10/14/16

Taffy resting - 10/18/16

Matty & Taffy playing - 10/18/16

Matty & Taffy playing - 10/18/16

Matty & Taffy with box - 10/18/16

Matty resting - 10/18/16

Matty & Taffy with boxes - 10/19/16

Matty - 10/19/16

Taffy - 10/19/16

Taffy & Matty - 10/27/16

Matty & Taffy resting
- 11/3/16

Chuck, Matty & Taffy
napping - 11/4/16

Nancy & Matty cat napping
- 11/5/16

Kittens napping on Nancy - 11/9/16

Kittens playing - 11/13/16

Matt @ 3 months - 11/16/16

Matt @ 3 months - 11/16/16

Taffy @ 3 months - 11/16/16

Matt & Taffy - 11/28/16
Practicing climbing

Matt & Taffy - 11/28/16
Up a tree

Taffy - 11/28/16
Up a tree

Nancy & Taffy - 11/28/16
Helping Taffy down

Matt & Scamp - 12/04/16
Scamp still plays rough

Matt & Nancy - 12/05/16

Matt & Nancy - 12/05/16

Matt - 12/09/16

Taffy - 12/09/16

Chuck & Matt - 12/12/16

Matt & Taffy - 12/12/16
Checking out the new structure

Matt - 12/14/16
Checking out the new structure

Matt - 12/20/16
Checking out the new structure

Matt - 12/20/16
Checking out the new structure

Taffy - 12/20/16
Hiding from the noise on the roof

Taffy - 12/21/16

Taffy - 12/21/16
5x7 format

Taffy - 12/21/16

Taffy - 12/21/16
5x7 format

Matt - 12/21/16

Matt - 12/21/16
5x7 format

Matt - 12/21/16

Matt - 12/23/16

Matt - 12/23/16

Matt - 12/23/16

Taffy - 12/23/16

Taffy - 12/23/16

Taffy & Matt - 12/23/16

Scamp & Taffy - 12/23/16

Scamp & Matt - 12/23/16

Matt - 12/25/16

Matt & Taffy love their box
12/27/16

Matt (12/27/16)

Matt (12/28/16)

Taffy (12/29/16)

Kittens watching the birds
(12/30/16)
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2017 (The Arrival of the Eclipse Kittens)

Our plan for 2017 was to get Matt and Taffy to be more outdoor cats. We installed a cat door in the door on our screen porch this spring so they could go out from the screen porch and come back in. They learned to use the cat door pretty quickly and so did a few of the feral cats. We learned that we have to keep the door from the porch into our kitchen closed so the feral cats don't go roaming around the house. Matt and Taffy now spend the night outside or on the porch. They do like to come in around breakfast time for some attention and quite often spend at least part of the daytime sleeping in our computer room.

We love to eat our meals on the screen porch. Matt has learned to watch when we are getting ready for a meal. If we put any food out before we are ready to eat, he will reach onto the table and grab a piece of lettuce from Nancy's salad or a bit of ham from my sandwich. Their mom, Cutie, has also come onto the porch while we are eating. She won't let us get close enough to touch her, but she learned to beg for a salted peanut or two. Our goal is to be able to befriend her so we can get her spayed.

Cutie (one of the feral cats) gave birth to 4 kittens on Eclipse Day (August 21, 2017). She wasn't taking care of them so we "adopted" them when they were about 2 weeks old. We called them the "Eclipse Kittens". Eventually we named them Big Boy, Callie, Tippie (because of the white tip on her tail) and Little Gray (not to be confused with the big Gray feral tom cat). Big Boy is the only one who is a male.

Around September 1st Matt had sudden onset seizures and was crying in pain. He also could not stand up and maintain his balance. We rushed him to Nicholas Animal Hospital and they drew some blood and kept him over Labor Day weekend. While there, they started him on an antibiotic. On Tuesday, September 5th we were told that he has Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). He may or may not get over it. We brought him home with the remainder of the antiobiotic and instructions to give him a dropper full twice a day. We are hoping that he will get better soon.

January - August, 2017


Watching Nature
on TV (1/4/17)

Watching Nature
on TV (1/4/17)

Taffy, Matt & Scamp (feral)
(1/22/17)

Taffy & Matt (1/22/17)

Taffy (1/22/17)

Matt (1/22/17)

Matt (2/10/17)

Taffy @8 months(3/3/17)

Matt @8 months (3/3/17)

Taffy (3/3/17)

Matt looking in the kitchen
window(3/3/17)

Up a tree (3/20/17)

Up a tree (3/20/17)

Up a tree (3/20/17)

Taffy (3/30/17)

Matt & Taffy (4/01/17)
Fascinated by duplex printing

Matt & Taffy (4/01/17)
Fascinated by duplex printing

Matt & Taffy (4/01/17)
Fascinated by duplex printing

Matt & Taffy (4/20/17)
Siesta on the computer chair

Taffy (4/25/17)
Afternoon nap

Matt (5/03/17)
Stretching

Matt (5/03/17)
Showing off his teeth

Taffy (5/03/17)
Hiding in the lillies

Matt (5/10/17)
Afternoon siesta

Taffy (5/10/17)
Looking for bugs

Nancy & Taffy (5/10/17)

Taffy (5/24/17)

Matt cat-napping (5/28/17)

Matt & Taffy (6/5/17)

Taffy (6/13/17)

Taffy (6/13/17)

Taffy (6/13/17)

Taffy (6/13/17)
Photo by Kathy

Matt (6/19/17)
Photo by Nancy

Taffy (7/31/17)
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September, 2017


Cutie's Eclipse Kittens
(born on August 21st)
(9/2/17)

Cutie's Eclipse Kittens
(born on August 21st)
(9/2/17)

Matt - Diagnosed with FIP
(9/5/17)

Matt - Diagnosed with FIP
(9/5/17)

Nancy feeding the Eclipse Kittens
(born on August 21st)
(9/9/17)

Nancy feeding the Eclipse Kittens
(9/9/17)

Nancy feeding the Eclipse Kittens
(9/9/17)

Nancy feeding the Eclipse Kittens
(9/9/17)

Eclipse Kittens (3 wks old)
(9/10/17)

Taffy Checking on our router
(9/12/17)

Big Boy (5 wks old)
(9/25/17)

Tippie (5 wks old)
(9/25/17)

Callie (5 wks old)
(9/25/17)

A handful of Tippie
(9/25/17)

Callie & Big Boy
(9/25/17)

Two kittens
(9/25/17)

Scamp (feral) & kittens
(9/25/17)

Cutie, Scamp and Big Boy
(9/25/17)

Little Gray on box
(9/25/17)

Callie (9/25/17)

Nancy, kittens and Taffy
(9/25/17)

Taffy (9/25/17)

Taffy Snoozing (9/27/17)

Kittens on the porch
(9/27/17)

Kittens on the porch
(9/27/17)

Kittens on the porch
(9/27/17)

Kitten Escaping
(9/29/17)

Little Gray & Big Boy
(9/29/17)

Little Gray & Scratching Post
(9/29/17)

Big Boy (9/29/17)

Kittens Relaxing (9/29/17)
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October, 2017


Playtime on Shoes
(10/5/17)

Playtime on Shoes
(10/5/17)

Playtime (10/5/17)

Playtime (10/5/17)

Playtime (10/5/17)

Playtime (10/5/17)

Playtime (10/5/17)

Playtime (10/5/17)

Tippie, Big Boy & Little Gray
(10/6/17)

Little Gray, Big Boy & Tippie
(10/6/17)

Little Gray, Big Boy & Tippie
(10/6/17)

Little Gray Hanging in There
(10/6/17)

Nap Time for Callie
(10/6/17)

All four kittens
(10/6/17)

Little Gray (10/6/17)

Big Boy, Callie,Tippie in front,
Little Gray behind
(10/6/17)

Tippie in a tree
(10/6/17)

Callie & Big Boy (10/6/17)

Callie (10/6/17)

Callie (10/6/17)

Callie (10/6/17)

Big Boy (10/6/17)

Big Boy, Little Gray & Matt
(10/7/17)

Little Gray, Callie & Tippie
(10/7/17)

Tippie (10/7/17)

Taffy - Sunday morning
snoozing to the rain
(10/8/17)

Matt (10/9/17)

Big Boy (10/9/17)

Callie (10/9/17)

Little Gray, Big Boy & Callie
(10/9/17)

Matt (10/11/17)

Callie looking at her reflection
(10/11/17)

Callie, BigBoy and Tippie
(10/11/17)

Callie and Little Gray
(10/11/17)

Callie and Little Gray
(10/11/17)

Callie looking for Lunch
(10/11/17)

Little Gray (10/11/17)

Little Gray, BigBoy and Tippie
(10/11/17)

Callie, Big Boy & Tippie
(10/12/17)

Taffy (11/17/17)

Callie, Big Boy & Tippie
(10/12/17)

Big Boy (10/12/17)

Callie (10/12/17)

Callie, Big Boy, Little Gray & Matt
(10/12/17)

Callie in the Granny Smith tree
(10/12/17)

Callie & Little Gray
(10/12/17)

Callie, Little Gray, Big Boy & Matt
(10/12/17)

Callie, Little Gray & Matt
(10/12/17)

Little Gray, Matt, Tippie & Callie
(10/12/17)

Playing by the door
It started with one paw showing
(10/15/17)

Playing by the door
which attracts two more kitten
(10/15/17)

Playing by the door
and then another kitten
(10/15/17)

Playing by the door
Two kittens on each side
(10/15/17)

Tippie or Callie and Little Gray
(10/18/17)

Big Boy and ?? (10/18/17)

Tippie (10/18/17)

Big Boy and Little Gray
(10/18/17)

Big Boy and Callie
(10/18/17)

Callie & Big Boy
(10/19/17)

Tippie in a Croc
(10/20/17)

All 4 kittens in the office
(10/20/17)

Callie (photo by Chuck)
(10/20/17)

Callie & Big Boy (10/20/17)

Callie, Big Boy & Tippie
(10/20/17)

Big Boy & Tippie (10/20/17)

Clockwise from top center
Big Boy, Little Gray, Callie and Tippie
(10/22/17)

Callie & Tippie (10/25/17)

Tippie (10/25/17)

Taffy and Callie (10/25/17)

Callie (10/25/17)

Big Boy checking out
the jade plant
(10/28/17)

Big Boy (10/30/17)

Big Boy & Little Gray
(10/30/17)

Big Boy & Little Gray
(10/30/17)
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November/December, 2017


Matt & 4 kittens (11/14/17)

The 4 kittens (11/14/17)

Callie (11/14/17)

Callie (11/14/17)

Little Gray (11/15/17)

Big Boy (11/17/17)

Big Boy & Little Gray
(11/17/17)

Little Gray (11/17/17)

Callie & Matt (11/17/17)

Callie (11/17/17)

Thanksgiving morning nap
(11/23/17)

Big Boy and Callie
Thanksgiving morning nap
(11/23/17)

Big Boy and Little Gray
Napping on Nancy
Notice Big Boy's paw
(11/23/17)

Helping load the dishwasher
(11/24/17)

Callie curled up with Matt
(12/1/17)

Tippie and Big Boy
(12/1/17)

Big Boy (12/1/17)

Taffy loves his box (12/1/17)

Taffy Drinking from the faucet
(12/6/17)

Nancy & Callie holding hands
(12/5/17)

Climbing lessons (12/5/17)

Big Boy up a tree
(12/5/17)

Taffy (12/8/17)

Tippie looking for birds
(12/8/17)

Close up of Tippie
(12/8/17)

Big Boy (king of the chair)
(12/8/17)

The king (Big Boy) being
challenged by Little Gray
(12/8/17)

Little Gray (queen of the chair)
(12/8/17)

Big Boy discovers snow
(12/10/17)

Little Gray discovers snow
(12/10/17)

Callie & Tippie in the snow
(12/10/17)

Big Boy, Little Gray & Tippie
(12/10/17)

Taffy & Little Gray
(12/10/17)

Callie likes to dump the food bowl
and bat the food across the floor
(12/11/17)

Big Boy helps sweep up the mess
(12/11/17)

Taffy, Matt, & Callie
at the laundry tub (12/11/17)

Callie
(12/14/17)

Little Gray and Tippie
(12/14/17)

Taffy & Callie
(12/17/17)

Little Gray
(12/18/17)

Taffy
(12/21/17)

Taffy
(12/21/17)

Callie
(12/21/17)

Callie
(12/21/17)

Little Gray climbing
(12/22/17)

Big Boy peeking out
(12/22/17)

Big Boy below, Little Gray above
(12/22/17)

Big Boy
(12/22/17)

A pile of kittens
(12/23/17)

Big Boy
(12/25/17)

Callie
(12/25/17)

Taffy & Callie
(12/25/17)

Big Boy
(12/25/17)

Big Boy
(12/25/17)

Big Boy
(12/25/17)

Big Boy, Callie & TIppy
(12/25/17)

Cat Toy Video (youtube)
(12/25/17)

Cat Toy Video (mp4)
(12/25/17)
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January-February, 2018


Callie & Little Grey (1/7/18)

Tippie (1/7/18)

Taffy in the sink (1/7/18)

Big Boy (1/8/18)

Big Boy & Little Grey (1/8/18)

Callie (1/8/18)

Tippie (1/8/18)

Taffy wants to go with us (1/9/18)

Matt (1/21/18)

Little Grey & Big Boy (1/21/18)

Matt watching birds (1/21/18)

Little Grey & Callie (1/23/18)

Tippie (1/26/18)

Tippie & Little Grey (1/26/18)

Little Grey (1/26/18)

Little Grey & Big Boy (1/26/18)

Big Boy (1/26/18)

Callie, Tippie & Taffy (1/26/18)

Callie & Little Grey (2/5/18)

Big Boy in a tree (2/8/18)

Big Boy coming down (2/8/18)

Matt among the daffodils (2/23/18)

Big Boy @ 6 months (2/23/18)

Callie @ 6 months (2/23/18)

Little Grey @ 6 months (2/23/18)

Little Grey close-up (2/23/18)

All 6 Cats (2/25/18)
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March-April, 2018


Callie (3/8/18)

Taffy & Little Grey (3/8/18)

Dinner time (3/20/18)
Taffy, Big Boy, Little Grey,
Callie, Tippie & Matt

Little Grey (3/31/18)

Little Grey, Nancy
and Tippie (3/31/18)

Big Boy (4/7/18)

Tippie (4/7/18)

Little Grey (4/7/18)

Callie (4/7/18)

Nancy playing with the cats (4/09)

Tippie (4/09)

Big Boy (4/09)

Nancy playing with the cats (4/09)

Nancy playing with the cats (4/09)

Taffy (4/10)

Tippie (4/10)

Tippie (4/12)

Matt, Big Boy & Little Grey (4/12)
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May-August, 2018


Big Boy looking for birds (5/07)

Callie (5/12)

Matt (5/16)

Tippie (5/16)

Taffy, Callie & Big Boy (5/16)

Taffy, Callie & Big Boy (5/16)

Matt (5/17)

Taffy (5/24)

Tippie & Big Boy (5/30)

Little Grey & Nancy (6/03)

Tippie (6/03)

Tippie (6/03)

Taffy (6/03)

Big Boy (6/15)

Big Boy (6/18)

Callie (6/18)

Little Grey (6/18)

Tippie (6/18)

Taffy (6/20)

Big Boy on grape arbor (6/26)

Tippie (7/2)

Matt (7/15)

Matt (7/23)

Taffy (7/23)

Callie (7/23)

Big Boy (7/23)

Little Grey (7/23)

Tippie (7/23)

Tippie (on the table),
Big Boy & Taffy (7/25)

Tippie & Little Grey (7/29)

Taffy hiding from
the vacuum (8/9)

Callie (8/24)
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September, 2018 (The Arrival of Tigger's Kittens)

Tigger, one of the two feral female cats that we were not able to trap and get spayed, had 6 kittens while we were out of town. They were born on August 3rd on our screen porch. When we got home a couple days later, the kittens were on a throw rug on the porch. We thought that they might want a bit more shelter so we brought the cat house up from the basement at set it up. Tigger didn't like us interfering with her kittens, so she moved them under the storage shed for a while.

Tigger eventually brought five of her kittens back on the porch. (We don't know what happened to the 6th kitten.) We continued to feed Tigger and, when the kittens were old enough, we fed them too. Nancy made friends with the kittens, picking them up and getting them accustomed to being held and petted. We took them to the vet in October for a check-up and vaccinations. At the time, they were called the "5 kittens" by the vet. They received their first rabies vaccination in November and were officially given names. All five of them were neutered on December 5th (two days after they reached 6 months of age). Ever since then, they stopped being feral cats. We now have 11 indoor/outdoor cats.

We finally managed to trap Shadow (Tigger's litter mate) and get her spayed in late September. It took us until January 18, 2019 to trap Tigger and get her spayed. She and her two sisters remain feral cats.

September-December, 2018


Big Boy (9/6)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)
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Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Tigger's kittens (9/8)

Rosy (9/21)

Lily (9/21)

Lily (9/21)

Chrissy (9/21)

Socks (white paws) (9/21)

Toby (one black toe) (9/21)

Both boys (9/21)

Two of the 3 calico
kittens (9/21)

Two of the 3 calico
kittens (9/21)

Tigger nursing her
kittens (9/22)

Callie (10/13)

Little Grey (10/13)

Tippie (10/13)

Big Boy (10/13)

Taffy (10/13)

Matt (10/13)

Socks (10/20)

Rosy (10/20)

Lily (10/20)

Chrissy (10/20))

Tigger and her 5 kittens
(10/29)

Taffy (11/11)

Little Grey (11/11)

Big Boy (11/14)

Taffy (11/16)

Matt (11/21)

5 Kittens (11/21)

Chrissy (11/21)

Lily (11/21)

Rosy (11/21)

Socks (11/21)

Toby (11/21)

Chrissy (11/25)

Cat & Kittens (11/25

Big Boy (12/5)

Taffy (12/8)

Tippie (12/19)
Taken with new telephoto lens

Taffy (12/25)

Matt (12/25)

Callie (12/25)

Big Boy (12/25)

Little Grey (12/25)

Tippie (12/25)

Little Grey (12/26)

Toby (12/26)

Socks (12/26)

Lily (12/26)

Rosy (12/26)

Chrissy (12/26)

Taffy (12/31)
Rainy Monday
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January-April, 2019


Taffy (1/4)
Attaining new heights

Little Grey (1/16)

Matt (1/16)

Tippie (1/16)

Toby (1/16)

3 Kittens (1/23)

4 Kittens(1/23)

4 Kittens (1/26)

Socks (2/9)

Socks (2/13)

Chrissy, Rosie & Lily
(2/13)

Chrissy (2/13)

Rosie (2/13)

Lily (2/13)

Chrissy & Lily (3/4)

Rosie (3/16)

Tippie (3/24)

Callie (3/24)

Socks (3/24)

Lily & daffodils (3/24)

Lily, Taffy & daffodils (3/24)

Lily, Taffy, Socks
& daffodils (3/24)

Lily, Taffy & daffodils (3/24)

Lily, Taffy, Socks
& daffodils (3/24)

Socks focused on birds (3/25)

Socks & Chrissy (4/8)

Taffy (4/8)

Rosie, Chrissy & Lily
(top to bottom) (4/8)

Taffy (4/9)

Taffy (4/9)

Taffy (4/9)

Socks (4/20)

Rosie (4/20)

Chrissy (4/20)

Big Boy (4/24)
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May-August, 2019


Rosy (5/4)

Socks (looking at me)
and Toby (5/18)
Toby disappeared around
the end of August

Socks, or maybe
Toby, and Lily (5/20)

Taffy (5/24)

Taffy & Lily (6/10)
Photo by Kathy

Lily (6/10)
Photo by Kathy

Big Boy (6/10)
Photo by Kathy

Socks (6/10)

Taffy (6/29)

Lily (6/29)

Lily (7/2)

Big Boy (7/9)

Lily (7/22)

Taffy (7/27)

Taffy & Matt (7/27)

Taffy (7/31)

Lily (7/31)

Tippy (7/31)
She disappeared the
weekend of 8/9-8/11

Big Boy & Chrissy (8/1)
Chrissy disappeared on 9/6

Socks (8/4)
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September-December, 2019


Big Boy (9/1)

Lily (9/27)

Lily (9/28)

Rosie (9/28)

Socks (9/28)

Big Boy (9/28)

Little Grey (9/28)

Taffy (9/28)

Matt (9/28)

Matt (9/28)

Callie (9/28)

Nancy with Lily and
Taffy (10/4)

Little Grey (10/21)

A Box of Taffy (11/12)

Big Boy (12/18)

Lily (12/20)

Taffy (12/20)

Little Grey (12/20)

Little Grey (12/24)
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January-June, 2020


Matt (1/18)

Little Grey (1/19)

Big Boy (1/19)

Callie (1/23)

Callie & Nancy (1/27)

Socks (1/27)

Callie (2/21)

Rosie watching squirrel (2/29)

Taffy (3/24)

Taffy (4/25)

Big Boy and
Little Grey (4/25)

Big Boy (6/1)

Rosie & Lily (6/1)

Big Boy & Nancy (6/12)

Socks (6/12)

Socks & Nancy (6/12)

Socks & Rosie (6/19)
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July-December, 2020


Callie & Nancy (7/12)

Big Boy (7/12)

Callie (7/24)

Big Boy (8/5)

Callie (9/1)

Lily (9/1)

9/7/20
New kitten (Pepper)

9/10/20
Pepper

9/12/20
Pepper

Socks (9/28)

Taffy (9/28)

Matt (9/28)

Rosie (9/28)

Matt, Socks & Pepper (9/28)

Pepper (9/29)
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