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Friday Cat Blogging

A Clean Finish

Friday Cat Blogging

Slurp …

[Editor: Froggy washing up after dinner.]

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13 comments

1 hipparchia { 06.14.14 at 8:49 pm }

i always enjoy seeing froggy – she’s just gorgeous – but for friday the 13th? if i’d known you were going to be short of black cats, i could have provided you with some. ;)

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2 Bryan { 06.14.14 at 10:11 pm }

Through the years we have only had one solid black cat, Ovinnik [a Russian spirit at looks like a black cat]. single color cats are rare among the local ferals.

3 hipparchia { 06.17.14 at 6:27 pm }

I was just studying her paw there, is she a polydactyl?

4 Bryan { 06.17.14 at 7:53 pm }

I see what you mean, but I don’t think so. I’ll check the next time I see her. The original photo is really no help, but I think the ‘extra pad’ is actually encroaching black fur.

5 hipparchia { 06.17.14 at 8:41 pm }

yes, it looks more like a small patch of black fur than a paw pad to me too, but even after looking at a few hundred cat paws, polydactyl and not, on the web, I still couldn’t decide.

isn’t the internet great?

6 Bryan { 06.17.14 at 10:25 pm }

I should know tomorrow if she has an extra index ‘finger’ on her right ‘hand’.

7 Kryten42 { 06.18.14 at 1:00 am }

Good pic of Froggy Bryan. :)

I just read an article that included a comment that Disneyland FL has some 200 feral cat’s that are released every night. Apparently, they chase away various pests to keep the park free of annoying rodents etc. when it opens in the morning. It didn’t say how the cat’s were rounded up after their night’s work however… lured back with food perhaps? *shrug*

Things one finds on the ‘net! ;) :D

8 Bryan { 06.18.14 at 10:22 am }

Real ferals will avoid people, so setting up feeding stations in remote locations will certainly draw them away from areas where people begin to gather, especially during the day.

Oh, Disneyland is in California – the Mouse lives in Disney World in Florida.

9 hipparchia { 06.18.14 at 10:05 pm }

http://www.alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=873

apparently they’ve had feral cats forever, but only recently have started a trap-neuter-return program. and yes they hide in the daytime and come out at night, on their own.

10 Bryan { 06.18.14 at 10:28 pm }

TNR is the only effective control on feral cats. Would that more people understood that, instead of just trapping them and killing them. Actually the biggest control would be if everyone who wasn’t intentionally breeding cats would get them neutered, the problem would be greatly reduced.

I checked at dinner and Froggy has only four ‘fingers’. It is a black spot, not a ped.

11 hipparchia { 06.18.14 at 10:51 pm }

instead of just trapping them and killing them

the “killing them” part is what i objected to, and how i became a crazy cat lady practically overnight. it’s hard enough knowing that a number of them will fall prey to dogs, coyotes, hawks and cars, but i could have lived with that. i sure wasn’t going to do the “return” part of tnr with a poisoner living in the neighborhood though.

12 hipparchia { 06.18.14 at 10:53 pm }

Froggy has only four ‘fingers’.

given that she’s already notable for her purr, who needs extra toes to stand out from the crowd?

13 Bryan { 06.18.14 at 11:58 pm }

Even ignoring the emotional issue of killing them, it doesn’t work. I found out about TNR because all of the standard methods people suggested just didn’t work, and TNR has reduced the feral population 80% to a level that the area will support without being a problem.

Froggy is one of the few ferals that has ‘volunteered’ to be friendly with people, which is very rare, since she did it as an adult.