To continue my story, there was a black cat hanging around our house. It is possible I shooed the cat away. We saw this cat in 2012 through the winter. If my friend Mary can do it, so can I. So I thought, I could help out a cat and feed it outside. I thought I was allergic to cats since I had a bad allergic reaction to my sister in law’s house. So this would work out nicely.
We noticed this black cat was small and hanging around our warm car in the winter and looked like it was blind in one eye. We are guessing female from her small size, so for now I will say her. My husband saw her with pizza in her mouth. Well that definitely endeared him to this cat. If this cat likes Italian food, then why not. Ha! So my husband was in too.
I heard the town provided free neuter and spade program so I researched to find out what to do and spoke to them and went to the shelter.
Check with your own towns or rescue places and see what they may offer. It is important if you can help out any feral or cats you see in a colony or who do not belong to anyone, to make sure they are trapped and neutered or spade. This way we can reduce and hope to eliminate homeless cats.
I had to find a have a heart cage/trap and put in stinky cheap canned tuna to attract the cat to catch and then bring to the shelter. The challenge was I had to reserve a time and date. Gee wiz, I was freaking out. What if it did not work.
So I had time since they were so booked up. I began to leave out food for this black cat. It was so exciting. I went to a pet store and had a new view on them, since I hardly ever went to them before. Other than turtles and fish, I never was responsible for a cat before. Wow!
I picked up a plastic dual food dish that held both wet and dry food and another dish for water. We bought a shelter that would keep the cat warm in the winter. One of the igloo small ones. We bought straw for inside. We looked into blankets that could heat up in the winter and realized the best thing was to work out a heater for the winter later at that time.
This was August 2012 when we decided to do all this.