Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Live in the city, St Paul, Mn
Who knows? My Kermit is 12 and has been indoor since he was born of a stray (abandoned?) mother who jumped on my shoulder on a dark night when I stepped outside my back door. Yes, I trembled till I knew what it was. Phone on her collar tag was disconnected...no response to ads etc.
And she gave us a litter of four about a week later. We found homes for all but Kermit who we kept. Indoor only. But he got out one day and was gone for three days. I of course, went looking in the early morning and late at night.
And that is when I found out how many ferals there are in the 'hood'. ah, inner city. Some areas they were grouped, in others they were milling about. Little Kermit wouldn't survive in their colony but I kept looking.
the 3rd day, I met Clyde, a feral stray whom I had been leaving food out occassionally. We had actually gotten to the point where he would sit in my lap but I had to be careful...no touchy, petting yet..He was strong.
I had been leaving our back porch door open but no Kermit came in and Clyde never used it either for those two days..Normally it is closed. Anyhow, I had Clyde on my lap after my morning seach ended fruitless and I said to him, "Clyde, find Kermit for me." and got up and went to work. when I came home about lunch time, there was Clyde and Kermit nestled together inside the porch near a window. Upon seeing me, Clyde went down and out and Kermit stayed.
Clyde was around a little more and then was gone. After that I have tried to have a place for one or more ferals in my crowded city lot. Shelter from the cold if they need it. I now have a grey/white adult known as the gray ghost who scurries away from a 'nest' when I approach....very feral.
But that is ok. We can't save them all.