We had about 2-3 inches overnight, and it was falling pretty heavily when I went out this morning. Luckily, no wind. Leaving for work an hour later, no snow falling, but windy. Funny how it can change in the blink of an eye. I was watching the news of the weather over yonder in Buffalo, and they actually filmed and recorded lightning and thunder last night, all in the midst of the snow careening down. CRAZY.
I placed a few shelters this morning, and noticed a cat that I suspect is pregnant. She was trying to escape from me on a porch with a slotted railing. She was trying to get her belly through, and could just, barely. I have a spot at the clinic next Wednesday, just what I want to do, ha. Its hard to trap at this time of year, for me at least, especially with so much snow already. So I will try to get her first, and if not, one of the unneutered boys hanging around on Central. I need pallets and I need boards. I use the pallets to get the plastic totes off the ground. They are also good to lift the bottom of a feeding station off the ground. Its hard for me to kneel, and bend, and try to get the plates and bowls inside in some of these spots. If we got a significant snowfall, the low openings to the totes will be covered in snow.
And then you have some of these cats, at these large colony locations, that are still waiting to be fed on the snow covered porches. Like Tuffy. He is waiting usually at Pennsylvania and 4th. I am trying to move them all to behind the house where I have placed some nice shelters with feeding area in between, with a board and tarp covering it, and some of them are taking the hint, but some of them aren’t. This morning I left them with food on the porch, knowing it would be covered in snow in minutes if they didn’t eat fast enough. Knowing the cats would be covered in snow also. I don’t know how they do it.
And here is a good story/article about feral cats and winter:
How it began
Where are they now?
What you can do to help feral cats
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