Feral cats

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Up until 2011, our neighborhood was full of feral cats that roamed at will. That was fine until they used the bathroom in our planter box, shown above.  The stench was awful.

When David poured cement on top of the dirt, it was a complete transformation.  One day, they left their droppings in the dirt; the next day, they left nothing on the concrete.

Now, instead of feces, our planter box boasts plants!  Yay!

In 2011, the cats started to die off.  Feline leukemia, perhaps?  We could walk down the street without encountering cats.

Well, here it is 2014, and the population is beginning to recover.  We see more cats scurrying around.

Which means no rats or mice.  I’d rather see cats than rodents.

There is an upside to everything, isn’t there?

11 Responses to “Feral cats”

  1. Christine Says:

    interesting about them dying out and recovering.

  2. Jan Says:

    We had one cat that liked to use my garden as a bathroom. I got some spray to discourage it, and it went away. Or maybe the nice soft ground started to sprout! 🙂

  3. tom sightings Says:

    When I first moved to NYC, right after college, my roommate and I adopted a feral cat. Big mistake! Our place smelled like cat pee for the rest of the time we were there. Fortunately, my roommate took the cat when we moved on, and ever since, I’ve been a dog person, not a cat person.

  4. Jeanie Says:

    I’m glad you found an upside in the recovery of the feral cal population. No feral cats here but our neighbor has 2 outside cats that spend a lot of time in our yard.

  5. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Poor Hawaii. Everything seems to migrate there and stay in the welcoming climate. I know the British introduced the Mongoose to combat the rats that jumped ships, but both seemed to thrive afterward. If the cats are getting the rats that’s great, but I read in my bird mags that the cats are destroying the native bird population.

    In the past, I have laid prong-like things about 3 inches below the surface in my garden beds so the cats can’t scratch up the dirt. Feral cats are not a problem around here, however.

  6. DeniseinVA Says:

    Where I used to work the owner would actually capture feral cats, get them neutered and then find homes. We had a lot of them where we were. There used to be a big old storage garage in the back of the restaurant that she kept them in until someone would come along and adopt them. Her circle of contacts was so huge that they were never there for long. We were all recruited to take care of them and some even adopted. Eventually the feral cat population disappeared. I have always admired her for her love of these stray animals and she is still a good friend.

  7. Linda Reeder Says:

    As you have seen from my posts, there are a lot of feral cats in Mediterranean countries. I guess it’s easier for them to thrive in warm climates.

  8. Olga Says:

    There are many feral cats in Florida. They do not thrive in Vermont winters though. Better to be a house cat in Vermont.

  9. Granny Annie Says:

    Your solution for the planter box was magnificent. It looks perfect.

  10. mageb Says:


  11. Grannymar Says:

    Cats think they own the world.

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