While I’m glad I don’t have any feral cats living in my area (or at least I’ve yet to see/meet them) I do miss concocting solutions in my yard to make the lives of these wild urban cats more enjoyable. In my Brooklyn backyard I had both winter shelters for my little colony as well as a large dog house where I kept the cats’ tray of food out of the elements. Whenever I refilled the tray, the cats would come running from the neighbors’ yards and take their turns popping into the house to grub. In the summertime they would lounge on the dog house’s roof. My dream was to turn that roof into a green roof filled with catnip and wheatgrass, but California came ‘a calling.
While my own feral cat projects have been put on hold, there are many other feral supporters out there spending time to make life for abandoned cats (slightly) better. Jayne of Like Kittysville (a crafty company that makes super chic cat beds) recently cleaned out her musty garage and made a few adjustments using salvaged wood. While her goal was to improve storage in the space, her priority was to create a fun space for her feral cat colony to take shelter in when the temperatures in Lubbock, TX dropped.
Using the scrap lumber, Jayne built a climbing tower that leads to a kitty sleeping loft as well as a series of diagonal steps for the cats to run along, as well as chill out on. I’m super impressed!