11/18/2016 – Around Colehaus

How's it going? - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

How’s it going? – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Around Colehaus, the days are shorter, the leaves are dropping, and the squirrels are fat and happy. Our true fall temperatures just began this week though we had record rainfall in October.

4th generation raccoon family Daisy and one of her babies - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

4th generation raccoon family Daisy and one of her babies – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Our apologies for the poor photo and shake reduction “correction.” Mom has the hardest time getting photos of Daisy and her babies, but wants you to know, as much as she wants to, she would never stick her fingers out there to try to touch one of them. Even though she thinks it would be like touching fluffy heaven. Fluffy heaven with teeth.

Neighborhood cat Scruffy - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Neighborhood cat Scruffy – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Neighborhood cat Scruffy still visits. He lives up in one of the cul-de-sacs and several of us neighbors look out for him. He must be close to fourteen or fifteen years old now. He comes to visit and munch a bit on the food we keep out in the feeding stations. Finally, his fur is matching up our late fall temperatures. He a petite boy, probably weighing no more than nine pounds with a pound or two of that being undercoat and thick fur.

Talkie Chunky - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Talkie Chunky – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Chunky is still hanging around in the mornings and wants everyone to know he doesn’t think he gets his breakfast quite early enough for his taste. Asking around the neighborhood, no one seems to know where he lives. He’s a sweetheart and a good twenty pounds of lovey black and white Tuxie boy.

Neighborhood cat Cocoa - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Neighborhood cat Cocoa – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Cocoa greets us almost every morning at dawn. Mom can still pet him though he can get hissy from time-to-time. He looks like he’s got a good coat of fur for the winter. He also lives up in one of the cul-de-sacs with a real family a couple of doors up from where Scruffy’s family used to live. Cocoa knows about our feral shelters and last year, used one often. This year, we’ve got warming mats going into the shelters (in both as of later today after delivery), and we think he’s going to feel like he hit the lottery.

Momo's last visit - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Momo’s last visit – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

We said goodbye to Momo, Gigi (sadly, without a photo), and Reenie last weekend. Their parents decided to move out of the neighborhood, but let Momo out for a final visit. We’ll miss Momo the most; he was a perfect garden cat, and wish him and his housemates a happy, long life.

Neighbor kitty Reenie - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Neighbor kitty Reenie – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Neighbor cats - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Neighbor cats – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Two other neighbor cats, Whittles and Zoey, are still good garden cats along with their less-than-outgoing siblings, Princess and Joey (without photos today). We’ve confirmed Zoey, who spends ninety-eight percent of her time in our backyard since she is one hundred percent an outdoor girl, uses one of our shelters regularly. With the introduction of the warming mats later this afternoon, and just in time for our really cold overnight temperatures, we feel good knowing she’ll be warm over the winter.

Zoey and one of the feral shelters - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Zoey and one of the feral shelters – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Neighbor cat Zoey peeking in - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Neighbor cat Zoey peeking in – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Even with warm places to stay, we still get a lot of this throughout any given day. She’s discovered our coco-mat-filled flower boxes which offer a great view into our living room, and a dry, cozy, although windy, spot for afternoon naps.

We’ve seen very little of the neighborhood ferals since mid-summer though Mom recently learned of a lady living the next street over and down the hill who has been feeding a couple of homeless cats since around then. We hope that’s where Church and Tank are and that they are doing well. The lady never seems to be home whenever Mom goes down there to ask, but it’s just a matter of time before she can.

That’s about it this month (Hey, look! No bird photos!). Looks like more leaves are dropping and Mom says she knows what she’ll be doing this weekend in between rain showers – getting fresh air and raking leaves! Have a good weekend wherever you are!

Fall Leaves outside our window - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Fall Leaves outside our window – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

27 responses to “11/18/2016 – Around Colehaus

  1. We loved hearing about all the lovely cats who come to see you or visit your garden.

  2. Y’all sure do have a most interesting neighborhood!

  3. Thanks for the update. It’s such a blessing that you are there and able to look after all these furry folks.

  4. Isn’t it always the way; you go over to a cat person’s house, and they are never home? So frustrating, bc we already feel goofy enough walking over there to say, “Hi! I love cats and I hear you do too! Am I right?” I’m checking out the warming pads too; think I’ll get one to compliment the one we’ve been using.

  5. Wow. There’s a lot going on around your house! I’m glad these gorgeous babies have someone looking out for them 🙂

  6. Wow, what a great neighborhood introduction. So many beautiful kitty neighbors you have and Daisy and her babies too.

    Emma and Buster

  7. OMCs you all need perimeter patrols
    Hugs madi your bfff

  8. What beautiful and unique visitors you have!

  9. You have a lot of neighbors! We have about three, but my human doesn’t know where they live or whether they have a home. Plus the bobcat she saw on the security cam the other day!

  10. Dragonheart, Merlin and Devi

    Wow, you have a lot of neighbours! The ferals are fortunate to have the feral shelters you put out.

  11. I feel bad for all the outside cats and ferals. I am glad you are helping to care for them.

  12. Thanks for showing us your neighborhood friends. And thanks so much for setting up shelters and taking care of the kitties.

  13. Those cats are so lucky to have you living there and provide such nice shelters with warming blankets in them. There are a lot of them around there and we are just glad that they found you.

  14. The neighbour hood kitties are very lucky to have you looking out for them. They will be very glad of the warming mats in their shelters.

  15. Wow, you sure have a lot of neighborhood cats. We’re glad to hear they’re being looked after.

  16. Sounds like Momo and his mates are moving WITH their humans, which is good news, even though you will miss them. What are your warming pads like ? I would like to get some that don’t plug in, if that’s the kind you are using.

  17. You have got an absolutely wonderful cat-filled neighborhood! Great photos -and those ferals are so lucky to have you out looking for them! hairballsandhissyfits.com

  18. You have adorable neighbor cats just like us, and we also had to say good-bye to one this week who moved away. Cocoa is a real beauty!

  19. You are a wonderful neighbor and you take such good care of the critters around there. I know your own kittles are so proud of their Mom and Dad. Paws up for all of you!!!

  20. Whoa! Lots of outdoor pets! I’m glad Momo et al’s peeps took them or hope them did. All look taken care of. You are a wonderful neighbor to look out for the extended family.

  21. We thought we had a lot of neighbor kitties visiting us each day, but you beat us by a long shot! They are all beautiful, and we’re so glad they have neighbors like you to help them stay warm and fill their bellies, especially with winter rapidly approaching. Purrs!

  22. We love hearing about all the goings on around Colehaus! From the leaves dropping, to the raccoons and squirrels, to all the neighborhood kitties … wonderful. We hope Momo, Reenie and Gigi a safe move to their new home.

  23. Thank fur the update, we loved reading about all your visitors and it’s so lovely that mew have so many facilities fur them <3 supurr foto's today and we look forward to the next installment! 🙂


    Basil & Co xox

  24. Great neighborhood update!

  25. That is an amazing number of neighborhood cats. We only have a couple around that go inside and no homeless ones that we know of. We have so much wildlife in the city that we think any kitties have been chased off. Thank you for watching out for all these kitties. It warms our hearts to know they have you to see they are safe, warm and fed. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  26. So many friends!