Blinkin’ Feral Cats, Mewin’ Grown Kittens, and Spring

(Marvelous readers, sorry to start this way: I do posts for cat advocacy. Cat and animal fb pages are welcome to repost; Fb pages with other themes need to ask for permission. And please do not reblog without asking for permission. Photos are for the use of Catwoods Porch Party only.)

Franklin says he’s ready to post!

Here’s Franklin to get us started!

The ferals are blinking at us! As cat people we know that’s a cat way of greeting, and of course we blink back and then suddenly it’s like everyone’s blinkers are flashing! It’s an early sign that one day we may be able to pet them, and they might even want to live inside, some day . . .

Suave Boss

Here’s Boss Buddy who is a kitten of the ferals! Beautiful cats come from the streets and the woods. Boss is very smart, and looks at us with a deep comprehension. I still call these cats The Kittens; they all came from the same feral litter.

An indoor Lynx can be startling

Lynx likes to sit with his paws crossed, contemplating! Now we’re having glorious 80 degree days and flowers are starting to bloom in town, everyone’s posting them! I saw the first dandelion! They’re not in the country yet but I can see the light changing in the forest. I still don’t have the pics ready from the freezing weather so I’ll just post some timeless kitty pictures. The computer is filling up and I need to make some space . . .

Stripey the Magnificent!

Stripey is a large, long cat when he stretches out!

Our little Spookums

As I’ve noted before, Spooky reacts to us differently than her siblings do. While she eagerly dives in to untie shoelaces, she has really never liked to be stroked and petted and she dodges, twists this way and that, or just plain scampers away from an incoming “pet”. That is, until recently when I started stroking her from head to tail while she camped out with another sibling. She sits still for that, and now she has taken to running around and around us for just such long pets. She’s so funny about it, she runs around me stopping long enough for me to pet her, then runs on, emits a tiny little “mew” – I’ve never heard her meow before – comes in for the petting, then runs on, circles back and comes with another mew for another long petting. It’s so funny and cute, it melts my heart! She does the same with the hubs.

Moonpie and Boss

“Protect me, big brother!”

Moonpie Beauty

Moonpie Sweetiepie.

Stripey, Boss, and Moonpie

Here’s Moonpie with two big brothers!


Shelley Tail Wave

Catching our friend’s cat, Shelley, in a tail wave is not as easy as it looks. You have to wait and click at just the right moment as her tail goes sailing around!

Now here’s Boss:

Boss with Catwoods the Book

Boss has decided he likes my MUSE Award-winning book so he’ll sleep next to it. He’ll let me know when he’s ready to read it. He’s busy now studying modern lit to prepare. The style is somewhat experimental in places, in ways I can’t quite articulate . . . I tried to write from within the experiences instead of just about them. I go for the scholarly language, and the lavish poetics, along with the ambient language of the region I live in, the southeastern US. I zip in and out of viewpoints and reality. I sometimes “voice” the kitties, but that has a weird logic to it that goes back to something that arose in a conversation with my late mother, (which will be revealed in Vol. 2); it’s according to who the kitties lived around when they were young cats. And, I always keep cat behavior in mind, having read in depth about it and observed a lot of it, too.

People tell me they read the book over and over, so do get a copy! It’s a long, deep storytelling about life with kitties. Go directly to Borgo Publishing or click the picture at the upper right to go to Amazon.

Stay tuned for more pictures!

About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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91 Responses to Blinkin’ Feral Cats, Mewin’ Grown Kittens, and Spring

  1. Ellen Hawley says:

    They are gorgeous–and clearly well cared for.

  2. Bless you, Leah, for your patience and care in welcoming the ferals! The world needs more of that, and not just with felines.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Lawrence, I appreciate that! You are right, humans need to be much kinder to each other than what we often see today. In my experience, those who are kind to animals are often those who are kind to fellow humans.

  3. What gorgeous kitties!! I love them!

  4. LaDonna Remy says:

    They are all so beautiful. ❤

  5. DS Levy says:

    Terrific photos of lovely kitties! Lovely words as well.
    Leah, I thought about you yesterday (Wednesday) and today. Hope you’re all safe, that the storms missed you. This crazy weather—well, I guess it’s only fitting for a crazy world. Still, stay safe, my friend. Deb

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you for your kind words, Deb! We’re glad you enjoyed our post.
      And thanks for thinking of us in the storms! We and the kitties are all okay and the storms were close and did miss us. We’re safe, but exhausted today from the trek to a safer location at Shelley’s house, and trying to catch up.

      • DS Levy says:

        Glad you all are safe, Leah! I think another day of storms is on tap for today — stay safe! Looking more & more like spring in northern Indiana. My husband has Covid, so we both are quarantined, but at least we can go outside & get some sun. Deb

        • Leah says:

          Just got back online after another harrowing weather day Deb, and this one was even more intense than the last, higher risk levels, though our locations escaped any harm. Others weren’t so fortunate, there were lives and homes lost. It really upsets me.
          I’m so sorry your husband has Covid, I sent many purrs and hopes from us that he will recover quickly! Sunshine is supposed to be helpful according to what I have read. Please let me know how he does.

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    You have such a beautiful feline family! ❤

  7. Charles Huss says:

    Those are wonderful photos.

  8. Denis1950 says:

    Great photos . You almost have a mini Panther there.

  9. Pam Lazos says:

    Great art as always, Leah.

  10. chattykerry says:

    Franklin looks like such a big boy now! They are all beautiful. K x

  11. Great post and great images Leah! Spookums reminds me my Megan Sweetie. Franklin looks like black leopard or black mountain lion or black jaguar. The other ones made me happy too! Keep up the good work! Saludos! Ashraf

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you Ashraf! I think Spooky may be on her way to being a sweet cat like your Megan Sweetie! Franklin does look, and act sometimes, like a miniature wild cat, LOL. Meows and Purrs! Leah and kitties

      • All cats are proper sweetie Leah but yes some talks to us more than others, My Megan Sweetie always talked to me and I had the privilege and honor to indulge into conversation with her over the past seven years or so. Something that will spark in my heart forever even though she is gone forever. Cats are fascinating non-human mammal. Their personality is sweet reminiscence of freedom, independent, individuality, negotiation (in my opinion cats can peacefully and wisely negotiate all kind of human disturbances when they are outside), cleanliness, and charisma….. Keep up the brilliant posts Leah! Towards Great Future of All the Cats! Ashraf

        • Leah says:

          You are so right Ashraf, I’ve had some kitties who, like your Megan Sweetie, talked to more than others. A few in the past talked much more than the kitties we have now . . . but they are all adorable of course even when they are quiet. You have great insights about cats, Ashraf, and they are really well said! For cats!

          • Thanks Leah! I always had cats when I was kitten myself. I see my childhood in cats, its very comforting zone because I had great childhood spending time with cats almost all days. I can’t go back to my childhood but when I see cats, the vivid memory of my own childhood sling right up the canvas as if like I am watching my own childhood in that cat! Kudos to all cats!

  12. My goodness, it looks like your house is filled with big, wild cats! Beautiful.

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you, Indulgedfurries! LOL some of them are pretty darn big (Stripey) and some a bit wild . . .

  13. All of your cats are so beautiful. Thank you for taking care of the outdoor cats.

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you, Lola, for your kind words! We love the little outdoor kitties too, strays and ferals. Most of the cats we’ve had over the years walked in from outdoors.

  14. catscue says:

    They are all so precious and obviously loved! I love these stories of your cats, they are very unique and interesting. Thanks for the inside scoop on your kitties!

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you for your kind words, catscue, we appreciate it! We consider ourselves fortunate that such fascinating cats have always turned up in our lives.

  15. meowmeowmans says:

    Aww, thank you for sharing your beautiful kitties with us, Leah! I love how you so lovingly describe them and their unique personalities. I love the story of Spooky, and the special way she likes being pet. 🙂

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you meowmeowmans, for your kind words. We’re happy you enjoy reading about them. Spooky continues to use little mews and now more drawn out, longer meows while approaching for pets and it’s just so cute!

  16. I so enjoy your blogs, Leah, but I can’t seem to be able to buy your book. Is it not available outside the USA? Rose 🙂

    • Leah says:

      Rose thank you so much! I’m sorry to say that the publisher says they can’t ship outside the US at this time due to the pandemic; that wasn’t my choice, the publisher told me the shipping services had made that decision. However, in a month or two I hope to have a supply here at home to sell from. I’d really like for you to have a copy and I’ll try to arrange somehow to get one to you. I’ll send you an email when that happens and we can arrange it that way. Meows, Leah
      Also, I will ask the publisher again if they will arrange it specially via email, they were doing that earlier in the pandemic.

  17. A beautiful way to start my Caturday. Hugs

  18. -Eugenia says:

    I enjoy reading about your kitties! We adopted our Callie a year ago on Valentine’s Day. She is a tortoiseshell and full of fun and mischief, and a joy to have around since we’ve had to stay at home a lot. We had a Himalayan that went to the Rainbow Bridge at 19 years old. We were going to wait a while before we got another cat and brought Callie home a week later. A house is not a home without a cat. Thank you so much for following my blog.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you -Eugenia, I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Your tortie Callie sounds wonderful! I agree, I wouldn’t want to be without a cat. My pleasure following your blog! In fact, I thought I already was, but I think there’s been a wordpress glitch that undid some follows recently.

  19. Does it ever get complicated having to treat each of your cats differently. They have such different personalities!

    • Leah says:

      They are indeed all unique, their personalities differ just as those of humans differ . . . I’ve had multi-cat groups for much of our time with cats, and I find it fascinating.

      • It does sound fascinating, Leah. I hope you will keep making interesting observations.

        • Leah says:

          Thanks Tanja! Actually most of my observations are in the two books I wrote/am writing. The first one is published and available at the links on the page. I may not do as much here on the website as I am doing less per day now . . . there will be more pictures though!

  20. Your photos are wonderful! You have captured the personality of each of them in the pictures and the descriptions! I LOVE it! No that I am retired and have the time, I can read your book. You are awesome! Thanks for visiting us and have a marvellously happy day!

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you so much for your kind words, Marv, and everyone! We appreciate it. My pleasure visiting your wonderful site! I’d be delighted for you to read my book and when you finish, I’d love to know what you think!
      Cheers and Meows, Leah and kitties

  21. Lavinia Ross says:

    They are all beautiful kitties, Leah! Wishing you good luck getting the feral ones inside. ❤️ 🐱

  22. Charlee: “Big brothers are good for protecting us little sisters! I remember I used to rely on Dennis to protect me all the time!”
    Chaplin: “And now you rely on me, right?”
    Charlee: “Yep when Dennis was around I always knew he was looking out for me, that’s for sure.”
    Chaplin: “What about—”
    Charlee: “And now I have Lulu to do it, so it’s all good again!”

    • Leah says:

      Ahahaha sounds like Charlee may speak from experience! Our girls seem to seek a big brother (or two, or three) to snooze or cruise with but their idea that kitty brothers will protect them may be imaginary . . .

  23. 15andmeowing says:

    All your cats are beautiful. I love the family portrait of the 3 siblings. I hope the ferals will decide they want to join you all inside. XO

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you Ellen! I was happy to get the 3 of them together since those pictures don’t happen very often. I’d like to have the ferals inside too! XO

  24. Loved seeing all the kitties! and Stripey is the LONGEEEEST cat I have ever seen!

  25. I had to smile about the “blink”… usually when Foster does something he knows he’s not supposed to do, and I tell him “We don’t do that!” he gives me the “blink”. Then I always say “You’d better blink your eyes at Mom!” 😂

  26. I enjoyed seeing all the cats today. Not in the 80’s but the 20’s this morning but bulbs are growing anyway. Who do I like best just based on photo alone I guess Spooky wins today!

  27. Brian says:

    They all really are adorable!

  28. I love that they all get along!

  29. Correne says:

    Love seeing your beautiful cats!

  30. pollymorse says:

    Lynx looks like he has a mustache! Very cool! Love the pictures.

  31. cat9984 says:

    Lynx looks like he might be waiting for an explanation or an apology. 🐸

  32. niasunset says:

    as always CATS are great and so lovely, Thank you dear Leah, Love, nia

  33. They are lovely kitties. I very much liked reading about Spooky. How beautiful that she’s starting to trust you with her little mews and long strokes. 🙂

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you Lynette! Spooky’s making us really happy too, we didn’t know quite what to expect with her in the long run but now it’s enchanting.

  34. Hi. At about what age did you start to love cats?

    • Leah says:

      Hi Neil! Well, I was always fascinated with cats but at a distance, in childhood; got our first cat at 21 and fell head over heels in love with the feline species!

  35. John says:

    Leah, your cats are very beautiful and look so healthy! How many cats? 6? 😂😍

  36. Wonderful photos!
    And I know that feral blinking … many of my colony arrived feral … one pretty much refused to ever be tame, but nevertheless moved in and could be corralled once a year for vet visits. Her brother became a snuggler. Cat personalities are each unique!

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Jazz, the kitties and I are happy you like the pictures! You are so right, all kitties are so different. Our experiences with ferals have been similar. We’ve had some who moved in too, and became sweet, although it did take years. Others lived inside and never became friendly. Differing individuals with differing experiences of humans in their backgrounds.

  37. Timothy Price says:

    What a bunch of beauties and all posing so nicely.

  38. Bernadette says:

    Sunny, pretty cat pictures are always welcome!

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