At Home With Cats

Young Franklin

This site is all about cats, getting them adopted, showing their beauty and their expressive beguiling ways, their stories, their lives with humans who are making homes, homes and families that include cats. And mostly, the cats who weave themselves throughout those human homes and hearts. That’s my focus, though there is sometimes a little about us, the humans: our lives, my art and art I like, our surroundings, and our wish to preserve the natural world and its cats. Always, the cats are along with us.

Still using past pictures due to computer stuff, we don’t work fast around here . . .

Stripey with a smile

Any place I’ve ever lived, cats seem to already be there, or to show up, or to live around us, somewhere nearby. That’s true of any place humans have settled. Cats do cluster near people. Even unfriendly ferals appear to gravitate towards people, they keep their distance but if they always stayed hidden away we wouldn’t be aware of so many feral colonies. Like the ones we saw years ago on our way to an out-of-town doctor’s appointment, eating, being fed and maintained by the employees of a quick mart in a dent in a forest off a highway.

Well-fed stray cats

Did those ferals come from deep in that forest or originally from distant houses? Sometimes terrible people drive cats out in the countryside and dump them, but those cats almost always try to make their way back to locations with humans. Even those who were born feral outside make their way to homes. They might be drawn by the odors of food, which are apparent to them over much longer distances than they are to us, and by other cats as potential mates, but between a choice of total wilderness hiding and playing “now you see me now you don’t” with scary tall beings, in my experience they choose us, humans, most of the time. Of course, just as they did at our historic beginnings with cats, they also come in pursuit of any rodents who may still have designs on human food supplies.

Lovely Moonpie stretches

During our life with cats, most came directly to the door or to the doors of friends who placed them with us. We arranged for those cats to join us and be in our care. Wait, how much did we arrange, or did they come to us seeking, or already knowing? The feral cat mom (now spayed) who won’t come anywhere near us except for food, was she wise, looking out for the future for her kittens . . . or do I imagine that?

Spooky and Boss

Spooky says, “Protect me, big brother, but keep your large rear end out of my foot space.”

I hope to advocate for kitties through my work and my book, to showcase the delights of living with cats, and help increase adoptions. I have a rare and limiting chronic illness (it’s more or less stable right now), and I could never have made it this far without the cats. I am so grateful for those readers who understand that our “cat purpose” and our “cats in homes” purpose is what matters here at this site. I regret that being limited, I can’t get out and about on the cat blogosphere as much as I would like to.

Lynx is grand!

When writing I think like rolling prose-poems, though here I often chop up the sentences to be more modern, to be absolutely “clear”. I halfway “go with the flow” of present day . . . When I was young we were reading “stream of consciousness” works. We were reading beat poetry in snack bars and “coffee houses” in makeshift spaces, and reading all those old British poets and playwrights in classes. So I’m part “old school” or should I say, “old library”?

Spooky Girl Next to Stripey

Boss as the day fades

In those days we were hearing and making prose poetry in parks, where we saw people giving away kittens, and we learned that we were there to take those kittens and go make homes, and to find the moms and the elders and make sure they were in homes too. Homes that can happen deep in a forest as ours did, or way up in skyscrapers in busy cities, or in pleasant suburbia, wherever. Homes where the cats keep coming around just to see what’s going on . . . what’s cooking . . . And we were meant to keep on taking those kittens, those young cats, those older cats into our homes and families, and we did, cats who padded into the home, and then infiltrated the poetry whenever we took up writing again.

Shelley the Show-Off, Our Friend’s Cat

All our household cats came direct from neighborhoods, streets . . . although some prior cats in my Muse Award winning book, Catwoods, traveled through forests to get to remote houses. The book went through rewrites but retains writing styles that are either quirky or polished, according to the decades it describes . . . I wanted it to be conversational, using cadence and expressions of humans actually talking; I wanted it to be rhythmic, with beats, like music. But mostly I wanted it to be about cats, to help cats, and to help us care for cats! Links to the book are at the upper right-hand side and on the page under the banner, “Order the Muse Award winning book online”.

Cheers and Meows until next time!

About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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122 Responses to At Home With Cats

  1. Thank you for commenting on our blog about Paddy O’Malley; he left us much too soon.

  2. Nice blog!
    Do visit to my blog and follow it if you like.

  3. ***APAWSS APAWSS*** Miss Leah yore post iss speck-taculur!! Thanx so much fore sharin all bout catss. Wee love all yore fotoss! Old or mew they are lovelee!!
    Spooky Girl up on Microwave doin a dangell iss priceless foto!
    An Moonpie does THE best -s-t-re-t-c-h-s-s-
    Shelley iss so purrty…bet shee wuud make a grate little foto bommer 😉
    ***purrss*** BellaDharma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew

    Pee S: Due not wurry bout not vissitin us all THE time! Wee will allwayss come here to vissit you Miss Leah an Franklin an THE Gang ❤ ❤

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I are very happy you liked our pictures, as well as me talking on about the kitties! I really love to see you BellaDharma and LadyMew anytime, but I don’t worry as I know you have so much to take care of . . . that goes for me, too, I miss getting around to everyone sometimes . . . we will just go with the flow . . . Cheers and Meows ❤

  4. Cleo says:

    That one “group” picture reminded dad of his childhood when his family had tons and tons of indoor/outdoor kitties all over. He says they had about 23 at one time.

    • Leah says:

      That’s a lot of kitties! I think I’d enjoy seeing that many at one time. During my childhood I saw many kitties outdoors too as almost all pet kitties were indoor/outdoor, along with the ferals and semi ferals.

  5. Timmy Tomcat says:

    Thanks for dropping by. Purrs from us all
    Angel Timmy and Family

  6. Having cats visit our yard is fine with us, as long as they don’t bother our resident cats. Some of the more inquisitive or assertive kitties need to be shooed away so as not to stress the live-ins!

    • Leah says:

      Owned cats who are visiting can be pesky indeed if they visit too often, though I’m always glad to see them, and always willing to blink at them and pet them. We always checked with neighbors and etc to make sure any cats in the yard were really unowned strays or ferals, before taking them in or feeding them. We found a couple on highway ramps. Most of the time we’ve lived in a rural place where the distance between houses means not as many owned cats stop by who are out strolling. The ones who come by are often abandoned and seeking homes. Whether in town or in rural settings, our area has historically had lots of strays and ferals. More people here are TNRing now and working to find homes for strays so I hope our stray and feral population goes down.

  7. Pawsome photos! Stripey’s smile and that purrfect stretch were our favorites.
    Purrs& Head Bonks,

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you, Alberto, we are happy you like our pictures!
      Cheers and Meows from the kitties and me!

  8. Carole Schulman says:

    Spooky, your mommy never told us..but my mommy and I saw it…your mustache is a very feminine heart shape…on it’s side, on both side of your gorgeous face!
    Katie Isabella

    • Leah says:

      Katie Isabella I did not realize this but you are absolutely right! And Spooky is such a little love, though in a way she is the most feral of the kittens. She gets this and the mustache from her feral mom, who is named “Groucho” . . . we did not know Mom was a girl when we first met her . . .

  9. Kirsten Bett says:

    I live what you are doing!

  10. Timmy Tomcat says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words when I left for the bridge it meant so very much Friends
    Love from us all
    Timmy Tomcat and Family

  11. chattykerry says:

    I love Moonpie’s happy stretch! We have always lived in areas where people drop off their unwanted cats. All of our cats were rescues – there really isn’t any need for breeders. K x

    • Leah says:

      That’s one of my favorite pictures too Kerry. Moonpie and I thank you! It’s sad about the unwanted cats, a few have been dropped off near us, too over the years. Puppies too, both species were carefully and successfully rehomed when we were at catpacity. Random-bred cats are just as beautiful as purebreds, and I agree, no need for breeders. xx

  12. I loved getting to know you better … and seeing so many pictures of cats!

    • Leah says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and the kitties are too! I love to see kitty pictures too! The computer’s so full of them I can’t add any more right now. I get a few that are good, and many not so good, as I’m really not a photographer; but I don’t like to delete any since they’re kitty pics.

  13. Carole Schulman says:

    I loved every word in the blog and I am glad you wrote it. It helps me “know” who you are a bit better. I enjoy learning why you write and how you go about it. I love the pictures of the furred family as well…but you would know that without my having said so. 🙂
    Enjoyed being here with you. Thank you for writing for us.
    Katie Isabella

    • Leah says:

      Carole and Katie Isabella, thank you both so much for all your kind words! The kitties and I really appreciate it!
      And I want you to know that I always enjoy your blog too, reading of your adventures and viewing your photos!

  14. Epic post, and we loved reading it! It’s lovely people like mew that make this wurld a better place ❤ we hope mew’re having a supurr day, purrs The B Team xx

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much Wing Commander Basil & The B Team, for all your kind words! We say, back atcha, B Team! ❤ Hope y'all have a marvelous day, with purrs, cheers, and meows! xx

  15. What a delightful post!! I love people who love kitties and love helping them-

    Twilight was born in our backyard, Sushi’s previous owner was about to have Sushi put down so she could move to another-country and travel unhindered-(until her daughter-in-law heard and took Sushi to her home to find her a permanent home). Sushi (the new name we gave her when we adopted her), had been passed around from one temporary place to another the entire until the daughter-in-law took her – and for 8 months she constantly searched got someone to take an older cat- and no one would- until the daughter-in-law told my daughter who she was working with about her. My daughter knew the search would be over once I found out about her.

    Two hours later, Sushi became our baby. I thank God for caring people like you who look after those amazing sweethearts and take care of them. They are heroes!🌹

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you for all your kind words, Twilight and Sushi! I am so thankful for you and your daughter, too, for taking in Sushi! And being such wonderful cat people! Older kitties rock, our Ultraviolet was an older kitty we took in off the streets, and was one of our sweetest kitties ever.
      I just can’t imagine that previous owner being willing to put her cat down for convenience! How terrible, but I’m thankful that her daughter-in-law took her and made the efforts to find a home, and that the home was with you! Cheers and Meows, Leah

      • We couldn’t imagine it, either. She is healthy, and though we thought at first that she was 12 years old when we got her, after discovering the one vet records we had for her from her precious owner, we see that she is only 8 years old- nothing wrong with her that a diet can’t fix, so it made no sense at all. We are so thankful we learned about her in time to save her! She is just a sweet cuddle bug , and to thing she was passed around to people who didn’t even like cats, and/it was left alone for weeks with just dry food and is heartbreaking. Now whenI go to the grocery store, or take a walk, my husband says she places around the house crying for me

  16. niasunset says:

    So beautiful, all so beautiful. We LOVE you me, and my Little BIG CATS! Thank you dear Leah, Blessing and Happiness to you ALL, Love, nia

    • Leah says:

      Nia thank you so much, the kitties and I appreciate it, and we love you and your Little BIG CATS too! All the best wishes going out to you and your family and friends and kitties, with Love, Cheers and Meows from Leah

  17. Chandra Lynn says:

    I’m with you with the “old school” poetry and prose. I love the new too, but the “classics” have my heart. One of my pen friends takes the most soulful pics of her cats. They are really stunning. The photos in this post remind me to “convince” her to start a cat blog. I’m curious though…what kinds of blogs have been “reblogging” your kitty posts?

    • Leah says:

      Good to hear that you like the older writing ways too, Chandra! Though I like newer ways too, as well as experimental forms, colloquial, variant wordways, past and present, all together. This is sometimes puzzling to editing persons, though not to editing cats.

      Encouraging your friend to start a cat blog is a great idea! The cat blogosphere is extensive and supportive, has several facebook pages, and lots of blog hops and group events like Caturday Art and Sunday Selfies. Many bloggers participate every week. They have great fun, I’m just rarely able to join in myself as I’m limited by illness.

      Reblogs and reposts: There is something about this in the page “Extended Copyright and Image Talk”, link is under the banner above. Hopefully I can be more specific at a later time after consulting with online security experts. Basically I feel that reblogging and reposting should be done only with the permission of the originator of the post.

      • Chandra Lynn says:

        I’ll share all the “cat blogger” info with my friend. Everything sounds so fun! Thanks for sharing the “reblog” information. I don’t think I’ve every “reblogged” without permission, but I guess, I thought the “reblog” button on a page is like “permission granted.” I’ll check out your info. You’ve given me something to think about (as it relates to my own blog). I was looking for something one day and discovered that someone had saved images from my blog and reposted them on another site as free downloads for others. They were in another country. So frustrating!

        • Leah says:

          I hope your friend does decide to start a cat blog!
          I completely agree with you that if a blog displays the “reblog” button, that’s permission. I have no problem with that. I took the reblog button off a long time ago because I prefer to be asked. But what I didn’t know is, even if you take the reblog button off, any post can still be reblogged from the reader. The author of the post has no way to prevent that; I think there should be a mechanism to grant or deny permission. When my G rated, family friendly site’s post was reblogged on a site with another rating, with NO permission, that’s a serious problem IMO.

          I too have had lots of problems with those sites that take pictures off blogs and offer them to anyone for download. Although many people say it’s just inevitable on the Internet, it really bothers me and I’m sorry that happened to you.

  18. DS Levy says:

    Ah, lovely photos, Leah! I’ll write more soon. I just got a new iPad and I’m trying to figure out how everything works — and man, do things work differently! Hope you, your husband and kitties are all well! Deb

    • Leah says:

      Thanks DS, I’m happy you enjoyed the photos! We are getting along and we send you and your husband and Charlie and kitties the same wishes for wellness! New tech is always an enormous challenge for me! Hope you can get it sorted soon and that it makes everything easier! Cheers and Meows, Leah

      • DS Levy says:

        Thanks, Leah! My new iPad is lightening fast! Unfortunately, the end-user is snail-slow! LOL We had high winds come through our area last night; lots of scattered branches & limbs which I picked up, clipped & sawed today. My body isn’t used to that kind of hard work! At least the temp is much cooler, which is nice.

  19. An excellent blog Leah. Amazing images of all your cats and the feral ones too! I always feel happy after reading and looking at the pictures of all your cats! Keep up the good work, the cats need you, we all need you too! Meow! Ashraf

    • Leah says:

      Ashraf, thank you so much, the kitties and I appreciate it! It’s so good to hear that the post and pictures makes you happy! That’s part of the purpose of writing and showing pictures too. Cheers and Meows from Leah and the kitties!

  20. We love how you wrote this postie accompanied with all your sweet kitties, Leah. When Granny was young, there was a fish shop almost under their house and the ferals knew that too😹 They had a Walhalla there and no one ever scared them off, in comparison to now. Granny says that we bring out the best in her, she can’t imagine a life without kitties or other animals. Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead to all of you🐾😽💞

    • Leah says:

      Angelswhisper2011, thank you for all your kind words!
      That is interesting about the fish shop, I bet that did bring in the ferals!
      I feel the same way as your Granny does, Little Binky, I love living with kitties and animals! Cheers and Meows for a Happy Week for y’all, too!

  21. Lavinia Ross says:

    I agree, they are all beautiful, Leah! Catwoods is on my list. 🙂

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you Lavinia, they love to hear they are beautiful! And thank you for your interest in my book! I would love for you to read it!

  22. cat9984 says:

    Glad to see a fellow “old-schooler” who has noticed the significant change in popular writing cadences. Love the pictures.

    • Leah says:

      I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures, cat9.984! Language always changes, for sure! Changes can be bad but sometimes good; I really love slang, and innovation. But I also love some archaic uses, and older ways of prose.

  23. wonderful post and loved learning more about your experience with ferals–and love the photos of Stripey with a smile!

    • Leah says:

      Thank you hairballs and hissy fits, and the kitties thank you too! We’re glad you enjoyed the post and the ferals and Stripey! He is such a character!

  24. Charlee: “We kitties are drawn to those who worship us.”
    Chaplin: “By which we mean humans, of course.”

  25. ***apawss apawss*** Miss Leah what a lovely post you rote. You an LadyMew are so alike inn many wayss!!
    All yore catss are so lovelee~~Franklin an Boss an Lyn an THE Gang picked a purrfect furrever home when they came to yore place to live!!!
    Wee ❤ love ❤ you Miss Leah
    **purrss** BellaDharma an {{huggiess}} LadyMew

    • Leah says:

      Hello BellaDharma and Ladymew, and thank you so much for your kind words, I’m glad you liked the post! I’m also glad you share our feelings for the kitties and the impulse to save them when we can. We are at catpacity now and there are so many strays and kittens being found this year in our region of the US but there are a lot of people out there helping them and spaying and neutering and I try to network and pass info around when I can.
      The kitties thank you too, they love to hear how beautiful they are!
      We love y’all too BellaDharma and Ladymew, Purrs and Hugs and Cheers and Meows!

      • Mee werdss coem from mee furry littel heart Miss Leah! Yore a wunderfull Hu’man an mee adoorss yore bloggie as does LadyMew.
        LadyMew will still help rescue kittiess with Aunty Sheila. They are both guud Hu’manss two!
        Wee have red that alot of placess inn USA have so many stray catss an wee hope there are many more lovelee peepell liek you to help them!!
        **purrss** BellaDharma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew
        Pee S: Thanx fore what you did today fore LadyMew! Yore so sweet!

        • Leah says:

          Awww, that is so kind of you to say that Bella Dharma! And LadyMew and your Aunty Sheila are really good humans to help the kitties and we love your bloggie too!
          There are a lot of stray kitties in my area and lots of people helping but we could sure use many more helpers here!
          Glad if I was helpful today, I had just reached the point where I felt I had to speak the truth as I see it.

          • Miss Leah you are a Warrior Woman an wee give you toetall REESEPCT!! Many htanx fore standin up fore Truth an fore us on our bloggie! ❤ ❤
            An if all Hu'manss wuud due just a littel bit to help lost poochiess an kittiess an help THE 'Shadow" 4 leggedss so many cuud bee saved…
            Last nite LadyMew saw a skinny ginger cat runnin 'cross THE road. Shee meowed to him butt hee was too scared….so shee will keep an eye out for him from now on…
            Wishin you a lovlee Sunday!
            **purrss** BellaDharma an {{huggiess}} LadyMew

            • Leah says:

              Thank you BellaDharma and LadyMew! Back atcha on all your kind words. Yeah, I felt I had to speak. While I don’t like arguing and conflict online, these ideas that the virus isn’t dangerous can have a terrible impact. Lots of people where I live didn’t take it seriously either, so we’ve had a high infection rate, the hospital has been slammed, which is bad for those who need it for other reasons too. Peoples’ lives and health are at stake.

              • You know Miss Leah THE Medico’ss Air-lifted many peepell out of nayburrin Province of Mannytoba (Manitoba) an 5 of them are inn our Hospital here inn THE Sound!! Mannytoba Hospitalss ran outta room to care fore so many sick Hu’manss!!
                An LadyMew knowss 13 peepell who lsoted their livess to Covid an not all had health trubbell…..
                Yore werdss meened THE werld to us!!
                Did you see mews where Brazil has reeported 500,000 peepell are gone?? Iss so furry sad! LadyMew criess efurry nite….
                An shee sayss all littel Gravatarss are showin guud fore us here! 😉
                **purrss** BellaDharma

                • Leah says:

                  Oh that is so sad, LadyMew, hospital so crowded and so many people lost in so many places. Glad you are seeing the Gravatars, we still can’t see them here . . . but we did have the storm . . .

                  • It iss so mixed up that peepll inn our town have to go outta town to anoth erHospital fore treetmint. Sumhow efurryone iss werkin twogether an copin…our numburrss are sorta uppy-downy….today there are 11 casess inn Grey-Bruce Countiess (wee inn Grey an inn our town there are 5 mew casess!)
                    Our County total iss at 44 casess whih iss low but our Hi Risk ontact lsit iss 107 peepell need to bee tested!! Wee are inn Step 1 of ree-openin…… so wee mew there wuud be a spikey inn casess…..
                    LadyMew shee will stay viggylant an mask an wash her pawss…. 😉
                    An mee glad Claudette went away…..sorry yore havin trubbell with bloggie… 😦

  26. Dearest Leah,
    Your writing style is excellent and way beyond the ‘average’ book writing. It speaks for you to write from the heart and for being able to have your inner thoughts and feelings about, for and with your feline companions expressed!
    Yesterday I managed again to read some 10 pages of your lovely book, while waiting at Ortho Georgia for Pieter’s check up on his finger. What a joy for killing an hour of waiting time with something that is good for your soul.
    Wish I had more time but you most of all, understand what it takes to write something meaningful and for doing the research and putting the puzzle pieces together form videos made, leather diaries written, letters written to Mom & Dad and the scanned in slides and photos… It brings it all to life again and especially my husband Pieter enjoys re-living those precious times. AND in the end I have to write my love story about our six Mexican born/created felines that came home with us on a plane. The Momcat that is and we did not know she was pregnant… We kept all her babies after I’d assisted her giving birth in our guest bathroom (her choice!). Yesterday it is 8 years ago that our Sacha girl got killed by a car; no wounds but still she was dead:
    Big hugs,

    • Leah says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words about my book, Mariette, I appreciate it and I’m glad you are enjoying it! I do sometimes worry about my purple prose not being crisp enough for modern readers now that it’s out in the world. I had fun writing it and only thought about having fun while putting it together. It sounds like you are working on some intense projects and I do know how involved that can become. And it’s good you will write about the cats of course! They are all so different and I think they should be remembered, that was one reason I wrote my book, I was having memory blips and wanted the cats’ stories preserved. Sorry you and your husband are having to go through medical stuff, I have quite a bit ahead and it can be arduous. Also so sorry to hear of the loss of your Sacha, I did go read about her; she was such a beautiful kitty. I hope the memories and all those wonderful pictures you have of her are a comfort. Cheers and Purrs and Meows, Leah

  27. I still can’t decide who is cuter, Stripey or Lynx!

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you, nanasworldweb! I’d never be able to decide either! Two very different tabbies!

  28. All of my cats have come from the streets, except one. I have been a cat magnet my entire life, but sometime in my late 20s it became evident that I was meant to do more than just pet them. I’ve spent my adult years TNRing, and finding homes for those adoptable. I’ve rescued over 100 out of my own pocket, and am blessed to have been financially able to do so. Now with 14 under my roof, most of them seniors, I’m winding down but never say never. I love your blog. Kimberley Koz,

    • Leah says:

      Kimberly, thank you for your kind words about my blog, I’m happy you like it!
      You have a really impressive record of rescuing kitties, TNRing, and finding homes for them! We have placed some found kitties in other homes over the years but not as many as you have. I try to network when possible now but I can’t do as much as I’d like to, but if any more turn up at the door we will network with local cat advocates, so many are trying to take care of the stray and feral cats here now.
      Your blog looks fantastic! I’m going to check it out more as time opens up, I have a busy several days ahead but I will explore it soon!

  29. What a fantastic post. Thank you for being a voice for cat adoption.

  30. Great selection of photos and thoughts about cats today. Took a bit of time to put together I can tell. Mine are all rescued by me one way or another. I can’t get near the one in my photo post today who has been coming around for years believe it or not. Someone is feeding him for sure.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Greg, the kitties and I are glad you enjoyed the post! It did take awhile, I don’t do anything quickly these days, lol. I bet someone is feeding the kitty you see who keeps coming around.

  31. Caren says:

    lovely post! One of my cats came to us from the streets, the last two were both adopted 🙂

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you, Caren!
      All of us who adopt from shelters and rescue groups and take in street cats are getting phenomenal kitties! Rescue cats rock!

  32. This is a nice tribute to your book, and to all kitties, who need to find their forever homes. Before we had a dog,and a fence,some kitties came to our den, too…How DO they know??

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Ingrid for all your kind words, I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures! Indeed it is a mystery as to how kitties do seem to know whose house to go to!
      Congrats on being a double firstie on the Teaser this week!

  33. What a lovely post – thank you for your kitty blog (especially for those of us who can’t have kitties anymore – my M developed a severe allergy). Much appreciated. 🙂

    • Leah says:

      Lynette I’m very happy you enjoyed our kitties, I enjoy trying to get pictures and record the stories about them and I’m always glad when someone else enjoys my efforts too! I’m so sorry that allergy mean you can no longer have cats.

  34. I too wonder about cats and their relationship with us humans. Take Leroy, who, as I write this, is lying beside me enjoying chin scritches. This time last year he’d come to the house and be seen but not touched. Now there’s another outside. Pretty sure he’s a tom. He comes up to eat but doesn’t want me to see him yet. I’m feeding him though, and I’m also looking for a feral neuter clinic to get him in.

    • Leah says:

      There is so much to wonder about Jen, for sure! And Leroy made a fast turnaround! I have seen untouchable ferals become lap cats fairly quickly but I’ve also seen it take many years. Hopefully this new tom will be one of those fast learners too!

  35. meowmeowmans says:

    All of our cats have been rescues, and so many of the cats at PAWS are found as strays. Cats are quite wise, and I believe on some level, they often know who or where to go for help. Thank you for being a beacon of safety and love for those kitties!

    • Leah says:

      It’s wonderful to hear about your kitties being rescues, meowmeowmans! And your work at PAWS and your posts featuring kitties in need of homes are marvelous too! Back atcha about helping cats, they do indeed have some ways of knowing how to find those who will help them!

  36. I LOVE reading your posts and the photos of your cats Leah. Your pets have such character and it is expressed in your writing and their photos. I also appreciate your visits and your comments on the posts.

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you so much for all your kind words! It’s my pleasure visiting your posts, I really enjoy your kitties and doggy Cinnamon and all your photos and humor!

  37. 15andmeowing says:

    We got most of our cats the same way- drop offs or from people who call us because they know we will give a cat good home. Lynx, Spooky, Boss, Franklin, Stripey and Moonpie are all blessed and so darn cute- Shelly too. XO

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you Ellen, we appreciate it! And I knew you could relate to this, as many of your kitties were found kitties too! XO

  38. A man once told me that he didn’t like cats because all they do is eat and sleep, and they have no personalities.! Obviously he just didn’t know cats. They are so interesting and unique!

    • Leah says:

      I agree, Mary, cats have wonderfully expressive faces and many ways they communicate! And, they are all so different!

  39. Penny Clements says:

    Cats are all different with different personalities. I Love how it is demonstrated in the book Catwoods and also in other posts. There are 4 ferals who come to eat. I leave food and fresh water every day because some rats and mice are poisoned. They usually bring them to my door.
    I know I’ll never pet some of them, but I love them anyway.
    Thanks for these posts💖

    • Leah says:

      The kitties sure are all different Penny, and thank you for your kind words about my book and posts. That is so wonderful that you feed the ferals! And yeah, I would sure worry about the possibility of poisoned rats and mice. We’re feeding a few ferals too, the mom of The Kittens and a possible dad and Uncle Jack, and one is becoming much friendlier . . . and like you, we love them too, even without being able to pet them.

  40. Beautiful babies. Life without cats is just unimaginable, isn’t it?

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you, Mochasmysteriesandmeows! You are so right, I just couldn’t imagine living without kitties!

  41. Brian says:

    Such sweeties! Yep, cats seem to find us where ever we go and we’re pretty happy about that!

    • Leah says:

      The kitties and I thank you Brian! Cats do seem to know who to approach and it sure does make life marvelous when they do!

  42. Cate says:

    I especially like the Moonpie stretch, and Spooky Girl on the microwave!

    • Leah says:

      Cate, thank you, the kitties and I appreciate it! Those girl kitties don’t seem to get into an unusual pose as often as the boys do, but when they do, it’s usually an interesting one!

  43. Correne says:

    Lovely photos. All but one of my cats over the years came to my door looking for a home. I find myself looking out the window sometimes wondering if another one will show up.

    • Leah says:

      Thank you Correne, the kitties and I appreciate it! The kitties do seem to know whose door to go to, don’t they!

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  45. John says:

    Your cats are all so beautiful, Leah! I enjoyed reading this very much. This post has me wondering how the stray/feral cats are dealing with our intensely hot summers. This is why if I do have a cat someday I will adopt a cat, not purchase from a store. Be well, Leah. 😊😻

    • Leah says:

      John, thank you, the kitties and I appreciate it! I worry about the kitties in the heat too, though here, we are cooler than usual this year . . . Good for you about adopting a kitty, a shelter or rescue is a good place to find one. In my area, we are behind in getting all kitties on the streets spayed and neutered; they always walk up and though I highly endorse going to a kill shelter to adopt, I’ve never actually been to one for that purpose. All the best to you!

  46. I so enjoy your posts! Please scrunch all willing furry heads for me.
    I can go backward only in memory and mood … but I do go back at odd moments to the years I was the sole human in this abode, caring for a multiplicity of felines who sought me out in one way or another. Those were the days! Applause to you for all you’re doing to help cats.

    • Leah says:

      Thanks so much Jazz, I’m happy you like the posts! I’m glad you can look back on life with cats, and good for you also, being there to help the kitties! I partly began writing about them, and including other things, not just cats, because I was having some memory problems here and there so I wanted to get it down before it went away. And it really did help me stitch some recall together. As it’s now harder for me to learn new ways of doing things, my impulse was to write long sentences like Faulkner’s and it’s challenging to break those up.
      I will certainly give the kitties some attention from you!

  47. Timothy Price says:

    You kitties are look cool cat cool in the heat. They are all beautiful.

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