May 25, 2006

So lets take it from the top..well start at the beginning or so. Backtracking I found out that I really didn’t introduce JCC cat by cat yet so heere’s Blacky! Blacky was the alpha male when we started trapping over two years ago. He’s a beautiful, large black cat. He seems to have fathered most of the colony, we have two of his kittens, almost identical to him in looks (same markings) and coat texture, even disposition.

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 It is about time I introduce the little ferals. Here’s Bibi le Bebe, he eventually became a barn cat. This June I’m featuring him and other kittens from around the world_Bibi was Nebraskan_ check out Ditto from Sweden, Nini from Argentina and others on many gifts. 

Paula

May 20, 2006

Here’s Paula (tabby on the right), her brood and others having breakfast. Paula didn’t grow old with us unfortunatly. She dissapeared about two months after we TNR’her. Only photo of Paula, I made this magnet to sell in “What the voiceless tell us” section in my store Cat Agora http://www.cafepress.com/marta 

Why it is called Juju

May 20, 2006

Or why the feral colony is called Juju Feral Cat Colony.

Juju was one of the original (at the time we took over TNR’ng etc) cats. She was born to the first queen, Paula, that we trapped. Paula was a very..um..special feral. She was friendly with us unless we looked at her directly, but so good I could pick her up to check her surgery and peek at her belly. At the time she wasn’t 1 year old yet but had a 7 mos litter of 4 kittens and had adopted another four their mother had abandoned, a bit younger, probably less than a month. Juju was one of the adopted kittens, she grew up to be “very feral”, hardly at the food dish unless people wasn’t around. So wily that she got pregnant before we could catch her. As her litter (Pau and Paul) grew up she tamed somewhat (I mean socialized) and would eat with the others then she and her kittens would take cover in a range repository. We eventually spayed her and she changed for the better. Then she was shot as she was eating with the others. So, so, so unfair (never fair of course, but she was doing better and some idiot decided to cut her life short) At least I could hold her when she died, I’ll never forget it.  And so I changed the colony’s name to Juju in her honor. I don’t have her photo except for a faraway snapshot and this ‘unknown feral cat’ that I posted in the web.

Juju Feral cat colony

May 20, 2006

Juju Feral Cat colonyAnd now for part of the cast of characters; here’s the feral colony; Juju Feral Cat Colony. I don’t know its origins..it seems there have always been cats around FPM inc. Some feral, some stray, some dumped, some roaming pets. Jon always fed them and naturally there’d be litters born now and again.

Intro

May 18, 2006

I called this AFTC because that is what it is..all my sites, stores and blog now are to help with our cat caretaking. I’m Marta AKA Tartarin; my husband Jon and I care for a small feral cat colony in Nebraska. Blacky accompanies Jon to the feeding station  The blog will be divided in several categories; All for the Cats, The Ferals, Our Housecats, Cat caregivers, My Stores..there might be others in the future too.

The ferals

Cat Caregivers

Our housecats

My Stores

 Please note that currently all categories might appear on Home page as you open it. You have to click on each (top, right) to see the individual post.