|Mrs. Gray hangs out a garden in Walnut|
Mrs. Gray is a little gray cat who lives in Walnut. Kathy first "met" her in the late summer of 2011. It was brought to her attention that there was a mother cat with five babies, living under an unoccupied home in town. Although they weren't causing any real nuisance, the babies would cross the busy street and mama was searching for food in some unsavory places. Not the best nourishment or environment for this little family.
WIFCaP was in the very beginning stages of formation and Mrs. Gray and her babies seemed the purrfect project to get the organization off the ground! Mama and babies were extremely fearful and had little or no exposure to the operations of humans or TNR. They had no clue what walking into a baited trap might mean. It was fairly easy to trap all six and hustle them in for their "spa treatment". To WIFCaP, a spa treatment, includes spay or neuter, rabies and CRV vaccinations, a left ear crop (for identification purposes) and any other treatment the cats require.
|This is Jenny...one of Mrs. Grays babies|
As is the purpose of TNR, this little "colony" has decreased in numbers. Where there used to be six, there are now two.
Mrs. Gray and her daughter Zeva have been the only two "residents" at Mrs. Grays for quite some time now. The others have moved on. Perhaps they are living in other parts of town or, sadly, perhaps some other event has happened that ended their lives. It is estimated that outdoor community cats live an average of 2 years.
But Mrs. Gray and Zeva live a happy and contented life in Walnut. They have become somewhat Internet stars, especially Mrs. Gray.
|Our beloved Mrs. Gray|
She has become the poster child of TNR for WIFCaP and she has fans around the world. Kathy takes many pictures and short videos during her visits with Mrs. Gray and the process of turning a frightened feral cat into a loving, trusting little soul has been a treat and blessing to all who have watched the transformation. Those of us that know and love her even sport fan bracelets that promote TNR and read " I love Mrs. Gray". After nearly 3 long years, these two gorgeous ladies decided to follow Kathy home and now reside on her front porch for most of the day. It's much easier to feed them daily outside her front door! Mrs. Gray and Zeva trust more as time goes by, but they are still not pet, tame, domesticated animals. They have a built in defense system that springs into action at any quick movement or noise. The ladies will enjoy their outdoor life, with as much safety as can be managed.
|Zeva is finally trusting!|
Both Mrs. Gray and Zeva will now crawl onto Kathy's lap when she is relaxing on the porch swing, but picking up is still not an option! They will now also enjoy the company of visitors (at a distance) and Mrs. Gray will even offer her friendship to those she chooses.
|The first time both ladies greeted Kathy from the porch!|
UPDATE: Summer 2014 - Mrs. Gray found herself wounded and in trouble. Being feral made it difficult for her to be taken to a vet for treatment and so the trusty drop trap was utilized. It appeared her tail had either gotten caught in something or another animal had chased her and caught her by the tail. In any event, the about half of her tail had to be removed. She healed well and we continue to love our stubby tailed little girl!
|Zeva and Mrs. Gray enjoy a headbutt and whisker kiss!|
|Mrs. Gray in her cat tree!|