On the Cat Run

Blog author: 
Kay Rolfes

Many of the cats at Thundering Paws live in an area we call the cat run. It's a very comfortable place to be a cat. One whole side of the house and half of the front was expanded with a wide screen porch. There are plenty of food bowls and fresh water. There's also a cat door that goes into a room in the house for those times when it's cold or wet out on the run, but the cats mostly like to hang out where they can feel the breezes and watch the birds outside.

With the weather being so nice the last few days, it has been glorious out on the run. Kitties all over the run can do pretty much as they please. Hank likes to snooze on one of the sunny shelves up against the screen, or lounge on a carpeted ramp. Lilly enjoys sleeping on one of the huge cat trees. Harry Potter hangs around with his kitty friends and waits for the volunteers to come around. He likes to supervise while they do the chores.

One-eyed Zachary is usually hiding somewhere. He's a feral cat who was trapped and neutered. With just one eye, we did not want to release him back out into a feral colony. Instead, he's become one of our cat run cats.

The run is big enough and has an open feeling, which is perfect for those feral cats who would not be comfortable being confined inside the house. We also have patient and gentle volunteers who visit the cat run. It takes a little time, but most of the feral cats learn to trust people around the shelter.

Some of the cats on the run (like Zachary) are not adoptable because of their feral nature, but there are also lots of genuinely nice cats there who would make great house pets and would love to go home with you. Especially if you have a screened porch or a sunny window for them to lounge in!


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