This week’s photo challenge asks for pictures of what has been abandoned. These particular feral or community cats are not abandoned. They do have caretakers who have gotten everyone spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and medical problems handled, and they are fed daily. But some many colonies of community cats consist of cats who HAVE been abandoned.
People move and dump their cats on a colony they’ve seen. Or they don’t even move and they dump their cat because they just don’t want it anymore. One of my friends actually saw someone toss a very young female cat out their car window as they were driving on a busy road. You can tell these cats have been abandoned because they tend to be friendly and willing to be around people – like the people who tossed them out as if they were garbage. It breaks my heart, and the hearts of many, and it taxes those who care for outdoor cats as well.
This winter has been especially long and cold, and so hard on the community cats. Here are some pictures of a colony that is well cared-for, but living outside in the winter is still a very tough road.