As a person who helps cats  – feral and domestic – rooms and spaces are super-important. This week’s photo challenge asks about rooms.

“Like a few other English wordsRoom means two contradictory things. It can be the four walls that enclose us, giving us shelter and comfort but also limiting our movement. It’s also the limitless space into which we can wander and which we can fill — or try to (think about that expression, “room to grow”).”

For a feral cat  who has been trapped so he or she can be neutered or cared for, it is a small trap, and putting a cover over the trap provides a safe space. This will be her room for a few days pre- and post-surgery.

Feral cat

 

Feral cats

If the feral needs care for more than a few days, we usually transfer them to a dog crate to give them space. Sometimes that space is used for hiding or simply cowering in a back corner. The room is only used in part.

Roger's crate

 

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Blackie's new digs

When the cats start climbing on the shelves – going up instead of hiding as far down as possible – confidence has been gained and the room gets used more fully.

Blackie

For other cats, like one of mine who HAS to have outdoor time, but annoys the neighbors, an outdoor room is perfect.

Hiros house

 

Hiro

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Room: Rooms for Cats

  1. Good for you for caring! Although I must admit your cat seems to think being outdoors should allow a bit more room to roam LOL!

    1. I’m sure Hiro would love more room to roam, but he has actually really calmed down since getting his own outdoor room, and sometimes he doesn’t even want to come in. So we have a good compromise!

  2. Your photo essay is very interesting, and informative. I love the outdoor room you have for your cats. And, by the way, I think what you’re doing with feral cats is so amazing — and you are to be commended for your generous time and effort. Thank you!

    1. Thank you…we are very glad to help the cats, and especially the ferals. Such a rough life they have.

  3. Good for you. We fostered several rescue dogs a few years ago and it was very rewarding. We’re renting now, so no pets. Maybe some day again.

    janet

    1. Fostering dogs is really a great gift to give…maybe again someday for you too.

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