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