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Two feral cats, a mother and her son, had been roaming around a neighborhood for over a year. A family decided to help them out. This is how far they have come since then. It was with a lot of patience and love. “I don’t usually do albums, but it marks a year since this choice and I just can’t believe the first picture compared to the last picture,” they wrote. (via imgur)

“The Calico had been seen around the neighborhood for over a year, but no one knew about her kitten until we saw it run from behind our air conditioner back to wherever they were sheltered (later found to be under a neighbor’s rear, elevated patio). We were feeding them from that point on regularly, and had a security camera pointing out at the area to observe them.”

feral cat one year transformation

First trip to their new home: “After a major snowstorm we decided we had to at least trap them for the sake of getting them shots and spayed/neutered & perhaps bring them to a no-kill animal rescue place near us. Thankfully (and surprisingly), mom and and son both tested perfectly healthy. (Aside for the expected fleas, which were treated) We decided at that point we had to take them in, and mom was spayed immediately following her clean bill of health.”

feral cat one year transformation

“We have an unused room which was where our two new additions stayed until we were certain the fleas were dead and the standard “De-worming” medicine we were provided would be effective. They hid under the dresser in the room, but were very quick to use the litterbox we provided for them. They ate regularly, and our security camera placed in the room caught many instances of them playing around overnight. Mom hissed at us a lot but never attacked. Her son was just very timid, but we got a wand toy for him which helped with his reluctance toward movement.”

feral cat one year transformation

“When the sun began coming in the back doors in the spring, no one was happier than mom & son. They basked in the sunbeams, leading to this amazing picture we absolutely love. They still ran from us if we got too close, but at this point they were camped out under our bed. We found that really funny, as they were scared of us, but spent a lot of their time sleeping directly underneath us.”

feral cat one year transformation

1 Year on Son: “Son is still very scared of us when he is out from under the bed. He comes out a lot and goes everywhere in the house and plays with the other cats. When he is under the bed, we can reach in and pet him non-stop and he purrs and rolls around. Our belief is he still believes at this point he is a very tiny kitten, and is not — in fact — an 8lb tomcat.”

feral cat one year transformation

1 Year on Mom: “The biggest surprise is Momma, Momma comes out every time we go upstairs in order to be pet. She’s still very timid when we’re “vertical”, but when we’re sitting on the steps she rolls around chirps at us to be pet. She just went for her booster shots, and has gained 1.5lb since we took her in and has one of the smoothest coats our vet has seen.”

feral cat one year transformation

“There’s still a long way to go with both of them, but we are both very patient and loving with them and are thankful every day it is freezing, snowy, windy, rainy, etc. that they are healthy and warm.

Taking in ferals is not something done for immediate love and companionship. For us, it’s just the knowledge they are safe and healthy, have other cats they get along amazingly with (thankfully), and generally appear happy with their new situation that make us happy to have them in our family.”

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In Rome, many stray and feral cats have found a haven amid the ruins at Torre Argentina. The Julius Caesar’s assassination site has been turned into a cat sanctuary for many homeless cats.

The Torre Argentina Roman Cat Sanctuary spay and neuter these cats and keep them healthy and fed. “People are interested more in the cats than in monuments,” says Lia Dequel, one of the shelter’s founders. “The two together are fantastic… because monuments come alive if you see a cat lying on it, or jumping from one pillar to another.” (npr)

Torre Argentina is home to about 250 feline friends, sheltered amongst the oldest temples in Rome (400-300 BC). Seven days a week volunteers from different countries, feed, clean and look after them.

In 2012 alone, they spayed and neutered 3013 cats as well as 125 cats placed in homes.

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feral stray cats in rome ruins

feral stray cats in rome ruins

feral stray cats in rome ruins

feral stray cats in rome ruins

feral stray cats in rome ruins

feral stray cats in rome ruins

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Visit Torre Argentina Roman Cat Sanctuary at their website.

What would you do if you found 175 cats living along a popular hiking/biking trail? That’s what a group of volunteers from San Francisco bay area faced back in 2004.

“They dedicated themselves to getting all the cats spayed/neutered to humanely stop their population from growing. They also began rescuing kittens and friendly adult cats and finding them homes. A feeding program was quickly developed, complete with feeding stations built by fantastic Homeless Cat Network volunteers, which were placed well away from wildlife habitats,” Project Bay Cat wrote.

“It’s not your typical colony. Unlike most feral cats, who live in the shadows, at Project Bay Cat they’re right out in the open. Living along a popular recreation trail, hundreds of runners, kiteboarders, bikers, and walkers see the cats every day. It’s hard to miss the cats when they’re lovingly wrapping tails around one another and posing on the rocks beside the sparkling bay with a picturesque bridge glowing in the background,” said Cimeron Morrissey, writer of Catster.

“It takes a community to take care of community cats. It’s not the cats’ fault that they ended up living outdoors, and it’s not the most ideal life for them, so it’s up to compassionate people to make it right,” says Project Bay Cat’s director, Mary Macdonald. “The colony is shrinking, and one day there won’t be any more cats at Project Bay Cat, which is all part of responsibly managing a colony. But until then, we’ll work hard to make sure that no other cats are abandoned and that those who remain in the colony get the care, love, and kindness they deserve, so they can live out their lives in peace.” (Catster)

You won’t believe how far some of these feral kitties have come ever since thanks to Project Bay Cat.

Flo and Red sunbathing by the bay

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Photo by: Robert Barbutti

All the cats are spayed/neutered. They rescue kittens and friendly adult cats and find them homes.

Project Bay Cat Helps San Francisco Bay's Rock-Dwelling Kitties
Photo by Robert Barbutti

“Speckles has learned that if she accompanies her volunteers on the walk to her feeding station, she gets first crack at the wet food. Smart kitty!”

Project Bay Cat Helps San Francisco Bay's Rock-Dwelling Kitties
Photo by Project Bay Cat

At the feeding station, Happy Feet enjoys a wet food appetizer while volunteer Tony refills food and water bowls.

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Photo by Rhonda Van

“Years ago, Comfort was terrified of people; who would have guessed we’d someday be getting pictures like this? It’s all thanks to the love and endless patience of our volunteers.”

Project Bay Cat Helps San Francisco Bay's Rock-Dwelling Kitties
Photo by Project Bay Cat

“Hard to believe that only a year ago, Target was so shy that you’d only catch glimpses of her as she made stealthy, covert trips to the food bowl. Now she’s turned into a Love-Seeking-Missile who often intercepts volunteers on the way to her feeding station, hoping to be petted. Just look at that smile! Looks like she accomplished her mission.”

Project Bay Cat Helps San Francisco Bay's Rock-Dwelling Kitties
Photo by Project Bay Cat

Croucher gives a volunteer her very best head-bumps and lots of love!

Project Bay Cat Helps San Francisco Bay's Rock-Dwelling Kitties
Photo by Project Bay Cat

“Buster. As soon as the camera comes out, he climbs farther away on the rocks and closes his eyes. No amount of whistling or shaking the treat bag will help. But he somehow knows the instant the camera is put away… and then his eyes pop open, he comes close again, and naturally he starts doing something adorable.”

Project Bay Cat Helps San Francisco Bay's Rock-Dwelling Kitties
Photo by Project Bay Cat

Diamond and Funny Girl like the rest of the community cats there are affectionate with one another.

Project Bay Cat Helps San Francisco Bay's Rock-Dwelling Kitties
Photo by Project Bay Cat

With her happy tail held high, Teddy welcomes a volunteer.

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Photo by Carolyn Allmacher

One of their volunteers built this cinderblock bridge for the cats. “Even when the waterway flooded last winter, the cats still had a way to get to the feeding station from the sheltered area where they sleep.”

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Photo by Project Bay Cat

They wanted to see what the Bay Cats would think about cardboard boxes…. this happened :).

Project Bay Cat Helps San Francisco Bay's Rock-Dwelling Kitties box
Photo by Project Bay Cat

“Rise and shine! The minute Long Socks and TimmyBob wake up, they always start their day with head-bumps and love.”

Project Bay Cat Helps San Francisco Bay's Rock-Dwelling Kitties
Photo by Project Bay Cat

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A colony of feral cats from Brooklyn find cozy refuge in a Christmas Nativity Scene and bring delight to the neighbors. Annette and Sue, two sisters, have placed the nativity scene in a lot next to their home for almost a decade.

“People love it, but they really get a laugh out of the cats,” Sue Amendola said. (DNAinfo.com)

A group of feral cats find cozy refuge in the nativity set out by two sisters.

Feral Cats Find Cozy Refuge In Nativity Scene In Brooklyn

The lot has become home to these feral cats for many years

Feral Cats Find Cozy Refuge In Nativity Scene In Brooklyn

During the warmer months, the creche is placed in the back of the lot, and the cats live there too.

Feral Cats Find Cozy Refuge In Nativity Scene In Brooklyn

Feral Cats Find Cozy Refuge In Nativity Scene In Brooklyn

Neighbors love both the scene and its furry companions.

Feral Cats Find Cozy Refuge In Nativity Scene In Brooklyn

Source: DNAinfo. Also seen on Buzzfeed.

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These beautiful feral cats cared by Homeless cat network on the San Francisco Peninsula show so much love and affection to each other.

Homeless Cat Network wrote: “Most people don’t realize that community cats often have very strong and loving relationships with kitties in their colonies. Prepare your heart to melt as you watch the Project Bay Cat kitties show how much they adore each other.”

It’s bitter cold in Montreal. These two feral cats have taken refuge in a family’s solarium. The father of the family came up with an ingenious idea to keep the mom cat and her kitty warm and cozy.

“They’ve been around since last summer, but only in the yard and behind the shed. We started feeding them a little. First time they get so close… My parents did all the job, my dad is retired and I think he’s having fun taking care of them,” said reddit user trollivier.

Freezing temperature  in Montreal (-33 Celsius or -27.4 Fahrenheit with windchill). Feral cat mom and her kitty found refuge in the family’s solarium.

cute feral cats shelter to stay warm

They wouldn’t let anyone near them. When the family tried to approach them, they ran, so they kept the door open for them.

cute feral cats shelter to stay warm

They offered them food…

cute feral cats shelter to stay warm

As long as they keep themselves behind the patio door, the kitties trust them.

cute feral cats shelter to stay warm

The solarium is still pretty cold, but much better without the wind.

cute feral cats shelter to stay warm

They installed a heating lamp and gave the kitties a hot cozy blanket fresh out of the dryer to keep them warm.

feral cats stay warm

cute feral cats shelter to stay warm

Photos by reddit user.

These two feral cats are spotted on a University campus in Shanghai. They follow each other wherever they go. They share food and warmth and lean on one another for love and comfort according to Jianfu. There is not a moment that they aren’t seen together. What an inspiring pair!

cute feral cats snuggling best friends
cute feral cats snuggling best friends
cute feral cats snuggling best friends

Photos by Jianfu.