Monday, February 28, 2011

Feral Cats - Winter Snow Photographs

The  feral cats that are in my care reside in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.  These cats take shelter in thicket dens and in the rock crevices.  

Here is a collection of some of my favorite winter photographs of the colony cats.   The cats were photographed after the February 2011 blizzard .  This arctic blizzard brought 22 inches of snow and ice to our area and extreme cold temperatures.  

The feral cats sought shelter in the woods, neighborhood sewers and few neighbors left their heated garages open a crack so the cats would have shelter from this brutal snow and ice storm.

 It snowed for three days and three nights and when it finally stopped the  Colony caregivers needed to rescue many of the feral cats from blocked sewer pipes, and snow encased thickets that trapped the cats exit. We took turns at digging out the cats as the windchill was 4 degrees. 

Photographs and text by Susan Golis ©

Cat tracks in snow
Adult feral cat crosses snow to get to thicket den

Path to feral cat feeding station

Feral cat eats first meal in 4 days (Cats were trapped in dens, we removed the snow and ice)
Feral cat looks thankful for the food

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