Morningside Park Cats
Back in January/February as I walked past the edge of the Morningside Park, I’d see some stray kittens.
They never came close to the fence and they minded their own business.
Then one day, I saw a woman putting food and water by the fence and I stopped to talk to her.
She obviously knew how to care for cats.
(overturned cat food on the ground)
She told me, however, that she didn’t know how to catch them.
She knew a vet who would examine them and give them medical care, while waiting for a family to adopt them.
She just needed to be able to catch them.
However, the cats would not come close to humans.
They stayed far away or ran in the opposite direction.
She asked if I could help her feed them.
She came twice a day and put food and water out there for them.
Although I’m a dog person and know nothing about caring for cats, I agreed.
I saw 11 kittens and at least 4 adult cats.
The lady told me that she normally fed them dry cat food.
But they loved canned food (which was more expensive, of course).
I stopped by the supermarket and went to buy some cat food.
I got dizzy. There were so many types of cat food.
I had no idea, which one to choose.
The dry cat food was the cheapest for the amount of food contained.
However, I wanted to treat the cats to something they really enjoyed,
So I looked at the canned/wet food.
Oh, what should I choose?
Did I mention I was getting dizzy?
This Fancy Feast sounded pretty fancy, indeed. Also expensive.
Should I choose 9 Lives?
I finally picked something I could afford.
For a few weeks, the kittens would only approach the food and water when I didn’t stand close to the fence.
Then, one day, this particular kitten approached the food, even though I was still in sight.
She must have been hungry because she didn’t wait for me to leave.
She ate the food but watched me closely.
I was mesmerized watching her eat.
She ate everything in the container and licked it clean.
The rest of the cats stayed in the distance and watched.
The cats were normally fast and I could never take a photo of them until now.
This white cat would always hide under a bush and watch.
The other day, I saw a man feeding the cats at another location in the park.
It was good to see someone else caring for the cats.
I’m glad spring is here, now.
The weather should be much favorable for these stray cats.
Perhaps, in the near future, someone will be able to catch the cats and find good homes for them.