Today, we have the feline family from the Cats at Wildcat Woods blog. Since they are a large family, the three oldest – Minnie, Yoko and Lily – volunteered as spokescats.
Top row left to right: Sam and Snowball, Tabitha, Only, Mamcita with Rosa
2nd row l-r: Minnie, Yoko, Darby, Norm
3rd row l-r: Al, Woody, Georgie, Lily
bottom row l-r: Smidge, Two Spot, Snowball and Sweetpea (small pics) and Ivy
Funny Farmer Felines: There are several of you kitties at Wildcat Woods. Would you like to introduce yourselves and your humans?
Minnie: In our home, age takes preference over all so Yoko at 20 gets the most attention and perks. Ivy, Sweetpea and myself come next at 14 and 15 years old. Darby is 13. Al, our deaf cat, is 9. Al is Pop’s special boy. Mamacita and Rosa are both 8 and the other white cats (plus two tabby cats), all from momcat Lily, are about 7 years old. There are now 18 of us. All but Chica and Yoko, the two oldest, were feral. Our beans are Mom Cheri and Pop.
Funny Farmer Felines: Does your mom have a nickname for any of you?
Yoko: We all have nicknames. Most of the time she just adds a cutesy syllable onto the name or shortens it – like with mine. She calls me Yokadoke, Yokie, Yoke.
Lily: Mom calls me Liwee or Lil and she calls Minnie Minna, Min or Minmin. She does get our names mixed up since there are so many of us!
Funny Farmer Felines: How did you all come to live together?
Yoko: Well, Angel Chica and I were living in Florida with Mom and Pop when they decided to move to the mountains of North Carolina. Mom found Chica at a shopping mall and I was a kitten they rescued from the local shelter. When they bought the farmhouse in NC, they found a group of feral cats living behind the house in the woods. Mom felt so bad for them since some were not healthy and there were so many of them. She worked with a local vet to get them all spayed and neutered. Of course, she began to feed them, made a shelter for them and took them to a vet when they were sick.
Minnie: I am from that first group of feral cats. I was run off by Ivy, the head female cat in the group, and was living across the street. Mom hated to see that so she brought me inside. Angel Joey, my litter mate, came in next. Eventually, the group was taken inside. Joey went to the Rainbow Bridge in Dec 2012 and Chica in March 2013.
Lily: This is where I come in. All the other cats were gone from the yard and it was winter. My kitten Snowball and I were starving and cold. The people who were feeding us left for the winter. Mom heard about us and put out food and made another shelter for us. I was already pregnant with Woody, Sam, Norm and Georgie. Mom tried to catch me in a humane trap but I was too smart. I had that litter and got pregnant again with Only, Two Spot, Smidge and Tabitha before she caught me! She got us all fixed kind of at once.
Yoko: Albert is a deaf blue-eyed white cat. He was found sitting along a busy highway as a tiny kitten, possibly tossed out of a car. He was sweet and cute, but has been a bit of a bully as he got older. He has to have his own room at this point because he terrorizes everyone else but he does love people.
Funny Farmer Felines: You have special indoor accommodations. Would you tell us about them?
Yoko: About this time Mom and Pop decided to move to another part of North Carolina, about 2 hours from where the farm house was. None of her old neighbors wanted to care for the white feral cats so she caught them all and brought them with her. It was a trip with 20 cats in PTUs in two cars for the move!
Lily: Pop built the younger cats a special house just for them out of a workshop/carport. We have an indoor room that is heated and insulated with lots of shelves ad chairs and snuggle places, food and litter boxes. Then we have a big screen porch which was the carport. This part is also reinforced with hogwire to keep bears out and us in since screens are not too strong. In winter they cover the porch up with glass windows and plastic sheeting so we can still see out but are protected from snow and cold.
Minnie: The older cats all live inside the house with Mom and Pop since most of us need special medicine, food. etc.
Funny Farmer Felines: Your mom was blogging a while before your blog began in 2009. Guess you kitties were just too irresistible not to blog about, so she opened Wildcat Woods. That’s an unusual name. Where did it come from?
Minnie: We started blogging about natural pet health in Sept 2008 and thru that found the other cat bloggers. The beans moved to acres of woods that sit above the road and goes to the top of the ridge. Around here people name their land or driveways. Mom came up with Wildcat Woods since we were all cats living in woods and there are bobcats around here (along with bears, coyotes, foxes and lots of critters.). Cats of Wildcat Woods began in Feb 2009 so we would be able to join in with the other cat blogs.
Funny Farmer Felines: Your mom must have a “green thumb” for raising kitties because you seem to live long. What is her secret?
Yoko: With Chica gone, I am the oldest now at 20. Chica was 22 so Mom does seem to have a secret but she does not know what it is. She does feed us with high quality food – Wellness canned. No dry food or treats. We go to a holistic vet who does not do vaccinations other than the basic ones initially, although Chica and I went to a regular vet in Florida and got our booster shots each year. It will be interesting to see how long the white cats live since they are the once who have been getting the better food, less vaccines and more holistic care since their younger years. Us older cats may have good genes.
Funny Farmer Felines: Every kitty likes to get into mischief.. What kind of mischief do you get into? Separately or together?
Lily: The older cats are sleeping most of the time but we do have mischievous kids among us. Woody likes to open the cabinet doors even tho they have child proof catches on them. You hear him bang, bang, bang trying to get them open. Mom will yell WOODY! and he will run off. We do like to run down the halls and then turn around and run back. Two Spot runs all over the screen porch on the upper shelves and down the walls across the floor and up again. He is pretty hyper!
Funny Farmer Felines: Do you belong to any clubs or groups? And does your mom help you participate in any of the blogging events?
Minnie: Tabitha, Woody and Yoko belong to the Tabby Cat Club.. Yoko, a torbie (tortoishell cats with a tabby pattern), is a member of the Ladies of Autumn. And we all got our badges to the Senior Kitty Klub a few years back, although some of us are now seniors that were not then.
Lily: Mom does try to take part in the special days on the CB. We don’t dress up and only a few of us will even let her put hats on us!
Funny Farmer Felines: Do you have any special plans for the future of your blog?
Yoko: Mom has been helping us blog less as we age since she works and we require more care and take up more of her time. We try to do at least one post a week and any special days like our Gotcha Days or Birthdays but she often forgets and we have to remind her at the last minute. ore photos there but will keep the blog going for a while to come.
Funny Farmer Felines: What do you like and dislike about blogging?
Minnie: Blogging has allowed us to meet so many other cats, dogs and beans. It is fun to keep up with other critters’ families all over the world.. We just wish there was a less time consuming way to leave comments and to keep up with everyone.
Funny Farmer Felines: What advice would you give to anyone just starting a blog?
Lily: Blogging keeps you young – Mom got her job as a social media manager in a gallery because she knew how to blog, do Facebook and Twitter – all because of us. So if you are older, starting a blog is a good way to learn new things, meet new friends and expand your world. Everyone is willing to share their experiences and what they have learned with others.
Funny Farmer Felines: We enjoyed this story., learning more about the kitties and the humans they know as their mom and pop. It takes a lot of love, courage and sacrificing to take on twenty cats at one time, especially as they age.
Visit Cats of Wildcat Woods where their blogging saga continues.