Joan: I have feral cats!
had two babies and she looks pregnant again. I would
like to trap all three and daddy cat, if he comes around
again. I havenít seen him lately.
feed them? Or should I only feed the neutered ones? My
concern is, will this attract more feral cats?
thinks Iím asking for trouble.
Mary: You are asking for trouble, but youíve already
got it with a pregnant Mama Cat and her kittens. You
donít need to worry about attracting feral cats ó
they are reproducing in your yard.
capture the cats and have them neutered. There are
several groups that can help you with the neuter and
spay. You trap and they do the surgery and then return
them from whence they came.
the cats and kittens from reproducing will help ease
your burden greatly.
continue feeding them, you might attract more ferals.
You probably will. If you can manage to feed the ones
youíve got in a private, protected place, and then
pick up the food dishes as soon as they are done, that
will reduce the risk of attracting more cats and
wildlife to your yard.
be even better if the cats could be tamed and become
your pets. Not an easy task, but it would solve some of
your problems, and would be a great kindness to the
Joan: Would you know what the heck type of bird is
making very unusual sounds at 2 in the morning? This is
right outside my bedroom window and there are so many
different tunes and calls that I feel as if I am in an
funny because the bird changes its patterns over and
over; very meditating, I might add.
Gina: I suspect you have a lonely male Northern
mockingbird outside your window. Other than an owl or a
night hawk, thatís about the only bird that would be
up that early and the only one that would be so
season is drawing to a close, this fellow is still
looking for a mate or is a juvenile that is late to the
party. Male mockingbirds sing their hearts out hoping to
win the affection of a female, who chooses her partner
based on the quality and quantity of the songs. The more
tunes the mockingbird can work into his serenade, the
better. For him. Not a lot of people like to listen to
the mockingbird, especially at 2 a.m., so Iím happy to
hear you find it meditative.
season for mockingbirds is early spring and summer, so
your middle-of-the-night performer will likely pack up
his show fairly soon. In the meantime, enjoy.