1. Sue Fiorentini
    April 9, 2018 @ 10:45 am

    Thank you.


  2. Darling Lily
    April 9, 2018 @ 10:47 am

    I love all your magnificent beasties, especially your handsome grey lad; he reminds me of one of my own late lamented boys. I loved him so. I’m glad your boy found you!

    You’re doing a wonderful job with your fostering, and thanks for your work with TNR, to.


  3. Ross
    April 9, 2018 @ 10:49 am

    The Princess picture?

    F A B U L O U S!

    Well, I love them all!


  4. Sheila
    April 9, 2018 @ 10:51 am

    Love this! We were left with two pregnant momma kitties when we bought our farm 12 years ago. All babies, (and eventually the mommas) were caught, spayed/neutered and are all still with us. We feed them good quality cat food and in return we have zero mice and snakes. A small price to pay, and that comes with furry cuteness and no vermin.


  5. Toni
    April 9, 2018 @ 10:58 am

    I’ve always been an animal lover and definitely always have had our cats and dogs neutered. Your dedication is inspiring. I’m embarrassed to say I never thought of catching a cat and neutering it and then letting it go. Please tell me, what does “tipping the ear” do? Or is that an identification of a neutered animal? I just hadn’t heard of that before? Thanks for your good information.


  6. Benita
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:06 am

    I just love you!


  7. judy
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:08 am

    hang in there VEB,Spring is on its’ way and there will be Dalias! We had such a sad experience with our feral cat of many years. She had just started coming indoors with the cold of January-braving a 175 lb rottweiler,very tense acclimation period but worked out surprisingly well in a short time. GreyC showed up with a lump behind her ear that according to web was probably an infected wound. We managed to get some triple antibiotic cream and neosporin on it but kept growing larger. I did not believe I could ever get her to a Vet-just way too suspicious and skittish,however it became so invasive to her eye that I and my adult son managed to get her into a carrier and to the Vet. The growth was-sadly cancer and after sedating her and xrays the vet said she would treat it if treatable and euthanize her if not. So GreyC was at least relieved of her pain. My point in relating this is.. FYI -feral cats can be handled and treated even though it seems impossible. I find myself looking outside for her every day…RIP GreyC. We loved you.



  8. Allie
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:11 am

    What attractive cats. I particularly like the picture of the cat entwined with the gilded mirror – I love a cat that appreciates GFTs. Happy Monday, xAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com


    • April
      June 21, 2018 @ 6:29 pm

      Dobra dan from Zagreb, Croatia, where I’m at the end of a vacation! Part of the trip involved 3 days in Kotor, Montenegro, where the unofficial symbol is the cat. There are cats here, there, and everywhere in Kotor. Stores full of cat chachkies. A Cat Museum. Cats on sidewalks, porches, benches, walls, tabls, windowsills…. CATS EVERWHERE!!

      I knew this would be a difficult city for me to visit, and made up my mind in advance that I would hook up with a spay/neuter group (TNR? non-T NR? low income NR? made no difference), donate my chachki, gift, and souvenir money for the trip, offer support for the future. Hoped to be a decent tourist, and not just to feed the cats.


      I found ONE certified, real-deal cat lady who, in addition to feeding, is actually taking cats to be spayed and neutered. She gave me the name of the vet who does them relatively low-cost for her, and loaned me a carrier so I could round up a friendly little unneutered male where I was staying.

      Since I was leaving town, the sisters who managed the house where we stayed agreed to take the little guy in for the neuter, (plus shots, flea treatment, etc.), talk to their vet about also doing low cost spays and neuters, and set up a system where by donations could be safely accepted and applied to spay/neuter surgeries.

      I learned alot from the sisters. Caring for the community cats is strictly frowned on locally. Corruption is rampant. There are very few vets in the area….

      But one had lived abroad for many years, and worked with a spay/neuter group. She was a wealth of information. And so it goes: one cat neutered; surgery prices arranged; another cat lady hoping to spay/neuter identified. Some TNR basics to build on.

      I gave my husband (who stayed home caring for our critters) an anniversary gift I know he loved: pictures of little “our” little Luka before and after surgery, and the promise that he would not be traveling home with me.

      I’d like to challenge all of VEB’s devoted followers to make a local spay/neuter program a part of any vacation they take!


  9. S Roche
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:21 am

    OMG…..I just got “Bermuda” TRIANGLE…


  10. Vickie H.
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:21 am

    I could not love you more or be more proud of you if I had given birth to you myself! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do for these sweet animals! I love the seniors, too…..!


  11. Heidi
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:24 am

    We adopted 2 brothers from the shelter last summer. They are 11yrs old. They transitioned so easily into our home & family, that it feels like we’ve had them for years. They are the sweetest kitties and we couldn’t have made a better choice!!!!


  12. Flip Breskin
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:28 am

    Hooray! And thank you.


  13. Katherine Howley
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:28 am

    Please! Please! Please! Cats are killers and are wreaking havoc on our songbird population. I am not saying ban cats or poison feral cats. They are awesome house pets, but belong in the house. Otherwise they are an invasive, predatory specie. We can get rid of feral cats with catch, neuter and release programs (like you’ve mentioned here) and by neutering our pets but right now, if we could just start keeping our sweet, fluffy, invasive little killers inside.
    It’s not just gross when they “bring you a gift”, it’s destructive.


  14. Emily
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:29 am

    My cat is so skittish that there’s no way I can consider bringing in another cat. He seems to be fond of me, sometimes now, and even has begun to tolerate other people, but any sudden noise puts him on full alert, even if it’s a sound he hears all the time. Alas. I’d love to foster kitties! And yes, kittens are cute but demanding! Boy, I do love you.


  15. Rikki Van Camp
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:39 am

    Big Head Ted, Miss Fry, Chip, Weasel, Russell, Fancy, Brad.

    These are my formerly ferals. One by one they came…and stayed. (However Miss Fry was a foster and she stayed too long for me to be able to say goodbye)

    They are all now members of a new and carefree tribe (a spayed and neutered one). A close knit tribe with all the food, water …and smooching …they want.

    They have their own barn where they pass the daytime hours in sunny slumber, should they desire, and they have my home in which to spend their nights …in a sizable and snoring furry cat lump on my leather furniture. …Beautiful furniture i would love to look at …but alas, it is covered with cat blankets.

    How could i ask them to lay on slick cool leather i say to you?

    It is a delightful feeling to know i can offer a permanent home so they need wander no more.

    They are the lucky ones…and so am i.


  16. Becki
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:52 am

    Thank you. Too often the adult cats are overlooked. We just adopted a 2 year old cat (2 isn’t even old!) who had sat in the shelter for a YEAR because he wasn’t a kitten. He’s the friendliest guy you’ll ever meet, and like you said, adult cats are zero work compared to kittens!


  17. Val
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:54 am

    “We’re like The Knights of the Round Table, but with pajama pants and oversized handbags.”
    Possibly the best quote ever 🙂


  18. Jan Goad
    April 9, 2018 @ 11:56 am

    I’m an old lady who loves old cats AND old dogs. My oldest kitty is beautiful Blossom, adopted at 15 and now approaching 24 years. Seniors are THE BEST. Babies are cute and funny but seniors know the score, enjoy the creature comforts offered and show their acceptance of the human providing them with purrs and head-butts. Welcome to the Old Cat Lady Club. We are a blessed bunch!


  19. Joanne
    April 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

    Been doing TNR in my New Orleans neighborhood for a year or so now. Finally trapped the guy I named Harvey Weinstein (for obvious reasons!) and got him neutered -you’re welcome every female kitty in a 10 block radius!
    It’s a never ending process here but it’s so worth it to know these babies will not keep having more babies. As I tell the gals that I catch- This is a feline version of being pro- choice. It’s my choice for you to have a better life.
    I have a front porch kitty or 3 as well! Main one is sister to my 2 feral back porch kitties who seem to have banned her from their club.
    Keep up your efforts in PA!


  20. Mary Pfaff
    April 9, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

    Where can you get heated mats? I am not familiar with them. Good job with taking care of all those kitties!


  21. Ally
    April 9, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

    I have TNR several cats over the years, including some that ‘belonged’ to negligent neighbors. I plan on being a foster once my current old gal lives her life. She is too persnickety to get along with others and I just want her to live in peace. I’m not sure how it’s done elsewhere, but here in Tampa, there are two places that do TNR at extremely low price. Animal Coalition of Tampa and The Humane Society of Tampa. We also have a group called Ferrel Feline who has a lot of people who trap cats each week. Tampa is very overrun with ferrel cats. I’m glad to see you voice the TNR needs for the kitty population.


  22. Martha
    April 9, 2018 @ 12:04 pm

    Great article. Thank you for doing TNR and everything else you do to help the kitties!


  23. Susie Durrschmidt
    April 9, 2018 @ 12:16 pm

    Your cats are beautiful! Can’t wait to meet #4. I now live fully understanding those signs I used to see along the way “your outfit isn’t complete unless covered in cat hair” and “cats are like potato chips, you just can’t have one”.


  24. Nonya B.
    April 9, 2018 @ 12:21 pm

    I’m on a fastrack to cat-ladydom as I work with 2 local TNR groups and help maintain a half dozen feral colonies. Kitten season came early because of the summer-like heat all winter here in CA, so our colonies are crawling with baby fluffyness and our trappers barely have time to sleep!
    Having 4 of my own “unadoptable” house lions (2 are special needs with CH, another with asthma) pretty much the only gifts I receive anymore are objects with cats on them. I’m being forced into Cat Lady status by kitschy default! I plan on opening an Instagram museum of Kitty Kat Kitsch, lol!
    Thank you for raising awareness to TNR needs and for your wildly entertaining blog!


  25. Lindsay
    April 9, 2018 @ 12:59 pm

    Thank you for your dedication to this, VEB. It’s clear that you walk the talk, as you are willing to bring in feline after feline IN SPITE of all the lovely gilded and velvety things in your home. Priorities. Keep up the good work.


  26. Lisa D.
    April 9, 2018 @ 1:36 pm


    Please tell me where you got your shirt.


  27. Lisa Smith
    April 9, 2018 @ 1:40 pm

    Thank you for loving the adults and seniors. I am an Old Dog Lady myself. I have a rescue for geriatric, special needs and hospice pugs. We currently have 13 pugs, one ancient pekingese and the oddball heeler/shepherd mix who has made it her job to tend to her herd of pugs.

    They live with us in our home and due to the unpleasant fact that most are incontinent, and they consume all of my money, it requires me to abstain from ultra-fancy in favor of easy to clean. So my love of huge, heavy and old things has focused on the Craftsman era. Craftsman = sturdy and easy to clean! My heart goes aflutter at the sight of quartersawn oak or oversized mahogany. I need a bigger house because I simply have no more room for the next fabulous two ton humongous piece of loveliness…..and I need more squishy-face old dogs.


  28. Melanie Plum
    April 9, 2018 @ 1:44 pm

    I hope you follow KittenxLady (Hannah Shaw) on instagram! You two remind me so much of each other…except maybe without the GFTs 🙂


  29. Ann
    April 9, 2018 @ 2:44 pm

    To show you how pathetic I am, I tried to click on “shirt with cats on it” thinking there would be a link. I am so happy that you are helping these kitties. I have helped a few over the years, but have retired from the business. Although, I still become extremely excited when a cat occasionally cuts across our back yard. Luckily, we don’t see many stray cats around these parts anymore.


  30. Lisa W.
    April 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

    I am with you . I feed strays and have done so for years. I catch and find homes for the ones that I can ( which have been many ) and I have proper subzero housing in my yard available for those that want it . All are neutered or spayed . There are very few left now … but I will continue on … because more poor , desperate souls will show up . Thanks for spreading the word and for doing all that you do for animals ! It’s truly wonderful !


  31. dee
    April 9, 2018 @ 3:44 pm

    Love how involved you are and how you take the time to “spotlight” issues like this………keep it up! You are a wonderful soul to give your love to orphans and then let them go to forever homes, as well as reminding people how wonderful older cats can be. I cannot imagine a life without animals…….my rescue cats and dogs……they will always repay me with unconditional love, and all it took was an open heart. I hope others will read your posts and be encouraged to make a difference in an animals life, get involved and adopt, foster or support their local shelters.


  32. Vicky Evans
    April 9, 2018 @ 3:48 pm

    Why do you tip their ears? Just wondering. I had someone bring a found female kitten to me a couple years ago. I kept her inside & was saving up to get her fixed (full price) when she went into heat. She clawed her way through the upstairs window screen & jumped 2 tall stories down (I live in an old victorian house with 12 ft ceilings) to go get laid. Next thing I had 5 kittens, she birthed 4 & my vet asked me to foster a new born with no mama. My vet had a spay neuter clinic charging only $20 a cat so I got everybody fixed. I feel responsible for them entering the world so I have kept them all. I now am the crazy cat lady with 7 cats total. Also 3 dogs all rescues, 1 a huge Great Pyrenees. Yes, I am officially nuts. Love my animals.


  33. Amy Stees
    April 9, 2018 @ 4:24 pm

    What does tipping their ears do?


  34. Sunnie Mitchell
    April 9, 2018 @ 4:33 pm

    VEB, you are an absolute STAR – thank-you for your blog, your fostering kittens and seniors, the porch cats, and TNR. We do something of the same over here in Scotland (TNR). Off-topic (sort of) our neutered Si-Abby cross is 12 and has to be kept inside after murdering a neighbour’s 14yo rose parrot she’d left on the terrace with the cage door open – the last of too many kills. He still doesn’t like being on the permanent KASBO (Kat Anti-Social Behaviour Order, no such thing really but it’s what we tell him:) but the neighbourhood peace has been restored these past five years…


  35. Di Elliott
    April 9, 2018 @ 5:23 pm

    What a great person you are Ive fostered babies but with 3 adults of my own adult cats create difficult tensions.


  36. Pam H
    April 9, 2018 @ 5:35 pm

    Thank you! I’m another one who has caught, fixed and re-homed strays … or ended up with new house kitties! People are so irresponsible! I once had a cat that kept coming to visit … I found out where this very affectionate cat lived, and kept taking him back (without the collar with the bell, in a rural area full of predators) … they didn’t know/care that he had been gone for days, multiple times. The last time he came to visit, I gave him to a friend … and then found out his owners had moved and LEFT HIM! Argghhh … at least I got him into a good home!


  37. Mare
    April 9, 2018 @ 5:43 pm

    Good for you on the fosters and TNR, my vet does not tip ears ( to identify neutered cats) but puts a bit of tattoo ink under the skin under the sutures at closure. If you parted the fur on my white cats belly it was blue. Therefore, Lucy the blue-bellied sneetch ( Dr. Suess)


  38. Marianne in Mo.
    April 9, 2018 @ 6:10 pm

    Love that you are helping the cat community. We once had a neighbor who did TNR on a few kitties in our subdivision, however, she moved away. Happily, the cats continued to live around the area, and I would put out food for them until we no longer saw them around. Yes, they would catch birds and other critters, but I could handle that. Just knowing they were not killed just because they were not loved was a good thing. You are an old cat lady superhero in my eyes. Personally, we have a big stray dog problem here, so I support that effort and help the cats as well with funds. I’m not able to physically help otherwise, or I would be there in a flash!


  39. Kate
    April 9, 2018 @ 7:21 pm

    My shelter pup has a 1” long green stripe tattoo on his belly, indicating that he’s been neutered.


  40. Genevieve
    April 9, 2018 @ 8:18 pm

    Those are hardly a run-of-the mill cat shirt and fanny pack, Victoria. I like that, if you are going to embrace the stereotype, you are going to be absolutely fabulous about it.

    Also, YES!, please foster and adopt older animals (dogs and cats). They are usually so much easier than kittens and puppies, and often times, the information about their personalities which a foster parent can provide is the missing piece that “sells” them to their new families. Additionally, black cats and dogs of all ages sit in the shelters FAR longer than others. Foster and promote them, too!

    For those who cannot foster, shelters ALWAYS need volunteers to walk, play with, and care for the animals. Not your thing? What about doing laundry, writing social media posts, or filing paperwork? Shelters need help there, as well!

    Thank you, Victoria, for this wonderful post, and for continuing to raise awareness about animals in need!


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