Joni: Hi I'm the newest addition to the cat family. I'm feral and 10 years old. For the last several years a very nice old man was taking care of me and my buddy. He fed and watered us and let us in the house in bad weather. We had a cat door to come and go as we pleased, but we mostly stayed outdoors. One day there was no food or water and the cat door was locked. We were very sad.
Karen Jo: The nice old man went to Heaven.
Joni: The next day or so we found food in cages. We were so hungry that we went in and were caught. My buddy tested negative, but I tested positive, so we were separated. I was due to be packed off the the Rainbow Bridge because of my age and distrust of people, but Felines & Friends rescued me. There is a place in Utah for cats like me. A refuge for feral FeLV+ cats where we can run around outside all we want and F&F wants to send me there. The problem is that they are at capacity now and I have to wait. The only place F&F had for me was a cage, so Karen Jo got called in to help.
Now I have my very own room and lots of food and water and toys and a window to look out of. Karen Jo leaves me alone and doesn't come looking for me. She just comes in and leaves the food and water and goes away, closing the door behind her. I like it here in this room and have no desire to ever leave it. I miss my buddy, but Bambino and sometimes other cats come in to visit. Sometimes Bambino even spends the night with me. It's too scary outside my room. Do you know what's out there? I'll show you:
Karen Jo: Rocio, you have been in to visit Joni and you didn't hiss at her then.
Rocio: That was in her room, her territory. If she comes out here, I will hiss at her.
Karen Jo: Bentley, that's not nice. Each kitty in turn has had that room to themselves for a while. It's Joni's turn.
Karen Jo: I haven't found my camera yet. If I don't find it soon, I guess I'll use my phone. I forgot to say yesterday that one reason Bentley was so grumpy when he arrived was that he had four rotten teeth and was in pain. Once we got him all fixed up, he mellowed tremendously.