Saturday, January 19, 2019

You've Got Cat-Mail

Sally Meitz of  Munith, Michigan, shared this photo. She said, "This is my neighbor’s cat. We don’t know her name, but we call her Lily. My neighbor is elderly and living with her daughter a few blocks away, and it falls to the daughter to come over and care for her mother’s four cats. When the weather was warm they spent much of their time in my yard, but now that it’s cold out, fortunately they are indoors most of the time. Lily is very vocal and very affectionate."

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Oh Mama!

Shannon Ball of  Pensacola, Florida, shared this photo and story:
"Mama cat is a feral cat that has hung around our house for years. I managed to trap her. (I do the TNR for the feral cats around here.) When I released her back into the wild, I did not see her for approximately 6 months.  Then one day, I looked out of my kitchen window to see two birds bomb diving a cat. It was Mama cat. I went outside to see her, but her foot had been severely severed in one place and she was limping. I tried to catch her to bring her to the vet, but to no avail. All I could do was sit out water and food for her. This I did through the winter, and come spring she was hanging around on a daily basis. She still walks with a limp, but she now makes our front yard her home.  She does not like to be petted, but will come around so I can talk to her and she enjoys hanging around all our plants and in the summer the occasional cool bird bath.  I do not fill this bird bath, because I feed all the birds in our backyard with the dogs, and feed all animals that come from the woods in the front of our yard. She enjoys laying in the bath in the middle of summer with our Florida heat to cool herself." 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

How to Submit YOUR Garden Cat Photos/Stories

Being enchanted by both cats and gardens, I decided to start this blog for fun to combine the beauty of both. I know that many of you share my interest in and I hope you will submit your own images of your garden cats.

Here is how to submit your image:
- Email to KathyJentz (at) gmail (dot) com
- Put "Cats in Gardens" in the subject line
- Attach your image(s)
- In the body of the email include:
  ~ your name or you can choose to be "anonymous"
  ~ the cat's name (if known)
  ~ where the photo was taken (city, state, country)
  ~ if you have a blog or web site you would like to be linked back to
  ~ a note about the cat or the garden or both, we love to hear your stories!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Top Garden Cat Blog Posts of 2018

Looking back at 2018, we had a few posts that performed heads and whiskers above the others. Who says black cats are unlucky? They are clearly the most popular among garden cats fans! Here are the top posts in reverse order:

3. The Allotment Cat

Robert the Allotment Cat is a cat living on an allotment site (community garden) in Birmingham UK. He is doing a great job trying to teach us humans about cat ways.

2. Wonk Cats

These kitties making a home at DC's Armerican University are a hit with the college students and cat lovers everywhere.

1. And the Black Belt goes to... Farm Ninja

Bethany Karn shared these photos of Jack, the Flower Farm cat at M and M Plants in Dickerson, MD. Jack (pictured at top) is the perfect garden cat companion - full of abundant energy, but he also know when to stop and smell the posies.

Honorable Mentions:

- Sunset Kitty is a legend in my neighborhood and is gaining a following outside the area.
- Little Wizard has an irresistible kitten face that makes you want to squeeee.
- Warning: Pemethrin and Cats was an important notice that was spread far and wide.

What were your favorite Cats in Gardens posts of 2018?


Saturday, December 22, 2018

A Community Cat Garden

Video via ABC 7 news

The Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) in California has the "Garden Cat Adoption Program At The Marilyn & Fred Anderson Community Cat Garden" for placing feral, outdoor-loving cats into homes that will allow the cats to roam. Above is a news clip about the innovative program.

They note that: "Cats available for adoption in the Garden Cat program are looking for a home in settings such as a barn, warehouse, corporate campus, or plant nursery. In exchange for room and board, these cats help their owners by keeping rodents away."

This unique program has led to more than 260 adoptions.

"A feral cat coming into a shelter is actually a death sentence because there aren't alternatives in some cases for those animals," said Carol Novello, president of the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. "So we wanted to come up with an alternative so that those animals were given the second chance that they deserve."

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Vintage Garden Kittens

HARRY WHITTIER FREES (1879–1953) was an American photographer who used his photographs of posed animals to create novelty postcards and children's stories. This collection dates back as far as 1914.

He said of his work: "These unusual photographs of real animals were made possible only by patient, unfailing kindness on the part of the photographer at all times. Speed is essential in securing these pictures, but very often it is impossible to be quick enough." He reportedly had to discard over 2/3 of the film he shot.

On his live animal subjects, he wrote, "the kitten is the most versatile animal actor, and possesses the greatest variety of appeal." We are sure you‘ll agree that the garden kittens are especially enchanting.