01 August 2008

A hostile cat


This cat was encountered by the back door of the house where my mother was born and brought up in Millstreet. The other feral cats ran but this one stood her ground and swore copiously at me. It didn't take me long to find out why...

This week's entry for Friday Ark and Carnival of the Cats

20 comments:

Dragonstar said...

Never bother a mother - particularly in early days! Good of her to let you take this lovely photo, and brave of you.

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

Agree with Dragonstar here.

jams o donnell said...

I didn't realise there were kittens when she bared her fangs. I wouldn't have gone glose if it had been a tiger and that's for sure!

Roland Dodds said...

Looks like some of the ally cats around my home. Great shots Jams!

jams o donnell said...

THanks Roland. She definitely was a feral cat and no mistake!

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

We encountered a herd of tusked feral hogs in the middle of my country route last week. The babies finished up the procession of about 70 hogs or so at the back. They were snorting and wagging their fat little tails.

Were you tempted to take home a souvenir kitten to join your gang?

Liz said...

Awwwww!

Bryan said...

I've seen momma ferals take on 30 pound raccoons and dogs over kittens, so I'm not surprised at the reaction.

harpymarx said...

When I used to work at the British Library in the old site at Bloomsbury, there was a gang of feral cats who were "employed" by the British Museum and Library to keep the rodents down.

I used to see them (along with the caretaker who looked after them) when I walked through the gates at around 8:30am just before visitors would turn up. They would be basking in the sun light and I recall one of the younger cats (pretty much a kitten still) who was a beautiful b/w tearing the guts out of a pigeon being watched by "mum"....!!

The caretaker would whistle and they would literally stand to attention and follow him. He was the only one they "allowed" to stroke them....

harpymarx said...

Btw: you have some wonderful pix of cats. I really wish I could have a moggie but the lease on my flat stipulates no animals.....
:(

jams o donnell said...

My God EWBl that was a sight to behold... from a distance!

THey were such delightful kittens Liz

That does not surprise me Bryan I can imagine that the raccoon backed off too!

Ahh I can imagine they were a pretty contented lot especially if they were getting extra rations! It's a shame you can't have a cat harpymarx. They are such wonderful companions.

CherryPie said...

Awww! Bless :-)

beakerkin said...

Of course Bebe was at home when all this happened.

Tim said...

Good Job! :)

jams o donnell said...

Thanks Cherie, Tim Oh she was. 7 years ago it would have been her doing the same for her feral kittens beakerkin

Sammawow said...

What wonderful pictures here! That looks like one ferocious Momma Cat!

Gandalf and Grayson said...

A fierce feral Mama protecting her brood!

jams o donnell said...

Sammawow, gandalf, graysin she certaibnly was that. I shuder to think what she owuld have done had I put my hand near her!

Alison said...

She looks beautiful though. How cute were her babies!

jams o donnell said...

She was a beauty Alison. Her kittens still had withered umbilical cords attached