December 20, 2014

Mosby the Cat

This is a feral cat visiting our deck. I photographed him from a window after one of our dogs raised a ruckus, having spotted him through a glass door. Neighbors tell me his name is Mosby and he is one of the cats living in the woods on the other side of the lake.

The feral cats around there are looked after by people in our neighborhood who took them to be neutered before releasing them back into the wild. Animal rescue experts say that this is a good way to handle a feral cat colony because if you turn them in to the animal shelter, other stray cats will move into the very area that they vacated. Cats are territorial and apparently quite opportunistic

Last year Mosby was mysteriously shot with a BB gun and a woman took him for treatment and nursed him back to health. Now he's back in his old territory but he's not so shy of people that he avoids houses.

I think Mosby is an appropriate name for a cat on a raiding mission, likewise one who was wounded but recovered. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Virginia's Civil War history, Mosby was the last name of a Confederate officer who became famous as the most successful partisan leader in this part of the country. (See all my Mosby posts.)

Sharing with: Sepia Saturday and Saturday's Critters


  1. Oh, yes, I'm familiar with the soldier Mosby. Good name for a cat.

    One of our family's cats was hit by someone who fired a pellet gun at him. The vet got must of the bits and pieces out of him.

  2. Yes he is handsome. Have a great Sunday and a wonderful Christmas week ahead.

  3. Mosby is a handsome cat.. I am happy to hear the feral cats were all spayed.. Thank you for linking up to my critter party. Have a happy day!

  4. There are more feral cats than people in Iowa. Many perish over the harsh winters.Mosby is lucky to have fans.

  5. Great post! I like that the cats are taken in to be neutered. Mosby is the perfect name! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Hi there!

    Thanks so much for joining Ruckus and Earl & Ethel for Sepia Saturday!!

    Lots of Woofs from Earl, Ethel and I at Earl's World!


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