Nicole from Essex County
Were you always a cat lover?
YES. I was (as my Mom likes to quote Lady Gaga) “born this way!” I begged for a cat for as long as I could talk, but couldn’t get my parents on board until the summer after 3rd grade. We finally adopted Lagerfeld, who was truly the best cat ever. He lived almost 18 years, and left my Mom and I cat lovers for eternity. I have adopted every cat since, in his honor. He taught me about unconditional love in all ways. I still miss him and speak of him regularly.
How did you get started being a colony caregiver?
5 years ago on Thanksgiving Day, a beautiful fluffy cat was standing on my doorstep. We literally delayed turkey dinner to look at the cat through the window, and of course put food out immediately. She started coming back every day for months, until one day when she didn’t. I never found out what happened to her, but she awakened the desire for my family to have cats both indoors and out. There was no turning back.
How many cats do you take care of? How many have been TNR’d?
What are the best and worst parts of taking care of your crew?