Saturday, October 16, 2021

National Feral Cat Day - America's Cat

Feral Orange Tabby Cat on Garden Trellis
Today is October 16th, 2021, a day designated as National Feral Cat Day. Feral cats are part of American Culture. The American shorthair cat traces its linage back to European Colonization. 

The European Cat was highly valued on ships during the colonization of America. During that time, Cats protected the ship's ropes, grain, and food storage from rodents. Today feral cats are still highly valued on farms throughout our nation by continuing to fend off rodents.

But as urbanization took over and the world progressed. So the prized cat of yesteryear became the alley cat, the wild cat, the outside cat, and many other names. Still, the Colony of Cats in America survived.

Many caring people across America have not only noticed the feral cats hiding in the shadows and struggling to survive. These people have taken action to help these once prized felines.

Non-profit groups are forming all across America, dedicated to TNR (Trap Neuter & Return) and providing food and medical care for the feral cat colonies in our proud nation. By controlling the cat colony population & taking action, there is a much stronger chance that the wild cats of America will continue to survive for many generations to come.

There is much speculation about the current cat colony on Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks.  The first English Colony, the famous Lost Colony, was settled on Roanoke Island and did include domesticated animals, including the valued European Cat. Did the colonists and animals migrate to (Croatan)  Hatteras Island?

If you have not read  "The Lost Colony's Cats" and "Have the Lost Colony Cats been found?", please do. You can also learn about the current caretakers of the Cat Colony on Hatteras Island, Friends of Felines - Cape Hatteras, by reading about the most current TNR (Trap, Neuter & Release) Clinic by reading, "National Feral Cat Day on the Outer Banks".

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Have the Lost Colony Cats been found?

photo by Friends of Felines-Cape Hatteras Island
One year after the settlement of the first English Colony, Governor White set sail for England to replenish supplies. Upon arriving in England Governor White became aware of the English Spanish war.

During the English Spanish war, Queen Elizabeth I, required all sea vessels to defend England. It was three long years before Governor White would again set foot on his beloved island.

When Governor White finally reached the settlement he found it abandoned. The only sign found was a tree that had a carving of letters. The letters read "Croa." Governor White had asked the colonist to leave a sign if they had to abandon the settlement. 

Governor White interpreted this carving to mean "Croatan" which is now Hatteras Island. Governor White took comfort in his belief. Due to failing health and lack of support of the crew, Governor White was not able to pursue further exploration and return to England where he died before ever truly knowing what happened to his beloved Lost Colony. Did the Virginia Colony move to Hatteras Island?

Roanoke Island where the Lost Colony was settled was surrounded by brackish water, that limited fishing grounds. Hatteras Island offered the colonist not only the brackish sound waters but the Atlantic Ocean fishing grounds. In addition, Hatteras Island has a much larger landmass for hunting grounds. Did the colonists move to Hatteras Island and take their beloved cats with them?

It was over twenty years later under the rule of King James I, that a permanent English Colony was established. The Jamestown Colony kept records much like the captain of a ship keeps the log of a ship. It is through the records of Jamestown that we get a glimpse as to what may have happened to the Lost Colony.

In reading the records of  Jamestown it is noted that explorers of Jamestown encountered blond-haired blue-eyed natives. Did Governor White's Virginia Colony assimilate into the native Hatteras Island culture? Were these blond-haired blue-eyed natives descendants of the Lost Colony?

Today there is a very large feral cat colony on Hatteras Island. This cat colony has caused much debate among modern-day citizens. It has been estimated by the non-profit organization, Friends of Felines-Cape Hatteras Island, that there are over 3,000 free-roaming feral cats on Hatteras Island. Could this large cat colony on  Hatteras Island be the descendants of the cats brought from England by the first English Colony, the Lost Colony?

If you have not read about how the cats and kitten arrived with the first English Colony, please read  "The Lost Colony's Cats"You can also learn how you can help the colony of cats on Hatteras Island by reading  "National Feral Cat Day on the Outer Banks!"

                                                                                                           Dare Greene

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

National Feral Cat Day on the Outer Banks!

photo by Friends of Felines -Cape Hatteras Island
National Feral Cat Day is October 16th, 2021. 

The most prominent feral cat colony on the Outer Banks is on Hatteras Island. With an estimated colony size of over 3,000 cats, this is an active colony of feral cats.

National Feral Cat Day is a day to celebrate the cat in the shadows, wild and free. The compassionate People and organizations that care for the feral cat colonies are celebrated on this day for their kind and empathetic work within the natural environment. 

Friends of Felines - Cape Hatteras Island started organizing feral cat caregivers in 2006. In 2009 Friends of Felines - Cape Hatteras Island obtained 301 (c) 3 non-profit status. Grants and Funding are actively being sought to help control the feral cat colony population.

Friends of Felines - Cape Hatteras Island has an active TRN (Trap Neuter & Release) program. During the Spring, 70 cats were helped and went through the TNR Clinic. There are two large TNR Clinics held annually by Friends of Felines - Cape Hatteras Island, one in the Spring and one in the Fall.

On October 11th, 2021, 15 cats went through the clinic. On October 12th, there are 13 cats scheduled. The Fall TNR clinic is active. Volunteers are actively giving their time to make this clinic possible. 

To learn more about TNR (Trap Neuter & Return) and the many ways that you could help. Please visit Friends of Felines - Cape Hatteras Island online at  https://fofhi.org/ 

Please be aware that Friends of Felines- Cape Hatteras Island is a non-profit organization and operates solely on donations from the public and small grants. Donations can easily be made online on the Friends of Felines - Cape Hatteras website. All help is greatly appreciated and helps continue the valued work of Friends of Felines - Cape Hatteras. For the Volunteers at Friends of Felines - Cape Hatteras, Every Day is National Feral Cat Day!



Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Green Tree Frogs, the Pumpkin Patch & Your Pets

Green Tree Frog on a Pumpkin by Seaside Photography

Pumpkin Patches around the Nation are getting ready for the crowds of people, looking for the perfect pumpkin for the holidays.

But at some pumpkin patches, cute little green tree frogs are picking their favorite pumpkins. 

When noticed by people, these little green tree frogs can sometimes draw a crowd of their own. This frog does kind of look like Kermit the Frog, one of Jim Henson's, Muppet characters.

Green tree frogs have several natural defenses, one being camouflage, which doesn't work when they're picking pumpkins. 



                                                                      

Green Tree Frog by Seaside Photography

Another of the green tree frog's defenses is the ability to secrete a toxic substance over their skin, that protects them from being prey to other animals, your dog and cat included. Please contact your veterinarian if your pet eats a Green tree frog.

The Green tree frogs do play an important part in our ecosystem & are a valued access to the area.When you're picking your pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, please be sure to leave the little green tree frog behind. 


Monday, October 11, 2021

The Lost Colony's Cats

photo by Friends of Felines-Cape Hatteras Island
The long journey from England was coming to an end as the sight of land had brought excitement to the crew and passengers of men, women, and children. Slowly the ship navigated the unforgiving waters of the Atlantic  Ocean, to the brackish sound waters that hid the island of destination.

What is now Roanoke Island had no name at the time. But as the weary people sat foot on the sandy shores of the island, Governor White declared the land, "Virginia" in honor of Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen that graciously allowed their journey. 

This was a new world with new beginnings. Sir Walter Raleigh had sent an all-male colony before this one to start the development of the first English Colony. Houses had been build and the dream of the Colony was within sight.

Arriving with the second group of Colonist was two Natives to the island, Manteo and Wanchese. Manteo and Wanchese had gone to England when the first all-male colony was left on the island. Manteo and Wanchese gave valuable insight into native island life to the English. In return, Manteo and Wanchese learned much about the English civilization. 

There was one animal that Manteo and Wanchese had not seen before that was to accompany them back to their island home. This animal was the European Cat. The English Cats brought to America during colonization would turn into what is today called the American Shorthair Cat.

The ships that laid anchor alongside the island arrived with more passengers than when they originally set sail. These extra passengers were actually kittens that had been born at sea aboard the ships. 

Cats were highly valuable to the crew of ships at sea. The European Cats were known for their ability to protect not only the grain and food supplies from rodents but the most valuable assets of the ship the Ropes. In addition to being security guards of the prized possessions of the ship, the Cats were wonderful animal companions to all on board. 

Having extra kittens and having the food supplies moved on land, it was only natural to bring some of the Cats and Kittens to the island to complete the journey with the Colony. 

So what happened to the Cats and Kittens that made the long journey to the New World? Well, just like the Lost Colony itself, that remains a mystery.

                  Dare Greene       also see:  "Have the Lost Colony Cats been found?"


Sunday, October 10, 2021

15 Names added to the Pet Names page!

OB at Pampered Pets Guide

15 New Names added to the Pet Names page!

 Those Names are:

Male                                   Female 

Avery                                  Avery
Captain                              Confetti
Jaxson                               Jade
Leland                                Lacey
Maximus                            Marsha
Nash                                  Nori
Ozzy                                  Odessa
Puck                                  Pixie

OB wants to know your Pet's name.
Visit the Pet Names Page and if you don't see your Pet's Name, email to be included.

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