One Woman’s Front Porch Is Feral Cat Central

Stray cats are drawn to Maria Delk’s California home.

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A feral cat waits at Maria Delk's door. Via max_maxthecat/Instagram
A feral cat waits at Maria Delk's door. Via max_maxthecat/Instagram
Cari Jorgensen

One cat in my neighborhood belongs to no one and everyone. One neighbor named her Bella. Another took her to the vet. Many others feed her. She stops by the different houses in the neighborhood daily. She comes to mine at least once a week.

Bella stopped by for a visit. We think she might be auditioning to be the Petcha mascot.

A photo posted by Petcha (@petchanetwork) on

So far, Bella has been the only feral cat to come up to the door. It is pretty much the opposite for Maria Delk. The Rio Vista, California, resident seems to attract feral cats, even though she’s “not a cat person,” according to The Dodo. The site reported that it started when Delk and her husband heard a kitten crying just about nonstop. Her husband went outside, found the kitten and brought her in the house.  

The veterinary office had a cancellation so Grace, as Delk named the kitten, was squeezed in for an appointment. In the meantime, Delk took care of the little kitty.

Little Grace even got to play with toys for the first time.  

And Grace wasn’t the only one. The very first feral kitten to show up was Sophia.

Then one day Gandalf showed up after living in some bushes.  

And Bailey arrived.

And the cats just keep coming. There are reportedly nine cats living in Delk’s home.  

And there are several more that show up at her door for food.

“There are about 15 different ones that come,” Delk told The Dodo. “I’ve named some. I don’t name some. I’m trying not to get too attached.”

The cats, however, seem to be attached to her. After all, Delk feeds them, takes care of them and shows them compassion. Even though she said she wasn’t a cat person, she told The Dodo that she is now. She’s even working with a humane trapper to get the cats neutered or spayed. She’s currently raising money through Go Fund Me to socialize the cats, get them up to date on their shots, provide the necessary supplies the cats need as well as getting the cats neutered or spayed. To donate, visit Go Fund Me.

Delk chronicles the lives of the cats she’s helped (and helps) on Instagram. Check them out at @max_maxthecat.

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  • Cari, your Bella sounds like a “Six-Dinner Sid.” That’s the title of a children’s book by Inga Moore. It tells the story of a cat named Sid, who “lived” at six houses on the same street. He went by six different names and acted in six different ways, and he got six different dinners a day. One day, Sid gets a cough, and each of his six “owners” takes him to the vet, so he gets six doses of cough syrup. The vet thinks six black cats living on the same street with the same cough is strange, so he figures out what’s going on, calls Sid’s owners, and they all decide Sid will only get one dinner a day. But, as the book says, “Sid was a six-dinner-a-day cat,” so he simply moves one street over, where he resumes his six-house habit. It’s one of my favorite children’s books and one I read to my Pre-K classes every year.

    Deana July 22, 2016 2:55 pm Reply
    • That sounds like such a cute book, Deana! I’ll have to check it out. Bella does sound a lot like Sid.

      Cari Jorgensen Cari Jorgensen July 22, 2016 3:04 pm Reply
  • Bless you, your Husband and your Babies hearts.

    Ann September 20, 2016 9:27 am Reply

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