Sunday, July 7, 2013

Kittens!! Harry, Hermione, and Ron

Harry with his mouse

Ron and Harry in a box

Hermione taking a rest from her crazy brothers

Ron learning the way from permanent resident Tucker

Ron. In a tiny box. With tiny string.
KITTENS -- ADOPT OUR KITTENS! Several kittens were dumped at Hyde Park Animal Clinic a few weeks ago, and although some were taken home by staff (too cute), these three came to Hyde Park Cats and were lucky enough to find a great foster home with one of our long time volunteers.  She writes:

"The three orange kittens have been a blast! Everything they do is adorable, from trying to catch each other's tails to sleeping. Each has a distinct personality (kittenality?) Harry is the leader. He is bold in exploring, brave enough to play with our adult cat (Tucker, formerly Zimmerman), and is becoming a great pouncer, often at his siblings expense. Hermione is a small little lady but doesn't let her size keep her down. She is very graceful yet can also get into a lot of mischief. She enjoys playing with her brothers but will also happily curl up on your lap for a nap. Ron is at times brave and sometimes scared. He loves to be the center of attention and will get jealous when the other cats are getting pet. He enjoys pouncing on stuffed mice and attacking his siblings tails. He has become pals with the big cat and tries to emulate him as much as possible. "

Please email to meet these kittens today! And remember, our policy is to have kittens adopted in pairs or a single to a home with a companion. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

We're moving!

Dear Readers,

In March of 2008 I opened this blog to ask for help with a 12-member cat colony "South of the Midway":

Since then, I've written about 1150 posts.

But the time has come  to close down this blog. However -- you can still get plenty of Hyde Park Cats news, information, and community:

Please join us on Facebook

and bookmark our new website!

Love, Terren

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July

Chicago friends: Join us tomorrow for the annual FOURTH ON 53RD PARADE and OLD FASHIONED 4th of JULY event here in Hyde Park! This wonderful family-friendly event is a Hyde Park tradition. All our friends are welcome to join us as we march in the parade!

The parade kicks off at 11am from the corner of 53rd and Lake Park. Look for our banner and join us at any point along the route. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


One of our core volunteers, Anna, received a call from the Anti Cruelty Society yesterday that a cat chipped to her -- that is, a Hyde Park Cat she had  transported for its original veterinary work, including microchipping -- had been turned in. We were able to identify this kitty as a South Side TNR case. However, Griffin "Grau" Kitty is much too handsome and friendly to be put back in an alley. We think he's done his time on the outside!

If you want to visit this gorgeous friendly fluffster he's hanging with the folks at Parker's, a Natural Dog & Cat Market while we seek a foster or furrrrrever home.

Huge thanks to Anna for her quick work retrieving this kitty, and to Thomas, who despite severe allergies allowed this boy to sojourn at their home overnight. Griffin is a lovebug of the highest order and has been calm in his cage. The staff at Parkers love him. He's verrrrry handsome! Write to inquire!


Huge purrrrrrs to Ginny L. for her recent donation to our spay/neuter fund at Treehouse BVDM Spay-Neuter Clinic. It's a great way to support our work. Learn more:

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Trevie came to us from a North Kenwood location where we have an active TNR volunteer. This little cutie is just a kitten, and it shows.

Her fostermom writes: "Trevie loves to play. She especially loves playing with her laser. Trevie also enjoys joining me in the shower and playing in the water. She sleeps on the pillow next to my head and loves to cuddle at night. She is a very vocal little girl and will let you know when she wants something. Trevie is a little aggressive in her play style so she may not mesh with older cats but she plays very well with my 11 week old puppy."

Here is a video of puppy/kitten playtime!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Bar Rafaeli is waiting

 Bar Rafaeli is still awaiting her furrever home....  her new fosterer sends us a glowing review of this petite little lady:

Bar Rafaeli (aka BarBar, aka Barbarella, aka Barracuda, aka Bar Mitzvah, aka Bar Exam) is a handful! She's definitely still a kitten; it's hard to believe that she's already had a litter of her own. She's an absolutely beautiful cat: very petite, with unexpected red streaks in her gray tabby fur. She ALWAYS wants to play -- as I type, she is stalking my hands -- and will play with almost anything (including the brussels sprout that I dropped on the floor this evening while cooking). She's especially fond of her little stuffed fox, which she carries around the apartment in her mouth between bouts of trying to eviscerate it. She is fearless -- within half an hour of arriving in our apartment, she had explored every nook and cranny and was already trying to figure out how to reach the ceiling. She's quite clever and we've had to find more and more obscure hiding places for her jingly toys at night. She's very vocal, but rarely actually meows, instead chirping and loudly purring. And she loves people; she's always waiting by the door when my partner or I get home, and she likes to follow us around the apartment. She's not into cuddling, but she purrs when I pick her up and sometimes she'll fall asleep on our legs when we're lying in bed.

She uses the litterbox perfectly. She eats dry food but she LOVES wet food (but only the kind in gravy -- she turns up her nose at paté).

Here are some photos of her in action (it's tough to get a non-blurry photo of her, since she's always moving!) and here's a link to a video of her playing with her fox: "

To meet this energetic young girl, email today!