When the cats were released to the cat colony, Ashley, now 10, wanted to get her own room, and she quickly realised she would not be able to do so.
“I was worried about whether it was OK to leave, whether I could go home and be home,” she says.
But the cat had other ideas.
“It was just a huge shock,” she recalls.
“There were all these cats.
It was amazing.
I had no idea what to expect.
“But when you’re around cats, it’s very different. “
“Sometimes you’re with one and you’re just a cat, sometimes you’re in the cat house and it’s different. “
It really is very different.” “
Sometimes you’re with one and you’re just a cat, sometimes you’re in the cat house and it’s different.
It really is very different.”
So, the kittens’ home was set up in the backyard.
Ashley and her friends have been living in the house for two weeks now.
Ashley has noticed a change in the cats since the colony began.
“Their behaviour is so much more relaxed, and they have a lot of confidence in their own strength and their own judgement,” she explains.
Ashley says the cats have learnt to rely on the help of a dog. “
You can see them getting scared of you.”
Ashley says the cats have learnt to rely on the help of a dog.
“When they come to me and say, ‘I’m going to kill me’, they’re scared, but they have to trust me,” she adds.
Ashley is also pleased with how the cats are treating the human visitors.
“We are so thankful to them,” she laughs.
“What they’ve done for us has been so wonderful.
We’ve made a huge difference to the cats.
They have changed their lives.”
Cat colony manager Natalie Macdonald, from the Cat Colony, says the community’s response to the colony has been “phenomenal”.
“There has been a massive influx of cats, which has been really helpful to the community,” she said.
It is unclear if the cats will return to the home, although the Cat City website says they are “looking forward to seeing them in a few months”. “
This is the biggest colony in the world and it has been amazing to see the community come together, even the animals.”
It is unclear if the cats will return to the home, although the Cat City website says they are “looking forward to seeing them in a few months”.
The cats have not been rehomed.
“All the cats at Cat City are being put up for adoption,” Natalie says.
“Anybody that wants to see them is welcome.”
This article first appeared in the New York Times.