Siren in her training crate.

Getting in the holiday spirit.

Siren today; healthy & shiny.




Rescued 10/19/02
at a reststop on the
New Jersey Turnpike

Siren is a petite brown tabby with reddish specs of tortiseshell mixed in. When we first got her she was about 4-5 mos old & in rough shape: very scrawny with patches of thin fur & 1 eye missing. At first we thought it had been hurt in a brawl although it didn't look painful or freshly injured. She was very wild & timid; hissing, spitting & howling (hence her name) when I'd open her crate.

The vet said Siren was probably born with her eye that way & that it would be ok to release her to the colony even with one eye. I was new at this & was under the impression that after about 2 months of age, a feral cat couldn't be tamed & should be released after spay/neuter/vaccines/medical care. Siren was quite intimidating so I decided to release her after her health improved.

Mike wanted to try taming her & I said go for it but be careful. He managed to wrap her in a heavy towel so she couldn't lash out in any way. He brought her to the sofa & sat with her a while. She was very quiet & cowering but stayed calm. After several sessions of this, I felt comfortable holding her & she actually purred.

We brought her crate upstairs to get acclimated to the other cats & all the comings & goings. Soon Niko was visiting her & they'd play & carry on like a couple of monkeys. It was nice to see this poor scruffy cat having fun.

Nowadays, Siren is a happy affectionate cat, although still a little shy. Her coat is super glossy & silky & she's filled out to a healthy but still petite size. She's very playful & does fine with one eye. She has a scrap of fabric that once contained some catnip that she loves to play with. She stalks around the house with it in her mouth like a leopard dragging away its prey. She likes cuddling in bed & eating small table scraps (she was used to scavenging for people food behind the rest stop). She no longer growls her high-pitched siren wail but still has a high-pitched meow like a squeaky hinge. She's a real sweetie & likes to climb into your lap & purr.


• the colony Siren was rescued from


NikoSirenAresShadowsLo-LoPebbleAlfieO'MalleyFirleyMaybachSharkaEric AustinFreckleChipMitraCairo • Henri • Big Bubba • SabaOcho • Falcon • MartianDesmond • Carson • LunaLi'l NateLi'l BetteCometGuinnessFinneganMoonPieZodiFluffySimonMalekTrouble • Snaggle • ShebaZephyrBanditSamsonFlashPhantom • Boz, Tam & Precious • Goldie Tuffy, Cutie & Sweetie • Ollie & Marrah • BellaBastaBrunaBuenaBlanca • Simba • Hexson, Hudson & Hattie • Sleek • Inga • Furball • Tux • Simba2 • Java & Chino • Kaleta • Ketima & Kilo • Laika, Laia, Lito & Lexan • Lucy • Lawless • Leddie • Leitle • Machipongo & Mantenna • Nebuchanezzar • Nezra • Niles • Noah • Nocturne • Ogden • Lily • Quinoa, Quark & QuasarRaenaScooter & ScoutMango ValentinoWindham, Wagner, Wander & WhimseyXylo