Cat Partners

Cat Colonies

Eight feral cats live at Southwestern in three colonies.

Admissions Colony
Feeding Station: Admission back patio

Grey Mama

Gray Mama

Female
Russian Blue
Spayed

Mother to many litters of kittens on campus before she was spayed, including Gaia, Teddy, and Itty Bitty, who are each from different litters. Likes to sleep in places where she blends into the surroundings, such as the mulch bed under a tree, or on a gray rock.

 
Gaia Gaia

Female
Gray Tabby
Spayed

Daughter of Gray Mama, loner, eats from the same bowls as the others, but prefers to sleep alone.  Frequently seen on the handicap ramp of Mood-Bridwell Building.

 
Itty Bitty

Itty Bitty

Female
Gray Tabby
Spayed

Daughter of Gray Mama, tiny little cat, lighter gray color than other cats in colony.  The youngster of the colony.

 

 Teddy

Teddy

Male
Gray Tabby
Neutered

Son of Gray Mama, aloof by nature, least trusting of all the cats on campus.

 

 

Lord / Dorothy Lord Center Apartments Colony
Feeding Station: Location Varies, currently at Lord Center 111-112

Patches  Patches

Female
Tortoise or “Tortie Cat”
Spayed

Aloof by nature, considers 7th and 8th Streets behind campus to be her territory.   

Ziggy

Ziggy

Female
White and Gray
Spayed

Aloof by nature, Mamma to Super Cal.

  
 Super Cal

Super Cal

Female
Calico
Spayed
Ziggy’s Daughter, meows loudly for attention, allows pets with trust.

  

 

Mabee Residence Hall Colony
Feeding Station: Entrance to Mabee that faces Fine Arts parking lot

Pumpkin Pumpkin

Male
Orange Tabby with White Belly
Neutered

Popular with first-year students, loves attention, allows pets and cuddles with trust.

 

 

In Memoriam

Mister Squinty

Mr. Squinty

Male
Gray Tabby with White Belly
Neutered
Squinty Eyes Due to Trichiasis

Lovely old man kitty who brought joy to all.  Lived on campus for at least 14 years.  His fan club extended far and wide.  Is greatly missed.

Madeline

Madeline

Female
Siamese
Spayed

Loved attention once she learned to trust you, gave birth to a litter of beautiful kittens who were adopted by faculty, staff, and friends.  Madeline’s memorial marker is behind Korova Milk Bar.

  
 Mister Socks

Mr. Socks

Male
Tuxedo
Neutered

Adored attention, popular with students, loved to cuddle and sleep in beds.  Missed greatly.  Went missing, never found.

Earl  

Earl

Male
Domestic Shorthair
Cream Colored
Neutered

His grandfatherly ways brought peace and love to the younger cats in the colony. Had a long life. Missed greatly.


Established colonies tend to repel new cats, which helps stabilize the population. Whenever a new cat is identified, it is humanely trapped.  We determine if it is a lost pet, free-roaming, or feral cat. Feral cats are transported to a veterinarian for neutering, vaccination, and ear tipping*, and then returned to campus. An exception applies to kittens found at a very young age or to extremely tame strays: we are sometimes able to find homes for these adoptable animals. Occasionally we have reunited lost pets with their families.


*The tipped or notched ear is the nationally-recognized indicator that a feral cat has been neutered and is part of a managed colony.