Photo Essay: Jason Houge’s “Family Photos of Feral Cats”

Anyone who knows me  personally knows that I’m a cat lady. We won’t go to into that…but I do love them. A lot. So naturally, when I was looking through photo essays on the Lens blog today, one that caught my eye was about a large family of cats. This one strays a bit from the typical “cute cat pictures” theme however- which was the photographer’s intent.

Photographer Jason Houge “never intended to live with 30 feral cats. Granted, these wild creatures had always scurried to and from the front porch of his farmhouse in Green Bay, Wis. His sprawling two-acre front yard provided the ideal environment for the roaming felines. Mr. Houge and his girlfriend, enjoying the cats’ visits, often put out cat food and a bit of fresh water for those that came by. As winter approached, Mr. Houge built an outdoor shelter as a temporary home for his new companions. Each month brought new visitors — some that lingered for the entire winter, others that came by once or twice, never to be seen again.” (NY Times)

It’s an interesting photo essay and Houge is actually helping the “feral cat issue” (I’ll let you read the essay yourself to see that) personally, and potentially through his photo work as well. Spay and neuter your cats, people!

Photo Essay on Lens Blog:

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