Spend enough time in any part of the city and you’ll start noticing the resident stray cats foraging when no one is around. We’re getting ready to shoot in a park on the East Side, and every day, I’ve noticed these two guys running around. They’ve been very shy but seem hungry.
During prep and wrap days, the film production provides coffee and donuts in the morning for the rigging crew, and I always try to leave out a cup of cream. These cats have been loving it, though they’re still very wary of me. I had to stand way, way back to get this picture of one of the cats cautiously stalking the cups of cream. It looks like he thinks the cream is going to run away!
It’s funny, I’m really not a cat person (1. Don’t like the attitude, 2. VERY allergic)…but I hate to see them running around homeless. A few years ago, I was working on a job at a soccer field in a particularly bad neighborhood when I started hearing meowing. Underneath a dumpster, I found the cutest little kitten crying mournfully. I got him some milk and a can of cat food every day during the week-long shoot.
When it was getting time to leave, I decided that I had to do something about him. I called around the office, and someone graciously agreed to take him in. Now the goal was to get him in the car. I’m allergic, and I also have a paranoid fear of getting rabies or some other weird disease from stray animals. So I got a pair of ultra-thick electrician’s gloves and began luring him out.
It took FOREVER, but I finally managed to grab him and plop him in the car, then started back on the 30 minute drive to the office. Of course, as soon as we started driving, the kitten became very scared and started climbing all over me. By the midway point, the cat was literally standing on my head as I drove 75 down the interstate. I suppose it was worth the scalp lacerations though…
PS – I give NO permission to disgrace these cats by adding LOLCATS crap to them!
PPS – Reader Jake could not resist, and apparently, neither could I: