Nathaniel Styer was working from home and his heart brok.en when he notices an unusual sight outside his apartment window.
It was a stray cat on the outside of the window ledge and begged to be let in.
Climate change has made this year’s North American winter more brutal and harsh than ever. The shifting polar vortex caused record cold spells with tons of snowfall and blizzards all around the country. A fierce storm with fierce winds and heavy snowfall- known as a “snow squall,”- made every street was quickly covered in a thick layer of white snow, so people were forced to work at home instead of going outside.
Nathaniel Styer was one of those people who worked at home, he felt cozy in his apartment, busy with work on the computer. But Nathaniel couldn’t help but notice something else, outside the window. A stray cat on the outside of the window ledge and was scratching at anything that could be found. The four-legged girl was in complete panic and begged to be let in.
He recognized the cat as Chunk Chunk, one of the members of a nearby stray cat colony. She was a newcomer to the colony, having arrived around Fall. This could have contributed to her incapacity to deal with the harsh weather.
Styer wasn’t always a fan of the neighborhood’s stray cats…, but his’s soon-to-be wife, Renee, always spends her free time helping the feral cats.
In front of the poor cat Chunk Chunk, Nathaniel decided to help this cat as best he could. He flung open the window and let Chunk Chunk inside. Even though the cat was considerably more safe and comfortable inside his’s apartment but she behaved somewhat strangely, maybe she’s used to life on the street.
“She allowed me to pick her up, which is unusual for our community cats,” Styer said. “When I set her down, she instantly ran around the house and tried to run out through another window. She learned it was closed when she ran into it.” Nathaniel remembers.
Nathaniel placed Chunk Chunk in the bathroom, away from their dog, to made her feel warm and safe. And when Renee got home, she wasn’t entirely surprised when she learned the identity of their house guest.
“From the first time she appeared at our window, she’s been one of the friendliest community cats that I’ve ever come across. She’s always asking for pets and starts purring within seconds.” Renee said.
Chunk Chunk will now probably find a forever home, as rescuers think she’s not suited for a life outdoors, she will no longer have to be afraid when winter comes.
Renee spent most of the time to help the community cats through the cold winter. She built three winter shelters and regularly provide food for the stray cats and encourages others to do the same.