Prince John (PJ)



The annoyed kitty is Prince John, lovingly called PJ. That’s PJ lying behind Hiss on top of the feral villa house in the photo below and on the shelf just above Hiss in the other photo on the left. PJ functioned as a guide-cat for Hiss for many years when they both lived on the street. We think he’s quite a bit younger than Hiss. It wasn’t until they had to be removed from their territory and Hiss went to the vet for his intake checkup that we learned Hiss is blind. We simply never saw one without the other. Because of that bond, we always keep them together.

Although he doesn’t have any serious health problems, PJ deserves our love and respect for his commitment to his friend and his loyalty in taking care of him for years. PJ has a home here for life. He may not be great with people, but he’s given his life to helping and protecting his friend. We won’t separate them. PJ would be devastated and Hiss would be seriously traumatized.

In one of the pictures, you can see the heavy winter wrap around the lower half of the shelter (behind the cats). It keeps out rain and breaks the wind. This year, we replaced the wrap with plexiglass that’s clear. It allows PJ to see out and both of them to enjoy the sunshine without wind or rain hitting them. It looks nicer and will last longer too. The sunscreen material shades the shelter and also keeps out most of the rain above the plexiglass panels.

Nothing in the shelter ever gets moved. When we have volunteers or petsitters, the item placement is shown with a marker on the floor. That way Hiss can find food, litter, water, and move around easily.  There is a covered feeding station and another very low, large litter pan that you can see in one of the photos below.


One of the solar lights in an outdoor shelter.
A solar fan that helps with ventilation in the outdoor shelters.
A solar panel above the rolled up shade cloth. Shade cloth can lower temperatures by as much as 20 degrees. We also use mister systems.
Side view of the outdoor shelter for Hiss and PJ. It has a waterproof roof, covered feeding station to keep food dry, and raised floor under the feral villa house, which is well insulated too.