Nathaniel Styer was working from home this weekend when he noticed something rather odd outside of his apartment. He comes from Brooklyn, who has recently been covered in white due to heavy snowstorms caused by the polar vortex.
It seemed like he wasn’t the only one who wanted to be inside.
A tabby cat was scratching on his window, demanding to be let in for she was probably very cold outside. Styer recognized the cat as Chunk Chunk , a member of a nearby stray cat colony. He knew Chunk Chunk was in a crisis, so he had to act fast.
He said he had never seen her react like this before; clearly, she didn’t know what to do in the storm and seemed distressed.
Though Styer isn’t much of a fan of stray colonies, his fiancé, Renee Becerra takes care of the colony. Chunk Chunk had joined as a new member in the fall, and clearly lacked experience in dealing with the harsh weather. Styer said that he was pretty reluctant to letting the cat in, but he knew Renee would be happy and “helping Chunk Chunk was the right thing to do”.
So he opened the window and let the cat in. But once inside and warm, she didn’t know how to behave or what to do.
Styer said that “she allowed me to pick her up”, which is quite unusual for stray cats. As soon as he let her down however, he said that the cat ran through the house and into another window, trying to escape, before realizing it was closed shut.
Styer decided to place the cat in the bathroom, away from their dog. When Becerra came home, she wasn’t all too surprised to learn the identity of the new cat.
Becerra said that ever since the cat showed up in the community she has been super friendly, and very demanding of being petted. “She’s always asking for pets, and starts purring within seconds”, Becerra claimed.
Ever since they moved in the new apartment two years ago, the couple have helped stray cats find permanent homes. Becerra also plans to trap as many adults as possible when the spring comes to neuter and release them. Luckily for them, Chunk Chunk already has a notch in her ear, a sign that she has been spayed.
Becerra has made several attempts to help these cats in the cold. She said she has built them winter shelters and recommends every neighborhood that has stray cats to attempt and do the same, as winter is harsh on the animals.