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Outside A Man’s Window, A Stray Cat Appears,  During the Polar Vortex

Earlier this week, Nathaniel Styer was working from home when he observed an intriguing image outside his apartment window.

A “snow squall,” a powerful burst of wind and heavy precipitation brought on by the polar vortex, began blanketing his Brooklyn neighborhood in white.

And he didn’t appear to be the only one who wanted to get inside.

Members of the Credit: Brooklyn cat colony | RENEE BECERRA

A tabby cat had climbed onto the window sill and scratched and rubbed on the screen. “She was begging to be let in,” Styer said to The Dodo.

Chunk Chunk, a member of a local stray cat colony, was the cat he recognized. Styer sensed Chunk Chunk was in danger and knew he had to intervene.

“This is the first time I’ve ever seen her respond like this,” Styer remarked. “It was obvious she had no idea what to do amid the storm.”

“I’ve always been hesitant to let the cats inside,” he added, “but I knew Renee would really want me to help Chunk Chunk out.” “I adore Renee, and I knew it was the appropriate thing to do to assist Chunk Chunk.”

Styer flung open the window, allowing Chunk Chunk to come in from the cold. She wasn’t sure what to do with the cat after she was secure and warm.

“She let me pick her up, which is rare for our neighborhood cats,” Styer explained. “As soon as I let her down, she rushed around the house and attempted to escape via another window.” When she raced into it, she saw it was closed.”

Members of the Credit: Brooklyn cat colony | RENEE BECERRA

Chunk Chunk was placed in the bathroom, away from their dog, and she soon calmed down. When Becerra returned home, she was not wholly astonished to find who their house visitor was.

“She’s been one of the friendliest community cats I’ve ever come across,” Becerra told The Dodo since she first arrived at our window. “She begs for pets all the time and purrs within seconds.”

Members of the Credit: Brooklyn cat colony | RENEE BECERRA

Since moving into their apartment two years ago, the pair has assisted in the adoption of numerous litters of stray kittens, and when spring arrives, Becerra hopes to capture as many adults as she can neuter and release. Fortunately, Chunk Chunk’s ear has a notch, indicating that she has previously been neutered.

Members of the Credit: Brooklyn cat colony | RENEE BECERRA

Becerra has been attempting to assist the community cats in surviving the cold season, and he wants people to do the same.

“The worst time of year [for these animals] is the winter,” Becerra remarked. “I’ve built three winter shelters and offer food on a regular basis.” Some cat rescue organizations sell winter shelters, but they’re also quite simple to create… I would highly recommend putting some out if you have the room or a safe calm area in your neighborhood.”

Members of the Credit: Brooklyn cat colony | RENEE BECERRA

Chunk Chunk, on the other hand, is unlikely to have to encounter another freezing New York day in his life.

“We’re still thinking out what’s next for Chunk Chunk,” Becerra added, “but for the time being, she’ll be living with us.” “Because Chunk Chunk appears to be more suited to living indoors than outside, I’ll be contacting our ASPCA connections to see if they can help me find her a home.”

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