You may remember Herbert, the feral kitten we adopted about seven months ago from the wonderful organization, “Love Your Feral Felines.”
Here he is all ‘growed’ up, and definitely a most important member of the family!
If it weren’t for ‘Love Your Feral Felines,’ Herbert would have been euthanized. He is such an amazing, social and loving cat, and he always looks you straight in the eye! We are very grateful to have him.
Herbert enjoys being my secretary cat, but has difficulty following directions. (This reminds me of all my report cards from elementary school, and I still, proudly, have this problem).
Herbert goes through kleenex like nobody’s business. (Now my husband will know why he is buying me so many boxes of kleenex. He thought it was my allergies.) You can’t keep secrets when you blog…….
Here he is being “King of the Fountain,” in his own private courtyard!
Cheers to you from ever vigilant Herbert, the no longer feral cat~
367 thoughts on “Herbert!”
Thank you for sharing these pictures of Herbert! He is so big and fluffy and gorgeous! 😀
Thank you! He is absolutely amazing and we are all head over heels in love with him.
You’re welcome! 😀
Well, he certainly looks like the ruler of the house now! Enjoy – he’s gorgeous.
Thank you & cheers to you!
Aw…. 🙂 xo
Oh, my, he is so breathtakingly gorgeous! How wonderful for Herbert and your family to have come together! 😀 <3
Awww, I know how much you love and care for kitties Linda and I love you for it. Herbert is truly a gift to be grateful for. He is so much a part of our lives and our family. <3 😼
😀 <3 <3
He looks like ruler of the house already! Enjoy, he’s gorgeous.
He is the ruler no doubt, but he is a benevolent dictator, unless I am late with his dinner! 😼
What a beautiful boy! You take care of each other.
We do, and we are blessed because of it 😼
Oh, what a handsome boy he is! I bet Bunny and he would be pals, together they could shred toilet paper and tissues into a big fluffy pile and then jump in it! 🙂
Laughing…….Herbert is in!!!! <3 😼
OMG! Herbert is such a handsome young man! Pity about the Kleenex. 😀
A beautiful boy!
He is indeed and as sweet as he is handsome 😼
I’m happy you adopted Herbert. We adopted Sophie and love her too.
Thank you Cindy for sharing Herbert’s story. 🙂
We are all better for it aren’t we! Hugs to you and Sophie 😼
Herbert is on beautiful cat.
Awwww, he is and we love him <3 😼
He is beautiful! Rescue cats are the best!
I am a full bore convert to cat rescue and cat rescue organizations 😼
Me, too. Every cat we’ve had for the past 30 years has been a rescue.
Wonderful. It only takes one to help you see the light. 😼
Such a handsome boy…and those eyes!!!
He has the most amazing, big eyes and he looks directly at you, for minutes at a time. It is almost disconcerting.
Probably a mind reader:)
I believe it! 😺
Awww. He is so handsome. And I’m so glad you rescued him. 🙂
He adds daily joy to our lives 😼
Great photos of a beautiful cat. He looks just like my mom’s cat that we had for so many years. How wonderful that you’ve given him a home.
You can see the genetic similarity in these non-purebred cats with coloration like Herbert. They are wonderful cats. I am glad you had one in your life 😼
We all loved her.
Makes me feel happy for her, and all of you <3
he is a beauty!
He runs to meet you when you come in just like a dog. He’s a great cat. I loved your smashing ornaments game! It is so satisfying to smash ornaments, after treating them so gently for so long! I feel like just like Herbert around the tree and want to go back and play more…
Great save! Herbert is still with us because of your love and kindness. Well Done.
Thank you Darnell. Love Your Feral Felines volunteers are the true heroes of this story. We were just lucky to find them. 😼
Such a handsome boy! I’m so glad you took him in to your home and your hearts.
thank you Dan. He has added joy to both <3 😼
Adorable fellow with lots of personality!
He cracks us up everyday. I was reading about how cats lower blood pressure and risk of cardio-vascular disease and I believe it.
Such a sweet kitty! Hugs!
Hugs and Happy Hols to you Kate <3 🐈
What a beautiful cat! Lucky cat and lucky human family! 🙂
Yep, we all lucked out with this arrangement 🐈
I’m in love! No, not with you, with Herbert!
Lol! What a beauty he is, Cindy. Cats like that don’t grow on trees! I’m so happy you rescued him. He looks amazing healthy, and what a fantastic life he will have in the Holler.
He is already making our lives infinitely better. Happy Holidays to you sweet Resa <3 🐈
Herbert is absolutely divine – his character oozes from every capture!😻
He is so much fun! I have never met a cat like him. He had a rough start, but he is so loving and so happy. Cheers to you Joanne <3 🐈
Herbert is a very handsome rascal. Love him.
He is cat-a-gorically loveable! 🐈
He was born and lived beneath a dumpster for six weeks! 🐈
Now he has a happy home and a guardian angel. 🙂
And visa versa! 😺
Cats are wonderful, I sure miss my Truffles. We found out later hubby is allergic to cats. A cat will have to wait till we move to the country. The animals can have their own house.
Herbert has to be indoors at The Holler due to all the wild ones outside. Today we followed fresh cougar tracks! But he does have his interior courtyard where he can chase frogs and lizards and bugs. 🐈
Thank you! He is catastic 🐈
What a beauty!
He is, inside and out! 😺
Oh, how lovely to see Herbert, all grown up and so very handsome. He certainly knows how to keep tabs on your correspondence. And I am guessing that with the tissues he is just trying to give you a helping hand.
Awwww, thank you and absolutely, he is a highly helpful cat!!! You should see him assisting with the wrapped Christmas presents!!!! 🐈 When I first met him, I rang the doorbell at the foster mom’s, and Herbert ran to greet me at the door, before the dog and the toddlers. I looked at him and said, “He’s adopted.” It was love at first sight and it is still that way.
I love this. So adorable.
So happy you do. Herbert is acatable! 🐈
I love him! I foster cats and kits and volunteer at a shelter, rescue cats are the most amazing! Thanks for sharing, he’s wonderful. <3
I think people like you are heaven sent. Thank you for what you do. You make a huge difference in the world <3 <3 😺
Namaste Cindy 🙂
I had to come by, how could I resist,
Herbert the Handsome couldn’t be missed,
No longer a pirate or feral fluff-ball,
Herbie the feline now standing tall.
I adored him then as I do now:
That shy little kitten with whispered meow,
Who once tried to hide, to secret away,
Has claimed his throne in every way.
I can’t stop falling into sorcerous eyes,
Nor avert my gaze from one so wise: but yet I know,
He plays with me as if I were string,
Pawing my heart with gentle Loving.
No doubting that, he’s King amongst cats,
Wearing robes of thick pelted fur,
With swagger and sway he’s true felidae:
Elegant with a commanding purr.
I’m so delighted to see him again – he’s a beautiful cat who has flourished in your great care – and even though he’s not mine, I’ve missed him more than I can say. Let him know I stopped-by and give him a hug from Dewin <3
Thanks so much for posting. Have a great weekend.
I think he may well know you stopped by! Cats are smart like that. He is amazing. This feral kitten, who had such a rough start. His whiskers on half his face were cut off. He had some digestive health issues when he came here, due to stress I think. He had been in a animal control facility and two foster homes with wonderful foster parents, but he was so plucky and he rebounded after the first week or so and grew into the King of the Cats you see today. You are amazing Dewin. Your poem touched all of our human <3 's here at The Holler. So beautiful, and so you! Happiest everything to you Dewin. 🐈🐈
He has a strong heart Cindy and a huge love of life: attributes that’ll see him right for many long and happy years to come ruling the roost at The Holler! He’s so full of Love and gratitude it is almost palpable – even from here he reaches out with affection – ’tis little wonder he’s loved so dearly by all who cross his path 😉 The more I read about him the more kingly he becomes…without doubt the King of Cats.
I know from time-to-time you’ll keep everyone updated on his progress – I for one can’t wait for the next instalment.
Thank you for kind thoughts on the poem…I had a little help from Herbert 😀
Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a great week ahead. Take care y’all,
I have no doubt that Herbert is with you in spirit, along with many other blessed souls. They would like hanging out with you because you listen to them <3 😺
That is a most wonderfully kind sentiment Cindy, thank you. Herbert moves me in mysterious ways: he’ll always find a warm space in a special place in my heart whenever he visits. I <3 him deeply.
I'm so pleased he has a loving home with you all in The Holler where he is cherished in all ways always.
Thank you. Namaste 🙂
Cuddlesome cutey, but what do the birds think of him….
When he was a kitten they paid him no mind despite the fact that he chomped his teeth together while looking at them! Now they clear out the feeders and baths, the second they see him in the window. He is big now. They come back when he leaves though. Funnily enough he seems to have no killer instinct. He plays with bugs and lizards in the courtyard, but doesn’t hurt them. He carried a frog into the house in his mouth from the courtyard. didn’t hurt it. just sort of batted it gently around until I liberated poor froggy.
He sounds a real softy
He is so soft, but tough too.
Love, Herbert!!! Such a beautiful cat.
Grazie! He is a very fine feline. 🐈
He is a beautiful animal, with that typical feline “Sez you” look in his eyes.
He has the look and the mindset down pat! 🐈
Stunning images of a gorgeous cat.
Your bird and animal photos are always outstanding, but I think you’ve outdone yourself with Herbert’s photo shoot. He looks extremely healthy too, especially his eyes……so lovely in that last image 🙂
Ahhhh, so kind of you! Thank you. It is amazing how healthy he is considering he was a feral kitten, with a feral mom, living in Orange County.
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Herbert–all grown up. Pictures from Cindy Knoke.
You are the most wonderful friend. Be well Patricia <3
What a handsome boy!!
Yes, he is, on so many levels.
Love the commentary with the beautiful pictures of your cat. 🙂
Herbert is like Canada, an unfair advantage for photographers.
He’s gorgeous! Thank you for adopting a formerly feral cat!
Thank you more for appreciating him. <3
What a gorgeous cat! Thank you for sharing these photos of Herbert. Sounds like he’s a lucky guy!
Thank you Audrey, the lucky goes all the way around <3 😺
Really beautiful cat.
He is, and from the humblest beginnings he rose!
He is gorgeous. My tomcat loves q-tips…for some strange reason.
Ohhhhh, now I need to see what Herbert thinks of them…….My husband will be wondering why we are using up so many q tips!! 😺
He is, and regal too, like every cat! 😺
he is beautiful Herbert.
you feel all the love you have for Herbert and that it is an integral part of your life.
I lost EOS not long ago, in cruel circumstances for her with a veterinarian who mistreated her during her euthanasia.
EOS who always trusted me, was very kind but with character, the last moments of his life knew only cruelty. I stay with these pictures.
I will always love cats.
Oh, I am so terribly sorry. I can feel how these memories haunt you, and just your description bothers me. So very sorry. He will remember your love though, and that will be the most important thing he will take from his life. Hugs to you & empathy too <3 <3
He is, in every way! 😺
Such a beauty!
He grew up in ways we didn’t expect, but we are delighted with him in every way! 😺
Hello there, Herbert! What a beautiful cat! Thank goodness you saved him and adopted the lovely furry friend. I’m sure he must be very happy in his home…
And we are happier in our home with him in it, which I know you will understand! <3 😺
Herbert is a beautiful cat and so lucky to live in your house, Cindy and to have found his perfect forever home 🙂 xxx
Thank you Carol. We all feel incredibly fortunate to have found him 😺
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Herbert, all the feral kitties in the world, and the people who love them, thank you! 😺 <3
Cats are always “most important”, that’s the way they think of themselves 😉
And Herbert is really beautiful! ❤️
“Cats are always “most important”, that’s the way they think of themselves.”
Exactly! And in their case, who can disagree with their priorities!!! Laughing…..
Herbert is a handsome chap and I’m so happy he’s found a home with you!
Thank you Emma. We are happy too! 😻
I imagine not only ‘king of the fountain’, but king of the household too ? – none rule our hearts as well as cats do – yes! ?
Yes, emphatically so! Thank you for knowing & cheers to you 😻
He’s beautiful 💖 So glad he found a forever home, the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.
We just encountered a homeless cat at the beach. A homeless man feeds him everyday. There is is a lesson here isn’t there.
There really is!
Herbert ist süß, hab einen schönen 3. Advent.
Vielen dank mein lieber Freund und Frohe Advent <3
danke, das wünsche ich auch
bleib oder werde gesund, alles Gute für dich
Vielen dank! 😽
danke und möge es alles für dich so sein, wie du es dir wünscht
Quite amazing portraits
Ahhh, so kind. Thank you!
Herbert, King of the Fountain and a very important member of the household…. is
Adorable. Thank you for capturing him so well, Cindy 💕
He certainly has captured our <3 <3 's ! Happy Holidays to you sweet Val 😻
Herbert is very handsome, and one lucky cat to have landed in your home!
We feel exactly the same about him <3 😻
He is stunning
He is catastic! 😻 <3
A handsome man indeed – beautiful portraits!
Thank you Leya & Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays to you as well!
It’s lovely to see Herbert so settled and at home with you dear Cindy, we’re so happy he’s landed on his paws! 🤗🐾💖🐾 xxx
Thank you! He is a joy to live with <3 😻
What a handsome Herbert!
He thinks you have excellent taste! 😉
He’s so handsome! 🙂 Always wonderful to see happy pets, but especially an ex-feral or stray <3
Live and learn. I had no idea that feral kittens make such awesome pets! 😻
He’s quite a little tiger!
He’s a wild cat! 😺
He’s got an amazing personality to match! 😺
What a beauty!
Inside and out. He makes our family complete 😻
Herbert is a cat with “presence” Cindy. He looks like a real character.
You described him perfectly! He is one cool cat. 😺
Merry Christmas Cindy.
Oh my goodness! Herbert is beautiful. I love cats so much, and Herbert is like the perfect cat. <3
I love people who love cats! <3 😺
Herbert is gorgeous, what a beautiful boy. xxx
He is a beauty, inside and out 😺
Just Beautiful Cindy. Herbert is so lucky to have such a wonderful home full of so much love! He is one lucky pet !!! Photos are great. Especially love the last one.
Awww, so kind. Thank you. I hope you feel better and better everyday and are fully healed by Christmas <3
I wish full healing would be that soon Cindy! Realistically, my surgeon said at least 2 months to recover. Alot was done down there and mt body us trying to adapt to all the trauma.
Sounds difficult. Sending you my hopes and prayers <3 <3
Thanks Cindy. I need all the prayers I can get. Very miserable right now. See my surgeon for followup on Thurs. Did manage to go out to an event last evening with a group i belong to on a large Christmas parade boat. Paid in advance and we did alot of prior planning. When I do a post about it, don’t be deceived by my smiles. Lot of padding and pain meds taken to hold up. Didn’t want to be a Debbie Downer for the others. Everthing else I had planned last week, I cancelled. Just too much pain to enjoy.
I am so sorry. It sounds truly awful. Hoping you get relief soon <3
Hi Herbert! You are a beautiful cat!
Herbert thinks you have excellent taste, and so do I!!! 😻
King of the domain!
Absolutely, as long as he doesn’t see the cougar that is tracking around The Holler now!
I’m not particularly a feline-lover, Cindy, but even I have to admit Herbert is a handsome dude! He seems way more fascinated by your camera than Dallas does, which makes for lots prettier photos!
He makes direct eye contact with everyone, including the camera lens. Usually only wild animals do this.
Really? I didn’t know that. That’s interesting!!
Love these photos!
I am so glad you do, thank you!
He grew into a beautiufl cat!
He did, in temperament too. <3
He has very cool cheek stripes! 🙂
He does. He thinks he’s a tiger, but that’s only because he has never seen a tiger!
Such a handsome lad! Both blessed and a blessing. He reminds me of my Amber girl…miss her very much. Hugs to you Cindy!
So sorry about Amber, but happy you had her <3 🦁
Such a beautiful furbaby
He is, in every way 🦁 <3
Adore the last one, giving rise to a bit of personality.
Ahhh, glad you enjoyed. He has personality to spare!! 🦁
Pretty cat. Glad you were able to give him a home.
Thanks! We are glad too. 🦁
He is gorgeous. I’m glad you found each other.
It is a catastic match! <3 🦁
Herbert is a handsome fellow. I enjoyed your photos of him and the commentary, too.
Awww, thank you & so glad you did. Cheers to you & Happy Holidays! 🦁
Happy Holidays to you, Cindy!
Herbert is a beautiful cat. I like cats.
I like people who like critters! Merry Christmas Beverly <3
Thank you and same to you. God bless you.
And you, sweet lady <3
Great shots, Cuz! He’s quite the handsome lad, isn’t hè now? Like the white spot on his nose. It’s very distinctive. 😺
He will be most pleased that you find him distinctive! Merry Christmas cuz. 🦁
Love him to pieces xoxo
Which, of course, is why we always understood each other. Love to you Eunice & Merry Christmas.
Truly is <3 Merry Christmas Cindy to you and yours. xo
Merry Christmas Eunice <3
Makes me happy you do! 😸
Ha ha! ‘Cool cat!’
Herbert is a way cool cat. Merry Christmas John 😸
Thank you. M. C. to you, too.
He is the most gorgeous cat I’ve ever seen! That face! ❤️
Awwww, Herbert thinks you are a person of refined and excellent taste! 🐅
I’ll bet he does lol
What a beautiful cat. Theses eyes!
His eyes are huge and amazing! 🐅🐅
He’s sweet too! 🐅
He’s absolutely gorgeous, Cindy, and such a lucky cat to have you give him a forever home! We adopted our cat from a shelter – and he’s a pistol too!
They just have awesome personalities, with a teeny touch of wildcat in the mix! 🐅🐅
He is love😻
I love people who love cats! 🐅
Cheers to Herbert, king of the holler! He really looks like a king in the first photo. 🙂 Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays Brad & the best and brightest New Year too! 🐅
Thanks Cindy. <3
I love the last picture. He is adorable and he knows it. I am glad you guys found each other. A win/win for all and a Happy Ending I so like.
Yes, indeed, especially the bit about him knowing he is adorable. He does!!! 🐅🐅
I could tell. I speak “Cat” and “Dog.” 🙂
Cindy, thank you for sharing these photographs and for adopting Herbert!
Thank you for being a wonderful person and friend Charles & Happy Holidays! 🐅
Cindy, you are very welcome, and thank you! Happy Holidays!
Herbert thanks you & so do I! 🐅
Waaah, falling in love with Herbert! <3
I wish him and you and your whole family a Merry Christmas and every time enough kleenex. <3 🙂
Double thank you!!! And Merriest Christmas to you and yours!
Herbert is stunning and what a lucky fella he is to have wound up in your family.
Thank you Dor, it is a definite visa versa situation. Merry Christmas to you and your family <3
Hi. Herbert is so adorable. It seems he is keeping you busy.🙂
Smiling, what he is doing is making all of us happy. Cheers to you!
🙂 Cheers !
has he discovered toilet paper yet? Such a majestic looking feline!
He has not, and don’t you go giving him any ideas……. 😽
here kitty kitty kitty…..
I love Herbert and I love this blog! You are doing such a great work and always it make me smile!
Have a wonderful christmas time and be blessed! And of course: Many greetings to Herbert!
I love my amazing blogging friends like you! Thank you so much for such a thoughtful comment and Happy Christmas to you! <3
He’s gorgeous, Cindy! 🙂
He is, thank you! 😽
Herbert is gorgeous and seems to be a happy cat!
He is very happy and he makes us happy too! 😽
He is beautiful, and very fortunate that you rescued him!
Terrible to think about how many wonderful pets this happens too.
What a cutie! I love that 1st perfect shot of Herbert!
He wouldn’t even try to hurt your lizard. He appears to have no killer instinct. He brought a frog into the house in his mouth so gently he didn’t hurt it, and then proceeded to watch it. I rescued it. He won’t even kill bugs, but he will chase them 😽
Really? Aww. I believe animals have souls, so many would disagree. That’s okay. Herbert may have a live and let live take on things, rather than succumbing to instinctual urges. He is deeper than that : ) He is such a sweet heart!
I agree with you on all points! <3
Meow. Meow-meow-meow. That’s cat language for ‘You are one fine looking cat!’ Good thing your mom is such a good photographer. 🙂 –Curt
He is not a very willing model, but everyone once in awhile he bombs the lens by sticking his nose on it! 😽
Laughing, Cindy. Cats aren’t a very willing anything unless they consider it in their interest! 🙂 The nose shot would be interesting!
It would but the camera couldn’t focus!
Glad Herbert found his way home. 🙂
We are too, thank you! 😽
Healthy and head of the family.
Exactly! 😽 🙂
Thanks much Michele & cheers! 😽
So beautiful and lovely! Big heart! 🙂
Hugs to you and thank you! <3
Absolutely gorgeous photos – you’ve captured Herbert’s character!
Awww, so pleased his character shine through! <3
What gorgeous eyes and a great personality to match! I love how our pets enrich our lives. 🙂
They really do, and they improve our physical health according to more and more studies. I think it is because they make us laugh so often.
Herbert resembles my late cat, Pepper. He has the stripes and the fluffy tail. I always thought Pepper was part Maine Coone.
Yes. We think the same about Pepper & Herbert! <3
What a handsome tiger! 😀 Feral or not, they can really steal your heart, 😉
Yep, he’s definitely done just that! 🐱
Herbert is so handsome!! It made me happy just looking at him, 😺
Awww, your comment make me happy! 🐱
Merry Christmas, Cindy. Herbert is gorgeous! <3
Merry Christmas Elizabeth & thank you!
That’s one handsome feline, I must say.
He thinks you have excellent taste! <3
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I will leave you this evening with a wonderful photo shoot of an extremely handsome and stunning new model… Herbert is a rescured feral cat who has captured the heart and the office of Cindy Knoke… what a beauty….
We love him. He has wrapped us around each of his paws! Thank you sweet Sally and all the blessings of the season to you and yours! <3 🎅
He is absolutely beautiful Cindy…♥
He looks so happy, Cindy. What a joy.
He is the most incredible little creature <3
Thanks for saving Herbert!
He is a joy <3
What a cat. With his own style. Was the name giving a result of his individuality, Cindy? 😉 Sounds a little bit like a German. Best wishes, Michael
Wow! What an impressive, strong and beautiful personality! <3
Thank you, yes. I love him <3
I’m going to catch up soon but so glad I caught this one. Herbert is quite the photogenic gentleman! He talks to you with his eyes. He’s absolutely adorable and I understand how he makes you all very happy. Curious too. 🙂 Hugs and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
The best, of the best, of the season, for you dear Marlene <3 🤶
I love the look on his face, what a cool cat!
Thanks Lyn. He is definitely a way cool cat! <3
Very cute 🙂
He is a sweetie-cat!
Beautiful Herbert! Thank you for saving him.
Thank you for caring about him & Happiest New Year! ❤ 🕛
Thank you! 🙂
He’s gorgeous. I’m so happy you found each other. <3
Dear Cindy, just love him,
Love to you Sherri & Happiest New Year! ❤ 🕛
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Wow! He’s gorgeous, Cindy! Have a fantastic Christmas!
Hope your Christmas was wonderful & wishing you a Happiest New Year! <3 🕛
Beautiful cat and Merry Christmas to you and to Herbert of course.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Charly!
Wonderful that he became domesticated so fast. Beautiful photos.
Thank you. Herbert is a wonderful cat!
Herbert is such a flurry and beautiful cat! Thank you for sharing the adorable pictures. He reminds me of my kitties 🙂
I love your kitties too! <3
Herbert is GORGEOUS!!! ❤️😺
Thank you! He is such a love bug <3
Herbert is a beautiful and lucky cat!
Thank you & Happy & Healthy New Year to you and yours!
A very handsome and naughty kitty— Wonderful!
Thank you & Happiest New Year to you!
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