Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Cats have been a part of Ocracoke life for generations. In fact "Digby the Only Dog," a wonderful children's book about Digby and the many Ocracoke Island cats, was written in 1959. Unfortunately, "Digby" is out of print.

Many of our readers know that island cat lovers have been organized to care for, neuter, and feed feral cats at various locations around the village. At the present time Ocracoke does not have a resident veterinarian, and the feral cat population is exploding. Members of "Ocracats" are working to address this problem. Pat Garber has written a more detailed plea for help that I will publish in a day or two as our March Ocracoke Newsletter.

In the meanwhile, if any veterinarians who love Ocracoke and cats are reading this, and can spare a few days to help with a clinic this spring, you will be much appreciated. Please contact Pat at 252-928-6765.

There are also cats that need good homes. If you can help out this way, you can also call Pat.

Donations to Ocracats can be sent to Ocracats, P. O. Box 993 Ocracoke NC 27960.

By all means, be sure to read Pat's upcoming article. I will provide a link soon.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of early twentieth century itinerant salesmen, entertainers, and preachers who found their way to the island. You can read it here.


  1. Anonymous7:24 AM

    We happen to have an Ocracat residing with us (can't say we own him as he owns us!) He (Angus) is such a delightful little guy and we thoroughly enjoy him. It's wonderful how the islanders take such great care of these little critters. If I could, I'd become "the crazy cat lady"!
    Marcy Desulis

  2. Anonymous8:40 AM

    I have faithfully visited your island for 10 years now and i think the ocracats add alot of charm to the environment. They seem very content and well-behaved. But i will always miss "stretch". OBX LOVER!

  3. We adopted and Ocracat today! he's a sweet little boy and we Named him Teach! We love Ocracoke and our Ocrakitty!


  4. jeremy10:02 PM

    look at this ocracat

  5. Anonymous7:38 PM

    Last Thanksgiving I adopted two torti sister Ocracats, Dory and Koko. They are now a year old and absolutely wonderful companions, for each other and for me. They love water, as any respectable island kitty would, and they love to chase deer and squirrels. They've never caught anything, except an unfortunate mouse once.

    A hearty breed, smart, and very sweet! And they come when I call!