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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 saw an unexpected 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.


A tabby cat had crept onto the window sill and scratched and rubbed on the screen. “She was begging to be allowed in 100 percent,” Styer told The Dodo.

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

Styer stated, “I’ve never seen her respond like this before.” “It was obvious she had no idea what to do amid the storm.”

Styer isn’t fond of the stray dogs who prowl his neighborhood, but his fiancée Renee Becerra volunteers her time to keep the colony alive. Chunk Chunk had arrived at the colony in the fall, making her one of the colony’s newest members, and she seemed unprepared to face the elements.

He stated, “I’ve always been hesitant about letting the cats inside, but I knew Renee would want me to help Chunk Chunk out.” “I like Renee, and I recognized it was the correct 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.

Styer stated, “She allowed me to pick her up, which is rare for our community cats.” “As soon as I put her down, she raced around the house and attempted to escape via another window. When she raced inside it, she saw it was closed.”


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

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


Since moving into their apartment two years ago, the pair has assisted in the adoption of many litters of stray kittens, and when spring arrives, Becerra wants 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.

A little of stray kittens rescued by Becerra | RENEE BECERRA

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

Winter is the most difficult time of year for these cats, according to Becerra. “I’ve built three winter shelters and give food all the time. Some cat rescue organizations sell winter shelters, but they’re also quite simple to construct… I would absolutely recommend putting some out if you have the room or a safe peaceful location in your neighborhood.”

Members of the Brooklyn cat colony | RENEE BECERRA

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

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