Helping a local feral cat
25 November 2021
Most success stories in rescue are about finding the perfect forever home for an adopted cat or kitten, or reuniting a lost cat with their owner. This is a different kind of success story.
The first thing you are told about when helping with a rescue is always have a plan A and plan B. Sometimes, however, you also need a plan C and D. During a recent collaboration with a feral colony to trap kittens we unexpectedly got the news that the elusive Dad had been trapped instead of the missing kitten (don't worry, kitten has since been caught and is in care). As this happened on a Saturday morning, we struggled to find a Vet to take him in straight away, and couldn't find a suitable temporary foster placement, for a very feisty feral Tom however Medivet Watford agreed to take him in.
We think this Tom fathered 9 kittens (from one cat), but there could be more out there that we don't know about. Medivet Watford neutered him and did all the necessary health checks to make sure that he was ok to be released.
Feral cats have too much of their wild cousin's instincts in them (they will fight to escape if they are inside) and whilst they are lucky enough to have Colony Caretakers to provide food and shelter, they consider their home to be the place they were born into - the outside.
For more information about feral cats, please follow the link below:
What Are Feral Cats - Help and Advice | Cats Protection
What are feral cats? The word 'feral' means members of a domesticated species that have reverted to living as wild animals. While they are often mistaken for stray cats, ferals have little or no contact with humans and cannot be tamed.