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Update from our Feral Officer

22 March 2022
Update from our Feral Officer With a few Covid safety precautions in place to protect our volunteers and the public, our feral welfare work is finally coming back to near normal. Requests for our help are coming in thick and fast. These are often from farmers and smallholders who originally acquired a couple of farm cats to help with the control of rats and mice. Without neutering, these cats can very quickly multiply until they reach large numbers. In fact our record from one farm was just short of 90 cats! All are neutered, health checked, wormed and deflead by our Truro Branch.

Sometimes we are asked to help with an injured cat, usually an unneutered tom, that has been fighting and has taken up residence in a garden shed to quite literally lick his wounds. Once checked for a microchip, neutered, health checked and returned with their wounds treated, these cats often prove to be more stray than feral and start to be friendly, and will move into the house if the householder is willing to take on responsibility for them. If not friendly, they are often just happy to have food and a comfortable bed somewhere quiet and out of the weather to call their own.

The term feral, when applied to cats, is usually taken to mean wild and undomesticated. In our experience it is often used sadly as a derogatory term to describe lost or abandoned cats: unwanted cats who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. At Truro Branch we use what we have learnt through experience to differentiate and treat each case accordingly to hopefully obtain the best outcome for the welfare of the cats we are asked to help.

If you have a problem with feral cats living on your land please contact Truro and District Branch on our helpline 01872 463466.