Unhandled Feral Cats

When Wick and his family of two wives and three kittens came into our care towards the end of June, they were extremely fearful of people as they has never been handled.

They naturally displayed aggression by flattening their ears, hissing and spitting and there was inevitably some scratching and biting – an occupational hazard in our line of work. They made a bit of a mess of their unit to begin with and although it may not be very pretty, cardboard is good at soaking up territorial spraying! 

The only surviving kittens are Laurel and Laurie by mummy cat Locket and little Minaku by Goldie – which is testament to the harsh life they were living. Due to a lack of food,  Goldie was not producing enough milk to fully satisfy Minaku, but Locket made up for this, allowing him to suckle from her. 

At the time of coming in to us, they shared a unit with another feral cat who we named Mr. Bond and although they didn’t know him, they accepted him immediately. He became a kindly uncle to the little babies, despite being very wary of us humans. Mr Bond was in fact being fed by kind people who found him in their garden, but he was a entire tom so had to stay outside. They spoke to us about him and he came to us to be neutered and socialised, but he will be going back to the people who found him to be kept as a pet. A lucky boy and very happy ending for him. 

In a few short weeks, this little family of beautiful cats began to change. We and our team of cat whisperers through gentle play and calm encouragement, were able to stroke Goldie and Minaku is a friendly little kitty. We can also almost touch Locket, and Wick is becoming a very friendly lad. Little Laurie and Lauren made such fantastic progress that they left our care within 6 weeks and went to their new, loving home. 

We care about cats, regardless of whether they have been handled or not. Feral cats are simply domestic cats who have had to live and consequently have bred away from human intervention. We help as many of these cats as we can to become pets and where this is not possible, we home them with our continued support, to responsible and caring outdoor homes where they will receive daily food and water and necessary veterinary care.

Their July 2014 video is below: