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Sep 27

Some are born Feral, Some achieve Feralness and Some have Feralness thrust upon them!

We have been dealing a lot lately with feral cats. So what is a feral?

Some are born Feral …

Whisper - rescued at 3 weeks old after his mother was found shot dead and adopted by us.

Whisper – rescued at 3 weeks old after his mother was found shot dead and adopted by us.

Cilla, Cliff and Elvis. Abandoned on a stairwell in Batley. We cared for them until they were all re-homed.

Cilla, Cliff and Elvis. Abandoned on a stairwell in Batley. We cared for them until they were all re-homed.

Basically speaking, any kitten born outside is feral. They will grow up wild with all their wild instincts sharpened for fight or flight. they will hunt or scavenge for food. This is not their choice, it is the way they were made. If they are found young enough, 4 weeks is about right, but no older than 6 weeks, they can, with constant handling be “tamed”. These can be indistinguishable from “domestic” kittens once they have gone through this process.

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Domestic mother Molly and her feral kittens. All now have good homes.

Domestic mother Molly and her feral kittens. All now have good homes.

Sooty

Sooty. Dumped, in a bad way, with multiple abscesses. cared for by us and Jan at Farplace. Re-homed with an elderly gentleman in Weardale.

If they cannot be tamed, the best scenario is for them to be humanely trapped, neutered and re-released to where they were found if someone can provide food, water and shelter for them. This will stop feral numbers escalating, keep neighbouring ferals out and keep down the vermin population. Alternatively we are always looking for potential homes for true ferals who are invaluable in keeping the vermin under control.

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Some achieve Feralness …

Spot. Born wild to a domestic mother and adopted by my friend Katie.

Spot. Born wild to a domestic mother and adopted by my friend Katie.

wendy's kittens

Wendy’s kittens, Peter, Tinkerbelle and Hook. Born feral, now domesticated and ready for their new homes.

Occasionally a cat will shun the company of humans and “become” feral. This is the cat’s choice. This is unusual but it does occasionally happen. Do not mistake this for a cat who has crossed the road and moved in with another owner.

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Some have Feralness thrust upon them …

Wendy. Dumped, emaciated and with 3 small kittens. In need of a home.

Wendy. Dumped, emaciated and with 3 small kittens. In need of a home.

Tiffany was dumped, starving and in a bad way, when she was found by my friend Katie. Adopted by us.

Tiffany was dumped, starving and in a bad way, when she was found by my friend Katie. Adopted by us.

People will sometimes leave a cat to “fend for itself” thinking it will be ok. This may be because they are moving house, no longer want the cat, or the cat has become pregnant and they don’t want the kittens. This is irresponsible ownership at its’ worst. These cats cannot fend for themselves, will often be unable to care for themselves. They may starve, become prey for wild animals or pick up one of the many feline diseases, some of which are fatal.

The cats and kittens pictured here were born feral and have since been domesticated and rehomed or are awaiting homes. Please consider adopting one of these cats or kittens.