Going Wild on Cats


This feral kitten, from the factory part of where Younger Daughter works, has become the latest member of the household. She has been named Cassie, and is making great strides in settling down. She used the sandbox from day one. She is still confined to one room, so that she can be introduced gradually to the other three cats (it doesn’t affect Mister Mack but Amber and Pearl are disgusted at losing what was their domain) and the five dogs, but she has already decided to accept the humans. After all, they feed her, and she loves food! She is even allowing herself to be picked up and cuddled, and although she has a deluxe cat bed she has come to the conclusion that human pillows with heads on them are much more cuddly. YD is having a little nose poked into her ear in the early hours of the morning as a result.

A friend remarked that Cassie very much has the appearance of a wildcat. Some pictures of actual wildcats from Google tend to support that theory!

 

 

The factory in question was planning to have all their feral cats trapped and destroyed. With the help of a wonderful organisation, YD persuaded them instead to build a shelter for them and to institute a feeding programme. They are now being trapped, indeed, but only for ‘altering’ and release.* Loads of evidence was produced to back up that this is a far better,  less costly, and more long-term solution.  The resident cats still keep the place pest-free, fed or not, and they also stop the incursion of further kitten-producing cats. In cases where new feral cats are accepted by the colony, the trap/fix solution applies again for those individual animals.

*P.S. Here is the website of the wonderful organisation involved in the trapping/sterilisation:

http://catsofdurban.wixsite.com/catsofdurban

Note their recognition and ‘name and shame’ sections. As they say, ‘Statistics show that most animal abusers commit less abuse after being shot.’

© May 2017 Colonialist
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14 Responses to Going Wild on Cats

  1. What a cute new member of the family, Col…that was such a sweet thing to do…roarr ❤ Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 ❤

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  2. Esther Davis says:

    That reminds me of my family’s newest cat that showed up last Halloween. She refused to leave our yard. After days of her sitting in the cold and looking pathetic and skinny, my dad finally let her inside. Now she’s the fattest, happiest cat you’ll ever find.

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  3. ‘n Vriendin werk verskriklik hard hier in Pretoria om sulke kolonies in stand te hou. As mense nie van katte hou nie, maak hulle haar werk baie moeilik. Cassie is ‘n pragtige katjie en ek hoop sy besef sy’t in die botter geval daar by julle!

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  4. I’m a dog man myself

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    • colonialist says:

      It is possible to be hooked on both species, but with different mindsets. Just as one can’t really relate to horses properly without a conscious mental adjustment towards dealing with a herd animal.

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  5. Patti says:

    This cat looks much like a cat that my son and his girlfriend rescued from the streets. Lovely to see cats that could easily be starving and a general nuisance turned into loved family members.

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    • colonialist says:

      One wonders which ends up better off — the ones adopted into a loving home, or the ones that now have secure food and shelter, their own community, and complete freedom to do their own thing.

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  6. Scottie says:

    I love it. This is a wonderful thing. I applaud the effort that went into getting the factory to do that. Hugs

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  7. Colline says:

    Interesting. I did not know that this could be done.
    Cassie looks adorable and it looks like she will be well loved.

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    • colonialist says:

      It needs good people giving selflessly of their time and efforts.
      Cassie is adorable indeed, and is duly adored. She is well on her way towards becoming adoring, too.

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