Feral Cats

Feral Cat Stories

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Dear Phyllis,

Thank you so much for allowing me to borrow your "cat cage" for catching the mama kitty & 3 babies I told you about. Thank you, too, for calling the vet hospital and setting up the spay appt. for Mama Kitty! That was such a gift and blessing! All 4 are safe and sound and the mama is recovering well.

Thank you for the great amount of help you gave us. You saved four precious lives!

Sincerely,
Scotty & Joyce


Phyllis,

I've been meaning to send you an update on our two feral cats for the longest time. I thought you'd like to hear about the fruits of your labors. I'm attaching 3 pictures of our kitties which I'm sure you'll enjoy.

They are both thriving as I'm sure you can tell by the pictures. They definitely stick together all the time. They've run off two other cats that I know of - our yard is their territory and they're not about to share it.

We've named the little female (although she's not little anymore!) Patches. She still dashes off whenever we go outside but loves to listen to us talk to her. She moves back towards us once she knows it's us and has come to sit and listen to us as close as 4 feet. She hides if there's a stranger around. She rubs up against Fat Kat all the time though. She is so regal.

Remember how vicious the tom cat was?  You said that once he was neutered he'd be more docile.............Boy did you ever hit it on the head! We've named him Fat Kat for obvious reasons. He is a big cat!  Wait till you hear this..........every single time we open the sliding glass door there on the patio, he comes running. He rubs up against our legs until we can hardly walk! You may recall that Richard and I are both allergic to cats so we bought a long handled brush and we brush and rub him with that.  He loves it! In fact, if we stop too soon for his liking and go back in the house, he bats at our ankles to let us know he's not happy.  He hisses once in a while but he's learned to meow instead.  His purr is so deep and loud it's unbelievable.  Patches always sits close by and watches all of this and I hope someday she'll let us rub her too.


Both kitties pretty much stay in our yard all day and sleep.  They have favorite chairs and most often they sleep together on one of the chaise lounge chairs.  Our next door neighbor says that on rare occasions they see one cat or the other so they don't roam around hardly at all.  We've put a bed with blankets & rugs down in the shed and that's where they sleep at night so they're protected from the wind and most of the chill.

The kitties have provided us with much enjoyment................we have no rodents at all anymore!!!!  In fact, the neighbor across the street noticed our success and so she  started feeding a feral cat so it would stay around and get rid of her rats!

Thank you again for all your help with our kitties. You are doing such a good service.

C.J. and Richard


We began feeding a male feral about six months ago. At that time he was thin and his eyes looked infected. After about two months he had filled out and his coat was beginning to thicken. His eyes were no longer infected.  He always stayed his distance but he would sit by the sliding glass door like clockwork to be fed.  Then a smaller cat started appearing.  She was obviously pregnant but very thin.  We definitely didn't want to start a feral colony in our backyard!


Neither one of us knew anything about cats and we decided the responsible thing to do would be to call a city or county agency for advice. Unfortunately, I spent the better part of three frustrating days calling every single agency dealing with cats looking for information as to what we were supposed to do with these two cats. I was horrified to learn that the city and county agencies would remedy our situation by simply killing them!  I was dismayed to learn the number of cats that are put to sleep every single day. I couldn't accept that as the only solution so I did some more research and ended up calling every single "feral cat person" in the area pleading for information and assistance.

Unlike the city and county agencies, these organizations seem to have a network in place to offer help. All of them were overwhelmed with the demands of their mission to save feral cats but they were all willing to educate us and assist us with our dilemma. Unfortunately, none of them were in a position to take in two more cats.

I got the most help from Spay n' Save. Phyllis was very patient with us and our lack of knowledge regarding cats. She was a godsend to say the least. She guided us through the entire process of capturing the cats so they could be taken to the vet. She even provided us with the appropriate cages for the capture. We had already called several vets on our own to inquire about having the cats sterilized and were shocked to learn it was so expensive. We were financially unable to pay the full price. Spay n' Save apparently works with a vet who does the surgery at a deeply discounted price and we readily agreed to pay for both surgeries.

Phyllis took both cats to her vet and then Godsend that she is.........she kept the cats for us for two weeks while they recovered from the surgery. After their recovery, we accepted our fate and agreed to have both cats released back into our yard. Well, guess what? We've all adjusted just fine. We wake up every morning to find our two kitties patiently waiting for their breakfast by the sliding glass door.  The big tom cat has turned into the most lovable darling.  He rubs up against our ankles and "talks" to us the whole time. The little female is fast warming up to us but still keeps her distance. She watches the male interact with us and she seems fascinated with the whole scene. When we talk to her she sits there and just stares as though she's hypnotized by the sound of a human voice.  They both stay in our large backyard all day sunning themselves and napping. We live on a lake and have ten citrus trees..........this equals RATS, a big problem in many of our neighborhoods. Not too many days went by at first without our kitties proudly presenting us with the remains of their catches. As time passes, there are fewer and fewer rats. I'm absolutely amazed that we didn't think of this solution a long time ago! Our kitties are definitely earning their keep.

This whole process has been a life changing event.  How many other people are out there feeding feral cats but can't afford to have them spay or neutered? The cats continue to reproduce. Folks like us are willing, but we simply can't afford to do the responsible thing and have the cats spay or neutered so the breeding problem persists.

It's so simple......... We need more organizations like Spay n' Save to help neutralize the breeding problem.  There needs to be more publicity.  We need to be educated!  There is a solution.  Richard and I are proof.