Posts Tagged‘feral cat’

It has been nearly a month since they discovered Mr. Cat. “We gave Mr. Cat the opportunity to live and thrive as the kitten that he should have been. This is Mr. Cat’s story and we would like to share it with the world,” reddit user darkkon wrote via imgur.

“While heading to my car, my colleague and I discovered a small furry thing plopped on the grass near where I worked. When we went up to inspect it, we discovered that it was an emaciated, blind, and dying kitten, much less than a year old. We were able to coax it to slowly get up and walk a few meters where it stopped. My colleague brought a can of cat food and fed it a portion while gently petting it’s skeleton-like frame.”

 “We initially did not want to bring in the cat because we had two indoor cats of our own. We also did not know what kind of disease, parasites, and other pests the cat may have,” they wrote. 

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

“Although we knew the cat was likely feral, he seem to understand we were trying to help him. His fear of us waned and he began acting as if we were his guardians. “

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

“Despite the risks, we created an outdoor shelter made of cardboard to keep it from the cold. Some more food and water, and the cat seemed to be thankful.”

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

“After discussing it with my partner, we decided to bring him in. A level 10 containment field was setup in our bathroom and a force field was established in the shower.”

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

They took the cat to the vet the next day. “The cat was in very poor health and severely underweight, but we knew surrendering him to the shelter would only result in him being euthanized,” they wrote. “There were many problems with the him besides the obvious malnutrition, fleas, and dehydration. A severe scabie and mite infestation made him vulnerable to bacterial infection and as a result his eyes were infected and sealed. There were also skin infections caused by lacerations probably from other animals.”

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

With support from Reddit and hitbox, they were able to raise fund to cover his major care and bring in the supplies needed to keep him comfortable.

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

“As time passed on, we knew Mr. Cat was getting healthier. The parasites were dying and he was gaining weight. However, one major thing we wanted to overcome was his blindness,” they added. “Lesions and scabs continue to fall off as we aggressively treat the scrabie and mite infestation on Mr. Cat.”

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

“Nearly three weeks after we discovered Mr. Cat, we did something we would have never imagined when we first got him: We actually touched his fur and gave Mr. Cat a belly rub!” they wrote. “After a final cleaning and haircut, Mr. Cat was beginning to look more and more like a playful, happy kitten. He will be forever blind in his right-eye but with luck, Mr. Cat has full vision on his left-eye. ‘One is better than none’…”

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

“We took Mr. Cat out to our living room for the first time. A few sardines to get him acquainted outside of the quarantine zone seems to work rather well.”

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

“Mr. Cat has so strongly associated safety with his box that we created a second vacation home for him outside of the ward. He immediately walks in and makes himself comfortable.”

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

“Mr. Cat has come a long way, but rehabilitation will be key in getting him comfortable with his new guardians. He may have recovered physically to an extent, but he deserves the kitten-hood that was taken away from him.”

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

 “Mr. Cat shows his affection and gratitude for a little head scratching. At this point we know that he’s happy and comfortable in his new environment.”

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

“Mr. Cat will always have guardians to watch him now, until he grows and lives a long and happy life.”

Mr. Cat - The Story and Recovery of a Dying, Blind Cat

Full story at imgur.

Sponsored links

A few weeks ago, they rescued a feral kitten. See her amazing transformation!

“We’ve been catching up and fixing a colony in our neighborhood for a while now. Most of the cats are under the impression that they belong to us now, and so we’re in the possession of ten cats that live outside our house. We’ve kept a couple for inside kitties over the years and they have made the most excellent cats. Little Bou had a URI so bad her eyes were glued shut for most of her life and she’s half the size she should be at her age. Bless her heart! She’s already got me wrapped around her little claw now though,” Bou’s rescuer wrote via reddit.

“We’ve done TNR for the rest of the colony, but this little one is feral no more :) still shy, but working on her social lapcat skills,” she added.

First day home. Bou was very shy. “This was just a few minutes after I hauled her little feral butt inside. She hid behind the toilet and wouldn’t let me get any closer.”

feral cat transformation

To the vet! “A few weeks later, she’s on her way to her first vet visit. Turns out she has both FIV and ringworm.”

feral cat transformation

After her ringworm bath. “Still purring. Although she did try to take my arm off during the process.”

feral cat transformation

All cleaned up!

feral cat transformation

Cuddling with her rescuer. “Thank you for saving me…”

feral cat transformation

Photos via imgur.

Many stray and feral cats have settled down in Disneyland since the amusement park opened in 1955. Disney has embraced the feline friends as an important part of the park’s everyday operations.

They have partnered with rescue organizations to run a trap-neuter-return program to keep the feral population under control. “We view them as partners. It’s kind of a symbiotic relationship with them,” said Gina Mayberry of Alley Cat. The cats have become the “natural exterminators” who keep the rodent population in check.

During the daytime, most cats are rarely seen. According to an article in the LA Times, approximately 200 cats came to Disneyland Resort’s overnight after crowds have gone home, prowling the parks’ greenery in search for mice.

With help from local organizations such as FixNation, Disneyland instituted a policy for the humane care for the resort’s cats.

“What we do is trap the cats, get them spayed or neutered and make sure they get a wellness check and release them back into the population,” said Mayberry. After the cats have been returned to the park grounds, they continue to receive managed care. (Alley Cat)

The program has been helping kittens get adopted so that the cat population can be well controlled.

Giovanni, trying to find a few samples at the Alfresco Terrace. (by annapetrelli)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Can you spot the cat?

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Chloe the cat rubbing up a post. (by Amanda Nguyan)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Hanging out on a dock along the Jungle Cruise in Disneyland park. (by Sam Howzit)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Hortence enjoying Downtown Disney after most of the humans had vacated. (by Amy Ratcliffe)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

This is why you might want to consider a dinner at Wine Country Trattoria—you never know when Giovanni might decide to pay you a visit. (by Kristina)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Sometimes they venture out before the park closes. (by Anneth Briones)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Francisco, a very photogenic cat at the park. (by @dizneyphotoguy)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Kitty hanging out in Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (by Loren Javier)

Feral Cats of Disneyland

Source: Alley Cat. Follow Cats of Disney via Instagram.

More than a month ago, this little feral cat was found living in a neglected lot in a neighborhood without adequate or stable source of food, water or shelter. “It took me quite a few days to gain enough ‘trust’ in order to get him. I would go by each morning and late afternoon with food and water. Usually canned cat food, sometimes tuna or salmon. Eventually he stopped running at the sight of me, and better still, he didn’t mind me sitting near him as he ate. Once I felt brave enough I scooped him up mid-meal and put him in a cardboard cat carrier to bring him home. To be clear, he absolutely thrashed in the box the whole walk home and I was terrified he’d kill me once I opened it up. Obviously our relationship is going better than expected.” said vonnegoat of reddit.

With a lot of love and patience, kitty adapted to his new home. “I think he’s really enjoying the great indoors.”

“This morning he scrambled onto my bed at 4 am. Not my ideal wake up hour, but considering the progress, I was pretty excited.”

—–

“He spent his first 36 hours indoors under my bed, refusing to move. His talents at the time were sitting absolutely still for hours on end and staring into the depths of my soul without blinking.”

rescue feral cat enjoys indoor life

“On his second day, he started to explore my room, albeit timidly.”

rescue feral cat enjoys indoor life

“First nap on a bed, first real step to becoming a pet.”

rescue feral cat enjoys indoor life

“Now kitten naps everywhere, including my lap.”

rescue feral cat enjoys indoor life

“And my shoulder.”

rescue feral cat enjoys indoor life

rescue feral cat enjoys indoor life

“I think he’s starting to like it here.”

rescue feral cat enjoys indoor life

Photos via imgur.

Sponsored links

By Benjamin J Goodwin

I was working as a real estate agent at the time, and one afternoon I was driving into the car park at the office when I almost ran over what I thought at the time was an over sized rat. I didn’t take much notice, but as I got out of the car I saw this tiny little ball of fluff run down into the drain pipe in the gutter.

I walked over to the drain hole and noticed that it was in fact a tiny 4 week old kitten covered in mud and sewerage. My heart instantly broke… somehow this poor little kitten had been abandoned and left to fend for himself.

He was a complete and utter stray, quite feral actually. But that didn’t matter, I went and bought him kitten milk, and sachets of food for what was the next 2 weeks.

man rescues feral cat transformation

 

Every morning when I arrived to work I would sing out “Puss Puss” and he would stick his head out of the gutter to see where I was. Over the next two weeks I fed him twice daily and built up a bit of trust with him. Still in saying that he would never come within 2 meters of me.

I ended up resigning from my job, but before I packed my office- I was told that I needed to do something about the feral cat that I’d been feeding. My boss at the time said that he would call the pound to come and get it. I knew the fate that would meet that little kitten should he end up in the hands of the city pound.

On my last day at the office, I brought along a cat cage and plenty of towels. It took just under seven hours but finally he poked his head out of the gutter and I grabbed him by the scruff of his neck. He tore chunks off my wrist and bit me pretty hard, but I knew the poor thing must have been terrified.

I wrapped him in towels and put him gently in the cage, taking him immediately to the vet.

He was still a very aggressive kitten, hissing and biting everyone that came into contact with him. But I just couldn’t give him up, knowing what would have happened to him if I did. So over several weeks and between many cuts and cuddles later, my mother and I raised this little fella into what I would now quite literally consider to be my best friend in the world.

I have had a pretty hard run over the past 2 years, moving house 5 times and even at one stage I had no where for Puss to live- I scratched every cent I had together to pay for a kitten kennel so that he would have somewhere to stay until I found my own self somewhere to live! Puss was definitely no stranger to facing change. But Puss always stuck by me. From car rides to visit mum in the country side, to dvd marathons on the couch. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my little Puss.

He is now a completely house trained and domesticated part of the family. Every day I wake up, I honestly feel like my life is enriched by having him in it. Our bond is pretty tight and I am glad that I never gave him up!

I was never thought to be a cat man, but now I wouldn’t have it any other way!!!

—-

Benjamin had been feeding this tabby kitten he found near an office he worked at. On his last day at the office, he knew he had to rescue the kitten before others took him to the pound. So he did.

man rescues feral cat transformation

He named the kitten Puss. It took a while for Puss who was very feral at the beginning, to finally start trusting. “He was still a very aggressive kitten, hissing and biting everyone that came into contact with him. But I just couldn’t give him up, knowing what would have happened to him if I did.”

man rescues feral cat transformation

“So over several weeks and between many cuts and cuddles later, my mother and I raised this little fella into what I would now quite literally consider to be my best friend in the world…. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my little Puss.”

man rescues feral cat transformation

“He is now a completely house trained and domesticated part of the family. Every day I wake up, I honestly feel like my life is enriched by having him in it. Our bond is pretty tight and I am glad that I never gave him up!”

man rescues feral cat transformation

“I was never thought to be a cat man, but now I wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Photos courtesy of Benjamin J Goodwin.

This feral family of six were rescued together, given shelter, food and a lot of love.

“It took us a few hours to catch them. One thing that helped was that we had been feeding the mother for months before this happened so she was already comfortable with us,” said the rescuer from Philadelphia, PA via reddit. “She most certainly was wild. She wouldn’t come near anyone. But over the course of several months we kept her fed. She slowly became more comfortable with people. Then one day she had the kittens and I knew we had to get them out of there. The kittens had people around right away so they didn’t have time to get too skittish…. the mother put up a bit of a fight when we tried to bring her in but she is very friendly now.”

“We held onto the whole family for a few weeks until the kittens were ready and were eating solid food. We got them all adopted except the mother. Still trying to find someone to take her.”

“These pictures are from when I found them and the night I rounded them up and took them home.”

A feral family of six were rescued together, given shelter, food and a lot of love.

feral cat family rescued and adopted

feral cat family rescued and adopted

feral cat family rescued and adopted

They have been feeding a feral cat over the winter. When they found out that she had kittens, they knew they had to get them out of there.

feral cat family rescued and adopted

“The kittens had people around right away so they didn’t have time to get too skittish…. the mother put up a bit of a fight when we tried to bring her in but she is very friendly now.”

feral cat family rescued and adopted

feral cat family rescued and adopted

feral cat family rescued and adopted

“We held onto the whole family for a few weeks until the kittens were ready and were eating solid food. We got them all adopted except the mother. Still trying to find someone to take her.”

feral cat family rescued and adopted

Photos via imgur and reddit.

This tuxedo cat was born and lived most of her life in the wild and had never been socialized until she met a lady who became her best friend. Slowly, she began to open up to her.

“This video took place over the course of a year. She was originally trapped and neutered. They said she was too wild to be brought indoors.”

“I didn’t really know what I was doing when I took cutie petutie in. I could not stand for her to be out in the cold any longer. They told me she was too wild to bring inside. I put an cat bed outside my door for a year. I air pet her and talked to her while she was still outside. Finally one day when she had walked inside, I closed the door, and her life as an inside cat began.”

She was said to be too wild to be brought indoors… But the kind lady in this video never gave up hope. She fed and played with the kitty every day. Here’s the kitty visiting her human at her door.

tame a feral cat

It took about a year for her to finally feel comfortable enough to enter the house, but it was such a milestone for the kitty!

tame a feral cat

She continued to socialize the cat, gave her a lot of food, play and love.

tame a feral cat

 One day, this happened. It’s hard to believe she has lived most of her life outdoors and now she’s sitting on her human’s lap, enjoying to be petted and loved.

tame a feral cat