These are just some of the cats that are supported long-term by Feral Cat Welfare

Feral Colony  (Leeds - 2018)

This group of cats (plus more) are living in factory grounds.  We helped to get them neutered and bought them a shed when their outbuilding was pulled down.  Luckily an on-site member of staff helps with feeding and volunteers visit once a day to feed and check their wellbeing.  We support them with their food and veterinary costs.  



Tabitha - long-term sponsor cat

  

Tabitha was a feral kitten found living in Leeds city centre along with her mother and brother and was brought into care in 2003.  She remained a semi-outdoor cat at her foster home but had to be trapped and brought indoors when she stopped eating (November 2014).  A trip to the vets confirmed severe gingivitis/stomatitis although her teeth were still good.  She required two more stressful trips to the vets for anti-inflammatory and antibiotic injections but once these wore off she stopped eating again.  Tabitha was put on steroid tablets which worked fairly well for 18 months although every so often the stomatitis would flare up.  In the summer of 2016 it was recommended by the vet that most of her teeth be removed.  There was an 80% success rate with this procedure, so we decided to take the risk as her stress levels kept rising and her trust diminishing with every trip to the vets for antibiotics and injections. It was a difficult decision as her teeth were actually healthy, but we followed the vet's advice.  All but her canine and incisors were removed and after a traumatic few weeks of healing and regaining her trust, things settled down.  NowTabitha has no need for steroids and enjoys eating both wet and dry food.  She remains an indoor cat by choice, no longer wanting to go outside through the catflap, and although very nervous is still affectionate when we sit quietly with her. 



Marble and Pebble - long-term sponsored cats



April 2013:  Two stray cats were hanging around a house and needed help.  Pebble was found to have old fractures at the top of both his back legs. This came to light when he jumped down from a surface badly and re-broke one of the fractures.  He had x-rays and the old wounds were found.  Once in our care he had two operations to remove the heads of the broken femurs (thigh bones).  He is now pain free and his mobility has improved.  

These two cats are now going to remain with their fosterers and be supported long-term by Feral Cat Welfare as Pebble's legs will need monitoring and he is still timid. His brother, although problem-free, is his closest companion as you can see from the photo above, so we're not going to split them. Pebble has had a rough time over the past two years and now that he has become used to his foster home and is recovering from the two operations to his back legs we have decided it would be cruel to move him again.  We will continue to support their veterinary treatment but their fosterers have kindly agreed to pay for their catlitter and food.


 

Derek - long-term sponsor cat

 

Derek is one of several cats living in a colony that has been funded (neutering and food) by FCW for some time.  It was discovered in 2017 that one of the cats that had become tamer was suffering with diabetes.  Luckily he is able to be injected with insulin when eating twice a day and has remained stable.  Because of this we are continuing to fund his medication for as long as we can as he is living a good quality of life.