These are just some of the cats that are supported long-term by Feral Cat Welfare
Feral Colony 1 (Leeds - 2013)


Feral Colony 2 (Leeds - 2014)

Feeding time (above) and three of the cats ready for release after being neutered (below)



Gone but not forgotten...

 

Tess came into care many years ago as an untouchable, pregnant feral.  She remained nervous of strangers for a long time and when she developed a skin complaint that required treatment over several years it was decided she would stay in our care, especially as she had settled so well.  In the end acupuncture seemed to solve the problem!  Sadly in the summer of 2014 at the age of 15  she had to be put to sleep due to kidney failure. 

Dodger was one of four cats that instigated the setting up of the Adel Branch of Cats Protection in 1997.  He and his feral brother had been living in the cellar of a deserted house.  He was never offered a home and by the time he began to trust his fosterer we felt it was unkind to then move him so he remained in our care.  He became incredibly affectionate in his twilight years and was sadly put to sleep in the spring of 2014 due to old-age problems at the grand age of 18. 

Both these cats were very much loved and cared for and were given a life of security and comfort thanks to the formation of Feral Cat Welfare.



Tabitha

  

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.  Now, six months on, Tabitha has no need for steroids and enjoys eating both wet and dry food.  She remains a nervous indoor cat but is still extremely affectionate when we sit quietly with her. She is a much happier and healthier cat in her 13th year.



Marble and Pebble - long-term sponsored cats


UPDATE 8 NOVEMBER 2013

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.  He has improved in mobility and confidence since the operations.  We will continue to support their veterinary treatment but their fosterers have kindly agreed to pay for their catlitter and food.

28 October 2013

Pebble has had his second operation to the other back leg costing around £600.  He is recovering well.  Hopefully our auction on 16th November will raise enough to pay for this latest operation.

April 2013:  Pebble has been 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. How he got these and managed before coming into our care is a mystery.  He has just had an operation to remove the head of the broken femur (thigh bone) and the vet feels that the other leg will also need the same operation once he has recovered from the first operation.  We now have to look for an indoor home for these boys - they seem perfectly content not to go outside.  At last we hope Pebble will be out of pain - his slowness and lack of activity in the presence of his fosterer has always been put down to his shyness but now we know it was more than this. 

Came into care: 19 March 2012