WHAT ARE FERAL CATS?
As well as the many domestic cats that need new homes there are also a huge number of feral cats that need help in Leeds and the surrounding areas.Feral cats are cats that are born and live outside. They have had limited or no contact with humans.Most of the time the best way to help these needy cats is to limit the size of the colonies by trapping, neutering and returning (TNR) them to the location from which they came.As long as the cats have someone, or a few people, to feed them, and they have some sort of shelter, they are perfectly fine. Occasionally though it can be unsafe for some of these cats to be returned to site or there is none willing to feed them.
New homes are always needed for feral cats. Maybe you would be willing to offer a couple of feral cats a safe home. Small holdings, stables, garden centres etc. can be ideal locations for these cats to help keep rodents at bay. It is best to rehome the cats, at least, in pairs as they are used to living with other cats and enjoy the company of other cats. It is easier than you may think to care for them. All you need is some sort of outside shelter, shed, garage, outbuilding etc in which they can live. More often than not they are not interested in interacting with their human carers, though, sometimes, they can get to the stage where they wind round your legs, particularly at meal times!! There can be a misconception that feral cats do not need feeding, that they will hunt and catch what they need to eat. This is not the case - they require feeding and looking after to stay healthy, just like any other cat.
If you feel that you may be able to offer a home to a couple, or more, feral cats, then please contact us to discuss further the possibility. It can be a very rewarding experience taking on cats like these, cats that are often misunderstood and considered to be pests.
These cats are part of a very lucky feral colony. They live in a beautiful garden and have a very kind lady who cares for them. You can see more of them on FERAL SPONSORSHIP.