When 8-year-old tabby Tom (pictured) found himself homeless last year, he thought he might have found a new feline family when he came across a colony of feral cats living in a nearby community garden.
Volunteers who maintained the garden fed the inhabitants regularly, and there was plenty of space to roam and play.
· Tom tried to make friends, but sadly didn’t receive the reception he was hoping for.
· Despite being a lover and not a fighter, Tom and many of the stray and feral cats in the area were unneutered, which lead to multiple quarrels breaking out.
· Because Tom was small for his age and new to the area, he was singled out and regularly got scratched, bitten and bullied by the other cats.
Luckily, the community garden volunteers soon noticed that Tom was getting hurt, and called Mayhew for help.
When Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers arrived on the scene, they found Tom covered in scratches and scabs. He was also limping, and had a sore open cut on his front leg.
The Animal Welfare Officers brought Tom straight back to Mayhew to treat his wounds, and gave him a full health check, as well as an x-ray on his sore leg to make sure there was no further internal damage, which luckily came back clear.
Mayhew’s vets did notice that one of Tom’s teeth was chipped and likely to cause him pain and distress, and so they also removed the offending canine and gave him a full descale and polish.
Happily, none of Tom’s surface wounds were severe, and after he’d healed and been neutered he was ready to be rehomed. It wasn’t long before a new owner fell completely in love with him, and he was officially adopted – finally finding the peace, love and home comforts he’d been hoping for!
Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers have since returned to the area where Tom was found to Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) the feral cat population. TNR helps to control and contain stray cat populations, and prevents further breeding, antisocial behaviour and the spread of infectious diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
Feral cats have different needs to their domestic relations, and it is important that each are taken into consideration when treating animals like Tom and his old neighbours. Mayhew’s experienced teams give feral cats a full health check when they are brought in for neutering, and ensure an area is suitable and safe before returning them.
If you are concerned about a colony of feral cats in your area, please email Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8962 8000.
To see Mayhew’s domestic cats available for adoption, please visit our rehoming pages here.