This semi-feral cat finds a home with other cats like him after years of fending for himself
Sometimes people overlook feral cat colonies because they think these cats will not interact with humans. However, feral cats are the reason for the overpopulation of this species. Their fecundity is not taken into account by humans, resulting in uncontrollable overpopulation. Since cats are wild and homeless, they are familiar with injuries and infections. On top of that, they must fend for themselves to find food from one place to another.
Kitten Tuffy, who happened to be a semi-feral cat, fought for his keep. He is one of the examples that accurately depict what a feral cat’s life looks like. Fortunately, one kind-hearted man gave Tuffy a second chance to enjoy a new chapter in his life.
Tuffy usually hid behind the bushes at the man’s house. Knowing that a cat was asking for food, he began feeding it for a few months. But the cat would get weaker every time the man saw it. The man immediately contacted the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) after trapping it in the carrier. Trapping feral cats is the safest way for both parties. These cats will be taken to a veterinarian and given a full examination, including blood work, respiratory system, and infections.
“Tuffy was still running around and it was very difficult to catch him, but the man managed to lure him into a carrier and contacted us,” – VOKRA shared on Facebook.
As you can see, Tuffy’s sinuses were swollen because he had a cold. In addition, his eyes and other parts were also damaged.
“He let us clean his ears and eyes, give him the necessary medication and add an antibiotic eye cream.” – VOKRA staff stated.
After several weeks, Tuffy’s health slowly improved. He was no longer afraid of humans because he knew that all the staff was there to help him through the tragedy. As time went on, Tuffy the kitten was more open to people. He let them pet him, wash his face and give him oral antibiotics to help him get over his cold.
It took a lot of patience, and a lot of love, but Tuffy and the shelter have formed a strong bond. The cat was happy to move on to the next step: neutering.
“Since he came to us covered in fleas with his fur all matted, we shaved the knots out of his back, which seems to have made him much more content.” – VOKRA said.
During Tuffy’s recovery, VOKRA had updated his background, and some wild colony keepers recognized Tuffy. It turns out he had been in the colony for more than nine years and was sharing food with other cats.
“He always stayed near the bushes and waited for the feral cats to eat, after which he would come and finish the food.” These janitors had not seen Tuffy in about a year, however.” – The shelter wrote.
Surprisingly, Tuffy’s previous colony was only two blocks away and on the other side of the canyon. He escaped from the colony to the man’s house and fortunately, he was rescued. Eventually, people were able to estimate his age, which was about 12 years old. There was only one thing that concerned the staff.
Tuffy was FIV+ positive, so he could not stay with other cats in the same house. The people found another solution for the poor cat.
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