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Feral cats are the 'wild' version of domestic cats and are cats that either pet owners have abandoned to fend for themselves, or offspring from cats that have been allowed to breed uncontrolled, usually outdoors. Feral cat 'colonies' can be found behind shopping areas or businesses, in alleys, parks, abandoned buildings, and rural areas. Because of the lack of regular contact with people, and often bad treatment they receive, they become elusive and do not trust humans.
True feral cats generally require a certain type of home, usually in stables where they have shelter and food. These cats enjoy the shelter and freedom and in return they keep the mice and rat population under control. But there are some 'feral cats' that are simply cats that once had homes, but have grown to mistrust people because of traumas or ill treatment. Many people who abandon cats assume their animals will survive when they move away and leave them behind. Contrary to popular belief, these types of domestic cats do not automatically return to their "natural" instincts and cannot fend for themselves.
Croydon Animal Samaritans has set up a feral cat enclosure which is a secure haven where some of our rescued feral's can live. We currently have 16 cats in our enclosure. Some of our residents suffer from old injuries such as broken legs from RTA's or injuried eyes. These cats require on-going treatment, and likely will for the rest of their lives, making them unsuitable candidates for TNR or stable homes.
Inside the enclosure there are sponsored Villas where residents can sleep on comfy warm bedding and, on colder days, inside with the heaters. There are cat scratching posts and toys for them to play with and plenty of toileting facilities. The enclosure is partly shaded by overhead trees which filters light through, allowing our ferals to catch a midday sunbathe.
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Our Feral Cat Enclosure
Not always a feral!
Often with a lot of patience, love and understanding our 'feral cats' can learn to trust people again and find homes of their own!
We work hard to socialise young feral cats and kittens using behavioural techniques that help them develop their confidence whilst feeling safe and secure in our specialist foster homes. We then look for homes that can continue with their ongoing socialisation and development, and offer support and advice to new owners along the way. All of our feral kittens that find the right loving homes flourish into devoted, affectionate and loving cats once they have settled in and bonded with their new owners.
Even the feral pen has had it's share of success stories! Many cats that have entered our pen with no interest in people have made amazing progress thanks to the dedicated and experienced volunteers who spend time with them. In 2019 we homed 5 of our long standing residents - Sid, Malcolom, Frank, Scruff and Stuart. We're hopeful that at the beginning of 2020 some of our current ferals can be placed into some of our experienced foster homes where they can recieve the one to one attention they need to flourish.
Our Current Residents: