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.
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.