Cat’s Protection in Crawley is putting out another plea on behalf of two out of work mousers still looking for good homes to use their skills.
Colonies of feral cats often find themselves homeless, usually as a result of inner city and rural development, but their useful predatory skills, coupled with the charity’s rehoming services, can secure them a better future.
Rosie Collins manager of Cat’s Protection for Crawley and Reigate branches said: “Most feral cats prefer the freedom of a working life to a comfortable lap in suburbia.
“We have had some very positive feedback in terms of reduced rodent problems from the many farms, stables and warehouses that have adopted a feral or two from us.”
A pair of feral cats can provide a highly efficient and environmentally-friendly alternative to chemical pest control. Anywhere where there is room to roam and rodents to catch, will provide working cats with a suitable environment in which to live and work. Places such as garden centres, golf clubs, smallholdings, farms, stables, shops are perfect. Owners must be prepared to provide their feline employees with food, water, shelter and veterinary care when needed, none of which will affect their desire to catch prey.
Cats Protection promotes neutering as the only effective way to control the number of both domestic and feral cats and helps around 28,000 ferals per year through its trap, neuter and return or relocation work.
Whilst feral kittens aged up to 12 weeks can be successfully socialised and rehomed in a normal home environment, this is not usually possible with adult ferals.
The charity also has three other cats, Evie, Jack and Leo, looking for good homes.
Grey and white Evie loves a fuss and enjoy a comfy lap to sit on and is in need of an adult only home with no other pets.
Likewise Leo would prefer a quiet home without children or other pets. His ideal home would have a back garden where he can play.
For families, Jack could be a great match. He is a senior cat and has been fending for himself for sometime. He is good with children and other cats.
To provide a home for any of them contact the Crawley branch on 0345 371 2734 or the Homing Line on 01293 226155. For further details see www.catsprotection.co.uk