Catch that Cat.

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A few years ago a black cat frequently visited my back garden. A somewhat brave cat, as Cherno was still alive and the garden was his Castle. The cat appeared to be in good condition, with a fine glossy coat and bushy tailed. Part of it’s ear had been torn off, during a scuffle with another cat no doubt. This is how I recognized it as being the very same cat. I had a few pictures of the cat from when it first started visiting. But alas they have disappeared into the vastness that is cyberspace. 

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It is only since Cherno departed this world, that I have noticed the cat more and more often. I am now convinced that the cat has taken up full time residency in my garden. However, the cat is “not” in the same condition as when first seen, some years ago.  The cat “now” has lost condition and looks very unkempt indeed. My mind springs back to the savagely cold winters we have been experiencing lately. It would appear they have taken their toll on this now snail eating,  very skinny, flea infested half blind moggy.  If we are to be gripped by another severe winter, then I doubt very much that the cat would survive.

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Feed me !!!!!!!!!!!

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Conscience ridden and feeling a little sympathetic at the cat’s deterioration in condition. I have decided to feed it. Hopefully this shall give the cat at least a fighting chance, to make it through the long bitterly cold nights of Winter.Crazy really, I have owned Dog’s all my life and now I am a dubiously proud carer of a mangy old Ferrell cat. A close friend suggested that the cat shall become used to me and in time shall come to trust me.  Somehow I just don’t think so. But we shall see.

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“PROBLEM”

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The cat hear’s me before it sees me and high tails it up to the top of the garden, thenceforth I know not. So I think it virtually  impossible to catch the cat, in order to treat it’s flea problem, worming  and any other condition it may be carrying.  “However”  while pondering the problem, I hit on the idea of my landing net, that I would use when fishing. If I can catch the cat, then I could let it live in Cherno’s old kennel come cattery. Until it is fit and well enough to brave the wild world once more.

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Catch that cat !

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 I have also pondered upon that age old conundrum, “should I interfere with Nature”  !  Am I doing the right thing, by helping this forlorn feline. Or should I just allow Nature to take it’s course ?

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21 responses to “Catch that Cat.

  1. Look after him / her Kenny.
    Cats can be great company, hardly take any looking after and are usually quite clean. they have their own personaltiies and quirks too.
    Mind you , if you’ve started feeding it, you’ve probably made a friend for life
    🙂
    Slowly slowly is the way forward, the more you get used to each other, the more trusting the cat will become. If it is an ex house cat, that shouldn’t take too long, but if is undomesticated it might take a bit longer.
    Good luck my friend 🙂

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    • Well as you say Nick, they are somewhat low maintenance, All i am doing is buying it’s food and making it accessible.

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      • That’s more than enough Kenny. We used to have a mouser who happened upon us in similar circumstances,though she was a lot younger than yours.
        My wife fed the little blighter a bowl of milk becasue she felt sorry for it, and that was it, a friend until she died ( the cat that is )
        She was great company, and had a lovely nature and personality, and to be honest I still miss her now, and the cats been dead for 15 years.
        Hope you get on as well with yours.
        all the best old chum 🙂

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  2. i used to work with feral cats, and I used a humane trap to catch them and get them spayed/neutered. Some diatomaceous earth food grade mixed into some canned food will treat worms and other parasites. Some ground Lysine will help the cat build up his immunity. Good luck. And thanks.

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    • I shall look into this Rumpydog. Thank you for the info. Others seem to be of the opinion that “Twiggy” shall eventually become tame in time. mmmmmm…. I have my doubts.
      Be well Rumpydog.

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  3. Hi Kenny Well it seems you have got yourself a little friend, you can easily worm her by lacing her food with worming powder, as for the fleas you will have to win her confidence and the put a couple of drops on the back of her neck when she rubs warmly against you!

    You see I have assumed that it is a girl…….. 😉

    Suki x

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  4. Kenny, I’ve always been a cat purr-son, but I can easily imagine myself, if our situations were reversed, taking in and caring for a stray dog. As your friends Sue and Josephine have already pointed out, this little cat has come to you for a reason. S/he needed you and you evidently needed him/her, at present. Animals know when people have good hearts.

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    • Hello Shimona,
      Welcome, ” has come to me for a reason ” I keep hearing those words, clanking around in my brain. I believe the cat came to my garden in the first instance because, my garden is the most densely planted in the area. It is full of all kinds of life, and affords thick shelter from the weather.Plus Cherno’s empty kennel is an ideal place to have a cat nap. But shelter is not enough, Now it needs food, which I am now only too willing to provide.

      Lovely to see you here again Shimona. Shalom
      peace

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  5. You know Kenny, just as your friend Josephine has said, This cat has come to you for a reason. I have a confession to make.. When my children were young a neighbour had a cat that lived with an Alsatian, and I rang the RSPCA for the bad condition the animals were kept in a small back yard full of Dog excrement. I could count the ribs on the Dog and the Cat had sores all over her back..
    She had one litter of kittens she tried feeding by robbing the bird table on our then back yard .
    She would come into my home and get fed and petted by my children.. And when the child of the owners of the cat found their cat in our home when he had come around to play.. The Cat disappeared for two weeks.. we later found out that the child had shut her in his cupboard feeding her Mars Bars..
    We took her to the Vets as she made a nest in our home ready to give birth in second or maybe third litter.. as she had terrible time in labour we paid for vets bills.. The kittens didn’t survive ..
    Soon after we moved house and we kidnapped the Cat had her splayed and she lived with us for a total of 21 yrs after that growing old with our Children she was part of our family..

    I think Kenny the Universe see’s your kind heart and has sent you a little companion to maybe trust you, if you can trust her/him.. I doubt with failing eye sight your Moggy can adequately catch his/her meal any more.. So I am certain you will find a bond will soon be bridged..

    As a foot note. My Dad made friends with a Wild Cat, born in the countryside… It trusted no one but him.. I will have to point you to a story sometime about his Cat..
    Forgive the lengthy reply Kenny… Meoooooow! from a Dreamer..

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  6. This little mite has come to you for a reason Kenny is looking to you for help. Of course you must afford this forlorn beautiful little creature the best possible care you can. We all need a good friend and perhaps a little help at some point in our lives. The net does disturb me somewhat, everything comes to him who waits or so the saying goes. Have patience and this little cat will come to you willingly. Trust is very important and in time, with your kind, caring nature he/she will realise that you are not going to hurt her. Well done you for caring enough to help! Perhaps he/she has a couple of those nine lives left yet… thanks to you x

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    • Hi Josephine,lovely to see you here.
      Thank you for your advice and pointing my nose towards caring for this pitiful creature. If not for you, and your power of persuasion, I may not have picked up the gauntlet. Thank you again for your kind words. Take care Josephine x
      PS. being a life long animal lover and having no animal of any description, to care for at present. I was a sitting duck 🙂 >
      You are a spark of light :)You are a Star x

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