I’m a Ginger Tom

By Leah

Intro

I hope you like my true story of a cat that visits our garden a lot. He lives just down the road but he has to cross a busy main road to get to us. The photos were taken while he was having a nap in our cat pen, he’d had his breakfast with us as well.

I’ve tried to make the story quirky but in reality it’s a warning of the consequences of not having your cat neutered and the pitfalls they face during their life. As well as what happens below they also have a shorter life expectancy. Females should also be spayed because they have numerous unwanted kittens which in the wrong hands are handed to just anyone and they go on to have more unwanted kittens. The mating process for females is also very unpleasant and when in season they can be brutalised my numerous males sometimes ending up injured and bleeding as well as pregnant.

Please get your cat neutered; in the UK it can even be done for free. Just approach the Cats Protection league and they will send you a voucher to take to your local vets. Please do it, after all how would you like to not have any say about when you get pregnant? How would you feel if your babies were drowned at birth or given away to a child abuser?

Cat rescues are full to overflowing because of irresponsible uncaring people who think its fun ‘to get a kitten’ but with any animal comes responsibility so come on do right by them!

To summarise;

  • Your cat will be happier, relate to you and build a stronger bond.
  • He will not be responsible for producing unwanted kittens.
  • Will be less likely to fight therefore not be prone to scratches, bites, abscesses.
  • He will be less at risk of STI’s.
  • Will very likely live longer.
  • He will be less prone to testicular cancer in later life.

Anyway now for my story…….

Ginger Tom Cat

I’m Ginger

Story

Hi my name’s Ginger, I’m what you humans would call a Ginger Tom; Tom traditionally meaning un-neutered, intact, unaltered yep I’m in full possession so to speak!

Now many of you humans would prefer me minus a couple of round furry aspects of my anatomy – yeowch! I like them just where they are thanks very much! Mind you I can kind of see your point because they do have their pitfalls in the modern world.

You see although I sound quite friendly I’m actually not, I’m grumpy most of the time and I like to get out there, I like to roam, on the prowl as it were to impregnate all and sundry. There’s so many of my kittens around here now and they are having kittens of their own! I’m a dad, granddad, great granddad maybe even a great, great granddad!

One of the main problems though I find these days is that it’s getting harder to find what I’m looking for and I’m needing to go further afield dodging cars, dogs and the like. That’s why I’m grumpy and tired most of the time hence not friendly to people; well wouldn’t you be the same? I constantly have one thing on my mind and believe me it’s not always a bed of Roses; there’s just not the available pussy out there that there used to be!

Yeah it’s certainly not easy being a Ginger Tom these days especially when there’s others like me after the same female! Things can get pretty heated! I get scratched and bit like you wouldn’t believe! Then there’s the abscesses and believe me I’ve had a few of those! And vets! God I hate them! Some would say they have their uses because they can vaccinate us against Feline Aids, I’ve not had mine but what can I do? My mom isn’t really bothered about these things, says it’s a waste of money so I just have to take the risk and hope those that are willing haven’t been with too many other Toms. Not the only way I can get diseased though I’ve also heard I can get it through those horrible scratches and bites.

You know a funny thing happened to me the other week; I went out without a collar and returned home wearing one! Some mad human caught hold of me and forced me into this damn girly collar with a note in it. Apparently she wasn’t too happy with me and wanted to let my mom know! She only told her that she was irresponsible and that she should get my bits chopped off! The cheek of it! Just because I made her 3 precious girlies howl on her conservatory roof! She let my mom know that I was there every day bothering her females and that they were scared and I was upsetting them! My mom wasn’t too happy she said the nosy so and so should mind her own business.

Anyway that’s enough about me I’m off to see my pal Titch up the road he’s not been very well, he’s still intact like me but he’s getting on a bit now and he’s got this awful swelling on his nether regions, his mom isn’t too bothered so she won’t take him to the vets but they say it’s a tumour whatever that might be and its inevitable really because of his age and because he still has his bits and pieces. They say he’ll die and it will be very painful. He won’t say anything though he’ll just keep quiet about it.

Right nature calls so I’m off on my travels I’ll leave you with a picture of me (you can see my war wounds!) I’m not at my best at the minute because of all the travelling; my coat is out of condition and a bit greasy but never mind the girls seem to like the slick backed look!

Bye all!

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I’m a Ginger Tom — 10 Comments

    • Thanks Michael he is nice, I like him anyway; we all do around here even though he’s miserable all the time. I took the photo with the camera on my android phone its 8 mega pixel so the clarity is usually quite good.

  1. Couldn’t you just get him neutered yourself? I would do it and I wouldn’t feel even a tiny bit of remorse doing it. I’d love to see the look on his mum’s face. It’s incredibly irresponsible. I’d rather feel like I brok the law and prevented a lot tragedy of unwanted kittens with nowhere to go. I understand if you don’t. Perhaps you could call someone who would be willing to do it. Maybe call cat’s protection and get them to do it without telling them he has a mum – not much of a mum. And what about the older cat. I couldn’t be around watching him die in pain – I’d lose it completley. Perhaps I’m not the best person to be commenting because I have no patience for that sort of thing. If this was happening on my doorstep I would take matters into my own hands. It’s too sad to think of Titch being in terrible pain. I’d be hopping mad about it but I’d keep it to myself until I got them both dealt with.

  2. Oh my goodness! He still has sweet innocence on his face. I agree with Marc. If no one notices him missing anyway, why not do the deed, let him recover with you then release him to a happier life. I know it is a lot to take on, but now there are a dozen or a hundred of us here that adore him and wish him the best life.

    That aside, thank you for showing Ginger to us. Nicely spoken from the cats point of view.

    • Yes – I really do wish him a better life. If I was in England I’d even be willing to travel over there and do it. It’s too sad – and Titch, poor Titch, 🙁

  3. Hello

    Thanks so much for your caring comments the story about Ginger is true however Titch is fictitious I was just using him to illustrate what can happen to an older un-neutered cat, please don’t fret for him if Titch was real I wouldn’t hesitate I would do absolutely the right thing.

    I’m so sorry if I’ve upset you all 🙁

    As for Ginger I know his mom she’s a neighbour from down the road she does love him in her own way he was a stray when she took him in. I’ve told her loads of times she should get it done so if I go and do it without her knowledge it won’t be long before she puts 2 and 2 together and comes looking for me!

    Thank you for your comments.

  4. A brilliant article Leah and a lovely photo of Ginger.
    No, you couldn’t have him neutered yourself as the owner would be straight at your door and you could be in big trouble, you can only keep chipping away at her common sense.
    Funnily enough we had a ginger tom here too, he did his rounds for 10 years, looking all battered and thin.
    What changed his life was that one night he didn’t go home, his owner asked us for help finding him, we didn’t have much hope we would find him alive as the days went by.
    I called at the owner’s house one day with some lost posters for her to put out and it was her husband who was very anti neutering for all the place stank as only entire tom cats do.
    Well Ginger turned up and guess what, the husband must have changed his mind as Ginger was whizzed off to the vets next day and neutered and now we don’t see him, he doesn’t go far once his hormones had settled.
    So …..maybe Ginger’s owner needs a bit of a fright, maybe you could tell her our Ginger’s story because one day he might not go home and his story might not end as happily as our Ginger’s story.

  5. I enjoyed reading about Ginger and what a lovely pic of him having a snooze, it’s so sad the way that it’s pure chance if a cat is well looked after or not depending on which heart and house he ends up in. All we can do in cases like this is try to educate the owners.

  6. Hi Ruth

    I’ve tried everything with her to be honest to the point where she’s sick of me ! I’ve even told my husband to have a try if he see’s her in the pub! lol

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