We Own A Feral Cat

We Own A Feral Cat

by Kathleen
(Australia)

Shortly after we bought him

Shortly after we bought him

A few years back, my family and I were living in an outback Australian town, in North Queensland.

Our old cat was suffering from cancer, which had completely eaten away at his nose.

When mum finally had him put down, we went to the pound once a week for about 2 months.

The kitten that we bought was a gorgeous ginger tom, beautiful in every way.

He was approximately 3 months old when the council had pulled him out of a drain where he was living. He is part Persian, with stripes along the top part of his body, and spots on the lower half.

His feral nature leads him to randomly attack us without warning. He is a big cat and leaves some pretty impressive scratches and bruises on the poor soul that gets mauled by him.

He is rather stupid though, and has run into a moving car, only narrowly conserving his life.

His enemy is my lovely British Shorthair crossed with some-other-cat, who refuses to let him go anywhere near her.

Kathleen

Hi Kathleen... thanks for visiting and sharing. We like it when people adopt stray and feral cats. I think it is a bit rare and it seems that you are having a few tiny problems...but well done, I say.

He looks every bit a ginger tom cat; nice strong looking cat.

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May 30, 2010 Hi Maggie
by: Anonymous

The injuries to his face suggest he ran into a parked car while running at high speeds, possibly because he was spooked by a dog, or a person yelling at him. Ever since he has problems with his face and won't let us touch it.

Kathleen.


May 30, 2010 Gingi
by: Maggie Sharp

G'day Kathleen and Gingi! I'm in Australia too. =)

That's one handsome boy you've got there, though, I think his aggressive behaviour is caused by his past, perhaps he was abused as a kitten, that would explain his random attacks. Still, it's great that you rescued a feral, many people are reluctant to adopt a cat that was feral.

When you say he ran into a moving car, are you sure the moving car didn't run into him? There are many cat haters about, who won't hesitate to go out of their way to run over a cat. I've been unfortunate enough to see a cat who was left on the road due to such selfishness.

To me Gingi doesn't look like any certain breed, he looks like a big beautiful domestic long hair, a ginger tabby as you say.


May 29, 2010 Gingi
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Love that story, Kathleen. She really cares about Gingi after all. 🙂


May 29, 2010 that's fine
by: Kathleen

Haha, that's okay. He can be quite mean to her sometimes.
Mum told me today how weird our two cats really are. They can't stand being around each other, but as soon as one goes missing, the other is fretful and looks out for them. We had that happen the other night, where my cat Quin went outside to find Gingi because he had escaped. We generally keep our cats indoors as soon as it gets dark, and neither of them know how to use the cat flap, so we can leave the glass doors open just incase they are desperate to get out. He got out. She got upset. For a cat who despises him so much, she really worries about him when he's gone.

Kathleen.


May 29, 2010 Don't have to be bosom friends
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Kathleen. Gingi has a good sound to it and is just the right name for a beautiful ginger cat like him.
I did not mean to imply that he was to blame for the conflicts with your other cat. My wife and I too aim at always having two cats in the house to keep each other company, but our old Milly definitely does not share that view. When shelter cat Snow White arrived a year and a half ago, we were faced with having two dominant Alpha females hissing at each other.
Well, actually Milly did most of the hissing, while Snow White just looked at her. She is twice Milly's size, so she can afford that. It took almost a year before Milly could walk past her without hissing. She still is very careful not to do so, when Snow White is in play mode, because then Milly will be the mouse...
They will never be bosom friends, but at least now they follow each other around the house and also allow smelling at each other. So somehow they do enjoy each others company. 🙂

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May 28, 2010 Oh, I forgot...
by: Kathleen

His name is Gingi (after the Shrek character). That was my very original name for this orange flame of a furball.

Kathleen.


May 28, 2010 Thanks everyone.
by: Kathleen

Well, we aren't sure what he is, only that he is ginger tabby, huge, big feet and a small head. He's sick at the moment and is currently lying under my bed.
It's not him that has anything against my other cat, she does. We think her first home was an abusive one, as she is scared of men, excluding dad, and doesn't like new people in her house. She will run away and hide. She abhors being 1 out of two cats. she wants to be 1 out of 1 cat in the house, but because mum and I are avid cat people, we always have two cats - one for her and one for me.
And he can be quite loving. Just every time I pet him, he tries to rip my arm off.

Thanks,
Kathleen


May 28, 2010 Confident lad
by: Tracey (England)

He looks very confident lying there as if he doesn't give two hoots about anyone or anything!

He's a lovely handsome boy with a beautiful coat.

I think you're great taking on a lad with such challenging behaviour! I bet he has some loving characteristics though too!


May 28, 2010 Great looks
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Kathleen. I don't see much Persian in him and being a feral how would anybody know? To me his semi-longhaired fur looks more like that of Turkish Angora or Van, but there could be a number of other explanations. Whatever it is, he is a great looking tabby - I'm glad you saved him. What's his name btw.? 😉
Attacking humans and other cats sometimes can be part of playing, but of course it is a bad habbit that becomes more of a problem as the cat grows up. The article 'Please help my cat is aggressive, is it too late?' offers come of good advice on that.
As to getting along with your other cat, you could try serving them special treats together. If it's done on opposite sides of the same plate, they might forget the hostilities for a while and get more used to each other.


May 26, 2010 It takes time
by: Joyce Sammons

My cat Furby was a feral. My daughter gave him a bath on day 1 and he proceeded to bite her and not let go. He was about 6 weeks old and almost starved. Check out his video page at http://www.furbytheferalfeline.shutterfly.com and watch the tug of war one. He really shows his feral side there. Also when he eats.

He's learned to play bite instead of real biting. I hope you'll stay with us here at pictures-of-cats. We're all like a big family. You have a beautiful baby. I love tabby's


May 26, 2010 Australia
by: Michael

I forgot to say. I like receiving contributions from Australia. Australia is an important country in the cat world.

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We Own A Feral Cat — 4 Comments

  1. I just wanted to say that I aquired a feral cat at 5 weeks old. That was 5 years ago. I had her spayed and declawed her front feet. She is our family pet and no longer acts like she was feral. She even goes outside daily now but always comes back in to eat, sleep and stays inside over night. She loves my grandaughter who is only 3 years old. I believe they can be tame again, if you get them young enough, as I did
    Sincerely
    Lynn Ohrel

    • Thanks Lynn for sharing and well done in giving a home to a feral cat and getting her tame. Personally, I hate declawing and so do the other people who regularly visit this site but I don’t want to criticise you because you saved a cat.

      • Thanks Michael
        I do not like declawing either but she wasn’t going to stop scratching the furniture and I wanted her to be an inside cat. I have another cat that isn’t declawed as she never tried clawing at all. The second cat is not feral.

        • Thanks for not be heavy on me. I understand you. I just have a thing about declawing. You may get some similar comments from the regular visitors.

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