Friendly feral cat lived in yard for five years but is relocated because of bird lover’s insistence

This is a little feral cat story; perhaps not untypical which is why I like it. The cat who has no name had been ear tipped and therefore had been managed by a volunteer doing TNR work. The ear tipping was barely visible because hair had grown over it. This is an interesting issue in itself. You can’t tell from a distance if a cat is feral or domestic especially if they are friendly.

This cat actually does not look feral. He looks clean, calm and exactly like a domestic cat would look out in the back yard.


But he was uprooted after spending five years of his life in someone’s yard. It looks like a big yard. The homeowner, a bird lover, wanted him removed. She called Animal Control who called a person involved in TNR programs for help. That was a nice touch.

The TNR person discussed the issue with the bird lover who was adamant that the cat had to be removed despite being told that once removed it was likely that another cat would replace him.

The cat was removed for vaccination, neutering and ear tipping but as mentioned they discovered he had already been through the process.

He was subsequently relocated to a colony some distance away. This is risky. Cats get used to their area as we know. And he may be rejected by the colony. He may even come back to his home range. That would put the cat among the pigeons.

Not Cat’s Problem

The cat lover was advised to make her yard cat-proof. The lady who tells the story (Penny?) rightly says that it is not the bird lover’s problem that the cat lived in her yard but neither is it the cat’s. The poor cat’s world has been turned upside down, uprooted from his home of five years as he is a homeless cat.

He should be adopted because he is friendly and eminently adoptable. He shouldn’t be living with a colony of feral cats. He’s probably a stray domestic cat.

The last point is that the person who cared for him and ensured he was neutered and vaccinated may be looking for him. They could not find the person. She should be notified in an ideal world.

Finally the story teller says that it is important to keep lines of communication open as it could have led to a better outcome from this sweet looking cat.

Source: Penny & The Kits on Facebook.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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