Meet Ugg, Our Not So Feral Cat
And Her (no longer) Feral Kittens…
I have written before about the fact we would love another feral cat to set up home around our wood piles. For a couple of years we had Morris (the not-so-feral-anyone cat), but in early spring he did what feral cats often do and disappeared.
It wasn’t long before we had unwanted rodents in our home (the perils of country living).
We didn’t have to wait long before another cat (that we now call Ugg) appeared and started to hang around. She was very nervous and would thunder away as soon as she saw us. I started putting food and water out for her as she looked scraggy and in need of a good feed. She was also heavy with milk so we knew she had kittens somewhere.
One Sunday morning, about two weeks after she started hanging around I went out to put food out for her, to be greeted with the sight of her feeding a furry pile of kittens (they scattered in all directions on sighting me). It appeared that she her kittens hadn’t been too far a way after all.
In Five Weeks…
Ugg (named on account that she really wasn’t the prettiest of cats) has really made herself at home. After spending many hours out out on the back balcony trying to befriend her (when I
could should have been doing other things), she is now very trusting of me and my daughter. We can stroke her all over and lift her up ( although we’ve not tried a full on snuggle) and she’s fine. She has never swiped us and rarely hisses.
She is also looking a lot prettier, but we feel it’s wrong to change her name now.
Her kittens are all friendly little creatures now too and we managed to worm and de-flea them no problem. I’ve even managed to deflea and worm Ugg, thanks to a spot-on product called BroadLine, which is easily applied to the back of the cats neck and kills fleas and worms.
The kittens were extra wary to start with and would shoot onto the woodpile when they saw us.
It didn’t take long for the kittens to make themselves at home!
Dudley named after Dudley Moore (below) was tiny and not so healthy, but I am happy to report that she is healthy now and gives as good as she gets, although she is still noticeably smaller than the other kittens.
Ugg and Collin looking very curious! With George the biggest kitten looking on.
It is safe to say that Ugg and her kittens are no longer feral. This is them waiting for me to feed the dogs after they had already been fed!
Ugg, looking very smug after missing her appointment to be spayed. We got her into the carrying cage but weren’t quick enough closing the door, after that she stayed just out of our reach.
The good thing is that she never showed any signs of aggression and she loves us again (as much as any not-so-feral-anymore cat can!)…. Until next time!
Any tips on how to get Ugg into a carrying cage would be appreciated as we hope to get another appointment to get her spayed very soon!
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