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Caught on Camera final part – Billy’s rehabilitation.

Viewed-from-my-window-Billy's-rehabilitationAt the end of three weeks, Billy started moving about more readily and was getting used to balancing on his three legs, we even saw him exploring the house, probably looking for the exit, but we have to keep him in the house and we had yet to fully befriend him.

His meows were now heard frequently, letting us know when his food bowls were empty; he eats a lot and does not have to ask twice. He does not like to be stroked, but I ignore his protestations, close his mouth and rub him under his chin, then stroke him gently over his head and down to his tail. He has threatened to bite but I know that he would not bite the hand that feeds him so I approach with confidence and will not succumb to threats. He very soon started to lick my hand when offered. He will be my ‘Billy-boy’ you wait and see!

Billy spends the day at the top of the stairs, but every evening, he manages to get down the stairs to greet the other cats when they come in for the night, he wants to be part of their family and follows them around, talking all the time in his own special way.

Six weeks after Billy’s amputation and he was a totally different cat. He gets around relatively easily and now joins me on the settee, he enjoys a cuddle and a stroke, he allows me to pick him up as long as I do not hold him for too long and he loves to be with the other cats in the family. When food is served, if you are not quick enough he will balance on his hind legs and reach up with his one front leg to try and reach the plate of food, meowing very loudly as if to say, “hurry up I’m starving!”

With such a hot summer the year we took Billy in (2014), we needed to have the doors open, but we did not want Billy to go outside, so we constructed secondary mesh doors to front, back and patio doors to solve the problem. This gave us and Billy plenty of fresh air and he was happy to sit by the mesh door to watch the activities of the birds, badgers and the deer outside and of course enjoy the fresh air.

His journey from being feral and free, through accident and suffering, amputation and depression, to house-cat, lap-cat, placid, contented and just a happy ‘pussy-cat’, has been achieved in less than two months through patience and the giving of love and attention to a poor little cat who had never experienced such things before, and in return he gives all he has to give, his love and gratitude, shown by his purring and contentment. He is now safe, comfortable and at peace in his own little world. What more could anyone ask for? I told you he would be my ‘Billy-boy’ and he is!

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The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £12.50 + £2.50 p&p. For more details, contact Patricia on 01202 826244. All proceeds go towards the Veterinary and Welfare needs of the 16 feral cats currently in her care.