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Freddie and Freda

FreddieAs part of our neutering programme where we catch any feral cat that comes to us for food, the RSPCA now pay for the neutering itself. Recently we caught a cat we called Freddie and whilst under anaesthetic the Vet examined him and found he had a huge ulcer in the centre of his tongue. We were asked by the Vet to keep him in until we could be sure he could feed himself, or he may well die of starvation. The Vet then gave him appropriate medication whilst under anaesthetic which we were pleased to pay for. We always do our best for these cats.

We placed him in the special large cage we use for this purpose with all the facilities he could wish for and made sure he had plenty of soft food to eat. He was extremely nervous and would try to retreat to a safe distance when we entered the cage. He was not aggressive, just frightened.

Freddie remained with us for several months as we tried to befriend him, but we had caught him too late and he did not wish to know us, so eventually we let him go free, knowing that he knew we always had food on the patio for those who preferred to keep their distance. He only comes now at night for his food but he is very welcome. Perhaps we should call him ‘bright-eyes’?

Another cat we caught as part of our neutering programme we have named Freda. Freddie and Freda are so similar, they have to be siblings and both are of similar age; however Freda is much smaller than Freddie when viewed together.Freda

We tried to befriend Freda keeping her in our large cage while her wound healed after her operation, but she really did not want to know and preferred to be left alone. In time, we also decided she was best released, but again knew she was aware of the food available to her should she wish it, on the patio.

It seems that Freddie and Freda both now live in our garage and we have made sure that there are hay barrels prepared for them to sleep in and we leave the garage door up slightly so they can come and go as they wish. They only ever come after dark for food, so biscuits are placed in the garage in case they need a snack during the day and they can eat undisturbed.


The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £10 + £1.75 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.