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Mr & Mrs Oscar

Mr-&-Mrs-Oscar

The many cats and kittens that appear at our window after dark were becoming cause for concern especially as we ended up with hefty Vet’s bills as well as mounting food bills. We arranged with the RSPCA that if we caught them they would pay for the neutering, so we set about catching all the cats that came for food at night and one by one we had them neutered. They were all very shy and panicked if we came near, but a catching cage was provided by the RSPCA which helped enormously.

After a short time in our special cage all cats are given the opportunity to be free again or remain in the vicinity with food and shelter provided.

Aware that there seemed to be a cat or cats living in our garage, we managed our first catch which was a cat we named Oscar. We had seen him around but he was unapproachable. One of our resident cats called Henry would often be seen doing a ‘dance’ with Oscar, as we called it, circling and threatening each other, but it had not yet come to blows.

Oscar was not too difficult to catch as he loved his food, so after his operation we kept him in a greenhouse which had one end covered in chicken wire, so not sealed up completely, to see if we could befriend him. He was tolerant of us, but not really prepared to allow too much licence   although he would wait expectantly for his food and just loved his biscuits.

We waited about two weeks to see if we could get closer, but it was obvious this was not going to be an option, so we let him go.

We then realized that Oscar had a companion as we found them together many times. They would be seen cuddled up together or walking together with their tails intertwined, it was so lovely to see them. They certainly did not wish to be parted. We called his constant companion Sophie which soon became ‘Mrs Oscar’.

Being female it was imperative to catch her and have her neutered as we did not want to have any more kittens to care for, but we realized we were too late for this season as we found three kittens living with Mrs Oscar in the garage.

Once again we tried our best to tame this feral cat, but without success, she was not aggressive, just very timid and preferred we kept our distance. After a couple of weeks, and being sure her wound had healed, we let her go, but she remained close by and went back to the garage. If we saw her on the patio enjoying the food, she would make a hasty retreat and it would be sometime before she would stay close when she saw us, but gradually over time and with the encouragement of Mr Oscar she became less timid and only retreated to a few feet away.

Mr & Mrs Oscar seemed very content and did not go far, although they did enjoy a walk around the patio tails intertwined, asleep in the vegetable garden, or making a nest for themselves in the long grass, but they rarely bothered to hunt.

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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.