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Sooty Part 2: Seeing Double & Triple!

Viewed-From-My-Window-Sooty-part-2Sooty, the new black cat we eventually managed to catch after being concerned for the appearance of his coat and his weight loss, had his castration which was paid for by the RSPCA. I expected to have a large bill for either dental treatment, antibiotics or blood tests to determine the cause of his weight loss and when the Vet gave him a clean bill of health with nothing further to pay – I was surprised. I took him home and placed him in the large cage we have for the purpose. I was still concerned for his skin condition and decided to give him a good shampoo and try and clean him up a bit. This was a feral cat and I was uncertain as to his reaction to such treatment, but he was as good as gold and did not even flinch. I then gave him a flea and worm treatment, a good brush, a stroke and a cuddle and held him in my arms. He loved every minute of it and certainly did not complain, instead he was purring.

We kept him for a few days in the big cage and gave him lots of attention, but then decided he was fit and well, washed and brushed, de-flea’d and wormed, there was really no reason to keep him caged any longer and we let him go.

At first we kept an eye on him through the security camera, then he started to come regularly to the back door and even into the kitchen for food and would eat 41/2 packets of food at any one time. He was now very friendly and decided to move into the house with some of the other cats. He is so much at home, playing with toys like a kitten and teasing the other cats. We no longer have to call him in, he is no longer feral, just a house cat that goes out from time to time on a hunting trip or just to walk around. Now I have another lap cat. Tammy used to sit on my lap, but was ousted by Henry, but he has now been ousted by my three legged friend Billy, although he is so big he just leans his head on my lap. But then Chloe wants to sit on my lap and when Jason decides to come in, he thinks he can sit on my lap as well. It is a good thing there is just room for two and a half felines, although Chloe often has to sit across my chest and on to my shoulder, but now Sooty wants his turn. It all gets a bit crowded and those that are pushed further away I still have to reach over and stroke! Occasionally someone gets cross and lashed out and everyone moves off in a flurry, but not for long and it all starts again.

When we managed to isolate Sooty into the barn to try and catch him I noticed another black cat in the car park and at first I thought Sooty had escaped, but I have now seen all three of them, Blackie, Sooty and this new feral cat, who may of course be related to Sooty. I decide to call this new cat Jazz, don’t ask me why, it was just a name that came to me. Jazz is larger than Sooty, a lovely shiny coat, definitely a male and also very timid. He looks well and is well fed, so we shall leave him in peace to come and go as he pleases keeping an eye on him through the ‘spy-cam’. We do see him sometimes in the greenhouse, but he is still very timid and runs and hides behind a large pot housing a tree.

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The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £15.00 + £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.