Feral Cat Colonies

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Colonies of Feral and semi-feral cats do a fantastic job controlling the rat and mouse population, however, if they are allowed to breed uncontrolled they can become a problem.

They can be humanely trapped, neutered, wormed and de- flea’d, possibly for the first and last time in their lives.

They are also painlessly ear tipped to indicate that they are neutered, then returned to the area they came from providing there is someone who will feed them. Ear tipping is a signal to all trappers that a cat is neutered and they will release it immediately to prevent further trauma.  

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We will trap, neuter and release local ferals in Batley, Dewsbury and the surrounding areas.

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We have a Feral Fund which we use to treat injuries which our vet finds when he neuters them, like the girl in the picture above who had become entangled in plastic netting.  Other injuries can be from pellet injuries, bite injuries, road traffic accidents and machinery injuries.
Donations can be made through PayPal on donations@heronbank.co.uk using the family and friends option and quoting Feral Fund.
Ferals are excellent at keeping the local rodent population down, so if you have a problem with rats or mice, or have a smallholding, stables, kennels, or factory etc which would take a small neutered group of ferals to control the vermin please let us know. All they require is shelter, food and water.

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Feral kittens have a hard time

Foxes will take feral kittens to feed their young and unneutered tom cats in the colony will kill the kittens in order to bring the mother back into season to increase the spread of their own genes.

Whisper is a feral that was rescued by Heronbank rescue

If the kittens are caught young enough, they can be tamed and successfully re-homed as domestic cats where they will be cared for.
Whisper was rescued at 3 weeks old after his mother was found shot dead. The kittens were found in a barn and were rescued and cared for by my friend Jan, at Farplace Animal Rescue in Weardale and Whisper was adopted by us. He is the sweetest, softest cat I have ever had, he even wraps himself around my neck to suckle on my ear!

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Help feed homeless cats! 

Some ferals at a local industrial area tucking into some food from the rescue,

Ferals have a hard time getting sufficient food especially in the winter. Please set up an area where you can feed them regularly. It doesn’t have to be expensive food. Own brand tinned food and biscuits mixed with kitchen scraps make an adequate meal for a feral. Feed them at the same time in an evening (ferals are more active at night) and they will be pleased to receive a meal, if only every other day. Don’t forget that ferals need fresh water too!
Polystyrene boxes can make snug sleeping areas for ferals. They can be obtained from larger pet stores selling frozen pet food, some supermarkets and butchers. Tape the lid on, turn the box upside down, make a cat sized hole and fill with straw. Place in a sheltered spot with the hole facing south and your local feral will have a warm place to sleep. We have some of these boxes for local ferals. Why not contact us and come and collect one for your feral!

Worming and de-fleaing your ferals. 

Panacur granules mixed with a tasty meal on 3 consecutive days, on a monthly basis will treat for roundworms, tapeworms and giardia. Similarly fleas can be treated with Capstar tablets, again crushed and mixed in food during the summer months. These should keep your ferals as far as possible worm and flea free.

Ask your local Cats Protection or cat rescue group to help with trapping and neutering to keep their numbers under control.

 

A local feral we helped

Cat Traps.  We have several humane cat traps which will safely trap feral and semi feral cats.
Contact us if you know of any colonies which need our help. These cats are usually neutered, de-flead and wormed and are also ear tipped to indicate they have been neutered in case they are caught at any stage in the future. They are then returned to the area they know which will keep neighbouring cats out and the rodent population down.
Our traps can be loaned on condition they are not used in wet weather (we don’t want them to rust) and they must be under cover in the garden of a responsible individual who will bait and set the trap as necessary (we will show you how to do this) and inform us when an animal is caught. Traps can only be used from Sunday evening until Thursday morning as vets do not neuter over the weekend.
There is a returnable deposit of £40 for the loan of our traps.  This can be waived in certain circumstances.