Animal charity calls for homes for nervous farm cats

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The project aims to find homes for farm cats and other nervous felines that need less human interaction than a typical domestic cat.

Alice Potter, Cat Welfare Officer, said: “Farm cats are often nervous around people but always need someone to provide them with food, water, shelter and care. veterinarians when needed. As the name suggests, they would probably be better suited for a farm, small property, or equestrian center, but some have even found quirky homes like a model village, orchard, and gazebo business.

She said potential owners don’t necessarily need to have a farm or riding stable to house a cat that loves the great outdoors.

To mark International Cat Day this weekend, the RSPCA reveals that it welcomes more than 20,000 cats a year and that work continued even during the pandemic – 18,274 cats were taken in in 2020.

A recent survey found that 90 percent of centers and branches have a harder time finding suitable homes for outdoor cats than other, more sociable cats.

Alice Potter, RSPCA Cat Welfare Expert, said: “One of the most interesting things about cats is how diverse each one is. No one at home will suit all cats. Cat personalities are a diverse spectrum with an affectionate cat, an “intermediate” cat who needs less but still interaction, and up to a wild cat who will live happily apart from humans.

“There are all kinds of reasons why some cats need this type of lifestyle. They may have lived as stray animals for a long time and are not familiar or comfortable being close to people or people. it may be related to their early experiences or to their genetics.Whatever the reason, we are trying to find the perfect home for them.

“We know that our centers and branches often struggle to find homes for our farm or outdoor cats and often one of the reasons given is that there is a lack of awareness among the general public that these cats exist and that they will be much happier to live. an outdoor lifestyle.

“A lot of people think of a cat curled up on the couch, going in and out of the cat flap to fuss, but in fact the kind of cat we’re talking about here may never come into the house, they may never come to the house. make a fuss but they need someone to look after them and provide them with year round shelter such as a shed, barn, stable or even a tree house where they can sleep at night. They will also need constant access to water, daily food, and veterinary care when needed.

“This is why we launched this relocation campaign for farm cats on the occasion of International Cat Day to raise awareness of the different homes these independent cats need. “

Massey, a male tabby, was adopted by Bryn Y Maen in May and has grown in confidence since then. Her owner, Helen Lacey, had a garden cat for years, but when they sadly passed away, she contacted the RSPCA center again to see if there were any other cats looking for a similar home. . He now sleeps and eats in the shed and the hay barn and although he’s still pretty elusive, Helen sets up a camera in the shed so she can keep an eye on him and he seems very content with life.

Helen said: “It’s a great life for a cat like Massey, he has the freedom to roam, a warm and safe environment away from traffic, and a good supply of food and water.”

Wanda and Glynn are two nervous cats looking for the perfect home in a stable, yard or small property. They are both under-socialized cats who are cared for at the RSPCA Bryn Y Maen Animal Center and find life at the cattery quite stressful.

Glyn was found injured wandering in June before being rescued and Wanda was fired due to a welfare issue in April. She was pregnant at the time and gave birth to kittens in the RSPCA’s care, but is now ready to be relocated on her own.

They will need a house with a lot of land to explore where they can keep a safe distance from people if they wish.

Depending on the layout and space they have, they can live with another cat, a dog and children.

If you can offer any of these adorable cats a shelter or barn to live in, please fill out an inquiry form and send an email to [email protected]

Adopting a farm cat gives them a second chance in the type of home where they can live their best life. Seeing them roam free, doze off in the sun, and explore on their own terms can be truly rewarding.

All cats will be healthy, sterilized, microchipped, vaccinated where appropriate, and treated for fleas and worms.

The minimum requirement for an adopter will be to provide weatherproof shelter, food and water at least once a day and keep an eye on the cat’s health and ask for help. veterinarian if needed. They will also need access to land to move around and to vegetation such as woods, fields or gardens.

In addition to hoping to find homes for the cats in their current care, many RSPCA branches and centers aim to build a directory of potential adopters so that when a feline is released to them, they can quickly relocate him without the stress of being confined. in a cattery.

For more information on adopting a farm cat, visit: https://www.rspca.org.uk/findapet/rehomeapet/process/rehomeacat/farmcat

A new filter has been added to the RSPCA rehoming website so that potential owners can search for farm cats online, please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/findapet

To express your interest in becoming a farm cat adopter, contact your nearest center or branch.


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