Furiends, we felines like to do things that get us in trouble. The human is all too aware of this, because he has three bengal cats that he must handle. I am older now and not quite as rambunctious, but Koji and Jacey make up for it. Whether it is Koji running out the front door and making the human chase him, or Jacey jumping into places she should not, or me taking a swat at the human, we do a lot of things that get us in trouble.
But none of us have ever stuck our heads into a glass jar. And if we did, the human would quickly remove our heads from it. If we needed treatment, off to the white coated humans we would go.
One feline, who Lucky told me about, was not so fortunate. You see, this feline is a feral cat, and he lives in a colony where he does not have human help all the time. Somehow, he managed to get his head trapped in the rim of a glass jar. Many kind humans were horrified when they saw this. They tried to capture and treat this feral cat. However, we felines are smart and nimble. We are very good at escaping you even if you want to help.
This feral cat did exactly that for months. Eventually, kind humans were able to trap him. They rushed him to the white coated humans. The white coated humans immediately sedated him and removed the rim of the glass jar. Then, they neutered him and gave him a rabies shot. After he recovered, the trap, neuter and return volunteers took him back to his colony.
This feral cat did not stick around to give his human rescuers thanks. He probably was angry that he had been taken from his colony and been neutered. Still, I am sure he is happy that he no longer has to wear a glass necklace!
Whenever I feel bad about being a diabetic cat, I remind myself that I have always had a human to care for me. I never had to live outside and fend for myself, and I always knew where my noms were coming from. I cannot imagine what it would be like to have to worry about where my noms were coming from, or where to sleep, or whether an evil human was going to hurt me.
Mason can tell us all about that. You see, this senior feline, who is being cared for by Tiny Kittens, lived a long life out on the streets. He has many battle scars to prove it. Mason also suffers from kidney disease. Add to that a badly injured foot, and several abscessed teeth, and poor Mason is not in good shape. To help Mason, Tiny Kittens decided to bring him in so that he could enjoy the rest of his life in comfort.
Mason, of course, is grateful for the help. But he is still quite fierce! He happily plays with wand toys, but as soon as a human tries to reach in to pet him, he will hiss and swat at that human.
But one day, the humans caring for Mason brought in some foster kittens. And soon, Mason let down his guard and showed his soft side. He became good furiends with the tiny felines, and allowed them to snuggle and play with him. Furiends, this feline who is so fierce with humans allows the kittens to cuddle up with him when they sleep!
This, furiends, is proof that even senior feral cats like Mason have a soft side. You humans may not get to see it. It may only be shown to tiny felines who need help. But it is there, in every single cat. And I am glad that Tiny Felines helped Mason show it!
I do not know how my fellow felines who live on the streets do it. It has to be very tough. I do not even want to know what it must be like for a deaf and partially blind feline to live without a human to help. But that is what one poor feline had to contend with until a cat rescue group helped him.
Coconut suffered from too many conditions to list. And to make things worse, Coconut had a “nasty attitude.” Still, the cat rescue group trapped him and treated him. Despite the care Coconut received, he still would lash out whenever a human opened his cage, even to give him noms!
Later, the cat rescue group learned the Coconut was partially blind and also deaf! No wonder why he was so defensive and did not trust any humans. The poor feline had to live on the streets without these senses to help him survive.
Coconut went to multiple foster homes, where the humans there endured many swats and bites while they taught him how to trust. It took a long time, but Coconut learned to trust humans. And now, when his foster humans approach him, he shows them how grateful he is.
Now, when his foster human enters, Coconut “hobbles over…to get pets.” That is very different from lashing out at humans who are giving him noms! But Coconut never had anyone show him they cared for him and loved him.
To complete this happy cat rescue story, Boston’s Forgotten Felines must find a home for Coconut. If you are interested in adopting Coconut, please contact Boston’s Forgotten Felines. And share Coconut’s story so that others can learn about how a little love can transform even the meanest street cat!
I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.