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.
A kind human saved a kitten that was being abused by evil humans. They did not know how it was going to change their life. The pain of chemotherapy was making this human very depressed. But the tiny feline snuggling on their chest, licking away the tears the chemotherapy caused, helped them get through their treatment.
This human had a lot of time to think while recovering. And one of the things they thought about was how to help feral cats. After all, they thought, it is due to humans being irresponsible that we have feral cats. They thought it was their duty to help feral felines.
To do this, they founded the cat rescue group Billy the Kidden Rescue. Soon, they partnered with a pet store, Pups N Stuff. This helped the cat rescue group, because now they had a centralized location. And here, they take donations, prepare kitten kits for fosters, and set up health checks for foster cats. They also complete and store the paperwork for all the felines they help at this location.
Billy the Kidden has helped many felines since opening in 2012. Sometimes, these are scary, like when they saved a feline during flooding from a tropical storm. Others involve crawling through sewers. And they’ve also saved cats from certain death as bait animals.
All of this is very hard work. And the humans behind Billy the Kidden have lots of scars and scratches to show it. But the human behind the cat rescue group accepts these challenges without any complaints.
“We’ve created the often short and brutal life circumstances far too many cats endure,” they said. “Hopefully they can live out their lives in peace versus being persecuted for simply existing.”
You can learn more about this cat rescue group by visiting their website or Facebook page. I am very happy they are doing such good work, furiends!
Jacey, Koji, and I are in some ways fortunate felines. We have never had to worry about living outside, fending for ourselves. Oh, sure, we get annoyed at the human sometimes. But we are very happy that he is around to take care of us.
But there are many felines who live outside. And many kind humans want to to help these feral cats. One group in St. Louis is doing a lot of good to help these feral cats. You may remember St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach from the summer, when the baseball team in St. Louis wanted a feline taken in at the baseball stadium. But they do a lot more than that.
“If you feed them, fix them,’’ said one of the humans at St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. “Because if you’re feeding them you are making it easier for them to sustain a pregnancy and a litter of kittens, which is only going to multiply and get worse for you. Feed your cats, but bring them to us or to your vet or make whatever arrangements you can and get them spayed or neutered and break the cycle.”
And it works, furiends. So far this year, St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach trapped and neutered over 1,000 felines. After these felines recover from their surgery, they go back to their colonies. When they return, they do not fight as much.
But most importantly, they do not produce more kittens. You see, one feline can be responsible for 67,000 tiny felines over the course of its life. This cannot be sustained, and it means many felines live in bad situations. And that is why trap, neuter and return programs are so important! They help stop this.
The human says I can be a feisty cat. And this is true, furiends. When I am not happy with him, I am not shy about giving him a swat. Jacey gently pushes the human’s arm away if she is annoyed with him. And Koji will walk away. So I am much more feisty than my brofur and sisfur.
But I am not feisty at all compared to many feral cats. Some of my feral cousins do not like humans at all. And they are not shy about letting humans know this. Furiends, this is why you should not take a feral cat to a shelter. Feral cats do not like shelter environments and some shelter euthanize them because of their behavior there.
Eventually, Crabby decided that he would investigate the home of his humans. They had put a door in for their canine, but the canine never used it. Crabby decided this door would be the way he got in to explore the home.
Crabby still ran away from his humans when they got too close to him. But they were kind humans, and they chose to let Crabby interact with them on his terms. After about six months, Crabby decided to hop on the sofa with one of the humans there.
Crabby’s humans tested things to see how he would react to them petting him. He was happy when they did it, so they did other things to play with him. And after a while, this formerly ferocious feral cat turned into a happy indoor cat.
Furiends, a feral cat may take a long time to learn to trust you clumsy two legged creatures. Some of them never will. But what happened with Crabby shows that with time and patience, some feral cats can become great companions!