Feral Cats SOS
Please be a friend to feral cats
The largest part of our work at The Retreat is helping feral cats.
Over the years we really have become a safe sanctuary for the untouchables of the feline world.
These cats are really no different to your companion cat, just shy and worried...
but, with time. a feral cat can become your friend...even if they won't sit on your lap.
Feral cats turn up everywhere without exception -
farms, gardens, parks, hospitals, train stations, industrial estates...
absolutely anywhere they can survive.
to businesses, councils, anyone who wants to help feral cats.
We will trap, neuter and return (TNR) the cats so their numbers do not increase, therefore a happy and healthy colony of cats can live contently if being fed and watched over.
We also provide a full back-up service and will return to trap any cat who is not doing well and ensure he or she gets immediate veterinary treatment.
Neutering cats is an everyday normal procedure that all vets carry out. The cats stay with the vet for 24 hours. Each cat gets a full MOT including flea and worm treatment, oral health care and a microchip for identification purposes. Neutered cats are not controlled by their hormones so become gentler in nature towards other cats thus reducing fighting and death by infection of untreated injuries.
of unwanted, starving, persecuted and sick cats.
Sometimes cats cannot go back to their original location due to illness, lack of human interest with feeding or supporting the cats or, the main reason, the environment is too dangerous eg busy roads, building sites, anti-cat attitudes...
so we make alternative arrangements to ensure their safety.
In our cat areas we have private, safe and warm
houses with enclosed gardens for our ferals to live, and
also treatment areas.
All our cats remain in the families they arrive in, we never break up groups.
Thankfully we also have a wonderful network of placements offered to groups of feral cats which provide them with offsite accommodation and support for life.
Feral cats cannot rely on killing wildlife to survive, they need somewhere warm and dry, a feeding station of good quality food and access to clean water. Bedroom areas should be cleaned regularly and bedding washed to reduce flea infestations.
this is why trap, neuter and release (TNR) is a priority within
the no-kill movement for the feral cats' protection and safety.