When is a feral not a feral

Last Christmas, the universe gifted me kittens.  Since their mum was ginger I naturally assumed she was an undersized boy and started feeding her to bulk her up against the neighbourhood bullies.  Unbeknownst to me, there are a large number of female gingers in this town and she proudly presented me with three little kittens which I called Winken, Blinken and Nod.  Long story short, mum and little Nod disappeared and I ended up with Winken (renamed Wriggly) and Blinken (now called Eric the Red).

It took a while and some surreptitious touching on my part, but slowly they became used to me and crept closer to the house


Then this happened


which was a short hop through the window to this.


So the question is, if they roll over onto their backs, allow me stroke their tummies and play with their toes, are they still feral?

The incumbent redhead isn’t happy, but will have to learn to live with it


Unfortunately the universe took away this one


who inexplicably decided to take a stroll through the home of six large huskies.  Unlike other dogs that go bezerk when they see a cat, huskies are silent as ghosts until the prey is close enough and then a howling goes up that would raise the dead from the grave.  I have no explanation for why she went into their enclosure, but presumably she had run through most of her lives before she arrived on my doorstep.  She is sorely missed.



South African writer, crafter and all round animal lover
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14 Responses to When is a feral not a feral

  1. Helen says:

    Poor kitty!

    No idea when feral is not feral, though.


    I miss my little blue-eyed baby, she was such a joy, but I constantly worried about her. She was utterly reckless. She was a socialised feral, whereas my boys are comfortable with me, but terrified of anyone else.

  3. Dani says:

    I reckon that a feral cat will always retain feral cat behaviour and intincts. Squeak has shown us that… 🙂

    • NIDS LOVE BIG EYES says:

      My other little feral was very friendly with other people, but these two are terrified and I don’t think this will change. My friend came to visit and Eric tried to scoot through the wooden slats of the stoep, but because he’s a bit fat, he got stuck. I was treated to this hilariously cartoonish sight of front and back paws frantically scrabbling.

  4. there is no such thing as feral in your life.

  5. Stuart says:

    Have you asked TUFCAT for advice? I think they work with Overberg Pet Care Society in the Overberg region. http://www.tufcat.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/tufcat-newsletter-winter-appeal-July-2016.pdf

    • NIDS LOVE BIG EYES says:

      Thanks Stuart, I’ll have a look at them. Since I wrote that post, I have acquired another four little ferals, so this is an ongoing challenge. I have approached a few spay and release organisations, and they’re lovely and I respect the work they do, but everyone’s overstretched, so I accept I’m on my own with this, and it’s OK. I’ve had the first female of the new batch spayed and I’m just taking it slowly, month by month.

  6. Stuart says:

    There’s a (small) Facebook page where people people can look for help with fundraising etc. https://www.facebook.com/CommunityCatsUnitedFundraisingAndEvents/


    Thanks Stuart, its so much better when organisations get together than trying to go it alone.

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