It's A Cat's Life

Patchy's World

Patchy

Hello let me introduce myself, my name is Patchy Meow, I am one of five cats; Patchy (me), Scratchy, Blackie, Sooty and Gingy. We live on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, along with our human family and are known collectively as The Five Cats.

Now you are probably wondering what on earth would a cat have to say, well actually I have rather a lot to say, or so I am told. I have made myself the unofficial spokescat for feral cats.  I expect you are wondering how a cat can manage to write, I will let you in on a little secret, I have little help from my human family; cats have no fingers and thumbs it makes typing a little difficult.  I have to ask them nicely of course and show them plenty of affection and they will do more or less anything for me.

So, I would like to tell you a little about my world and that of the feral cat.

Photograph - Patchy by Paz

Feral Cats

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I would like to talk a little about the plight of feral cats.  I suppose some people assume that the word “feral” means wild, are they right ? well yes and no. 

A feral cat is a cat that is basically homeless and born in the “wild.”  Feral cats are not all wild (maybe some are like my mother) some of them are abandoned domestic cats.  If ferals are adopted at a young age they can be domesticated quite easily, but you could also care for an older cat although it may take longer to gain their trust.

Before you do take a feral cat into your home please make sure you have it treated for fleas, ticks and worms, very unpleasant things for cats and for you. If don’t want any flea infestations on your cat or in your house make sure you check your cat regularly. Fleas can cause worms in cats so it can be a vicious circle if you don't treat a cat for both of these parasites.

Many feral cats do get taken to animal shelters and hopefully then adopted after they have been spayed or neutered.  It is a good idea to spay/neuter your cat if you do not want them to breed.  A female cat can start to breed at six months old.

It is also a good idea to microchip your cat, cats have a bad habit of losing their collars (along with name tag and contact number) so if they do go missing they can be easily identified.


Cyprus has a Trap, Neuter and Release scheme for feral cats.  The scheme is government funded and is usually run by animals shelters.  This scheme helps keep the feral cat population down, but there are people that are not aware of it and try to control the feral cat population by deliberately poisoning them.  This is not a good idea as many pet cats and dogs have been accidentally poisoned. This practice is unnecessary, cruel and it is extremely inhumane, it is also illegal.


Feral cats can make good pets, all we want to have is food, shelter and a little love, we also help control the pesky rat and mice population.  Even if you do not want to adopt or feed a feral cat please just leave them some clean drinking water. More feral and stray animals die from dehydration than from starvation, and dehydration can be a big problem if you live in a country with very hot summers.

 Public Domain Image from Pixabay.com

Beginnings

Dory by Paz

I was born in May 2010, my mother is a feral cat I don’t know who my father is; as a matter of fact I don’t think my mother even knew who my father is! There were originally three of us, myself a sister and  a brother. My mother abandoned us when were four months old. Luckily we were fortunate to be born near some very kind people who fed and left us water to drink.

We were very shy and at first but soon made friends with the people that fed us.  We realised that they wanted to take care of us, so we eventually  we “adopted” them and made our home with them.
The daughter of our human family gave us all names, Patchy - myself, Scratchy - my brother and Dory - my sister.

So life had improved for us, we heard nothing from our mother, but I believe she is still around somewhere and has since had more kittens, unfortunately she has not been as lucky as us to find a good home. Perhaps she is a little bit too feral and not easy to live with.

*Update* I have heard recently that our mother has gone OTRB (passed away) she gave birth to many kittens and lived longer than many expected.

Dory was with us until February of 2011, she then ran away and we have never seen her since. We hope that she has found herself a home and is safe and well, so if you are reading this Dory, Please let us know that you are OK.

Photograph - Dory by Paz

Scratchy (you don't need to guess how he got his name)

Update

I am sad to announce that Scratchy passed away on 14th May (2012). He had been sick for over a week with severe respiratory problems, the vet did his best, but he never recovered.

You will be very missed Scratchy R.I.P.

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If you are familiar with the "Dummies" range of books, you will know that they are an excellent series of books containing useful information. I suppose you could call them the ultimate guide book or owners manual.

Perhaps one day they will produce a "Humans for Dummies" book for we cats to use!

Cats for Dummies
Gina Spadafori
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Aphrodite's Beach- Cyprus. Public Domain Image From Pixabay.com

Aphrodite's Beach- Cyprus. Public Domain Image From Pixabay.com

Do you kow that the life expectancy for a feral cat is only five years. That is nearly one quarter of the life expectancy of a domestic cat.

Our first YouTube videos

Sooty and Gingy

These are the first of our videos uploads on YouTube. Sooty likes to annoy Gingy, take a look and see what he does to annoy her and how she reacts.

Blackie has a unique way of having a drink of water.

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National Feral Cat Awareness

This You Tube video highlights the National Feral Cat Awareness week in Ireland.

Animal rescue and shelters in Cyprus

Pet supplies for sale on eBay

New Arrivals

Blackie


There was just Scratchy and I for a while and then a black and ginger cat started to make appearances near our home.  My humans were not to keen on any more cats, but this cat would just not go away and eventually they started to fed her as well and she was given the name Blackie.

Anyway, to cut a long story short she gave birth to two kittens, which were found in our garage .
All three cats joined our family and the kittens were name Sooty and Gingy, Scratchy and I were not too happy about it to start with but we got used to them being around. They are now know as my adopted siblings. If you would like to find out more about us you can read my blog: The Five Cats Chronicles.
I have also self published a book called The Little Book Of Cats available from Blurb.com you can take a look at the book preview below. A new version of the book will also shortly be available from Amazon. 

Photograph - Blackie by Paz

Gingy

Sooty (he likes to sit in the litter box)

The Little Book Of Cats

Preview my book

Cats Are Wonderful Friends

A cat poem

Cat line Drawing

I came across a poem the other day, I would like to share with it you.

 

Cats Are Wonderful Friends

Gentle eyes that see so much,

paws that have the quiet touch,

Purrs to signal "all is well"

and show more love than words could tell.

Graceful movements touched with pride,

a calming presence by our side

A friendship that takes time to grow

Small wonder why we love them so.

Author unknown

Image - Cat line drawing from OpenClipArt.org

The Little Book of Cats ebook

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The Little Book of Cats ebook is available from Blurb.com; to download on your iPad or iPhone.

For more details and to preview the ebook, please click here: The Little Book of Cats

The Lifting of Quarantine Restrictions for Pets Travelling in Europe

Travel with your pet

Patchy Space Traveller

Lifting of quarantine restrictions for pets travelling in Europe.

From the 1st January 2012 pet travelling within ANY european country, no longer needs to be quarantined.

A pet will need to have Pet Passport, Rabies vaccination, microchiped. They can then be flown within 21 days.

For more information on bringing pets into the UK a PDF file can be downloaded from the UK department for Environments, Food and Rural affairs: www.defra.gov.uk

This is good news for anyone wishing to bring their pets home from anywhere in Europe or wish to travel with them. Previously this the process took about 8 months.

Image: Patchy Space traveller by Paz courtesty of Photomania.com

Cats vs Dogs

National Cats Days

Remember it is National Feral Cat Day on October 16th which was started by Alley Cats Allies ten years ago; and National Cats Day on October 29th. If you wish to adopt a kitten or cat, or give a donation to a cat shelter to help protect the lives of cats please help.

Bye For Now

As they very famous cartoons say at the end “That’s All Folks” but I am sure you will be hearing again from me soon.

 

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bill on said:
Great first leaf! It's a pleasure to meet the entire five cats family. I agree with you on your point about feral cat preparation: have them treated for fleas and worms prior to entering your home. We had a stray enter our home a long time ago, who lived with us for a long time. But, he had some baggage in the form of fleas which we tried incessantly to get rid of. Over time we did, but it wasn't easy, and it was costly. If we had taken the right precautions in the beginning, that may not have happened. Great leaf, welcome to Zujava!
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Paz on said:
Thanks for your welcome Bill. I am sure we will be hearing from Patchy again.

Yes fleas can be a pain particularly if you have carpets.
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daddykeane on said:
Great article. I own two cats myself and have feral cats all over my neighborhood. We just had a litter of them next to my fence in my neigbors yard. It's a a big problem. We tried to catch them to get them fixed, but were unsuccesful. This is really important information for everyone to read.
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Paz on said:
Thank you for your comment daddykeane. Feral cats can be hard to catch, the best way I found with my cats was to let them earn your trust. It is difficult beacause they can be very timid and run away from you.

I have seen some videos on You tube from cat rescue shelters,they show you how to catch feral cats.
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BarbRad on said:
Love the cat pictures. We've had a few feral cats of our own, but most were not as tame as you.
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Paz on said:
Thank you for your comment BarbRad. Yes I am quite tame, but I do have a wild side like everyone else !
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Tolovaj on said:
Hello, Patchy, nice to meet you. It looks like you have your own paradise on the beach... Thanks for introducing yourself and other cats. Meow!
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This is such a wonderful lens. I've done feral rescue and I know the challenges it presents. However, once tamed, they can make great pets.
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Paz on said:
Thank you for your very nice comment WriterJanis. Yes, ferals can make great pets.
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katiem2 on said:
I love cats. Sorry for your loss. I appreciate your commitment to cats.
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Paz on said:
Thank you Katiem2, it has been a difficult week.
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jenb0128 on said:
I'm sorry to read about Scratchy. :( He was a cutie (just like the other kitties).

I agree that ferals can turn out to be great pets - it just takes patience. It's kind of funny how animals end up choosing their humans just as much as we humans choose them.
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Paz on said:
Thank you jen0128, Scratchy was a character, he is sorely missed.
I think animals have an instinct that tells them who to choose, but I suppose love and kindness goes a long way also.
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Awww such a beautiful lens. I am sorry for the loss of Scratchy, it is always sad when we lose a member of our family... we lost ours back in February and we still miss her very much. Love the video's you have made of Sooty and Gingy... they are adorable :)
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Paz on said:
Thank you, I am sorry you lost your cat. The sad think about Scratchy was he was only two which isn't old for a cat. I am glad you liked the videos, I will be uploading some more soon.
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Lorna on said:
What a heartwarming lens. The cats are cute! Thanks!
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Paz on said:
Thank you Lorna.
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This is one of the most compassionate and saddest feral cat articles I have recently read. Using the voice of a feral cat to explain life on the streets hits home. Please pet owners, be responsible, spay or neuter your pet. To each and every person I ask that a kind hand be shown to those who are less fortunate than yourself. Excellent article Paz. You brought tears to my eyes.
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Paz on said:
Thank you Ladymermaid.
Animals have no voice we have to be their voice.
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GonnaFly on said:
It's so sad to lose a furry friend. Loved your story, Patchy. So glad you found a good home to love you :-)
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Paz on said:
Thank you for comment GonnaFly. I was so lucky to find a good home.
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So sorry to hear about scratchy. It's so hard to lose pets. I lost 2 cat and a dog. I miss them so much.
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Paz on said:
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your pets. I still miss Scratchy, even thinking and talking about him makes me emotional.
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I am so sorry to hear about scratchy, it is so hard to lose a pet. It so sad the life expectancy of a Ferrel cat. The lucky ones find homes and these cats were so lucky to have found you. Wonderful leaf!!!
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Paz on said:
Thank you for your comment ScottiesRock, yes it is hard to lose a pet. It was heartbreaking to lose Scratchy, he was only just two years old. Ferals can make good pets if they find a home when young, it is a very hard life for most but unfortunately some will never adapt to an indoor life. Yes our cats were lucky to find the right home.
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Sunnyside on said:
We were adopted by a feral cat once upon a time. It remained outside, but had a nice warm house and friend to cuddle with. Love your article, and the photos of your cats.
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Paz on said:
Thank you Sunnyside, sorry it has taken me some time to reply. Yes some cats prefer to stay outdoors but come around for food, water and a bit of love.

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