Beverley had found places for 3 ferals on a local farm and had been asked to help with the trapping. They were being hunted by a savage dog so it was urgent.
2 cats were secured at the first attempt so Beverley took them from the site in Slough and delivered them to Kelperland to have them checked and neutered if necessary.
When she went to collect them next day the head nurse said "You won’t put this one on the farm will you ? " and there was a beautiful one eyed tabby boy rolling on his back with his legs in the air having his tummy tickled.
There was only one answer to that wasn’t there ? "Of course not” So where is he – at Bear Cottage.
We called him BRUCE. He is about 9 years old.
His general health is good – he weighed in at a healthy 5 kilos ! Although he is blind in his left eye it did not appear to be infected and the third eyelid has come up to protect it.
But as time went by we became increasingly concerned as it looked "angry” so took him to the vet for a check up. And just as well we did as, when examined under sedation, it was found to be badly infected and full of puss. He was put on a course of antibiotics and surgery delayed until the infection was under control.
Rather than "waste” the anaesthetic the vet carried out a dental as Bruce had a number of teeth which needed attention.
We are concerned that sometimes cats that are trapped are only seen by a vet or in a pen so their characters are not accurately assessed. This may mean that cats like Bruce are labelled "feral”, a term that many people use indiscriminately to describe any stray cat. As a result they are consigned to a farm, a life to which they are not suited.