At the beginning of December, I received one of the usual enquiries: “I’ve found a kitten, what shall I do?”
As he was going to the shop that morning, Brian found a kitten in his car’s engine. A found listing was posted for good practice, although we suspected the kitten to be feral and probably abandoned by his mother. Nobody claimed the kitten and Brian decided to adopt him. Polo was brought to the vet and spoilt by Brian.
A few weeks later, Brian contacted me again: Mom and the other kitten had moved in his garden. Brian wanted to get more information about TNR. His plan was to get Mom spayed and adopt Polo’s sibling, whom he had named Marco.
I thus called in with the trap and within 10 minutes, Mom walked in. However, Marco was really shy and refused to move from his hiding spot behind the bushes. We left a feral box there so that he could protect himself from the elements. While Mom was at the vet for her operation, we kept trying to trap Marco, but unsuccessfully. TNR requires patience and Marco certainly tested ours.
On the day Mom came back from the vet, Marco was nowhere to be seen. We had set the trap in case Marco would be around and, relaxed by Mom’s presence, would walk in the trap, but Marco wasn’t around. When we released Mom, we released a transformed cat. Instead of running away, the way ferals usually do when released, Mom decided to enjoy a big meal before going to look for her kitten. She even let Brian approach her for the first time and we had to stop her from walking into the trap again!
Brian kept feeding Mom, slowly gaining her trust. His patience was rewarded when Mom finally accepted to be fed in the kitchen. However, there was still no sign of Marco. As Mom would only come around for her dinner and then leave, Brian suspected that Marco was hiding in a different spot.
Yesterday, the good news came in and I received a text from Brian: “Marco is back!” And Marco was not only back in the garden, but he also ventured in the kitchen, joining Mom for dinner. Today, Marco even ate from Brian’s hand and licked the sumptuous chicken-tasting hand!
It looks like Brian will have his own little family pretty soon…
The world would be a much better place if everybody were to act like Brian. What does it take? A bit of compassion, love and patience…