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FELINE CARE was founded in 1997 and is owned by The Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre charity, based near Chichester in West Sussex. The CRRC operate a strict policy never to put a healthy animal to sleep which leads to a number of cats who take longer to re-home. Feline Care was founded to take on these 'unwanted' moggies and offer a forever-home to those with nowhere else to go.

Over the years Feline Care has evolved as many of the nervous cats we take in have slowly learnt to love humans and have since found their own homes. Now we operate a regular rescue and rehoming sanctuary but with a difference because we will always be here for those who need us most...

 

Are your pets neutered?

Anyone who's anyone in the world of animal care will tell you: responsible pet owners neuter their pets.

It's that simple.

We want to make sure no one has the excuse that they couldn't afford to get their cat neutered so, with the help of the Cats Protection Assisted Neutering Scheme, we offer financial assistance for neutering.

Last year the Cats Protection helped us to fund over 120 neuters and have given us a £4,000 grant to neuter more moggies in 2009!

 

Are your pets microchipped?

We cannot stress enough the importance of microchipping. We see so many cases of owners being reunited with lost cats thanks to their microchips that we know it is worth every penny.

Poor little Jester was caught in one of our traps while we were catching up a colony of feral cats for neutering. We could see he wasn't feral and assumed he must be a local pet who was exploring the industrial site. Thanks to his microchip we were able to trace his owners... Jester had travelled over 100 miles on the back of a delivery lorry!

We can now offer microchipping to pet owners at a cost of £12.00 per cat, dog or rabbit.

The tiny microchip takes seconds to implant and your details will be registered with Petlog, the official UK database, run by the UK Kennel Club.

Please ring to make an appointment to chip your pets.

 

A note to all callers wishing to give up cats:

We DO NOT and WILL NOT respond to callers threatening to kill cats if we do not take them in. If you threaten to kill a cat you do so on your own conscience, not ours, and it is disgraceful to put that guilt onto people who are already trying their hardest. There is ALWAYS another solution.

 

Do you have a domestic cat looking for a home?

Due to the nature of our facility and high demand we have limited spaces for incoming cats. We try our hardest to help as many cats as we can but because we offer shelter to 'less popular' cats we do not home at as fast a pace as normal cat rescues.

 If you have a cat you are looking to re-home then please ring our office on   01953 718529   so we can take a record and establish how we can help. We do not operate a standard waiting list for places here and cats are admitted on a priority basis depending on many factors.  

As in many cases we cannot admit the cat immediately we do advise all callers to ring other cat rescues to increase your chances of fnding a home quickly. Please visit our links page to find Cat Chat as they have a very comprehensive list of local and national cat rescues.

 

Do you have a problem with a visiting 'feral' cat?

A feral cat is, very simply, a domestic cat who is not used to people. To us that is not enough reason to condemn them, kill them or ignore them.

Whether feral or friendly we do our best to improve their lives.

Most of the 'feral' cases we are contacted about are individual entire males who are bullying domesticated cats or spraying. These are also the most difficult cases because an emotional owner is always involved who wants the 'feral' removed immediately and, with limited spaces available here, this is not often possible.

Neutering the offending cat is normally the solution as once his testosterone has dropped off his hormonal need to fight is also removed. This process takes time and sadly many so called 'cat lovers' see strays as having less rights to live than their own moggie and would rather see it die than disrupt their cats routine for a month or so. Persuading a hysterical owner that we have to act in the best interest of cats (not just their cat!) is often easier said than done.

The even sadder side to these problem is that as a general rule these bullying toms are not in fact 'feral' at all and are simply un-neutered males who have reached sexual maturity and strayed to find females. Living rough they have then become wary of humans over time but still brave enough to sneak in through a cat flap, something a feral-born cat would never do!

If you need help with a bullying tom then please contact us.

 

Feral cat colonies

We believe in good feral cat management as it is to the benefit of both humans and cats.

Cats offer a very reliable pest control service. In turn, the fact that cats are choosing to live and breed in an area means there must be a reliable source of food for them, usually provided by humans unintentionally. Cats breed at an astonishing rate and within just a year colony numbers can easily triple. Breeding colonies tend to be riddled with health issues as natural population controls kick in. Kittens die through infections and inbreeding and adults in the wild have a life expectancy of only 4-5 years.

Most pest controllers will advise you that removing (or shooting) cats is the way to keep feral colony populations down, which of course gets numbers down immediately. However, long term the pest controller knows full well that with a food source present the area will become a vacuum and new cats will move into the territory, thus creating future or contract work.

We operate a Trap, Neuter & Return programme for the control of cats on local farms, industrial areas and wherever feral cats are present. TNR is the safest, kindest and most economic way to manage feral cats.

Releasing neutered feralsReleasing neutered ferals

The basic aim is to create a healthy managed colony which, as they catch for both food and sport, will give far more effective pest control than an unneutered colony. A colony can only increase if others move in and it is rare for an established neutered colony to allow this to happen. As the colony die off over the years we can discuss options for 'restocking' the area with new neutered ferals in need of homes.

Please contact the centre if you wish to discuss TNR more or see how we could help you.

Statistics

These are examples of some colonies tackled by the charity over the last 10+ years. The numbers of cats remaining after just a few years show the effectiveness of our TNR programme. 

TNR is so effective that some farms we deal with now spend their pest control budget on cat food!

Location: Date: No. of cats originally No. of cats in 2008
Hospital 1988 62 2
5 Farms various 117 80
2 factories 2004/05 80 38
10 properties 2004/05 117 62

Please note that we do not charge for our services but any donation helps us to continue our work for other cats and people in need.

 

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Feline Care - Roudham Road, Harling Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2QN - Charity No. 1144830