ANCIENT BATTLE-SCARRED FERAL CAT MEETS TINY KITTENS
A cat, particularly a domesticated cat, living independently of humans, tends to be very wild. Now, think about a scarred one with painful wound and how fierce it would be. But transference is one of the good characteristics of humans and animals and it was beautiful to see it come into play.
Feral cats are not the best candidates to select for adoption because of their untamed nature. In animals, feral instinct makes them think human are predators and thus react accordingly when one try’s to make physical contact with them. They prefer to be left alone as they fend for themselves. They are aggressive, violent and so most people believe they should be left where they belong, in the wild. Mason changed that perception.
Mason is an ancient, battled-scared feral cat with terminal kidney disease. He was brought in from a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) event (a program through which free-roaming cats are trapped, sterilized, and returned to the outdoor locations where they were found). He also had a badly injured foot, several abscessed teeth, and was quite fierce. All these visible attributes has shown how Mason had lived his life, fighting hard to survive. Due to his terminal kidney problem, it was believed that Mason should live the rest of his life in comfort, free from pain. He was brought into a home where after few months, was adapting remarkably well to life in a home. He was still fierce when he was brought in but still happy be alive.
His guardian thought that was as good as it could get for Mason. And then he brought in some foster kittens from a field trip and something remarkable happened. They swarm over to Mason’s lair and started invading his personal space. What would be expected of Mason, a feral cat, is to hiss and grow at the kittens. But instead, he leaned into one of the kittens as it started licking his ear. This melts the guardian’s heart as he watched further how these cats get along well together. They would play and have snuggle time together, it was just an adorable thing to watch them play.
The case of Mason should change the perception of how feral cats are viewed. They should be rescued.