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Feral cats in need of rehoming could help with pest control, says Downham centre




Cats Protection’s Downham Adoption Centre is offering the purr-fect solution to anyone in need of an environmentally-friendly pest control service.

Colonies of feral cats often find themselves homeless, usually as a result of inner city and rural development.

But their useful predatory skills, coupled with Cats Protection’s rehoming services, can secure them a better future.

Cats Protection’s Downham Adoption Centre says feral cats need a new home. Picture: SUBMITTED
Cats Protection’s Downham Adoption Centre says feral cats need a new home. Picture: SUBMITTED

Leah Snowden, the Downham’s cat care assistant said: “Most feral cats prefer the freedom of a working life to a comfortable lap in suburbia. We have had some very positive feedback in terms of reduced rodent problems from the many farms, stables and warehouses that have adopted a feral or two from us.”

Owners must be prepared to provide their feline employees with food, water, shelter and veterinary care when needed, none of which will affect their desire to catch prey.

Whilst feral kittens aged up to eight weeks can be successfully ‘socialised’ and rehomed in a normal home environment, this is not usually possible with adult ferals.

If you would like to provide a home for a feral cat, contact the Downham centre on 01366 382311 or email downham@cats.org.uk.



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