Mustache is an adult, neutered male that was injured when he showed up at the colony feeder. He needed medical care for an injured leg and severe dental infection, due to a broken tooth.
We discovered he also has FeLV, which means we need to monitor his health to be sure he gets his checkups regularly and an extra one whenever he acts like he might not feel well. It’s simple and straight forward. FeLV is not a disease that lives a long time on surfaces. It’s not really difficult to handle at all. We don’t allow him to mix with the general population because we have some rather rambunctious cats too. He started out in his catio area because he had lived outside with a colony of cats. Here he could commune with friends, watch nature, and gradually adjust to us.
He’s came in not feral and not totally friendly. That can be the result of years of being without a home. We didn’t find an owner or chip. He may have a short time left or many years. Either way, he’ll be safe and receive medical attention when he needs it. He’s not showing any signs of disease at this time. We’ll work with him to get him ready for a special family–just in case his dream home comes along. He’s turned into a love bug that is almost ready for a home of his own. A little more socialization and time in various environments here at the refuge to make sure his house manners are good, and this boy will be ready for his own family.
Mustache could live with another FeLV cat or in an only cat home. He’s not sure he trusts everyone yet, but we’re very pleased with his progress. After all, lots of cats don’t trust new people right away. They are often that way forever. We expect him to be on the adoption list before the end of the year.
The pictures at the bottom show his catio/shelter when it was almost complete. The red glow is the infrared light in the special feeder and bedding area (just add straw–not hay) in a wonderful product called a Feral Cat Sanctuary. It’s made by Sta-bob and keeps one or two cats warm, as well a keeping water and food from freezing. There is also an insulated house with wool blankets inside and a clear plexiglass panel to break the wind and deflect rain. Everything is built with careful planning and great care to be safe, healthy, and cat friendly.
In the summer, we put frozen bottles of water in reusable shopping bags and place them inside the feral villas and insulated houses to provide a cool air flow during the hottest times. Mustache loves to go in his house and curl up next to the ice bags when that Texas sun gets hot. The shade cloth curtains can drop the temperatures up to 20 degrees too. There are fans and misters for the catio areas too. We’ve checked the temperature in his house with the ice pack and found it in the 70’s and low 80’s when our heat index topped 109! I was ready to move in with him. There is also a chair to sit and hold him and play with him. He likes to lay in it too. Below, he’s waiting for da bird to come by again so he can catch it.