Lonely, bullied and cast-out cat finally finds a happy home

A cat who found himself homeless last year finally finds a new home, thanks to animal welfare charity, Mayhew.

When eight-year old tabby Tom found himself homeless last year, he thought he may have found a new feline family when he came across a colony of feral cats living in a nearby community garden.

Volunteers who maintained the garden fed the inhabitants regularly and there was plenty of space for the cats to roam and play.

However, Tom and many of the stray feral cats were unneutered which lead to multiple fights breaking out and Tom was regularly scratched, bitten and bullied by the other cats.

Luckily, the community garden volunteers soon noticed that Tom was getting hurt and called London based aninal welfare charity, Mayhew for help.

Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers arrived on site and found Tom covered in scratches and scabs. He was also limping and had a sore open cut on his front leg.

Tom was taken straight back to Mayhew for treatment and was given a full health check including an x-ray on his sore leg to make sure there was no internal damage.

Luckily, none of Tom’s surface wounds were severe and after he’d healed and been neutered, he was ready to be rehomed.

It wasn’t long before a new owner fell completely in love with him and he was officially adopted- finally finding the home comforts he’d been hoping for.

Mayhew Animal Welfare Officers have since returned to the area where Tom was found to Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) the feral cat population.

A spokesperson for Mayhew said: “TNR helps to control and contain stray cat populations, and prevents further breeding, antisocial behaviour and the spread of infectious diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).

“Feral cats have different needs to their domestic relations and it is important that each are taken into consideration when treating animals like Tom and his old neighbours. Our experienced teams give feral cats a full health check when they are brought in for neutering, and ensure an area is suitable and safe before returning them.”

If you are concerened about a colony of cats in your area, you can email Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers at awo@mayhewanimalhome.org or call 020 8962 8000.

You can see domestic cats that are currently up for adoption at Mayhew by visiting their rehoming pages.