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November 2015



After a year of sterilizing practically every cat that has crossed our paths, we hope the kitten season this year won't be too fruitful! We know there will always be people who can't be bothered or are ignorant about the plight of cats in our town. Of course, this problem is not unique to us and is far worse in some other cities and small towns across SA and, indeed, the world. Sadly, people allow their cats to have "just one litter" or several, and we are literally left to pick up the pieces. Without the help of our generous, caring supporters we wouldn't achieve much, so we thank every person who has helped us in any way to make it possible for us to continue sterilizing feral and stray cats, as well as feeding established colonies, thereby improving their quality of life and preventing unwanted kittens from being born. Our Project has been doing this for over 6 years now and, before this, I and a few others did the work independently for 20 years. We will continue working to educate the public about feral cats and creating greater awareness about their plight and dispelling the negativity some folk feel towards our beautiful feline friends. Remember, adult feral cats can't usually be adopted, so leave them in peace, but ensure they get sterilized first and, if possible help them further by setting up a small feeding station for them in a quiet corner of your garden or business premises.

Wishing you and your families, including furred, feathered and finned members, a peaceful and blessed Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous 2016.



This will be our last newsletter for the year, as I will be enjoying some family time in Australia. I am also not sure what will be happening for the first 2 to 3 months of 2016, as the organisation for which I work is moving premises and things promise to be extremely hectic! I'll do my best to at least keep you up to date with news of trapping and donors. In the meantime, may I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a fantastic and happy 2016. Thank you for all your support throughout the year - we couldn't do it without you!




Two females were spayed and two males were neutered.

Despite all our efforts, we have been notified of at least one colony in the centre of town, which Ros will attend to. Thanks so much to Taryn Gillitt, who notified us of the colony, for offering to help with trapping as well as transport to and from the vet.

Other kittens have been found on the Rhodes campus and a very kind long-time supporter of the Project has adopted them.



Lost Cats



Tigger is new in the Hellier Street, Fort England area and went missing from her new home on 12 October. Tigger was one of Beth Dickerson's cats and may have tried to make her way back to New Street. If you see her in either area, please contact Lorna on 076 353 0726. She is a very timid cat and will be afraid. Thanks.




Viv Botha has kindly agreed to have another book sale during 2016 - details still to be confirmed - so please start putting aside any unwanted books when you are doing your post-Christmas spring cleaning.


Sooty has been listed for adoption in the last few newsletters. This is the latest update from Ros.

A great supporter of the Project, after reading about Sooty, expressed an interest in adopting her, so David and Margaret (their granddaughter-in-fur is a GFCP kitty) came in from Port Alfred and I managed to pick Sooty up and put her into the cat box but she was very wily and with a flash she escaped out the door before I could close it. Spent twenty minutes coaxing her back and once again she allowed me to pick her up but the minute I tried to enclose her, she shot out of the cage. David eventually left and I promised to try again and keep her at home and gentle her. He was very keen to take her and said she would fit in perfectly at his house. On Sunday I managed to catch her and took her home. She was very unhappy but by Sunday night she had settled and was rubbing herself around my feet and happy for strokes and tummy rubs.

I woke up on Monday and she was gone! I cannot understand how she got out - you have seen my verandah - it is fully enclosed and the only way she could have got out was to climb up the chimney. I have not seen her since - I was hoping that she would make her way back to the ditch but not as yet. I am so worried. Anyway, will keep looking and just hope that she arrives back at the ditch.

UPDATE: A few days later Ros let me know that Sooty was safely back at the ditch and she will try again to gentle her at home before David and Margaret fetch her.


News of Adopted Cats

From Allon and Carol Poole, who adopted two of Cloudy's kittens last year...

Morris often tries to befriend Kitt who mostly doesn't quite seem to know how to react! I was worried at first about Kitt as she used to be obsessed with following my old cat Spat around and I was always scared Kitt might hurt Spat. She never did but she was part of the reason it took me so long to get new kittens. Zero our other dog is not a threat at all. In fact it's taken her a long time to come round to joining us in the garden with Morris, Moggy and Kitt and to tolerate a friendly rub or sniff from M & M.

Morris is extremely friendly and rushes to greet any visitors. Moggy is very loving and spends a lot more time on my lap than Morris does, but she's not too keen on strangers or visitors!

A while back we decided they were mostly calm enough at night to be allowed into our bedroom and most nights they join us. Moggy generally jumps onto the bed then scratches her way under a cover or two, heads down to the end of the bed and spends the rest of the night under the covers; how she doesn't suffocate I don't know. Morris generally jumps onto the bed, stomps purposefully on us for a while then settles down on top of the covers either between us or on my side pinning me down somewhat.

  Both of them like to drink water from the bath where there's a tap which is almost impossible to stop from dripping. Morris has discovered that he can squat in the bathroom basin and pee down the plug hole. I wasn't charmed when I first saw him do this - and it's something I'm keen to discourage him from doing - but I suppose it's quite clever and even more so the fact that he doesn't seem to pee in the bath from where they drink! I don't know how often he's pee-ed in the basin but both Al and I have seen him do it. Neither of us have seen Moggy do the same and maybe she does, but I don't think so! Attached also is a close-up of Moggy with her beautiful face.

Thank you all for your parts in our now having them in our lives! They are lovely and loving enough to (almost!) be able to ignore the mouse or rat guts and faces they leave behind. Yes! With the last two rodents that have suffered their torturing and gone down their hatches, they have left the faces with the dead eyes staring back at us -- I don't remember any other cats I've had doing that. Yughh!



No cats in sight but when you make the bed they appear out of nowhere! This is a little rescue cat was thrown through a security gate into a pack of dogs. Digit is a delight and just loves change-of-linen day!




Last month we reported on the removal of a heavily pregnant female. The family no longer wanted her and none of us had the heart to have her babies aborted as well (we'd aborted 16 kittens from other females there) so urgent calls for a foster home resulted in Mama Grey and her unborn babies being adopted by Carmen Henning and her family.




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Thank you so much to everyone who donated. Your support means so much to us and helps us to continue with our work.

Viv Botha
Jennifer Gon
Marcelle van Hees
Merle Murray
Jeanne Berger
Colleen Duffy
Furry Funds

If making electronic payments please remember to include WILDCAT and your name as a reference so that we can thank you. Please email proof of payment to: l.grant@nelm.org.za


About Us

All donations go to sterilisation and a small portion to food.
Occasionally there are costs for veterinary care of ferals who are ill or injured.

We appreciate your generosity greatly as it enables us to continue helping the feral cats.
Spays cost us R440 and neuters R287,
plus extra for any complications such as pregnancy or undescended testes.

The adoption fee is R500, which includes first deworming and inoculation and obligatory sterilisation.

If you would like to donate any amount, please deposit into our vet account at:

The Grahamstown Veterinary Clinic,
Standard Bank Account No 282625054
Branch Code 050917

Please add the reference "W/CAT" and your name, and please notify us if possible
so that we can follow up donations in case of accidental misallocation

Please do not take any feral/stray cat into the vet for attention and charge it to our Wildcat account without prior approval from Lynne.

The Wildcat account with the vet is meant for sterilisation of ferals and will only under certain exceptional circumstances be used for other procedures.

Grahamstown Feral Cat Project uses the TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return) approach - globally recognised as the most humane, least costly and most sustainable way of stabilizing feral cat populations.

Volunteers humanely trap the feral cats; we take them to the vet to be spayed or neutered; the tip of the right ear is snipped off so we can easily identify that they have been sterilised; we return them to their original territory where they live out their lives (adult ferals cannot be tamed). Feral kittens, wherever possible, are fostered, tamed and homed.


Archived Newsletters

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February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
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September 2015
October 2015


The Grahamstown Feral Cat project promotes responsible pet ownership. This includes proper care (feeding, vaccination and preventative treatment against parasites, etc.) and sterilisation to prevent unplanned kittens and reduce the number of homeless animals.


Useful Facebook Pages:

Grahamstown Animal Network (GRAN): https://www.facebook.com/groups/GRanimalove/
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