Paternal Love turns a Feral Cat into Tamed ild Tom’
by Annette K.L.
(Bayou Chicot, Louisiana)
Cindy with ild Tom’
ild Tom’ is now a lovely home cat, and his name doesn’t in anyway refer to his present nature. Though he got the name because he was initially feral, his feral nature has slowly waned since he met our lovely cat, Cindy. Tom is a beautiful tabby cat. On the other hand, our Cindy is a Burmilla cat with a medium body and a likable demeanor.
Her kittens are now seven months old, and her lovely nature has lured ild Tom’ home. When we moved into our new neighborhood, there were numerous feral cats. But shortly after, a town hall initiative rounded up most of these cats and stray dogs. Apparently, a few cases of zoonotic infections had been diagnosed in the local health facilities, thus raising concerns for most pet owners and parents.
We had moved in with our Cindy in mid-summer 2017. Shortly after settling down, we noted that most of our neighbors had no cats. Some of them had Guinea pigs, parrots, ferrets, hamsters, rabbits and dogs, among many others. Cindy was a loner for much of 2017, till a new neighbor moved in with his dog Jim. The two instantly became great friends.
Early in the year, we noticed Cindy playing with another cat, and we thought perhaps another neighbor had acquired one. But it was strange that unlike Jim - the neighbor’s dog – the new strange cat never came indoors. After two months, my wife noticed that Cindy’s behavior had suddenly changed, and she took her to the vet. My wife was happy to announce that Cindy was pregnant. After nine weeks, Cindy bore four kittens in Jim’s kennel and we had to bring them home.
Once they were grown enough to go outdoors, we noticed that the strange cat often joined Cindy and her kittens in the yard. It then dawned on us that he was the father because the kittens looked much like him. We started feeding them outdoor during daytime play sessions, and the presumed father often joined them.
It didn’t take long before the new cat began getting indoors. My daughter, Grace, named him ild Tom’ and the name stuck just as he stuck to our home. Now, the two lovely cats are a fine pair and they are bringing up their kittens well. But the only question in our mind is whether we should spay Cindy because we have no more room for more kittens.