I was told that the residents of the neighborhood tried to capture these cats but they were so frightened that they ran into the woods: 50 acres of densely wooded terrain with creek, lake and rock ridges. The cats were presumed dead however occasionally people would remark that they viewed a cat in the forest.
Cat carcasses were found with arrows penetrating their abdomen or neck region. Even though there were many cat fatalities a few of the domesticated abandoned cats found their way in the woods and over the years the Norwegian forest cats bred with these cats, and a small colony of cats survived.
I am colony caregiver for 12 feral and stray cats. I care for the forest cats as well as stray and abandoned cat in my community with the help of my husband and two neighbors that volunteer their service.
We trap all cats for sterilization, tests for disease, vaccines, wormer and a dosage of revolution for fleas, ticks and ear mites. We always try to socialize the cats. If we can get them at a young age a year or under then taming usually can be achieved, otherwise we release the cats to a controlled colony. Where we will feed, provide shelter and care for the cats for the rest of their lives.
Many people will live their entire life in the city and will never view a feral forest cat. These wild cats have a strong nature of the pack much like the wild cats in Africa.
Each cat participates in the pack; some will hunt and bring back their prey to a sick or nursing queen cat. The male cat will watch over the kittens while the queen cat takes a break. Other cats will lie on the high rocks watching the area for trespassers.
In the winter the wild cats will take shelter in hallow trees or thicket dens and they will all sleep together and thus providing ample body heat.
All of the photographs that you view on this post and on the entire cat adoption and rescue blog are original photographs by Susan Golis
Photographs of Feral Forest Cats
A queen feral cat will have 4-6 kittens and out of that only 2-3 will survive to 12 weeks. Out of a litter of 4-6 kittens two kittens may make it to three months. The survival of forest kittens is maybe 1 kitten out of a litter of 6. The population of feral cats is controlled by nature.