Paciência, or a not-quite-feral tomcat!

When we left to the Netherlands at the beginning of May, this was not entirely without worries. We left a little boy behind. A not-quite-feral tomcat. He can take good care of himself because he survived last summer even without our food supply, but that does not mean that we did not think we left him to his own fate. The little boy is more or less wild, coming and going as he pleases, but he ded grow up with people we think. At the end of the winter he let us pet him, not every day, but still he did, and we could give him anti fleas drops in his neck.

Maria regularly reports on the state of affairs, sends pictures of the garden, and this time also a photograph of the little lad. Tenants have also signalled him, and occasionally some fed him and the tenants of last week have called the cat Caesar. So let’s keep it like that. And in the picture we see Caesar looking very tame for a not quite feral tomcat, waiting patiently until we come back again and the daily meals resume. Patience is called Paciência in Portuguese. As we said: he is a not-quite-feral tomcat, so he will survice on his own, but still likes some company and above all likes to be fed!

Feral cats, or rather just stray cats and dogs, are a problem in Madeira. We do see that it is slightly getting better and new legislation does help, but slowly. There are people and organisations trying to help these animals, you can read about it here. It is a blogspot page, unfortunately here in Madeira many seem to be unfamiliar with building a simple website to make it more easy to find them in order to donate much needed funding to at least feed the animals. Some may look feral, but they are not, or not quite, and cats but dogs struggle for food, above all in winter. Neutering is still difficult, as the Madeira Vets often ask a lot of money to do this. Pity, it could help solve a problem. At least, there is one small chap less to worry about. As I write this last paragraph, an addition to the original article, it is december 2019, and the cat is here and gratefully eatig anything that w give him. Fortunately, we have also seen him catch a mouse in the garden he now considers his own. .

a not quite feral tomcat in our garden. He can take care of himself and keeps vermin away!

Peter was born in Amsterdam in 1949. He has a history in PR and copywriting. Now, part time resident of the Island of Madeira of over 10 years, he writes about Madeira, its culture, its overwhelming nature, its food and drink, and about everything concerning travel to and on this beautiful island.

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