Animaltalk Magazine Article – May Issue
The Pavilion Shopping Centre in Westville,
Durban is where we focus on a community of
felines and their human carers.
In the frames of the team of the Kitten
Action, Pav Cats feeding and sterilisation
scheme you would find the producer of Kitten
Action, Mandy, who cares for various feral cats
in the highway area. Her passion for feral cats
drove her to initiate the first feeding station
at The Pavilion. Since then the Kitten Action
warriors have come into existence. Feral cat
champions Tracey and Doug of the Feral Cat
Rescue Trust added their expertise and have
tirelessly trapped Pav cats to be sterilised.
Without trapping and sterilising The Pavilion
will never be a kitten-free zone. The common
approach to stabilising a feral cat population
is termed TSR (trap, sterilise, release). Before
releasing them back into their feral colonies,
the tip of one ear is clipped to mark the
feral as neutered and inoculated. This tactic
prevents breeding and reduces behaviour
problems such as fighting, spraying and
creating noise caused by competition for food.
The Kitten Action warriors then enter the
scene. Without a dedicated team to regularly
feed the cats, trapping becomes a very
difficult task. Volunteers are therefore
valuable assets to ensure the efforts of
Tracey and Doug are not futile.
Volunteers come in various shapes and sizes,
and besides feeders, fosters play a vital
supporting role in helping feral cats. Kittens
easily purr their way into your heart, thus a
firm hand is needed to send them on their
way to forever homes once they have been
tamed. Janet and her daughter Kayla are the
ladies for the job. They caringly invite kittens
into their home on a regular basis. Not an
None of this would be possible without
Mandy meeting with the centre management
at The Pavilion and coordinating with Kloof
and Highway SPCA, as well as Di managing
publicity on social media, in a team effort to
And not forgetting YOU, the public, without
whose generosity this scheme would not
exist. It is impossible to feed a large number
of cats without an occasional donation of
Cats, like humans, get sick too, and
donations help to cover their veterinary care
and treatment, sterilisations, inoculations
and other costs incurred.
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Posted on June 2, 2014, in Animal Welfare, Di's Articles, For Cat Lovers, Published and tagged animal welfare, animals, Animaltalk Magazine, cats, feral cats, neuter, release, spay, sterilise, trap. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.