Kestrel came into our care via an Inspector with her three 2-3 week old kittens. She was nameless and part of a large group of cats that were captured over a long period as part of the Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) programme for feral cats belonging to one area where they are fed. 

After settling in with us it became evident to staff that Kestrel's behaviour was not like that of a true feral cat but neither was she completely relaxed in the company of humans. As long as she didn't feel threatened with our presence, we gradually increased interaction with her until she was visibly comfortable with us sitting beside her carrier with her kits. 

Over a matter of a week, Kestrel actively enjoyed a little affection under her chin, suggesting that she has history of living in the vicinity of people. This is likely owed to the fact that despite preferring to live an outdoor lifestyle, perhaps because she was born and raised as such from other (semi) feral cats, she is still reliant and used to the support of feeding from humans. 

When the kittens (in order of photos), Squirrel, Fawn and Weasel, are weaned from Kestrel, she will be given flea and worm treatment before being taken to the vets for microchipping and neutering. After the necessary treatments and a health check, once healed she will be cleared for release back to her home territory.

Here at Mount Noddy we often see cats like Kestrel who have been left to breed multiple times until they are captured for TNR. Neutering your cats is vital in managing the ever increasing cat population, as well as the spread of disease and virus' that is often spread with rising numbers. Aside from the health benefits to the individual, it also significantly helps reduce the volume of cats coming into cattery and rescue care.

If left to their own devices, entire males can impregnate multiple females in heat in a single day. Unneutered females can have on average three litters per year, with an average of four kittens per litter. Without proper care and management, those kittens can be impregnated as young at 4-6 months.