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Ihave been feeding a feral cat for about 3 years,until recently

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Ihave been feeding a feral cat for about 3 years,until recently he lived in the garage and naver came in the house. He is not tame at all hence the name Hissing Sid.
However he now comas through the cat flap or just strolls in,fleas and all.
How would Iget help to catch himto treat his fleas and possibly get him neutered.I live near Harrogate in n.yorks
thank for any suggestions,Jean Houseman
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 years ago.

Hello & welcome, Jean. I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with this wee one today.


You are a star for looking after Hissing Sid.

And if he is an unneutered gentleman, then I agree that getting him neutered would be ideal (to make sure he isn't contributing to the overwhelming kitten population).


In regards XXXXX XXXXX to go about getting this wild guy caught and in for flea treatment and neutering, you do have a few options. First, you might consider ringing your local vet practices and letting them know your situation. Some will have humane cat traps to loan to clients. Often these are quite straightforward to use and with the right treat, Sid can be tempted in. Furthermore, if Sid is venturing through the cat flap, then you might be able to put the trap on your side of the door with a tempting treat to capture him that way.


That said, if you need a hand (or he is just to smart for his own good), then the practice can put you in contact with the local cat charities/rescues they work with. These lovely folks will have traps and may be able to come set them up for you (and take care of his neutering when he is caught). Otherwise, you can contact your local Cat's Protection (LINK) or local RSPCA branch (LINK ). Both groups have branches all over the UK and very often are involved with the catch/neuter/return schemes for cats like Hissing Sid.


Since you noted that you are near Harrogate, here are the details for CP + RSPCA


Registered Charity no: 203644
Postal Address: PO Box 104, Harrogate, HG2 7UD
Tel / Fax: 01423 889598
Fax : 01423 810221
Email:[email protected]
Web site:
National CP Helpline: 03000 12 12 12


Registered Charity no: 232219
Cats Seeking Homes: Some of the cats seeking homes appear on thier website, linked below.
Tel: 07817 344139
Email:[email protected]



Overall, I agree that this is a good time to sort Sid out. And since he is feral and not likely amenable to handling, use of a humane trap would be the safest way to go about catching him. Therefore, give your local vet and/or local cat charity a call to see who can come put out a trap for you. And once he is caught, they will aid you in sorting this all out for him.




I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

Dr. B.


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