Ziggy the cat is the son of Twiggy. He was one of the original ‘ratter’ cats kept at the old Origin Energy building. When they moved premises about 5 years ago, they needed a new place to live. Not friendly cats as they were only kept for keeping the rat population down, a new home was going to be difficult for them.
Big Ears built them a purpose built outdoor enclosure with lots of things for these cats to do.
Twiggy the mum cat became friendly after a few years. Ziggy took 5 years and can now be petted, he actually seeks it out. They live in their own enclosure and enjoy each others company.
Ivy is one of the Ulverstone Beach colony of feral cats that we agreed to take in. She lives with her colony friends in a specially built outdoor enclosure. Ivy is slowly becoming more settled with humans and tolerates them moving about her enclosure and feeding her without running and hiding.
Suzie is another of the Ulverstone cat colony that were rescued as an entire group, de-sexed, vaccinated and living in a specially built outdoor enclosure. Suzie was the first of the group to arrive and although she looks peaceful here, she will not allow any human interaction. We have decided to let them live as they once were (yet within safe confines) and if a medical emergency arises, we will trap the cats until we get the one we need and take her/him to the vet for treatment. It is not an easy undertaking having this many feral cats, but it is one that has saved one particular part of Ulverstone beach where latest reports tell me that no more feral cats have been sighted in the area that these cats all came from.
Robbie the cat is one of the colony of cats Big Ears agreed to take in. Robbie is one of 12 that came from the North West Coast where they had been dumped on a beach as kittens and left to fend for themselves. Local people fed the cats and looked out for them but as the weather turned it became apparent that the cats needed a new home.
They also needed to be de-sexed to stop the cycle repeating itself. The cat lady from Ulverstone agreed to catch all the cats and bring them to us. It took approximately 12 months to catch them all. Once they arrived at Big Ears we built them a special outdoor enclosure. The cats have all been de-sexed, feline AIDS tested and vaccinated.