We are a barn cat relocation site for Project Purr. This hard working and dedicated organization mainly focus on the trap, neuter and release aspect for feral cats (Feral cats are not wild and something to fear. They are cats that have had limited - if any - exposure to humans and so they are afraid of us. A real life 'fraidy cat). However there is a rescue function to this organization as well. Feral cats which are turned into shelters have no chance of being adopted, and so after their three day'stray period' these cats are euthanized. Project Purr rescues these cats and finds homes for them. I've talked about the relocation and imprinting process here and here and here.
We have had four groups of cats relocated here. Oliver was in that first batch and has become our poster child for what ferals can do on a farm. He has blossomed into a friendly cat that sits on our laps yet is also a great hunter of rodents. He's taught the newer additions how to be a hunters and showed them that humans are not scary.
Oliver didn't show up for breakfast for a few days. Missing one feeding isn't uncommon, but missing two in a row is not so good and I begin to worry. Day Three and Oliver showed up looking a little swollen. His continued to swell and swell. He eventually looked like this
Because he's as tame as he is, I was able to feed him some turkey broth as he was having a really hard time chewing. He's not tame enough to capture and take to the vet, so we had to have nature do it's thing.