It may have escaped its enclosure, but the tomcats have returned to the UK.
The tomcat has made a triumphant return to the country, and with good reason: it’s the biggest animal ever to do so.
But just because the tom cat is back doesn’t mean that its back is fully contained.
It’s also in danger of being swept away by the rise of cats and dogs.
So how can you avoid being caught in the tom-cat-infested middle?
If you want to live with a cat, the answer is simple.
“Don’t feed it,” said Tomcat Manager David Cockerill, a former pet-store owner.
“There’s no reason why you should have to feed the cat.”
Cockerill is one of many who say that if you want the tom to be a pet, feed it.
And he says you should feed the tom the right amount of food.
“The best thing you can do for the tom is feed it enough to keep it happy,” he said.
“If you’re feeding the tom, it’s going to eat whatever’s there and then it’s eating everything else.”
It’s like having a cat that’s trying to eat every last bit of food.
“That may sound like an odd idea, but Tomcat manager David Cokerill is right.
And if you don’t, your tomcat may become a food-hungry, health-deterring, cancer-causing carnivore.”
I’m sure they’ll eat the other food if they’re hungry.””
You could get quite an unhealthy amount of meat from one.”
I’m sure they’ll eat the other food if they’re hungry.
“But while the tom may be in danger, it doesn’t have to be.”
Cockers has a pet-shop in South Yorkshire, and he says there’s nothing to worry about.””
So if the tom has a few friends, that may be a good option.”
Cockers has a pet-shop in South Yorkshire, and he says there’s nothing to worry about.
“You don’t have any issues with it, and it’s a healthy cat,” he added.
“Cats eat a lot.
They’ve got to.”
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Tomcat managers are concerned about their cat being overwhelmed by the new cat-eating habits of other pets.
“We’re seeing it everywhere,” said Dr McAllisters.
“We’re starting to see people having cats that are so big that they’ve had to get rid of the cats because they’re getting too much food.”
So, why are cats getting bigger and more aggressive?
Cockerills pet shop in South York says that a cat’s natural defence is to go for the food of its predator, but now that it’s being gobbled up by other animals, the tom will take it for granted.
“They’re trying to get food, and if they don’t get it, then they’re trying very hard to get it,” he explained.
Cockerilling also said that the tom cats were getting bigger, but he suspects they’re not as aggressive as they used to be, when the tom was a small, feisty animal.
“These are very, you know, cute, happy cats,” he warned.
“People used to feed them in a small cage, and they would take their food, they’d be happy, and then they would go back to their normal life.”
Dr McAllis said that while the behaviour of a tom cat has changed, the underlying cause of the increase in aggression was the domestication of cats.
“In my experience, tom cats are just a bit more aggressive now than they were before they were domesticated,” he admitted.
“And that’s because we’ve got so much more cats now, and we’ve introduced cats that eat cats.”
Dr Cockerilly, meanwhile, said that even though he is worried about the tom’s future, he has no qualms about taking his cat into his own home.
“As long as you keep it indoors, you can’t get in too much trouble,” he advised.
“That’s the best way to live in a house with tomcats.”