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Old 10-10-2011, 13:32
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Hi All,

I was on here a year or 2 ago saying I was feeding some feral cats by my workplace in Liverpool. There are still a couple around now which I have finally decided to get neutered, but one in particular I really want to take home! She is a lovely little black cat who is the spitting image of my Kohl at home (except a lot thinner)! Has anyone on here ever taken in a feral cat so I know what to expect? I understand I will have to keep her in a seperate room for upto several months and have a lot of patience. I really don't want her to have to live outdoors during another of our winters - plus she limps quite badly. Is it possible to domesticate feral cats (bearing in mind I have been feeding her every day almost for 3 years - even coming out at least once during the weekend most weeks). Any advice anyone?

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Old 10-10-2011, 13:56
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What a lovely person you are.

I think taming a feral can be done - you sound like you are aware of the hardwork and dedication.

My friend had a little feral who lived on her road and she passed him over to cats protection. The thought of seeing him sleeping under a bush in thick snow was killing us!!

The cats protection eventually re-homed him and apparently he is a lovely pet now.

Maybe speak to your local cats protection and see if they can advise.

The only problem with taking 1 is leaving the others. Maybe they wont cope too well without her.
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Old 10-10-2011, 14:00
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Ferals have been known to become even more loyal to people who look after them than domesticated cats, although they can still have that temper. My mum's got a feral cat that's a house cat, and she's lovely as long as you don't stroke her for too long (she gets wary of being stroked). I basically let the cat tickle me, that way I don't get scratched to ribbons
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Old 10-10-2011, 15:33
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She doesn't seem to hang round with the other cats much - she is quite timid, I've certainly never seen her show any agression whatsoever. I just need to be sure that she hasn't got any kittens hidden away. She had a brother (called Socks!) who disapeared a couple of months ago and I regret not doing something earlier. She actually let me stroke her last week although she was eating at the time. I am off to China later this week but when I am back just need to contact local Cats Protection again and they will take them in to spay etc.
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Old 10-10-2011, 15:39
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We took in a very sick little feral cat a couple of months ago. She had very bad worms and was close to death really but we had her dewormed and deflead and spayed. When we brought her home all she wanted to do was sleep all day despite me taking her outside for supervised time outside, she didn't want to go far, just sleep. Then her hair started falling out. I took her the vet who said it could be mites and deflead her again, but the hair continued to fall out then grew back again all lovely and fluffy and clean almost right away. I think it was the stress of being neutered and taken into a new home, and being kept inside all day that made her hair fall out. I put her outside most of the time now and she never wanders too far, she seems to be happy enough although she has established herself as the boss of our cats and will give them a slap if they come near her. She also prefers human food to cat food, as she has never been used to eating cat food I suppose, so she scavenges through our rubbish but she is getting used to the cat food now. I am glad to hear you are taking a little stray in just make sure that she can have ample time outside after a while anyway, she will need it as that is how she is living now.
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Old 10-10-2011, 18:47
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Well done too you . I do remember you posting about them. Some ferals can be domesticated but it does depend on the indiviual cat. Can you pick her up at all as that is a bonus. I have been trying too trap a group of 3 feral females since july and they hate me. Its going too take a long time and it might not work. Maybe a cat run outside in the garden might be a better option for her whilst she starts too come around. She will need somewhere too go anyway when she is speyed to recover. I love ferals and am handrearing 5 feral kittens atm.
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Old 10-10-2011, 19:53
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Hi All,

I was on here a year or 2 ago saying I was feeding some feral cats by my workplace in Liverpool. There are still a couple around now which I have finally decided to get neutered, but one in particular I really want to take home! She is a lovely little black cat who is the spitting image of my Kohl at home (except a lot thinner)! Has anyone on here ever taken in a feral cat so I know what to expect? I understand I will have to keep her in a seperate room for upto several months and have a lot of patience. I really don't want her to have to live outdoors during another of our winters - plus she limps quite badly. Is it possible to domesticate feral cats (bearing in mind I have been feeding her every day almost for 3 years - even coming out at least once during the weekend most weeks). Any advice anyone?

Tony...
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Old 10-10-2011, 20:11
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I remember you used too go out in all weathers back too work too feed them.
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Old 10-10-2011, 21:33
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I have an ex-feral. Basically you have to follow her lead. She may not like being stroked or carried. She may not even like you walking near her. Mine didn't like any of this. She didn't like people or other animals. Twelve years down the line and a lot of patience later, she still won't come near people and doesn't like being carried but when it very quiet or night time she comes for a snuggle. She gives the best cat cuddles ever in bed. She runs from anyone else though and scratches even me if I try to carry her. She's a champion hunter though and has brought me many gifts over the years. Also she is so tough still. No matter what the weather she's out there.

It's good that she let's you stroke especially when she's eating. I'd say take it one day at a time. Start with something simple like getting down to her level and letting her get used to you then build up to touching. It can definitely be done
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Old 14-10-2011, 09:48
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My cat is an ex-feral who was adopted by an old lady who after a few months couldn't cope with her. It took a good few years to get her semi-normal, you would walk past her and she would lash out at your legs, she didn't like being held or cuddled and it would have to be on her terms if she wanted one. For a while only my younger brother and me could get near her. She used to climb through my bedroom window at night and sleep next to my pillow but in the morning she would go back to be her usual self. I have many scars from her. Now though 12 years later she is a completely different cat, she sits in the gap between the sofa cushions between me and my partner in the evening or she sits and stares at me until I make myself comfortable and then comes and sits on my lap(read she sits and stares until I move my legs so she can sit on me) and watches TV or goes to sleep. When we have visitors the cat is a complete tart and goes and sits next to them and gets lots of attention. She can still lash out but we now have excellent reflexes and can jump out the way.
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Old 14-10-2011, 10:03
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Elliecat: This may sound weird but does your cat meow? Mine opens her mouth but a proper meowing doesn't come out. She makes a kind of crackly noise and squeeks. I spoke to someone else who took in a feral and it made the same noise.

You're very right about them snuggling at night and back to normal in the morning lol.
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Old 14-10-2011, 10:26
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Elliecat: This may sound weird but does your cat meow? Mine opens her mouth but a proper meowing doesn't come out. She makes a kind of crackly noise and squeeks. I spoke to someone else who took in a feral and it made the same noise.

You're very right about them snuggling at night and back to normal in the morning lol.
oh she meows all right very loudly at times but it's not very often mostly at night when she is on her own.
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Old 07-11-2011, 18:56
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Well I caught the black cat this morning in the trap, quite easy really although I hated how distressed she was until I put a cover over the trap. The man from cats protection came out and picked her up (and also took one of the other cats - I just picked him up as he is very friendly). They are getting spayed tomorrow and I am going to take the black cat home tomorrow night. Just have to clear a bedroom for her now. I have asked the vet to check her leg as she limps so I think i have to pay for that but he said probably nothing they can do. Will let you know in a couple of days if she is settling in...
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Old 07-11-2011, 19:41
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Well done you and good luck. My feral turned out to be the most loving little man going.
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Old 07-11-2011, 20:32
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Hi All,

I was on here a year or 2 ago saying I was feeding some feral cats by my workplace in Liverpool. There are still a couple around now which I have finally decided to get neutered, but one in particular I really want to take home! She is a lovely little black cat who is the spitting image of my Kohl at home (except a lot thinner)! Has anyone on here ever taken in a feral cat so I know what to expect? I understand I will have to keep her in a seperate room for upto several months and have a lot of patience. I really don't want her to have to live outdoors during another of our winters - plus she limps quite badly. Is it possible to domesticate feral cats (bearing in mind I have been feeding her every day almost for 3 years - even coming out at least once during the weekend most weeks). Any advice anyone?

Tony...
We have 5 cats , mother cat which was feral when we moved to Spain, I just sat close to her fed, her and slowly put the food closer to me until the day came that she sat next to me. now she rolls on her back for tummy rub and loves us, you wouldnt know she had been feral.
three of the others are her babies, 2 are 7 years old the other 6 and half, all been neutered now.

The final one Cid, well he was feral, but when a kitten someone had used him as a toy, his tail was chopped off at the top and broken by the base of his bottom, his legs are bent where I think someone found him as tiny kitten and damaged his legs, a year ago he was like a skeleton and hissed and spat at us, I used to throw some of ours cats food outside as wanted him to die with full stomach, but as you gather he didnt, he is healed, well as much as can be and has become the most lovable cat I have ever in my life met.

so go for it, 100% and let us know how it goes, Has been so well worth it
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:54
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We have 5 cats , mother cat which was feral when we moved to Spain, I just sat close to her fed, her and slowly put the food closer to me until the day came that she sat next to me. now she rolls on her back for tummy rub and loves us, you wouldnt know she had been feral.
three of the others are her babies, 2 are 7 years old the other 6 and half, all been neutered now.

The final one Cid, well he was feral, but when a kitten someone had used him as a toy, his tail was chopped off at the top and broken by the base of his bottom, his legs are bent where I think someone found him as tiny kitten and damaged his legs, a year ago he was like a skeleton and hissed and spat at us, I used to throw some of ours cats food outside as wanted him to die with full stomach, but as you gather he didnt, he is healed, well as much as can be and has become the most lovable cat I have ever in my life met.

so go for it, 100% and let us know how it goes, Has been so well worth it
Thanks for the encouragement. I just need to persuade the wife it is a good idea now! Spent ages last night cleaning the room up for the cat. Do you think she will get bored in the room though as she is not supposed to go out for quite some time - should i get some sort of cat tree/toys etc?
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Old 08-11-2011, 15:49
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To be quite honest as we live in Spaion and is quite mild all year round ours live under a covered terrace, Obviously different in UK, I am sure she would be ok with some toys and lots of cuddles, litter tray etc.

I had to persuade hubby to keep ours, they dont come in often, but they get lots of cuddles, we tend to find Tom if he can comes in and at 7am asks to go out, cheeky git lol, Tom as looks like Tom and Jerry.

Cid that I spoke about , well, having fed and nursed him back to health often comes in, our house opens directly to terrace, so he jumps over the dog and sits behind me when on lap top, is at the moment, he has turned out to be so loving, they do give it back. though with the damage to his tail he doesnt jump as well as the others lol.

go for it, well worth it, just be patient, it worked with Tarty lol yes she is called Tarty, think numerous babies before we came, vet laughed.

My daughter in law gets cross as says my ex feral cats are friendlier than her house cat lol
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Old 08-11-2011, 15:51
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Having read back, my ferals have absolutely no temper at all, just too soft for their own good lol
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Old 08-11-2011, 17:27
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Good luck. Domesticating a true feral is usually very hard once they are more than fairly small kittens. I found a link that might be of interest:

http://www.feralcatwelfare.org.uk/
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Old 08-11-2011, 17:52
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It can be done!

I took in a six week old ferel kitten at the same time as taking in a four week old domestic kitten. To be honest, I wasn't too keen on the idea at first as we had only planned on getting one kitten, but rightly or wrongly the rescue center were quite persistant that we took both in as they'd been paired up together. So I decided to give it a go.

I was very worried at first as he was quite wild and scared of everything and would hiss and growl at us and hide in a corner and lash out at us if we came anywhere near him. He needed a lot of work to tame and both my husband and I work full time so it was hard work and I did wonder a few times whether to carry on having him or not thinking we couldn't give him the time we needed.

The rescue center lent us a puppy pen to put him in, which we used for the first couple of months, and gradually let him out for longer and longer and introducing him to different rooms in the house whilst being supervised. He saw the pen as his and our other kittens little den and if things got too much he would dart back in there.

Eventually we left the pen open all the time, giving him the opportunity to wander about the house without us following him round the whole time, and we then dismantled the pen and took it away completely.

We will have had both of them for a year on Friday, and he is still quite timid, he's not the sort of cat you can pick up for a cuddle, or bend down and stroke as he will run away from us still, however, if our other cat is sitting on our lap he will also come over purring and snuggle up to us. Also, he is madly in love with our dog! He will happily snuggle up to her and likes lying on her back whilst paddy pawing and purring away to himself, whilst my dog has a confused expression on her face!

Although it was hard work at first, and I did have my doubts about it and and now question the rescue center for 'pushing' him on us, I am pleased we have him and he is a part of our family. It really is quite rewarding to know that you've given an animal a better life.

Good luck, hope it goes well!
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Old 08-11-2011, 21:48
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It can be done, it's far easier with a 6-week old kitten than the adult cat I got the impression the OP wants to rehome.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:38
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I think she is about 3 years old now. Took her home last night and she is meek as anything (although that might be to do with the drugs from the spaying). I also paid for an x-ray as she has been limping quite badly for a while. She has had a broken leg at some point so the vet gave her an injection for that. She was purring when I was talking to her and she came out to eat some food. Unfortunately I heard a big crash at 4am and she had managed to knock over a big ladder I had left against the wall. Hopefully she hasn't hurt herself but she has wedged herself behind the computer desk and was just looking at me. I will go home at lunch time and hopefully she will have eaten some food, if not i will have to try to pick her up to check she hasn't any injuries. The noise has probably really scared her but hopefully she will re-surface sometime today while I am at work.
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Old 10-11-2011, 18:53
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My neighbour took a feral cat in about 18months ago, i was trying to take it in for months it wouldn't let me near. 'Midnight' she called it as it Jet Black, he is tame and a perfect cat now. He's a bit shy around ppl but apart from that perfect!

She's just allso taken another cat in last week 'Tilly' she's calmed it down, Midnight isn;t too keen as there both un-neutered cats and are very terretorial...Once again thought a lovely netured cat he's constanly sitting cuddling into her
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Old 10-11-2011, 19:33
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I think she is about 3 years old now. Took her home last night and she is meek as anything (although that might be to do with the drugs from the spaying). I also paid for an x-ray as she has been limping quite badly for a while. She has had a broken leg at some point so the vet gave her an injection for that. She was purring when I was talking to her and she came out to eat some food. Unfortunately I heard a big crash at 4am and she had managed to knock over a big ladder I had left against the wall. Hopefully she hasn't hurt herself but she has wedged herself behind the computer desk and was just looking at me. I will go home at lunch time and hopefully she will have eaten some food, if not i will have to try to pick her up to check she hasn't any injuries. The noise has probably really scared her but hopefully she will re-surface sometime today while I am at work.
Is she OK, Bobby? I do hope so - cats can be very good at creating havoc and yet escaping completely unscathed.

I've have had three feral cats. The first was 12 weeks when I got him - he was a big, bolshy, aggressive boy when he grew up who never willingly allowed any other human other than me anywhere near him (he even attacked a vet I once had to take him to see. ) Other than that he was the most loyal and loving companion anyone could ever wish for - the best mate I've ever had.

The other two were (are) brother and sister - 18 months old when I got them. The boy - Georgie - never socialised. He lived outdoors (I'm in a very rural location) but would come inside after nightfall. The deal with him was that I could feed him, provide him with a warm bed in a quiet place in the house, but could not expect any other interaction from him. As long as I did that he tolerated me, and came home at night. He lived a very precarious life - his hearing was very poor - and I'm afraid I lost him this summer. I searched everywhere, put up posters etc etc - but he has not come back. I am only glad that I managed to give him 8 years of freedom, and that he also had the security of food and a warm place to sleep when he needed it. That was as much as I could give that little guy

His sister - my beloved Nancy - is still with me. She is skittish with a capital S, will not go near anyone else and bolts at the sight of anyone other than me . At heart she is still a little wild thing, but being a cat has the brains to work out that living with a human has its benefits! One to one with me, she is now the sweetest, most gentle and most affectionate little companion anyone could ever wish for.

If you manage to win the trust of a feral, you will be rewarded over and over and over.

Take all the time and patience it needs to bond with your little girl - you'll never regret it.
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Old 10-11-2011, 20:21
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i took a feral cat in in January and other in April, my cats still not sure of them, they all sleep in diff rooms still, just merge together for feeding times..
Now both feral cats dont bother goin out anymore they have changed from shy feral cats into homely sit on your knee and purr all night cats.. there both lovely.
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