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Old 11-11-2011, 17:45
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Thanks everyone for all the comments and helpful advice. She seems ok just very subdued hiding away - but has used the litter tray fine and seems to be eating ok. I just feel really mean for keeping her cooped up in a small bedroom but just keep thinking it will be better for her when its snowing! After ready lots of stuff on the internet I plan to go and sit with her tonight for a while and read out loud from a book - supposedly it gets them used to your voice! My cats don't seem to have noticed she is in the bedroom yet but plan on keeping them well away for a while yet - Kohl I think will be fine but Earl is a bit possesive of his territory.
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Old 11-11-2011, 18:07
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I just sat outside and eventually Tarty came over and sat next to me, didnt touch her to start with just chatted, you know the rest, am away for a week from tomorrow, hope to check in when home and see how she is
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Old 15-11-2011, 08:53
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She definately seems to be getting braver. She let me feed her some chicken on Sunday and sniffed my fingers (without hissing). THis morning she was in the middle of the room and didn't move when I came in. I think she wants to mix with my other cats but will leave that a bit longer I think. Hopefully they will all be able to smell each other and get a bit used to that.
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:45
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Thought I would give an update as I remembered this old thread. Scamp (as I called her) is still doing ok - I eventually let her out of the room after about 2 months - she watched my cats going in and out of the cat flap a few times then disapeared for a week. I spent ages putting leaflets through doors then she just turned up a week later in the living room cool as anything! She spends most of her time on either the stairs or the bed in the guest bedroom. Unfortunately my cat Kohl doesn't like her much and chases her if I am around (I think he is jealous) but Earl gets on fine with her and they often chase each other in the garden (when the weather is nice). Scamp will let us stroke her nose and she does brush up against my legs but I am not sure if she will ever be totally domesticated but she is such a lovely cat. All but one of the cats by my workplace have now gone - I think foxes have probably had them so I think I made the right decision.

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Old 11-01-2013, 12:55
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Back in 2010 someone dumped 4 new born kittens in our courtyard
Over the course of time 3 more have come to live in our house.
In October 2012 we moved from a village on Rhodes to Faliraki.
Two of the feral cats near our new house have made friends with us
To the extent that one of them will come & sleep with us in bed
From our experience feral cats can be domesticated
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Old 11-01-2013, 14:24
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Back in 2010 someone dumped 4 new born kittens in our courtyard
Over the course of time 3 more have come to live in our house.
In October 2012 we moved from a village on Rhodes to Faliraki.
Two of the feral cats near our new house have made friends with us
To the extent that one of them will come & sleep with us in bed
From our experience feral cats can be domesticated
You have just reminded me of when I was on holiday in Faliraki, a beautiful little kitten adopted me and slept in my apartment every night. I called her Olive. Broke my heart going home . I was assured she would be looked after by the locals but who knows.
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Old 11-01-2013, 16:22
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Many people in Faliraki feed the feral cats
Vets are now coming several times a year from Germany & UK to neuter / spay the ferals
We have assisted with the trapping , so the vets can do the operations
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Old 13-01-2013, 16:48
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Thought I would give an update as I remembered this old thread. Scamp (as I called her) is still doing ok - I eventually let her out of the room after about 2 months - she watched my cats going in and out of the cat flap a few times then disapeared for a week. I spent ages putting leaflets through doors then she just turned up a week later in the living room cool as anything! She spends most of her time on either the stairs or the bed in the guest bedroom. Unfortunately my cat Kohl doesn't like her much and chases her if I am around (I think he is jealous) but Earl gets on fine with her and they often chase each other in the garden (when the weather is nice). Scamp will let us stroke her nose and she does brush up against my legs but I am not sure if she will ever be totally domesticated but she is such a lovely cat. All but one of the cats by my workplace have now gone - I think foxes have probably had them so I think I made the right decision.

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So glad you came back with an update, delighted she has settled in, she will be with you forever now!

I had a feral tom for nine years, was always wary but so gentle & loving though never lost his killing skills unfortunately!
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Old 14-01-2013, 22:21
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I wonder how jojo managed with mixing the dommy cats and the new ferals in the house!

I'm moving house in a couple of weeks. I have two feline girls, who are eight now. I have 'adopted' a stray who just appeared on the street six months ago; have given her an insulated cardboard box on the doorstep with fleecy bed to help against the cold, and feed her a bellyful of grub every night... the girls tolerate her and bomb past if she is on the doorstep, but she can be aggressive towards them which isn't good. She's only a little thing. I want to take her with me, but am thinking that she will have to be the 'garden' cat, and will have to be shut inside the garden shed for a couple of weeks when I get one! Hopefully soon!
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Old 15-01-2013, 16:40
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Many people in Faliraki feed the feral cats
Vets are now coming several times a year from Germany & UK to neuter / spay the ferals
We have assisted with the trapping , so the vets can do the operations
Good for you radioanorak. I just hope she was ok, she didnt really look big enought to be away from her mum. I really was heartbroken. Madness how a little kitten took over my holiday!!
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Old 16-01-2013, 09:45
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It's really interesting to find out that a lot of ferals don't "meow". We were adopted by one last year - found his way through the catflaps and was living in a pet carrier in our utility/junk room. We made it official and had him chipped in October. He's still a bit domestically challenged, but spending more time 'proper indoors' lately.

He'll let me stroke him, but only a few times before he jumps away and hisses, except when I go up to bed at night and he's on the top landing. He will lay there with me gently fussing round his face, and press his head in to my hand and it's lovely that he now feels comfortable enough to accept affection

Anyway, back to the not meowing - do they not purr either? Mr Boot just makes a sort of "fhff, fhff, fhff" while he's laying there having strokes. Is that the feral equivalent to a purr?

Edit: He's the one nearest the camera
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Old 17-01-2013, 08:53
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I've got an ex feral who is almost 14. She is very loving and gentle. She comes to sit on me and lies with me at night. She doesn't like being carried though. She would take my hand off if I did something wrong or if I don't watch when I play with her. She still has amazing hunting skills and like I have heard many others say.... She doesn't meow. She makes quiet croaky, crackly noise.
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Old 03-02-2013, 21:38
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Well I wanted to update on this thread!

I've moved, and catnapped the cat...

By the time we did move, she was eating her dinner behind a closed door ok without panic.

When it came to moving the cats I just took her last and let her out in the new house...

So far: she keeps herself in my son's bedroom, and spends most her time fast asleep interjected with a little window watching and eating. She seems quite happy! I don't know if its because of the change from a life of constant stress, with nowhere safe and secure / warm to sleep, constant grief from other hostile cats and not knowing where her next meal would be from... our 'boss cat' girl has eyed her up and given some hisses and growling, but no big deal really. She has been using the litter tray in her room (thank fk!!) altho a couple of phantom turds have appeared overnight when the tray has been full, lol - not sure if this has been her!
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Old 03-02-2013, 21:45
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My feral cat doesn't miaow either.
She's about 14 now, sits next to my hubby all night but acts likes he's a cat murderer during the day.
She was funny when we kept her in for 2 weeks when we got building work done, she refused to go outside after 2 weeks and we had to force her outside!
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Old 03-02-2013, 21:53
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We took on a couple of feral kittens a few years ago - sister and brother called Mini and Cooper. Sadly we lost Cooper to kidney failure a couple of years ago

We had to put a helluva a lot of work with them and for a long time it was very unrewarding with just scratched arms to show for our efforts. After a while though they really started responding and became the most devoted cats we have ever had - Mini still is
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