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Old 12-11-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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OMG - Am I really going to do this again?! SIX MONTH UPDATE 6/26 - Post #54

I swear, I must have "sucker" written on my forehead.

Some of you may recall that 4 years ago, I trapped a feral kitten that I was feeding and turned him into a house cat. He was completely untouchable, and I had to cage train him for nearly six months. I was about ready to pull my hair out and swore "never again".

Well, here we are, 4 years later and I'm about to do it again. I've been feeding a stray for about 6 months now. When he first started hanging around, he was super skinny and very skittish. Now, he's fattened up nicely (thanks to 2 square meals a day) and will come within about 2 feet of me. He won't let me touch him, but doesn't run away.

I guess as soon as I named him, I knew one day I'd bring him in. I call him Moo because I think he looks like a little cow.



I already have the humane trap ready, and hope to get him this weekend. My vet already knows about my plan, and will let me bring him in without an appointment. I want to get him neutered, de-flead, de-wormed, etc. before I bring him in the house and introduce him to Blackie and Sunny Doodle.

Please tell me I'm not crazy!!

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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That is a face that is hard to resist. What a cutie!!!!!
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:36 PM   #3
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I would love to read about this feral to house cat journey. I hope you keep us updated. Moo is a great name.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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What a cute kitty! Congrats
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:55 PM   #5
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I have taken in & fostered feral kittens ( and even kept some), but never grown cats. I have sheltered and fed older cats, but never tried to make them house cats.

Can I ask you a question?...

Why do you want to make a feral cat into a house cat and put yourself and him through all that? Why not continue to feed him and provide shelter?

I'm not criticizing you...you are doing a good thing caring for a homeless kitty. Just curious...

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:02 PM   #6
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Why do you want to make a feral cat into a house cat and put yourself and him through all that? Why not continue to feed him and provide shelter?

I'm not criticizing you...you are doing a good thing caring for a homeless kitty. Just curious...
If I was planning on staying put, I would continue to just feed him and provide him with a shelter on my covered deck.

However, I'm planning on moving within the next year and feel that I've gotten him so used to relying on me, that once I move - it would be a really hard adjustment for him to go back to providing for himself.

Does that make sense?

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:22 PM   #7
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If I was planning on staying put, I would continue to just feed him and provide him with a shelter on my covered deck.

However, I'm planning on moving within the next year and feel that I've gotten him so used to relying on me, that once I move - it would be a really hard adjustment for him to go back to providing for himself.

Does that make sense?

- Laura
That is so sweet. Really, it warms my heart to know there such kind people out there...thank you for what you are doing for Moo.

I'll be thinking of you and Moo and would love to see more pictures when he settles into his new home...
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:40 AM   #8
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No, you're not at all crazy! As I type this, I have one feral curled up on my lap that just showed up on our back porch, crying, all skin and bones, about 10 months old (he didn't do well as feral). It took us about 6 months to get near him and gain his trust. He is now about 8 yo and I can't get rid of him lol .

We also have a cat who was born in the wild from a feral mother. Our dog came across the litter, slobbered on this one, then the mother moved all the kittens except this one. They were only about 10 days old, eyes not opened yet. Well, we couldn't leave this one there so of course she came home. She is 15 1/2 years old and still acts like a feral cat at times! She hates all other cats, will hiss, bite and scratch when peeved, but yet when she is ready to cuddle, you just melt. Eh, she stole our heart.

There is always room for one more here, no matter how tough they are!
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:46 AM   #9
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That is so sweet. Really, it warms my heart to know there such kind people out there...thank you for what you are doing for Moo.

I'll be thinking of you and Moo and would love to see more pictures when he settles into his new home...
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:05 PM   #10
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A mama kitty once brought her litter of kittens to our house. They had to have been around 6 weeks when we found them. We adopted all three of them. They were wild when we found them and wouldn't let us touch them, much less pick them up. Over time, two of the three warmed up enough to be considered pets. The third allowed us to house him and feed him but was never fully domesticated. In many ways he was my favorite because of his personality and his refusal to let us love on him. One of the three became the best pet I ever had. She followed me every where I went. She would even sit on the corner of the tub while I showered to keep her eye on me. She was the best cat I've ever known and was more of a companion than many dogs. Good luck with your new kitty. I would imagine it would be tougher to tame an adult cat than a kitten.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:02 AM   #11
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There is no way I could resist that face, absolutely adorable. Good luck!
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:10 PM   #12
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Good for you for being so kind. I had posted about wanting to feed the 3 strays around here and got blasted but ended up deciding to do it anyway. I was able to pet one of them and he was so skinny. We leave out dry food and water, and the skinny one has warmed up to me. He let me hold him and pet him.

I did see another woman calling them to her porch, so I think they're being fed by her too. But there used to be four, and now there's only 3. I think they're all siblings. I'm trying to figure out what to do for them, especially the skinny friendly one that I nicknamed Toby. He deserves a good home.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:22 PM   #13
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I love this update!!! I would've done the same thing.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:44 PM   #14
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Btw, you just gave me the push to contact a rescue for the kittens here, especially Toby. I've also posted on FB to see if anyone is interested in taking him in.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:06 PM   #15
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You did a wonderful thing.
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