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Q: How to Tame a Feral cat.

November 20, 2008 | By Bonnie M. | 10 answers | Expired: 2204 days ago

Bonnie  M.

A co'worker is distraught over a semi - feral cat she is feeding at our place of employment. It will timidly come to her but not let her touch it. It is cold where we live at night right now(in The 20's). She worries about this cat all the time. I gave her a Barnhouse I had and put a bolster pad inside . The cat is using it. I asked her what she wants to do,because we cannot keep it at work indefinately. She doesn't want to take it to our local shelter because she is afraid it will be euthanized since it is not social. I have had lots of dealings with stray cats that I have cared for, but have never dealt with a feral. She says her goal is to get it tame enough so her brother (who agrees to do this ) will foster it. What can I offer her as advise to move this process along and get this cat more social? Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Kate H.
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Nov 20, 2008

She could trap it and start taming it at her house. She could keep it in a small room, spare bedroom or bathroom and work with it everyday. The key is patience. When I was a vet tech at the shelter in FL I LOVED working with the Feral kittens and I had a success rate of almost 90% getting them adopted. I would carry them around all day with me and got them petted by all different people so they would get used to being touch. I had a saying that I would tell the babies all the time "the more you hiss the more your gonna get kissed". When you get an older cat and by this I mean in feral terms a cat around 4 months and up they take more time and patience then a kitten. I rescued a feral momma & kittens from under a ladies house in Savannah almost 2 years ago. I caught the babies first and they were about 4-5 months old, and I didn't catch momma until 2 months later. Happy to say that the babies came around very quickly and got adopted together ( Tipper & Scrapper )Sam the momma took a lot of work and took over 6 months of her getting used to being handled and petted. But I can say now she is one of the sweetest cats I own. You can see their pictures in my zoo. It can be done but it is a big commitment, if she really doesn't have the time and especially the patience for it then just trap her get her fixed and put her back. Hope this helps.

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Missy M.
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Nov 21, 2008

Taming feral cats are difficult but not impossible. Your shelter would never have the time or the resouces to do it. But someone like yourself with time and patience can do it. It's all about trust.

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Sue16
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Nov 21, 2008

Maybe you can try seeing if any veterinary clinics in the area would be willing to adopt this cat as their mascot kitty. Will your workplace be willing to adopt him/her? Kitty will then be everyone's. Keep feeding him and caring. He/She needs you. Thanks for caring.

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