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Old 02-15-2019, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Forest Service Cabin-90% of the yr. Sis & I inherited it and I bought her out.
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We ended up with 2 ferel cats at a former home almost 15 yrs ago. One kitten was still tiny but did gut a rat, that shocked us. For her entire life, she brought dead animals she killed dropping them at our feet. We changed her pet food to Costco, which was a good brand. Supplement with wet food. The dead animals kept coming. She finally got to old to want to catch her food. If she missed a meal because we were gone, it was almost dead on there'd be a dead animal on our doormat.

We moved into a home nfested with moles. The cat had every mole gone by the end of the month. She loved waiting for their heads to pop up from the holes with her tail wagging then pounce.

She bit me twice when i raised my voice at her for attacking me when I'd stop her from killing a lizard.

One time she ate a lizard and had a satanic look on her face. Evil. We stayed away from her, didn't go outside without a gun. After 24 hrs, she got better but I'vee never seen a cat turn into satan before.
Should've video taped it, it would've went viral. Something in-describable.

She never came into the house, never got truly tame.

I'd pick her up a little but you had about 5 seconds then she would panic and want down.

She'd surely bite if you didn't put her down immediately.

When we moved to this house, she became tame. It was really strange. Just suddenly wanting to be petted a lot and stayed in the house for 10 min without freaking out.

No other cats here because the coyotes eat them. We thought she was savvy but there were no cats here to beat her up.That's what traumatized her, likely. Moved here then she became tame. Wanting to come into the house broke our heart. We knew she couldn't survive if she became tame.

We kept a heated blanket with food in the barn. One day, with about 5 feet of snow, she disappeared.

Everyone told us our cat couldn't survive.

No one would want her, she was very wild. A barn cat.

Like your kittens, she grew up with chickens. She got along fairly well with our rooster too.

She'd put him in his place sometimes by faking him out, as if she was going to attack. Running at him.

I cannot handle animals inside so we are discussing putting up 2-3 fences to have chickens, and keep bears out.

Our kitten was traumatized when she was just weeks old. I called the dog catcher and we ganged up catching most of her brother and sisters. Couldn't get her. She went bonkers bouncing off the walls in our covered porch.
County dog catcher said forget it. She never trusted me after that day. I wish I hadn't did that to her. Then she spent most of her life being beaten up by neighborhood cats, she was smaller than they were. We tried to keep them away but it was impossible. We had to take her to the vet 2x due to being attacked and her wounds got infected.

I hope your kitties are taming down? and are healthy?

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Old 02-15-2019, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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We ended up with 2 ferel cats at a former home almost 15 yrs ago. One kitten was still tiny but did gut a rat, that shocked us. For her entire life, she brought dead animals she killed dropping them at our feet. We changed her pet food to Costco, which was a good brand. Supplement with wet food. The dead animals kept coming. She finally got to old to want to catch her food. If she missed a meal because we were gone, it was almost dead on there'd be a dead animal on our doormat.

We moved into a home nfested with moles. The cat had every mole gone by the end of the month. She loved waiting for their heads to pop up from the holes with her tail wagging then pounce.

She bit me twice when i raised my voice at her for attacking me when I'd stop her from killing a lizard.

One time she ate a lizard and had a satanic look on her face. Evil. We stayed away from her, didn't go outside without a gun. After 24 hrs, she got better but I'vee never seen a cat turn into satan before.
Should've video taped it, it would've went viral. Something in-describable.

She never came into the house, never got truly tame.

I'd pick her up a little but you had about 5 seconds then she would panic and want down.

She'd surely bite if you didn't put her down immediately.

When we moved to this house, she became tame. It was really strange. Just suddenly wanting to be petted a lot and stayed in the house for 10 min without freaking out.

No other cats here because the coyotes eat them. We thought she was savvy but there were no cats here to beat her up.That's what traumatized her, likely. Moved here then she became tame. Wanting to come into the house broke our heart. We knew she couldn't survive if she became tame.

We kept a heated blanket with food in the barn. One day, with about 5 feet of snow, she disappeared.

Everyone told us our cat couldn't survive.

No one would want her, she was very wild. A barn cat.

Like your kittens, she grew up with chickens. She got along fairly well with our rooster too.

She'd put him in his place sometimes by faking him out, as if she was going to attack. Running at him.

I cannot handle animals inside so we are discussing putting up 2-3 fences to have chickens, and keep bears out.

Our kitten was traumatized when she was just weeks old. I called the dog catcher and we ganged up catching most of her brother and sisters. Couldn't get her. She went bonkers bouncing off the walls in our covered porch.
County dog catcher said forget it. She never trusted me after that day. I wish I hadn't did that to her. Then she spent most of her life being beaten up by neighborhood cats, she was smaller than they were. We tried to keep them away but it was impossible. We had to take her to the vet 2x due to being attacked and her wounds got infected.

I hope your kitties are taming down? and are healthy?
He's doing better but still not tame, he waits for us to feed him and doesn't run from us but he's still afraid to be handled. He still follows our chickens around which is fine by me because last week we had a big red tail hawk swoop down and try to grab one of our hens and 'chicken-kitty' (our name for him) lunged at the hawk and scared it away.
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Forest Service Cabin-90% of the yr. Sis & I inherited it and I bought her out.
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He's doing better but still not tame, he waits for us to feed him and doesn't run from us but he's still afraid to be handled. He still follows our chickens around which is fine by me because last week we had a big red tail hawk swoop down and try to grab one of our hens and 'chicken-kitty' (our name for him) lunged at the hawk and scared it away.
Sounds like kitty is coming along. Our cat was terrified of both of us but that was my doing, sadly.
You're should fair very well but you have to stay really calm and kind. They get imprinted really easy via anything scary to them when they are little. Glad she's protecting the chickens from hawks ! a great perk
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:22 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Had a feral living on our back patio for a dozen years. She came with the house. Lived in our backyard and on the roof. A Las Vegas cat..there for the comps.

She was adult when we acquired her and was never domesticated. In her end years she would allow my wife to stroke her. But that was it. We had other cats and dogs and worried about her health, So we would get a tranquilizer from our vet, a cat specialist, and put it in her food. Then load her into a cage after she fell asleep. Did this four times over a decade.

She finally got too weak to survive and we loaded her up for a few days at the vet before she passed.

RIP Biffer...a free spirit to the end.
I've been feeding a skinny mostly feral cat for the last few days. It still hisses at me when I put its food down but it already looks healthier after a few good feedings. It did take a piece of liver from my hand the second day but it also tried to scratch me later that day. Can I get my vet to give me a tranquilizer in her food like you said? How long does it take to work? I'm assuming I would be responsible for the vet bills or do most cities have a TNR? I don't want another inside cat anymore but I hate the thought of it being euthanized by the Animal Control people. It's a very pretty black kitty, looks to be about 8 months old; not sure of the sex.
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:10 PM
 
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Here's a picture of our 'almost' tame kitty. She won't take food from our hand but she no longer is afraid to turn her head away from us while she eats. We just love her to death and hope that eventually she will fully trust us. We put out an old rabbit hutch for her to sleep in but she's afraid to get inside so we turned this tote on it's side so she can at least get out of the rain to eat. Her official name is "chicken-kitty", she still loves to be near our flock.
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:44 PM
 
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I've been feeding a skinny mostly feral cat for the last few days. It still hisses at me when I put its food down but it already looks healthier after a few good feedings. It did take a piece of liver from my hand the second day but it also tried to scratch me later that day. Can I get my vet to give me a tranquilizer in her food like you said? How long does it take to work? I'm assuming I would be responsible for the vet bills or do most cities have a TNR? I don't want another inside cat anymore but I hate the thought of it being euthanized by the Animal Control people. It's a very pretty black kitty, looks to be about 8 months old; not sure of the sex.
Talk to your vet. Ours is the local Cat Doctor and has been helping us for a couple of decades. Even named one of our cats. Had a stray she agreed to hold while while we went off on a two week vacation. We had it named "cat mensch" as we intended to pass it on...it was not compatible with our two prior cats. She decided that it had to have a name in keeping with the epic names we used for our cats. When we came back the cat was named. It stuck too...the cat ended up with our daughter and family in Portland as named by the vet.

We would add the tranquilizer to the cats food. In 10 or 15 minutes it would be snoozing next to the feed bowl. We were very careful to stay out of the way until the cat was well asleep. Did not want to have anything panic a cat that was about to pass out. Then we would put her into a cat carrier and off to the vet. Did not want to have to deal with any problems waking her up.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:44 PM
 
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Talk to your vet. Ours is the local Cat Doctor and has been helping us for a couple of decades. Even named one of our cats. Had a stray she agreed to hold while while we went off on a two week vacation. We had it named "cat mensch" as we intended to pass it on...it was not compatible with our two prior cats. She decided that it had to have a name in keeping with the epic names we used for our cats. When we came back the cat was named. It stuck too...the cat ended up with our daughter and family in Portland as named by the vet.

We would add the tranquilizer to the cats food. In 10 or 15 minutes it would be snoozing next to the feed bowl. We were very careful to stay out of the way until the cat was well asleep. Did not want to have anything panic a cat that was about to pass out. Then we would put her into a cat carrier and off to the vet. Did not want to have to deal with any problems waking her up.
I don't think that would work for this kitty. As soon as she's done eating she immediately runs up into our fig tree. I would feel horrible if she was drugged and fell out of the tree and got hurt.
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Old 02-21-2019, 06:13 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Talk to your vet. Ours is the local Cat Doctor and has been helping us for a couple of decades. Even named one of our cats. Had a stray she agreed to hold while while we went off on a two week vacation. We had it named "cat mensch" as we intended to pass it on...it was not compatible with our two prior cats. She decided that it had to have a name in keeping with the epic names we used for our cats. When we came back the cat was named. It stuck too...the cat ended up with our daughter and family in Portland as named by the vet.

We would add the tranquilizer to the cats food. In 10 or 15 minutes it would be snoozing next to the feed bowl. We were very careful to stay out of the way until the cat was well asleep. Did not want to have anything panic a cat that was about to pass out. Then we would put her into a cat carrier and off to the vet. Did not want to have to deal with any problems waking her up.
Thanks my vet is great and would probably do this. I got rid of my cat carrier after my last cat so I will have to buy another one. I just want to get it taken care of it before it starts breeding.
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:54 PM
 
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I don't think that would work for this kitty. As soon as she's done eating she immediately runs up into our fig tree. I would feel horrible if she was drugged and fell out of the tree and got hurt.
Keep in mind that spring is just about here. If female, the cat will be coming into heat soon. If male, he'll be a target of other unfixed males in your neighborhood as females in the vicinity begin to come into heat. Feline distemper will also make a resurgence once kitten season gets into full swing. Whichever sex the cat is, its chances of living much longer aren't terribly good. Cute pic.

You posted this months ago.

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We will give it another week, then trap him, get him neutered or spayed as the case may be and then even if we can't tame him we will continue to feed him and give him a warm place to sleep.
From your posts, it doesn't sound like it happened.

My apologies if it actually happened, but your posts don't indicate that it did; you're still switching personal pronouns when mentioning the cat. Hopefully, you've got a plan in place for getting the kitten the vet care it needs to survive.

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Old 02-21-2019, 11:22 PM
 
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Keep in mind that spring is just about here. If female, the cat will be coming into heat soon. If male, he'll be a target of other unfixed males in your neighborhood as females in the vicinity begin to come into heat. Feline distemper will also make a resurgence once kitten season gets into full swing. Whichever sex the cat is, its chances of living much longer aren't terribly good. Cute pic.

You posted this months ago.

From your posts, it doesn't sound like it happened.

My apologies if it actually happened, but your posts don't indicate that it did.

So how bad are you going to feel when she dies giving birth at too young of an age or if he's killed by local tomcats?
No it didn't happen because she is too wary to go into a cat trap. We bought a large cat trap thinking she might be more willing to go inside a large opening, and we put the most wonderful food a cat would ever want in it. She would go to the door then turn and run. We aren't surprised because she still has not been willing to go inside the rabbit hutch even with her food and a warm blanket in there. She will go without eating rather than enter any space that she perceives as being too confining. The closest we have been able to get her to being confined is a plastic tote turned on it's side that she will now eat in but that is because it's wide open on one side. The good news is that she does not leave the yard and other cats don't go into our yard because one of our dogs chase them away when they get on the fence.

If you have any ideas I'm all ears but I can't think of anything else I can do. Right now she's safe and she gets in the tote when it rains, and as I said I'm afraid to get a tranquilizer from the vet because she jumps up in our fig tree as soon as she's done eating and I would hate to have her fall and get hurt.
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