About a month ago I took over feeding a stray (feral maybe?) cat for my neighbors because they were moving. Now, I am moving. However, I will be living in the same apartments just at a new building that is approximately 800 ft away from my current one. Will he travel over there to eat? His ear seems to already be clipped so I am assuming he is neutered (this also makes me think that maybe someone else in the area feeds/cares for him too? I don’t know how to find this out). If he won’t travel to my new apartment I am prepared to get him trapped and bring him with me to my new place (I have my TNR license and know how to do all this safely). I just need to figure it all out within a month. I just worry that doing that would be really stressful for him (and me) and that him staying outside with me still feeding him is probably best. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
It will depend on the density and territories of other cats in the area, and whether they have formed a colony.
Outdoor cats can have fairly large ranges—miles in some cases! A mere 800ft is nothing, and he may already wander past your new home on a daily basis as part of exploring his territory. If he finds free food there, he will definitely come more often, and he may recognize your smell around the food as being safe, though it may confuse him for a few weeks since it’s in the wrong place.
The real issue is other cats. Hungry cats can be quite possessive of their territory; they don’t want strangers—or even their own offspring after a few months—stealing “their” food. If your new home is in a different cat’s territory, your stray will have long ago learned not to go there, and taking him there against his will and releasing him could get him killed before he finds his way back to safety.
On the other hand, if food is so plentiful they can’t eat it all, cats will form a colony that shares one territory. This often happens around humans, especially nice ones that leave lots of easily accessible food outside on porches or in open dumpsters. If the two apartment complexes are adjacent or nearly so (i.e. no border that would create two distinct colonies), this seems likely.