I currently live in an apartment complex and took on the responsibility 3 years ago to tend to what was then 18 cats and has been up to 24 at once. Mostly all were sick and none were fixed - a couple were pregnant. Within a few months I was able to TNR all and adopt out most of the kittens. Now, I have 16 cats that I need to figure out exactly what to do about- because I am moving!

I want to take them all with me. They will only let me come near them. And now, most of them I can pet. It hasn't been the easiest to get them into carriers for their shots etc but it gets done. For the last 2 years, they come in through a cat door whenever they want to eat, sleep, and hang out. I can't keep them inside full time- I have tried.

The complex I live in has been bought and we all have to go and they hate the cats (the past owners were awesome). What do I do? Where do I move to that they can come too? I'm a renter, I just happened across them one day 3 years ago and they desperately needed help. Now they trust me and depend on me. I am devastated over this. How do I move them all? I'm so scared something horrific will happen if I don't take them as there's already been a few disgusting instances w/ no way to know who did it. Please help me!

  • 2
    Does this answer your question? Moving houses but we feed two stray cats
    – Jacob B
    Aug 12, 2022 at 21:45
  • I am not sure, if this is a duplicate. Because of the high number of cats. But there are a lots of answered questions here about moving one or two ferral cats, so please search for them as a beginning Aug 13, 2022 at 7:21
  • 2
    I’m afraid we can’t answer the “Where do I move to that they can come too?” part of your question. That’s unfortunately something that you’ll have to figure out yourself. But have you considered getting a local rescue organization involved? Our local shelter is not just searching homes for cats that are ready for a home, but also for feeding places for ferals - think stables or other, where they will get basic care and food and serve as pest control as a side gig.
    – Stephie
    Aug 15, 2022 at 18:09
  • 1
    Seconding @Stephie 's suggestion; your best bet is pairing up with some local rescue organizations who can relocate the cats from their current colony to locations where they can serve as "working cats." This is a common solution to cats that are too feral to become housepets, but are in some way endangered in their current situation.
    – Allison C
    Aug 16, 2022 at 14:58


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.