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Feral cats tend to stick to specific areas, and may form loose colonies with other local feral cats. These colonies can range in size from a handful to dozens of adult cats, and, in the absence of concerted spay and release efforts, the size of the colonies tend to continue growing. Larger populations of feral cats in neighborhoods can become a real ...


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I have almost no kitten experience, but Alley Cat Allies is the leading advocacy group in feral care. They say in the beginning of their Socialized Cat Guide: Kittens who do not have any contact with humans after they are born will be feral, regardless of whether their mother is a lost house cat or a feral cat living in a colony. They will be ...


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Feral cats can be domesticated, but that is somewhat dependant on why they're feral in the first place. A cat born wild is likely to stay mostly that way even if it is comfortable with other cats or one human. A cat that is feral because it was "kicked out" or abandoned is more amenable to human contact and can be brought back to comfort with humans as a ...


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First, my wife and I have experience with 11 feral cats over the past 10 years. I don't intend this as bragging but I know a great deal about feral cats, some of it learned the very hard way. Now, there are three types of cats you encounter outside: Cats whose owners let them roam - that is very dangerous in urban and suburban areas in the US. Brits - I ...


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Mick's comment is on the right track here. I've experienced similar things, with cats that were arguably even worse off; so I hope my experiences can help you in approaching your problem. For reference: We have two cats who were born in the wild, and lived there until they were 6-7 months old. They lived inside a prison building, which means that they grew ...


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While capturing a cat is relatively easy, keeping it is another thing altogether: There has to be a potential owner available. The animal itself should be relatively tame. The purpose of such programs is to reduce the number of reproductively active animals in the streets, eventually reducing the number of stray animals itself. As far as recapturing an ...


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You have a feral cat which is, basically, a cat that has not been properly socialized to humans. Generally domesticated cats have been socialized to both their fellow cats and humans (and potentially other animals, depending on source) during the earlier kitten stages by being around and handled by humans and that is what allows them to interact in a ...


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It sounds like you are on the right path. All the positive reinforcement will help him learn to learn and trust you as well. Don't give up... you will get there. If it feels like you have hit a wall it's probably one of two things. ..or a combination. Either he has figured out the "game" or you went to fast at some point. Either way it will help if you ...


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Feral cats can be tough, I applaud you for bringing one into your home. I've had a few experiences myself with one and it can be a challenge. However I think you've got the right approach. In my opinion the most important key here is patience. Letting her set the pace will go a long way in her trusting you. That being said, there are a few things that you ...


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Your Alice is, as John says, basically feral (although not quite, since she clearly sees you as her "provider" (the crying for you to feed her and coming back to your home when she's been outside)). Some things you can consider for her, particularly if she gets on well with Kesha, are: Build her a cat run in your garden. This doesn't have to be ...


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Kittens in the Shelter The ASPCA states Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners. However, I couldn't find statistics about the fate of kittens (versus adult cats). Generally, kittens are considered more adoptable. Adult cats who are ...


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I think that the cat has learned that you are a reliable source of food, and so she does not run away from you (as she does with everyone else in your family). However, she does not completely trust you and the fact that she has kittens probably makes her trust you even less. So the hissing is a warning for you to keep your distance. This might diminish over ...


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I can come up with the following points: Avoid using machines that are too noisy. Cats get easily scared by noise. Give her a nice name and always speak sweetly to her by addressing her by her name. Slowly she will start responding to her name. Try giving most tasty food to cats. Foods is one of the most trust building measures. Never let dogs ...


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It's sounding to me like the main issue is the clicking of the buckle. So perhaps for the time being, if you can use some paracord to fasten a harness that he can wear, just to get used to having something around his neck/shoulders. Then in the meantime, you could try to get him used to the sound of the buckle clicking together. Keep playing the games you'...


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Your question has been mostly addressed, but just to touch on the question of recapturing cats that have already been altered: Often, when a cat is spayed/neutered under a program such as this, their ear is notched (a small piece cut from the tip of the ear) so that it's easy to visually ascertain that a cat does not need to be recaptured. For example, http:/...


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It's best to get them to the vet for spay/neuter, FIV/FeLV testing, shots, and general health checkup first thing (this will run $200-500 per cat depending on your local area). You will probably need to buy/rent/borrow a trap to do this. The cats already don't trust you, so you won't be hurting your relationship. After the vet visit, set them up in a small,...


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Depending on your location, you may have the option of a travelling vet that would be willing to come to you. If so then the tricky part is actually getting the cat into a controlled environment. If you have a garage or are ok with having the cat in your home (assuming you do not have other pets that would complicate matters), then try and win the cat's ...


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Yes! It is absolutely humane! This kitty is very fortunate that he has lived this long. The average lifespan of an outdoor cat is only 4 years. After moving him, the first thing you must do is get him neutered. This will help his urge to go "catting around" at night. It will be difficult, and likely noisy (do to the howling when wanting outside), but ...


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See the related post Can feral cats be moved? it has a lot of detail about moving feral cats. Reading your link blue collar working cat, they have a few words about the initial commitment, but not a lot. I suspect they will tell you more if you reach out to them. In short the first couple to few weeks is going to require more work and responsibility for ...


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It's not a responsible choice from either a pet-owner or ecological point of view. Whether any particular cat survives going feral, and for how long, is a crapshoot. You'd certainly be dumping them into a life of illness, hunger, competition with other cats and the injuries resulting from that, predation by coyotes and hawks and such, and abuse by humans ...


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TL;DR [S]he insists on keeping them locked in her garage of late because kittens can "suddenly become feral" if allowed outside. Your neighbor is technically wrong, but possibly doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. However, without proper socialization of the litter she is likely to end up with a colony of feral cats living in her garage. Human ...


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Is there any advice I can give my mother on making the feral cat accustomed to being in the presence of people, or even comfortable enough to allow them to pet her? Feed the cat close to where you normally are. Start by putting the food far enough away where the cat will still eat around you. This is easiest if you have an activity where you are still ...


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Dogs are easier to train than cats, short answer is yes it is possible to train dogs to catch kittens. Many breeds of dogs can be "soft mouth" trained. In this scenario the animal they are retrieving is handled softly so they are not injured. But the number of issues, make it too problematic to use as solution. For instance how do you identify the kitten ...


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If mamma cat is still coming to see you I would purchase a live-trap to catch her, this will be the easiest way. A REALLY good meal to entice the cat in is Kentucky Fried Chicken, the smell is really strong and attracts cats - if she's still around she'll definitely go for it. Be sure to remove the bones from the chicken. As for the sutures: Animal gets ...


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Do not give any milk to any animal(Not only cats but all animals will get ill if you do give milk or milk products)It is better to give clean water and dry cat food. Feeding dry catfood is safe for most of the wildlife like birds-rodents-foxes-dogs. If the cat do hunt it will only need catfood as a supplement to the prey it eats. You need to get the cat ...


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Depending on how big your garden is, you can plant a flowery line of defence. Coleus Canina, sometimes called the "piss off flower", was bread for the sole purpose of keeping cats off your property. It's easy to grow, looks quite nice and spreads a strong smell if you touch its leaves. Only drawback is that you have to put it into a greenhouse during winter ...


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There are a few options. Take them with you when you move see How can I move houses with a friendly feral cat I care for? & Can/Should I take a feral/stray cat with me to a new house? If you owned the house, you could leave the cats and a message for the new owner, but that is probably not an option for you as a renter. There have been some cute stories ...


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'Super pet' makes a harness that has buckles and Velcro. I am not sure it comes in a size big enough for your dog. But when I use it on rabbits I cut the buckles off and just use the Velcro. You may also be able to find dog "outfits" that Velcro on to work on harness training. Alternatively you can get some Velcro and make a training collar. Maybe make ...


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I know this is probably too late as you've probably fixed it or given up by now, but I just wanted to add my 2 cents. I've trained horses and it's given me a different perspective. I see a lot of people who, for lack of a better term, force something onto a dog, because they can do it and out fight the dog. You can't out fight a horse, so it takes different ...


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A good place to start with any fear a dog has is to try and manage how often they have to encounter that fear and then slowly show them that it's really nothing to be afraid of by giving them lots of positive reinforcement around it. Unfortunately, you have to get your dog downstairs some way or another, and I agree the stairs are better than the elevator; ...


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