"NanCe via CatKB.com" <[email protected]
> wrote in message
> >I have 3 semi-feral cats who have lived in a small shed for the past 5
> >years. I want to bring them indoors with my one cat. These outdoor
> >cats have always had good care and yearly vet visits. But I am
> >concerned about bringing them indoors and the terror they will go
> >through during this process. What if they escape my home and run
> >outdoors and leave the area???? I would never be able to get them back
> >then!!!! They do not use litter boxes...(I have left them in their
> >shed and they just look at it)...so how could I train them to use a
> >litter box, also?
> I don't think they would leave the area if they got out again as that is
> where their food is. First of all, make sure you have them spayed and
> neutured (I've seen ferals calm down more once spayed and neutured) and
> shots are up to date. They won't escape your home if you put them in a
> with a closed door at first.
> Try placing their food bowl closer and closer to the house. Eventually
> the door and bring the bowl into the opening of your house; they should
> into your house and start eating. See how they react then. Try closing
> door behind them while they're eating and see what they do. You will have
> do all of this very slowly. Don't be surprised if they're extremely
> and skittish, that's normal.
> The only problem with doing it this way is that it may be hard for you to
> them into the room that you wan't them to stay in. It may be easier to
> carriers outside and put them into them, then bring them into the house
> bring them into the assigned room. Have everything set up in there - the
> litter box (don't put the box near the food), food, towels or blanket.
> shutting the door to the room behind you, open the carriers; I've seen
> try to run UP walls the first time they were brought inside - scary at
> but once they got used to being in the room, everything was fine.
All mine have doen the window dance. They don't know what glass is so they
think they can jump out where thet see daylight.
$15 cat beds may be a great investment, if not get some card board boxes
they can curl up in. Copy paper boxes work great.
Put newspaper in every corner; where ever they use the paper, put a litter
pan there. They're basically saying "I want to use THAT spot". If you were
designing a house you'd tell the architect where you wanted the bathroom,
right? Your new cats are telling you where they want the bathroom.
been there, doen that
made every mistake that can possible be made - twice
> panic if they do this, just make sure there's nothing in the room they can
> hurt themselves on. After a while, they'll calm down.
> Your present cat will need time to get used to them which is one reason
> they should be in their own room. The whole run of the house would be too
> much on them at first too. You can give them a towel to sleep on and then
> bring it out to your present cat and let her get used to their scent and
> versa. It's going to take a very long time; you will need to have lots of
> patience. *Don't* try and rush the introductions. This will be stressful
> for your present cat and she will need lots of extra attention too.
> They will learn to use the litter box if you provide one to them in the
> I think it is basically a natural instinct for them to want to go into a
> of litter rather than on your floor. They don't use the box outside in
> shed because they are going elsewhere outside.
> Give them lots of yummy food - if they're used to dry, try canned too. If
> they like it and eat enough of it, it'll make them more sleepy and
> Try some treats too like tuna or salmon or some chicken. Go in and sit
> them and pet them to get them used to you, but don't force it on them.
> try some soothing soft music on a radio too to relax them - we used to
> it on country at the shelter I used to work at. There's always classical
> but some of that stuff can be booming.
> It's great of you to do this, I hope everything works out okay.
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