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Old November 5th 03, 07:10 AM
Aimee S
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Hope it's alright to post, but I need help, I have a trap and plan to
trap a 10 week old kitten tomorrow, she is very wild, any idea's on how
to tame her, she's a little calico, and I have several strays in my back
yard, but don't want another female having kittens in the spring. I
realize I will get scratched and probably bit, don't mind that but if
there is any help on tameing her I would be very grateful

Thank you sooo much, Aimee

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Old November 5th 03, 12:45 PM
Kris Croft
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My two housecats were both feral.
I started by earning their trust. I did not drown them with handling. I fed
them, made sure they had water and just talked to them. I picked them up a
couple times a day to for a minute or two and petted them then set them back
into their box to show them that I was not going to hurt them.After a week
or so they started to not winch when I picked them up. So all you need is
patience and trust.
Good luck.
Kris
"Aimee S" wrote in message
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Hope it's alright to post, but I need help, I have a trap and plan to
trap a 10 week old kitten tomorrow, she is very wild, any idea's on how
to tame her, she's a little calico, and I have several strays in my back
yard, but don't want another female having kittens in the spring. I
realize I will get scratched and probably bit, don't mind that but if
there is any help on tameing her I would be very grateful

Thank you sooo much, Aimee



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Old November 5th 03, 12:46 PM
MaryL
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"Aimee S" wrote in message
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Hope it's alright to post, but I need help, I have a trap and plan to
trap a 10 week old kitten tomorrow, she is very wild, any idea's on how
to tame her, she's a little calico, and I have several strays in my back
yard, but don't want another female having kittens in the spring. I
realize I will get scratched and probably bit, don't mind that but if
there is any help on tameing her I would be very grateful

Thank you sooo much, Aimee


There are others on this group with a lot of experience with ferals, and
some of them will probably post replies. However, I would like to make a
few suggestions since you plan to set out the trap right away. First, buy a
pair of welder's gloves. That can save you a lot of pain (literally!) when
you handle a feral cat. Second, have a place set up to place the cat even
before you trap her. This should be a fairly small space where she can be
restricted for awhile. Many use a large cage for this purpose. And, no,
that isn't cruel. It is a temporary restrain while she is being socialized.
Have a large towell or blanket that you can place over the cage occasionally
to give her "space to herself" (but make sure that she still has good air
circulation). And, of course, buy cat food in preparation unless you
already have that.

Good luck! Thank you for showing such compassion.

MaryL
(take out the litter to reply)

Photos of Duffy and Holly: 'o'
http://tinyurl.com/8y54 (Introducing Duffy to Holly)
http://tinyurl.com/8y56 (Duffy and Holly "settle in")
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Old November 5th 03, 05:05 PM
Chris
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I just finished 'fostering' a 'feral' kitten about this age for the local
shelter. I had found him by where I feed 2 strays--- After a week, shelter
asked if I would be willing to put him back because he was 'feral'. After
three weeks here, he was fine & I brought him to shelter every morning to
have him seen by people int. in adoption. It took 4 days & he was adopted.

What I did was keep him in my bathroom with door closed the first night.
The next night I opened the bathroom door so he could wander in my bedroom.
He immediately found under the bed & several times a day I would sort of
shove him out so he wouldn't stay there all day. He took to the litter box
immediately, learned where his food was, etc. I held him for 5-10 minutes
several times a day.

After 4-5 days I introduced him to one of my cats who instantly became his
buddy. By a 1/12 weeks he figured out where I was feeding the other gusy
(kitchen) & just made his way up there at feeding time. He was still a
little nervous about someone reaching down for him but would come if you
stooped down first.

It was not really hard; just took a little patience. When I got him, I did
not use a trap but got a friend to sort of help me corner him. He sure put
up a fuss, ultimately managed to get an old blanket over him & scoop him up.
Got a couple of scratches but I have a pair of cheap ($4) leather work
gloves that I keep in the car & that protected me from those sharp little
teeth.

Go ahead, it is well worth the effort--just remember we're awfully big for a
little kitty--try to always go down to his level--the floor!
"Aimee S" wrote in message
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Hope it's alright to post, but I need help, I have a trap and plan to
trap a 10 week old kitten tomorrow, she is very wild, any idea's on how
to tame her, she's a little calico, and I have several strays in my back
yard, but don't want another female having kittens in the spring. I
realize I will get scratched and probably bit, don't mind that but if
there is any help on tameing her I would be very grateful

Thank you sooo much, Aimee



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Old November 5th 03, 07:01 PM
Priscilla H Ballou
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Aimee S quoth:

Hope it's alright to post, but I need help, I have a trap and plan to
trap a 10 week old kitten tomorrow, she is very wild, any idea's on how
to tame her, she's a little calico, and I have several strays in my back
yard, but don't want another female having kittens in the spring. I
realize I will get scratched and probably bit, don't mind that but if
there is any help on tameing her I would be very grateful


Check out http://www.alleycat.org/resources.html

There's lots of helpful information there.

Priscilla
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Old November 5th 03, 08:29 PM
Curtis Fox
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I did exactly what Kris did a couple of months ago. We had an abandoned
feral living under out shed. We fed her but couldn't really approach her.
It took a good 2 weeks for her to trust us. After another week or so, she
started to approach the house. We let her in to explore. A few days later
we couldn't get her to go out. She literally climbed the screen of our
patio door trying to get in. She is now a house cat and hasn't been outside
since. Hasn't even made a run for the door. She does claw and nip a bit
when she is in her playful mood, but has the run of the house. One thing
she does that none of my other non-feral pet cats ever did, was show her
halloween pose (arched back) when anyone approaches her. She seems to want
to play so perhaps this is normal. Scared the heck out of the daycare kids,
but seems to be harmless. Is this behaviour normal?

"Kris Croft" wrote in message
nk.net...
My two housecats were both feral.
I started by earning their trust. I did not drown them with handling. I

fed
them, made sure they had water and just talked to them. I picked them up a
couple times a day to for a minute or two and petted them then set them

back
into their box to show them that I was not going to hurt them.After a week
or so they started to not winch when I picked them up. So all you need is
patience and trust.
Good luck.
Kris
"Aimee S" wrote in message
...

Hope it's alright to post, but I need help, I have a trap and plan to
trap a 10 week old kitten tomorrow, she is very wild, any idea's on how
to tame her, she's a little calico, and I have several strays in my back
yard, but don't want another female having kittens in the spring. I
realize I will get scratched and probably bit, don't mind that but if
there is any help on tameing her I would be very grateful

Thank you sooo much, Aimee





 




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