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    Success Stories Taking In Ferals?

    Oh my, he's gorgeous! We have a cat named Gracie who looks a lot like him. She has Russian Blue and Korat in her lineage, so I would not be surprised if he does, too. Our success is Chester - the cat in my avatar. He and his sister were brought to our doorstep by their mom, a really, really...
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    Moving Feral Cats

    Wow! This sounds like kitty paradise. They are lucky, lucky kitties!
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    How To Move With A Semi-feral Cat

    They each had their own 48" crate, complete with litter box and carrier. All eight crates were set up on a huge sun porch, so I could let two out at a time to explore. After a few weeks, they got used to one another (three had never met the other five). So I had introductions to do while...
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    Moving Feral Cats

    Most assuredly. Mine had plenty of room and never had to worry about other cats in the neighborhood bullying them. Unfortunately, there were plenty - the result of an irresponsible neighbor. I fixed and found homes for at least 54 of them and another neighbor fixed 45 and kept them in her...
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    How To Move With A Semi-feral Cat

    I moved with eight cats, three of whom I would describe as "semi-feral." We hired a transport service and my vet came to our house and gave each cat a sedative. Just enough to keep them groggy during the eight-hour drive. All arrived safely and have adjusted well to their new home. Two of...
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    Moving Feral Cats

    If you have the room, please take them with you. I moved my two ferals with us to NC and brought them inside. It took some time but they have each adjusted. One thing I wish I had been able to do here was build them an enclosure. They were used to theirs in NJ and happy as outside, protected...
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    Winter Feral Housing - Advantage To Straw Over Blankets?

    I used straw for all my outside houses and they were well-used. I would sprinkle a little diatomaceous earth in the straw and let it settle some (it is dusty). I always used food-grade. The stuff they use in swimming pool filters also has chemicals. It keeps bugs out of the bedding. I have...
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    She's Gone...

    It is heart breaking when they wander off. Not knowing is the worst. Hopefully, she's settle in somewhere. I did have a thought - is your yard big enough for a catio? I'd put the newbie in one, in the back yard, and see if Soots returns to her front porch. The catio does not need to be huge...
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    Flying with a Semi-Feral

    My vet came to our house and lightly sedated all eight cats. The pretty much slept through the entire nine hour trip. Two of our cats will not let you pick them up at ALL. With one, we are lucky to pet him once every two weeks or so. I sure hope you can work out the arrangements with TSA.
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    Trapped feral cats last week and brought them inside.

    Such good news. Kudos to you both for your patience and love.
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    Stray Cat And Kittens

    I now next to nothing about how new moms react, so I can't help there. But honestly, if you can foster them, I would take them all in now. If mom is too frightened to come back, the kittens will not do well out there.
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    Jumping Up On Tables

    Thank you for your patience. It can be a pain to train them but consistency works. I used the air can and I only have to have it sitting on the counter now - it doesn't actually work anymore but no one knows it because they see it up there and will not go on the counters. :crackup: I second...
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    Closet Pooping

    I am wondering what it is about the closet that is so attractive. Adding boxes was a good idea; he may need a box or two all to himself. Some cats prefer one box for pee and another for poop. Another thing that occurred to me was that he might not like being observed when he poops. I know I...
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    Cat Stopped Using Litterbox

    Put plastic on the bed and give him the bedroom for a few days. See what happens. Glad you took the tops of the boxes. I can't imagine who invented those - I'd hate to sit on the toilet under a canopy like that!
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    About Fostering

    Declawed vs. clawed is usually not a problem unless the cats actively hate one another. A spare room is a must when fostering - the newbies may have germs your resident cat hasn't met and vice versa, so best to keep them separated until the all-clear. We fostered for years - we had a sun porch...