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    Friend of Ferals Award Badge - Apply Here

    I have been feeding a group of about 30 feral cats for years. It's a long story - it started out as 2 cats that my much older friend fed. She had no interest in getting them fixed and has since gotten too old to be involved at all. I fed them and then when I had a travel job they were fed...
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    Trying to make a feral outdoor kitten less afraid of me

    These are good suggestions. Keep feeding them. The cats will know who feeds them - and often become less afraid as you continue to feed them regularly. What is your plan after they trust you more?
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    How can I provide care for 24 cats while I'm away for vacation?

    Also I would be very very careful about leaving food outside for the outdoor cats. It may very possible attract wild animals or other outdoor dangers. Personally I wouldn't do it. I think your best bet is to work with a cat sitter or a rescue group / colony manager to feed and water the outdoor...
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    How can I provide care for 24 cats while I'm away for vacation?

    I would do this for the cats that stay in the garage. I would not suggest leaving them outside while you're gone. As the previous poster said, there are toooo many dangers at night. Then I would hire a cat sitter or two to feed the indoor cats and the cats in the garage. And I wouldn't let...
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    How to handle - Injured feral

    An update - Thank you all for your advice, suggestions and well wishes about my beautiful white kitty who I call Good Boy. :) Fast forward from last October to 2 weeks ago. Good Boy hadn't shown up for a couple of days to eat like he ALWAYS did and I feared the worst. But he showed up and...
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    Trying to gain this female feral cat's trust

    I'm just seeing your thread for the first time. Lots of good advice here. I took in an injured female feral 5 years ago. She was ?? maybe 5 years old then. My experience is that it takes a long long long time to gain their trust. Every cat of course is different. Her name is Boots - only in the...
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    How to handle - Injured feral

    Thanks to all of you for your advice, help and good thoughts.:redheartpump: When I saw him yesterday he didn't seem quite as good but used his "bad" paw to scratch his chin and clearly wasn't in distress. He stayed right next to me while he ate - he knows I will make sure he gets his share of...
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    How to handle - Injured feral

    @Whenallhellbreakslose I am sending good vibes that you will be able to get the antibiotics. :)
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    Best outdoor shelter to buy for stray cat, and keeping other critters out of it.

    I agree with all of this. If the cat is truly a stray rather than a feral and depending on how cold it gets where you live, you may want to see if it will sleep in your garage.
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    Feral cats are a bit hard to feed

    Very few feral cats are truly aggressive. I would just keep feeding them as you have been and just step a distance away after putting the food down. They will get used to you - cats always knows who feeds them. The kitten is probably waiting till the bigger cats leave to eat. Sometimes putting a...
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    How to handle - Injured feral

    When I saw him today he seemed more like he was the first day I saw that he was injured. Not terrible but not great. I stayed a bit longer and made sure he was able to eat and wasn't pushed out by the other cats. He let me pick him a couple times for a minute or two each. He didn't mind it for a...
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    How to handle - Injured feral

    Thank you! :loveeyes: I went to feed the cats today. Many Sundays I leave it to the people who live on the property - they do it under pressure from me and aren't always reliable. So I went myself today to see how injured feral kitty is. He needs a name. Beautiful white kitty with big fluffy...
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    How to handle - Injured feral

    Thank you so much. He eats with all the cats together - about 25 of them - and it would be near impossible to separate him while eating. I don't know how the injury happened and since I live more than 4 miles away from the colony, there is no way I can try to trick him in the house or set up a...
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    How to handle - Injured feral

    I did pick him up for about 30 seconds and couldn't tell anything. No blood, no squeals of pain, no obvious joint out of alignment. So I am praying and waiting. I usually see the cat community once day and due to circumstances at the location I often can only go there once a day. Thank you!
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    How to handle - Injured feral

    Thanks for this info. I did not know about a trap you spring shut yourself. Under the circumstances (long story) it would be near impossible. I might more likely pick him up and drop a towel over him. There is also someone else (too much to explain) that I may be able to pay a few $ to who might...
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    How to handle - Injured feral

    Thank you @fionasmom!!! This was really helpful - and just about what I had decided on. Your post helped me to calm down a bit as I had really worked myself into a state over this. I am literally praying that he gets better. He is in a fairly safe place - and has a familiar routine - although...
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    How to handle - Injured feral

    I care for a feral / stray cat community of about 25 cats and have for years. As we all know, cats come and go. :( But I always seem to have my special few who I look out for and care about. The community is about 4? miles from my house. I took one of the injured ones in 5 years ago and mostly...
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    It only took 30 years!

    My thoughts exactly!   Having spare boxes is soooooooo much better.  
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    Need your thoughts please

    Thank you, Mrblanche!  Apparently I needed to write this post as part of finding her.  I had done many of the tips you listed but after posting I read the one about searching with a flashlight and decided to go outside right then at 2:30 am with a flashlight and some treats.  I walked the...
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    Need your thoughts please

    About where you think my cat might be.  I haven't been able to find her for almost 24 hours.  I am really upset about it - can't eat, can't sleep.  Sorry this is SO long. :( Emma is about 5 years old and was a totally indoor cat for the first 4 years.  At my boyfriend's absolute insistence we...
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