Adopting feral cats for mouse control, help

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I agree with you being uncomfortable with letting him out. Please let us know how this plays out and what develops.
Yes I will. He looks forward to me coming in the morning that I bring his can food, also I clean his litter box, fresh water as well. He actually flipped his bed over, he hissed but trusted me to be running around while I have him looking forward for his food. Such a change in the last two days. I was thinking as someone suggested to start feeding early evening, so he will now when to expect food as if I can get him trained to come back at night. Not sure if this is a good idea. I am still searching for the female cat, setting game cams in all our buildings just to be sure she didn't sneak in. I feel so bad. Here is the picture of Roger I took this morning.
 

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I set up a game cam outside and was able to capture my missing cat. You can even see her clipped ear. She is still alive. I can not believe it. Have several recently pictures of her. I just don't understand why she isn't going into the room where her food is anymore? What possible changed her. Possibly my dogs but they are only out during the day. I am so happy thou. My other problem with the other feral cat I have, he will not go out the cat door. Not sure why he can not figure this out. Any advise as I feel so bad for him not leaving this room, even thou it is large area.
 

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Is Roger comfortable with you now? I still wouldn't let a young cat outdoors, especially one that seems tamable (a meow is a really good sign!). Cats can be totally fine with single-room enclosures if they have enough enrichment from toys and human/other cat interaction.
 

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I have seen ferals especially change their behavior for no good reason.....or for a reason that we do not perceive, not always related to danger. So, yes, it could be that she just does not like the presence of the dogs even if they don't bother her. Or it could be something else. I feed a cat at some apartments nearby twice a day (not going into the story). She is completely safe and even has a bed made by a tenant but for some reason we have a completely different eating arrangement where she wants the food put in another location and won't approach it in the original place. I am completely sure that it has nothing to do with any danger but could be something quirky like a possum found it once and ate some.

If the feral is not leaving a comfortable room by choice, I would not be upset by that. I have rescued ferals, not overly friendly, but who were so happy to have a place that they never left it despite not being confined.

If Roger seems sociable, I would be inclined to see where that goes. As for training him to come at certain times, that is definitely possible with cats and a feeding schedule. The local TNR group uses clickers to signal that food is available.
 
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I have seen ferals especially change their behavior for no good reason.....or for a reason that we do not perceive, not always related to danger. So, yes, it could be that she just does not like the presence of the dogs even if they don't bother her. Or it could be something else. I feed a cat at some apartments nearby twice a day (not going into the story). She is completely safe and even has a bed made by a tenant but for some reason we have a completely different eating arrangement where she wants the food put in another location and won't approach it in the original place. I am completely sure that it has nothing to do with any danger but could be something quirky like a possum found it once and ate some.

If the feral is not leaving a comfortable room by choice, I would not be upset by that. I have rescued ferals, not overly friendly, but who were so happy to have a place that they never left it despite not being confined.

If Roger seems sociable, I would be inclined to see where that goes. As for training him to come at certain times, that is definitely possible with cats and a feeding schedule. The local TNR group uses clickers to signal that food is available.
My female cat that I thought was gone, that is no longer coming into the room for food, I was so relieved to see she was still alive was such a relief, and she looks well and not skinny. She if very feral so she must be eating a lot of critters. It just seems strange she completely stopped going into the room to eat. I am thinking maybe the other cat, Roger, is keeping her away. I actually call her Bluey. Roger sleeps during the day and is active at night in the room. I am going to add more kitty toys that I have. Looking at the game cam, he did figure out the kitty door but just stuck his head out and looked briefly and stayed in the room. He only did this once in the last several weeks. I don't know his past, but you maybe right that he feel safe in there. This is all new to me so thank you for your thoughts, I appreciate it.
 
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Is Roger comfortable with you now? I still wouldn't let a young cat outdoors, especially one that seems tamable (a meow is a really good sign!). Cats can be totally fine with single-room enclosures if they have enough enrichment from toys and human/other cat interaction.
Roger hides from me still. I know where he is hiding during the day, in a shelf very high, he must be a great jumper. My game cam shows he comes out at night eating using the litter box and running around. He even has jumped up on the window ceil and knocked down stuff. He did also reach up on the door and found the kitty door, which he just peeked his head out looked around and didn't go out. So he has no desire to go outside at this point.
 
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