Living in Kitty Paradise.
- Sep 17, 2020
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The remaining cats are 3 years old. They seem healthy. I haven't seen one with as much as a sniffle. However, two of my present cats had a brother who got very sick. I took him into the garage and got meds from a rescuer a tried to nurse him back to health. I took care of him for 3 weeks before I let him go only to have him go down hill again and die on me. He was only 1 years old and a sweetie. I wish he lived longer. What a shame. I often hear that ferals live from 2-5 years with little to no intervention, but I think it also come done to genetics. Well, we can only do our best. We are not in control of everythingIn your situation, you will probably have to accept/face how much of this is out of your control and realize how much you have tried to do. With ferals, that is a big part of what goes with it. Not the same as your indoor pet and you were not able to help it in its time of need. I did have a ginger boy make it to 10 and there is a neigborhood feral who might be older than that; however, with the true feral who will live outdoors only the life expectancy is not the same as an indoor pet. I am sure that there are a lot of exceptions to this and others can chime in with their experiences.
Of the wild feral who will only be trapped once for TNR, the average age for me has been about 3. Ginger boy lived closer to the house and used the shelter that we provided.
I have had ferals who passed away at a young age from what I believed was a genetic component.