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Feral Kitty Loose In My Cabin

Discussion in 'Caring for Strays and Ferals' started by Catzmeow, May 26, 2019.

  1. Catzmeow

    Catzmeow Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    I had been seeing a small black cat roaming for a few weeks. I posted on my community facebook and didn’t hear from anyone that could be its owner. So I started putting food out and got it used to eating in a kennel on my front porch. It came by and ate but I rarely saw the kitty except on my security video. Then I decided it was time and I trapped it and brought it into my guest cabin 3 days ago on May 23, 2019. I thought I was set up for it with a cage but it was able to get out between the bars immediately! So now it is loose in my cabin. The cabin is unoccupied so it can be safe out there and it’s quiet for the kitty. It is hiding most of the day only coming out to eat and snoop around a bit when no one is in there, again I only see it on video. I go out and talk and sit out there for a while several times a day. I was planning to take it to the vet but now I guess I would have to try to trap it again at this point as there is no getting near it. The original trapping was so traumatic for both of us. Is it ok to just leave it for a while to relax and try to coax it into coming out? What to do next??
     
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  2. mightyboosh

    mightyboosh TCS Member Top Cat

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    Your cabin sounds like a safe place so if there's food, water, a few toys maybe and a litter tray then he/she will be ok indefinitely as far as physical needs go. I think you're doing the right thing in going there and talking for a while as you're not putting undue pressure on the cat, very thoughtful of you. Slowly, slowly catchy monkey as the saying goes.
    Cats can take a while to come round. My Oliver came from a loving home to a loving home and although he settled quite quickly in our bedroom, it took him a couple of months to venture downstairs. Give enough time to let the original trapping memories fade as much as possible for both of you. There's no rush so long as he/she doesn't present with obvious health problems. Patience is key here.
    I think you're doing a great job so far and look at the alternatives to your scheme. Another unloved, unwanted kitty under constant danger on the streets.
    Good luck.
     
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  3. FeebysOwner

    FeebysOwner TCS Member Top Cat

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    Totally agree with @mightyboosh and can't offer any better advice than already given. Work on a relationship with this kitty and by all means, please keep us posted!!
     
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  4. fionasmom

    fionasmom TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I agree that you need to go slowly and the kitten will probably come around in one way or another. I was once in a similar situation with a feral that I had been feeding....when I moved it was trap and take or leave and let starve so I chose trapping. The poor cat was so incredibly happy to be someplace safe in a spare bedroom that it was almost heartbreaking. My other guess is that if the kitten is not actively trying to get out, it feels safe.
     
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  5. Jcatbird

    Jcatbird TCS Member Top Cat

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    You are awesome! Welcome and thank you for saving this kitten! You’re doing a great job already. Just continue sitting and talking with kitty. Once it feels comfortable with your presence then you can start trying to get it to come closer to you. All meat baby food is a great lure. Putting it on a dish and letting kitty get to know that this is a great treat is a start. Over time you can begin to move the dish closer to you. Sitting on the floor is a non threatening place to be. I’m time you might consider sleeping where kitty is. Kitty can check you out while you sleep. All will come in time. Each kitty moves at the pace they find to be safe. Please do keep us updated. We love hearing about rescues! Again, thank you for what you are doing to save this precious life. :rock::clap2:
     

  6. Catzmeow

    Catzmeow Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Thanks everyone for the encouragement. One step I thought was good is that it is using the litterbox. I don't know if this is a sign that maybe it isn't feral?
     
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  7. Jcatbird

    Jcatbird TCS Member Top Cat

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    It could be an indicator. Definitely a good sign. :yess:
     
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    1 bruce 1 TCS Member Top Cat

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    Another thought to help ease the trapping memories is feed a meal or so a day in a big cage (not a live trap) so over time he gets comfortable with it. Start by setting the food near the cage, then near the door, then just inside, and work its way back and let him get braver as time goes on. Make it cozy, comfortable and private so he learns that some of those confinement contraptions aren't all that bad :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Catzmeow

    Catzmeow Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Update: Shadow will now come out to eat about a foot away from me but if I move too much growls and retreats. Loves treats but grabs at them and has snagged me. I'm sure I saw he's a boy. Im on an emotional rollercoaster ...Hope, guilt.fear...next step to trap again to get to the vet....big fear
     
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  10. Jcatbird

    Jcatbird TCS Member Top Cat

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    Oh, please don’t feel guilty! You have been helping Shadow and made great progress. Snagging you is not uncommon in a cat that is just learning about humans. Getting him neutered will help a lot once the hormones dissipate. He’ll be less aggressive when he interacts with you. He’ll probably still snag but be calmer as he learns not to snag. Maintain your hope. You should because he is doing great. Coming out for treats is a huge step forward. He growls just to make sure you understand he is unsure if the situation. As he gains confidence, and he will, the growling will diminish. It just takes time. Don’t give up hope or feel guilty. If he is eating, drinking, using a litter box, safe and loved, he’s doing extremely well. So are you! Hang on! You’re getting further with him than you may realize. ;):clap2:
     
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