First Time Taming 2 Ferals!

Discussion in 'Caring for Strays and Ferals' started by DeniseK27, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. DeniseK27

    DeniseK27 TCS Member Kitten

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    DeniseK27 TCS Member Kitten

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    So there's Patches on her throne lol Graycie was playing a lot but she groomed a bunch and fell asleep. We're both home on Sunday so we're going to let her out then. I'm nervous about them having issues but, like you said, they should be able to work it out. I'm going to get Graycie her own "fun box" like the one Patches is laying on. Patches rubbed all over this box with her chin and body so I'm sure if Graycie tries to lay on it, Patches will get a little territorial. So I'll get Graycie her own. Ugh I'm nervous lol but they are both so much calmer than they day I brought them home so I think it should be good.
     
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  3. Sarthur2

    Sarthur2 Cat lady extraordinaire Staff Member Advisor

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    I think it will work out well. :)
     
  4. msaimee

    msaimee TCS Member Top Cat

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    I think.you may be worrying too much. Cats pick up on our anxiety and are affected by it and can become anxious themselves. What are you worried about? They are young sibling cats. They will likely snuggle together, play together, and sometimes horseplay and even pop each other in the head (just like human siblings, lol). Open the cage, give them some catnip, and have a glass of wine :)
     
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    DeniseK27 TCS Member Kitten

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    Aww lol I love your response =] You're right, I do worry too much lol. I think it's just because it's my first time doing this. But they always say you're the most nervous with your first child hahah. I do think they'll be fine. Even if they tussle for a minute, it'll probably just be because Patches is surprised to see her out of the cage. I'll check back in after I let her out this weekend! So excited! Thank you so much, guys!!
     
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    DeniseK27 TCS Member Kitten

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    So here's my update! Wish it were a happier one, but every day will be a journey now lol. We let Graycie out of the cage during playtime Saturday night. The two played like best friends and then some. They were just so pleased to be able to reach out and swat each other. That was the one good night I had with them. Every night since then has been a game of them running to the opposite side of the apartment than where Paul and I are at that time. Patches will eat and use the litter box in front of us, but that's as far as the trust goes right now (remember she was the one outside the cage who I was playing with on a nightly basis, no problem.) Graycie won't even think about eating or using the box in front of us. In fact, if I get anywhere near her, even with a delicious bowl of food, she hisses :(. Last night I sat on the kitchen floor and threw a mouse attached to a shoelace for what felt like hours and they showed no interest. But, of course, every morning I wake up and the toys are all over the place so they are playing!! Just not with me lol I'm guessing (hoping) that in time, they'll come around. A lady I work with put it in a funny way to me yesterday. She said, in cat years, they're basically moody teenagers right now, but they'll realize who their family is sooner or later, and they'll love you like no other. So I'm looking at the big picture, and I'll let them trust me on their time. Any similar situations or tips you guys might have? This forum has been such a huge help for me and I thank everyone!! ♡
     
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    Yeah, the 4 I have play more with each other than me. If i get one alone it is different than together. I left the babies in the cage for over a week before they had alone time out. Now I leave them out but they have the cage. They now sleep in a box in Bob's changing table and hide but the one who was the most shy is almost tame. It's a process and all of them seem different. They just have to learn to trust u. It'll get there, just relax and have faith. They are soooo cute by the way!
     
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  8. msaimee

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    You've only had them for about 2 weeks, right? So they are out of the cage, and running around and playing with each other, and using the litter box. That sounds like good news to me. It takes time to bond with any new cats, and yours were feral. The last feral cat I took in was five months old and it was 4 months before I could even touch her. She bonded with my other cats much more quickly than with me. Now she is very loving and affectionate. It takes time. You might want to get a laser pointer toy, cats really can't resist playing with that. It sounds like you are making good progress.
     
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    Yeah, of course, two weeks time is way too soon to be assuming they just don't like us lol and I'm in no way impatient. I'll give them as much time as they need. I just wanted to update the forum on what's been going on! I'm so happy they have each other though. I'm sure it's a super rough transition to go from absolutely no trust for humans to having to totally rely on them. To go through that alone must suck. So at least they have a support system in each other. You gotta see them when we open the bedroom door in the middle of the night.. Like deer in headlights all comfy on the couch playing with their toys. They are adorable!!
     
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    It's wonderful to watch kittens who were once totally feral acting like kittens, playing with toys, when prior to being adopted they had to constantly focus on survival. Your kitties are beginning to understand the joy of having a home and a pampered life.
     
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    This is very true!! And I love thinking of that when you put it that way. They really do enjoy the toys and the box I made for them. Everything is misplaced when I wake up lol. At least it'll get their endorphins going! I just daydream about the little barriers we're going to break along the way. I just love having them around and knowing they're snuggled with each other even if it's in between the sewing table and the wall haha. Just to know they're safe and not running from other animals and looking for food and water everyday makes me happy.
     
  12. krisrath11

    krisrath11 TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    Yeah, that's a very good point. If u ever feel they aren't progressing think of where they were when they were captured and how much better life is even if u can't touch them. They are lucky to have u as not everyone is willing to take them in as u really never know the outcome of their behavior. Watching kitties play is the best too!
     

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