I have always been a cat lover and always fed feral cats but within the last two years it has grown. I moved into a new townhome December of 2017. I was letting my kitties out on an enclosed patio sometimes when I was home. AFter about 6 months, a feral kitten appeared, dark gray and beautiful. The kitten looked to be about 8/10 months old. I thought it was a male. I started feeding the kitten. The kittens belly started growing a couple months later and I realized it was a female. Even after several months of feeding her, she will would not even come to me and often hissed when I was close. She had 2 kittens a few months ago but kept them hidden and away from me. Then, about 2 months later, she finally brought them to around my patio and I began feeding them. They lived as outside kittens for about a month or so until I was able to find them homes. I have also built a cat shelter into my outside storage unit using a cat carrier and a plastic tub (modified) with fuzzy blankets to keep them warm. I switch the bedding out every 2 weeks. I then discovered her mate, which I now call Daddy. He belonged to someone in my complex but they moved and left him here. I had him neutered. I want to get her spayed but she still does not trust me at all, although I am able to pet her under her watchful eye, she is still aggressive to me and can turn in an instant. Before I was able to get Daddy fixed, she got pregnant again. This time she had 5 kittens. I was able to find homes for 4 of them and the fifth one I am going to keep and integrate into my inside kitties. I had him neutered last month. As much as I love taking care of outside kitties, I hope no more show up. lol I worry about them so much and am constantly fighting with the raccoons to keep them away from their food and water. lolIf you help feral cats on a regular basis, whether by managing a colony, involvement in TNR operations or advocating for feral cats in your community, we'd like to award you this badge -
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Welcome to TCS, RustHeart , and congratulations on your job and committment!
Yes, I TNR'd 2 of them. One female was prenant and we kept her inside until she had them... those kittens were adopted into loving homes. One male I usually feed (I haven't seen lately, I hope he's okay!) is a smart little bugger and will not go near a trap no matter what type of food I put in it. I guess that's why he's been able to survive so long on the outside. Every year I put some worm meds in their food. In my experience, the majority of cats living outside have tape worms.
Belated thank you for my badge!I've been taking care of ferals now for about 2 years. I have 2 regulars right now. At times I've had up to 6. I do get attached to them. Some disappear and never came back... it breaks my heart to think what might of happened to them. I live in the city and danger is everywhere. It can be tough on my budget, but I will not let these animals suffer, especially during the winter. I have 2 shelters set up with heating elements and blankets inside.