- Jan 15, 2018
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Hi ParkBaby !!
Thank you for your reply!
Indeed, your situation was fortunate! Not unusual, I've read lots of postings on this forum where people did the same thing...but they were fortunate to have the kitties near their home...
We live in a big city, NYC, and the public park is not close to our building...
So we have to find something else. Baby was TNR-ed as a kitten, so she knows and remembers all the traps, vet trip, etc.
She loves us and we can hold her quite often...sometimes she struggles. We can pet her but again depending on the weather and on how tired/scared she is. We tried wrapping her with a towel, forcing her into a soft carrier...nothing worked.
We bought a crate with the intention of feeding her inside...gradually...but the weather prevented us from this. Winter is not the best time to feed her in a metal crate. We feed her under the bench, on a cardboard and pad.
Good luck with the kitties, they will be fine, you'll see. All of our feral kitties adopted adjusted well indoors.
I think our situation was kind of unusual. Since May 2018 we had been feeding Miss Kitty on our back patio, which has sliders to our family room. She became friendly very quickly so while it was warm we began inching the food bowl inside farther, with the door open so she could walk in and out (the bugs!!)
At that point i could pet her. Then in September she started bringing the baby, and we did the same thing with her. Tortellini was much wilder, and still is!!
After a couple more weeks we got the cat room ready which is just off the family room. Then on "Go day" we opened the door, put the best food and treats we had as far in the room as we could. When they came in to eat my husband closed the door behind them. The freaked at first, ran into the slider a few times (it was awful). Then we lured them into their room. They seemed to get used to the indoors fairly quickly, it was the vet trips that were horrible, but both got over it.
Does this sound like it could work for you?? Probably not in the winter... I'm in ohio. How friendly is your cat?? Hopefully she's as food oriented as mine!! How did you try to catch her before? Good luck and keep me in the loop!