National Feral Cat Day
Cats: Feral kittens can often be adopted into homes, but they must be socialized at an early age. This is a critical window, and if they arenít handled in time, they will remain feral and therefore unadoptable." Oasis for Animals.
There is always exceptions to the rules. I've taken two adult feral cats out of the wild. Both had small kittens, were captured, spade, and the kittens adopted out. I'm still living with the last feral momma cat. She may be a one-woman cat although I am trying to get here used to other adults and children. She is still learning tame cat rules as well as teaching my tame cat some of feral cat rules. It's not easy for a feral cat to adjust to "tame" cat ways, but she is adjusting and learning. It might be very difficult to make adjustments if you have children or other animals in your household, and it does take time and patience to learn to live together and to enjoy each other.
The photos below are of KittyKitty, a feral mother cat. She's about a year old and when I first saw her she had two kittens with her. When she disappeared for two days I managed to get both the kittens and placed them in a no-kill shelter. After two days the mother cat came bringing 3 male cats with her. I continued to feed the mother cat until I could get her into a cage, then took her to my vet, had her spayed and her ear clipped. The vet suggested keeping her inside for at least 7 to 10 days before releasing her. After about 3 days she bonded with me. Now she comes inside in the evening to eat and I keep her inside at night and let her out again in the morning. She doesn't get along with my sweet orange neutered male cat, but we are taking it one day at a time right now.
Update: It's been almost 2 years. KittyKitty stays in the house a good portion of the day and is very good about coming in at night. I close the cat door at night and I insist on both my orange cat and the feral cat being in at night. My orange cat, Pumpkin, has taught KittyKitty a couple of his bad habits, and she has taught him a few of hers. KittyKitty loves having her belly rubbed and being combed. I think we are all adjusting.
October 16th is National Cat Day. Download photos of a feral cat with National Feral Cat Day titles. A link back would be greatly appreciated but is not required.
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