Feral Cat in the House....Help
Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:43 PM
Does anyone know how I might catch this cat? My neighbor said he comes to her house and sprays her front door and upsets her cats. Have fixed the screen so my pets cannot open it....they won't like that!
I'm sure you don't want to hear about the time the skunk came in at 4am, the dogs chased it and it sprayed in the bedroom!
Oh well, this is Mexico.
Any suggestions on how to catch this cat will be appreciated. Do any vets have cages? I really don't know what to do and don't want him coming back.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:18 AM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:01 AM
I'm not suggesting euthanasia because he is feral, but because he has caused to much trouble in the OP's neighborhood. I have nothing against feral cats and have contributed food to a local feral colony. I just don't see any other solution in this case. This individual cat is a problem cat and neutering won't help either.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:56 AM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:21 PM
I'm not sure that feral cat deserves a death sentence........I favor the "take it far away" notion much better. 'Course, first you have to catch it. Good luck.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:20 PM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:26 PM
I adopted two cats from the shelter who were "lacking social skills". Took them to the stables where we board and turned them loose in the tack room where the rats were taking over. No more rats and the two cats have made a home in the large stack of hay bales. We can see them sunning themselves in the morning and they look fat and happy.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 05:03 PM
Maybe Pepe or one of the other local vets has one he can loan you. Good luck.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:34 PM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:59 PM
this is making me re-think my feeding a cat that is hanging around. not completely feral, i think she/he wants to join the family but is afraid. stays after eating crying, wanting attention.
i know both Pepe and the shelter have the cages to trap. definitly fix before releasing or EU.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:20 PM
Fur flew, pottery crashed, cats screamed! Cats screamed, pottery crashed, fur flew! Felines tore around the house and tore into one another! We finally chased the feral cat out, corralled the house cats in a bedroom, and restored order and semi-calm. Then we figured out how to lock the cat door at night from both sides--nothing could get in, nothing could get out--and slept better after that.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:10 PM
I sympathize with Willy who now stinks to high heaven and has never been bathed before. Our woofie just got sprayed by a skunk and I followed instructions I learned from this forum. A damp facecloth that has been soaked with mouthwash. I used orange Listerine and kept wiping her down then rinsing it out and starting again. I stopped wiping her down when she stopped hooking my leg and putting her head in my lap. She's now napping comfortably and smells like an orange.
Hopefully it will work for Willy too.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:56 AM
Cute story, well-told, Cristina, and a good reason to keep your pet door closed most of the time, particularly at night.
Ohjoni, I hope you can get Willy cleaned up without too much trauma. Very few cats like baths and one his age who's never had one could really get upset.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:46 PM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:41 AM
Have you decided what to do with this aggressive feral?
Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:44 AM
Am going to have a motion sensor light installed in the yard. Hopefully it will scare off the critters when it comes on.
Thank you, Ohjoni, I'm very glad to hear that. Poor Willy must have been terribly traumatized by the unwanted, unwelcome and unvited visitor.
Have you decided what to do with this aggressive feral?
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:12 PM
re the feral kittens, if you can trap them or catch them somehow, please have them fixed and put them back in their colony. if it's only your house they are hanging around they may eventually get friendlier.
i brought home from the adoption center where i used to volunteer, rocky, who is not a lap kitty and was hardly able to be picked up. he would never have been adopted, so i had him tested for FIV (negative; he had already been neutered) and brought him home to join my "tribe". he instantly became one of my older cat's shadow and quickly integrated with the others. for the first 6 months whenever i'd even walk into a room where he was, he'd run and hide. now he will actually get on the sofa and i can pet him. he's still not keen on being picked up, but all things in time.
i have also trapped and neutered outdoor cats. they have fresh food and water every day and every night i give them wet food (i also feed a family of raccoons and 2 possums - they like kitty kibbles and bread) and provide a warm place to sleep in the winter and in the summer they sleep on my patio furniture at night (just the cats, not the raccoons and possums LOL). one of the cats is the kitten of a mom i had fixed and haven't seen (the mom) for months now. i had trapped and fixed her other 3 kittens and found them homes. it took me months to catch the 4th one but i finally did and had him neutered. since he was so wild i put him back outside. for months as soon as i opened my back door he would run all the way to the woods. now, he'll stay on the patio when i'm putting out food. the first cat i had fixed will let me pet her. my own cats get outside to their new catio/patio (a 12 x 17 screened in patio for them and a mosquito free place for me).
i got way off the point here, being that the feral kittens may eventually become friendly. the problem with taking on feral animals is what happens if you move? if they become dependent on you for their food source, they don't learn to hunt, so you have to think about that. regardless, they should be fixed so they don't add to the feral population.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:24 PM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:32 PM
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