Despite my best efforts to find them, Birdie kept the kittens well hidden. Semi-feral cats fall somewhere in between. Before you begin the long socialization process, consider your goal. Sharing this! I keep hoping that he will let me take him to the vet for an exam and neutering so he will not father any more feral offspring. And now she's been rewarded with the good life. These 6 steps will help you turn that frightened neighborhood kitty into a new furry friend! I am so happy for birdie to have a wonderful home and so lovely. My husband and I joke about Birdie's cuteness being impossible to resist. If you are having trouble finding one you can use a spawn egg or summon a cat. What is its body language? Thanks for sharing this lovely story, I hope that all three (Moe, Birdie and the little dog) are great friends now. He was very unhappy and destroyed my bedroom, pulling down curtains, pictures etc., and hiding under my bed whenever I came into the room. This is awesome & useful. Use the Raw Fish. To attract a cat, you need to collect raw cold, or raw salmon from a nearby body of water. (I was secretly sad, because I did want to keep at least one.) There is no non-lethal way to test a cat for rabies, so observe the cat at a distance for. It should be used to human activity. He slept inside at night too, but I think he also enjoyed his adventures in the garden very much :). So successfully taming a feral cat in your neighborhood will begin by establishing a routine around food. Equip the raw fish and slowly approach a stray cat. And, who doesn't love a happy ending?! At the same time, offer them some food to eat. :) Thanks for sharing your great story! Sometimes all that is needed is plenty of patience to turn a scared kitty into a marvelous pet. She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years. After 2 weeks someone at my door asked. I'll be trying your method of sitting near his bowl going forward. Deborah, I came across this again saved on my computer after posting 4 months ago. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on July 29, 2012: Hi Tristin. Creatures of myth have walked alongside humanity for centuries. Remain nearby as the cat eats. These are sensitive spots and they may scratch or bite. If you know how fishing in Minecraft works, you won’t have a hard time taming a cat. But where were the cats while all this was going on? My mother did a similar thing with a feral cat she found. Some cats may try to use a potted plant as a litter box; if so, cover the dirt with aluminum foil. That's what saved her life. Carefully monitor cat scratches to make sure they do not become infected. Birdie looks very healthy and happy with her friend, Moe. While you're talking, set out dry or wet food for your cat in a bowl. We have a very big gray wolf coming and going in our yard and if he needs food he will get this little skinny cat. Thanks, vespawoolf. Image Jones from San Antonio, Texas on September 02, 2012: What an inspirational story! I had summer. I learned he wanted me out of the room so he could use the litter box. Vaccinate the cat in order to protect it from various diseases, such as feline leukemia and others. I sometimes look at fat, happy Birdie and find it nearly impossible to remember that scared, scrawny kitten who found her way into our backyard. Let the cat make the first move. Required fields are marked * Comment. Do not try to touch or catch the cat. To tame a cat, first collect some raw cod or raw salmon from a nearby lake or river. Tamara Kreuz. It really depends on the cat. Feed the cat at the same time of day in the same place. 2. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on January 27, 2012: Thanks, Alastar. How to tame your cat. Then I was so happy i spent more then hours playing fetch and yarn balls and other fun games pets play. To tame a feral cat, prepare a small, quiet space for the cat to remain until it becomes comfortable with you. Our cat used to spend all day outside, exploring and playing, and came in whenever he wanted to. 2011;9(2):215-226. Your patience and care are to be admired. [1] If the cat is a young kitten, then this can happen overnight or take a few days. Stray cats can be tamed using raw cod or raw salmon. Funny how they don't want to back outside once you rescue them. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on February 08, 2012: Thanks, Gifted Grandma. I LOVE the photos. I want to help the local strays and get them clipped because every year there's a new litter of kittens but I don't have enough money to pay for them clipped... Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on March 31, 2012: Thanks, Aya. As long as it is healthy and you are sure that it belongs to no one, sure! I have a male feral at the low cost spay neuter clinic today. My mother was "adopted" by a feral cat that was a couple of years old and had already had three litters of kittens. FlourishAnyway from USA on August 23, 2013: What a fantastic story. Good luck. This is crucial in learning how to tame an aggressive cat. I love the challenge and patience it takes to tame feral cats. Most cats will like to hunt cat toys that mimic small animals such as mice. If it hasn't run away, a scared cat will typically lay flat or have its tail between its legs. This is a sign to back off. Your photos are precious. :). Is it crouched low to the ground with its ears back, which shows fear, or is its tail straight up in the air, which indicates that it is comfortable? Unfortunately, all pet stories eventually have a sad ending, JKenny. There were four of them, all healthy and plump. You might also undo all your hard work getting to this point. An angry or upset cat will have ears that are flattened back, dilated pupils, a tail which is switching back and forth, an arched back, and fur standing on end. Shortly before Labor Day, Birdie turned up one day in a foul mood and hissed at me when I approached. And if you knew our dog, you would fully understand what I mean by tolerating her, but the picture is a good representation of that dynamic. If you are having trouble finding a stray cat, you can always summon a cat using a cheat or you can use a spawn egg. She took to the litter box right away, and spent most of the next few days sleeping on a little bed I made for her. Me and my cat are really close. Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on June 04, 2013: I have to say this is an amazing hub. I just wanted to thank you for posting this article. Approach the cat a little and sit down; talk in a calm voice so that they get used to your voice. Other cats may bond only with the human who socialized them, making them unsuitable for adoption elsewhere. And good for you for attempting to tame those feral cats! It takes time, but it is so worth the effort. Birdie grew comfortable in my presence. Does it display signs of being outgoing and friendly, like meowing and rubbing its head or body on objects. Then, switch shifters and spin the boat a bit to move the stern farther out. References She tolerates the dog, at least as much as we do. She is a beautiful cat and had such cute babies! My husband was glad I found homes for them, too. Last Updated: May 16, 2020 Of course, every cat would love some food as you need to prepare for 1 raw COD and 1 raw salmon. Let the cat make the first move. Cats get their attention from sounds so a good way to calm down the aggression is with whistling or the jingle of keys. My next-door neighbor found the kittens a few days later in a hollow tree stump in the woods near her house. It didn't take long before the cat was coming back every day, just as my husband had predicted. Being patient is hard but can pay off in the long run. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. I hope you and your kitties have many wonderful years together. I do appreciate you reading, commenting, and voting. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on October 12, 2012: Good luck with your cat and kittens, Kayla! Steps to Tame a Cat 1. If they are at four or five weeks old before their first human contact, they may spit and hiss. And after all I did for her! Please help we want to adop him/her. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 09, 2017: Hi Angela. It is possible with patience. ), At about two weeks old, you should begin handling the kittens (gently, of course). Feed the cat at the same time and in the same spot every day. I'm so glad my son and daughter in law found her! It may help folks who can't get the cat into a carrier or don't want to run possible risks. James Kenny from Birmingham, England on January 27, 2012: What a great story. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on October 20, 2012: Thanks so much, Sharkye. And I know what you mean. Microbiology and Treatment. Feral cats are not mean just afraid. This is the age they begin playing with objects—leaves, toys, their siblings' tails—and the mother cat teaches them to hunt. Now, we need to feed the cat … You can tame a feral cat with enough time and cat expertise. At six and seven weeks, the kittens develop motor skills and eye-paw coordination. My husband and I consider ourselves lucky that Birdie chose us. ", "A really good thing to tame a cat and I have learned a lot from this.". Although, sadly, somehow she's become my husband's cat and seems to prefer him to me. However, if you find or are given a fearful or scared stray cat or kitten that tolerates some human interaction without biting, you can try to tame it to make it an acceptable cat. It is hard to believe she is the same cat sometimes! I had warned the vet in advance that I was bringing in a feral cat so he could be prepared for chaos, but again my concerns were unfounded. Though still your tips may help,but I am still not trying. I have come to realize we didn't adopt Birdie, she adopted us. Initially one of the managers used to feed her old bags of dog food in return for keeping the mice at bay. If she is already spayed (or a he), see a vet - or just leave it alone if you've been bothering it too much. Thank you for sharing! Tammy from North Carolina on February 21, 2012: That is just too precious! From a fellow animal lover, Michelle. Once you have the required materials, you will need to find a stray cat to tame. Be patient; it takes some time to build trust. Wonderful, wonderful story. I instead focused my efforts on taming her so she'd eventually bring the kittens to me and I could find homes for them. To socialize a cat, begin by establishing a routine around food. It's been two years since I first saw Birdie scrounging in the backyard for food, and she has become a truly beloved member of the family. Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on October 29, 2012: What a great story! hahah I think its great you were able to take the time and be patient with Birdie to domesticate her. I scheduled the appointment for first thing in the morning, knowing that when she greeted me at the door to be fed it would be my best shot to capture her. I will revise the hub, however, to make it clear to what organization I am linking. Before bringing a cat into your household or exposing it to your other cats, it should be examined by a veterinarian, tested negative for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus, be up-to-date on vaccinations, and treated for any parasites. I love happy endings! And if you are wondering how to tame a fearful cat, we also give you some tips on how to approach a fearful or shy cat without provoking negative feelings in him. Ask your vet which vaccines are recommended. You may never make an indoor cat out of it, but it may become a good outdoor kitty that tolerates you. Classic signs of rabies in cats and kittens include an ill cat (lethargic, not eating, weakness) and/or changes in behavior (aggressive, restless, disoriented, paralysis, seizures). I handled each kitten every day to get them used to human contact. Is your kid begging for a dog? The Stray Cat Handbook. Looking forward to the time when it won't run away. I also started to work my connections and social media networking skills to find homes for them, knowing they'd be ready to leave their mama in a couple more weeks. Over the next few days, she did leave for a bit, but always came back. Interrupting the aggression is going to be key in calming the aggression down. He sounds beautiful. Thanks, Kathy. The cat will typically be growling. I posted hundreds of poster and missing kitty on websites. The first time I touched her, she jumped away. It took quite a bit of persuasion on my part to gain his confidence, but I never quit and now he has his forever home, along with the youngest who is well past 6 months now! Aya Katz from The Ozarks on March 30, 2012: While I am not a cat person, I found this hub to be very useful and I'm pinning it! You may want to talk to some of the local vets. Try placing his food dish in front of the carrier, so he will be more likely to investigate. Hopefully, he can outwit the wolf! Please consider making a contribution to wikiHow today. Sometimes when I finish my homework I ignore TV and play with my cat. She had to come to me to eat, and she did. I have feral cats i am trying to tame and it can be done even with adult cats but can take a long time. Sebastion sounds like an awesome cat. Helen Lush from Cardiff, Wales, UK on March 29, 2013: That's a shame. She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years. : ) (She's not a bad dog, really, just pretty high strung. To this day he has been the sweetest, most affectionate cat I have ever had...but he is still a mighty hunter and reveals his feral past when he brings home moles and birds. At about five weeks of age, the kittens were ready for solid food. When I spoke to her, she would roll around, stretch, and rub against the trees, but from a safe distance. Thank you for the tips and encouraging words! In this article from The Pretty Pets, we summarize the main causes of a frightened cat. I loved the story! Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 27, 2012: Like your hub here Deborah. Good luck. Feed the cat at the same time of day in the same place. If the cat has not been housetrained, this can generally be accomplished quickly by keeping the cat in a confined area like a crate or even a tiled bathroom with a litter box as its only option. She and the other cat are inseparable. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. You cant domesticate a lynx, or a bobcat, or grumpy cat (ok fine, yes to grump cat, I mourn his passing though), I've had similar success with 2 adult and 1 kitten ferals!!! The only thing more adorable than a kitten is four kittens, and that mess of kittens ("mess" is a more fitting term than "litter," in my opinion) romping through my backyard provided hours of entertainment for my entire household, including the dog and the many neighbors who dropped by daily to see them. We adopted our 2nd feral kitten. :). Your support helps wikiHow to create more in-depth illustrated articles and videos and to share our trusted brand of instructional content with millions of people all over the world. Dr. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice. You can get a gift (Rabbit’s foot, Rabbit hide, String, Rotten flesh, Feather, Raw chicken, Phantom membrane) from your tame cat only if you sleep in night; usually cats sleep near the player once the player wakes up then tamed cats also do the same. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on June 24, 2013: Thanks, PegCole. Cats (kittens especially) have a short memory, he will probably forget all about it soon enough. Thank you for your help. She started coming when I called her. Is it okay to keep a cat that I brought in and is already tame is it okay to keep it? I love the photos, your story of taming Birdie and her kittens and all your advice. Approved. So, I have a great fear when i see them in front of me. I really appreciate your comment. KathyH from Waukesha, Wisconsin on January 27, 2012: This is so awesome, thank you for sharing, I'm so glad those cute little kittens found good homes, and your Birdie is the luckiest kitty ever! He stretched out next to my arm and started purring. moonlake from America on October 29, 2012: We just saw a wild cat today. It will seek out a quiet, private place to give birth. The kitten will get used to their voices, scents and actions. While strays may approach humans for food, exhibit behaviors like purring and meowing, and even allow themselves to be touched and petted, feral cats are scared of humans and view them as any other large animal—a potential predator. Imtiaz Ahmed from Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 07, 2014: I have a horrible experience with wild cats. If you are having trouble finding a stray cat, you can always summon a cat using a cheat or you can use a spawn egg. It's been about a year that I've been feeding Brian Williams (the former Ms. Kitty) who shows up on our porch every night about 5:30 pm. "Tuxedo" (named for his white bow tie and gloves in contrast to his black body) has become quite friendly; even going so far as letting me pick him up, and trying to come inside when the door is opened. Gifts you can get once the cat is tamed in Minecraft. 2 July 2015. 2. Good for your family for taking her in! She rules the house. Fortunately, the leather grilling gloves I wore for protection turned out to be overkill, as Birdie went right into the carrier with little fuss. I love the pics of everyone. 12 years ago at the college where I work the library staff noticed a feral cat colony living in the woods near a storm drain. It turns out springer spaniel and coon hound isn't a real great combination!) I lost sleep that night, concerned that I wouldn't be able to pick her up, get her into the cat carrier, or that I'd be scratched and bitten in the process. One day she brought one of her sick kittens to my mother (didn't even have its eyes open yet), and afterwards just sorta moved into my mom's yard. Some cats really don't like having their bellies touched and they will scratch or bite you regardless of how much they trust you. On November 5th, with the weather turning colder and after completing her course of worm treatment, Birdie moved into the house to stay. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on March 28, 2013: Thanks, DaffodilSky. This article gives me hope. You are welcome, instantlyfamily. She seems to have blue eyes, so I'm wondering if she is part Siamese. I'm glad you found my article to be helpful. The PC players can right-click to give the row cod to the cat. I suggest putting up "Cat Found!"

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