Originally Posted by kluchetta
When I was feeding feral Elsa, I fed her kitten food - but I didn't know a thing about ferals. I just knew she was SOOOO skinny, and anything had to help her keep warm. I recently read that it's REALLY important to provide fresh water especially in the freezing cold of winter because if they are not getting enough water, they will eat snow, which could cause hypothermia.
BTW. Elsa's now residing inside and at quite a comfortable weight, LOL.
As far as fresh water goes, I have a heated water bowl plus a small ceramic heater in one cat house with both houses stuffed with plenty of marsh hay.
I'm down to three cats that don't want to come in. One is my Buddy who reverted to outdoors all the time earlier this year when Monique started terrorizing him. She's been here over a year and a half and is front declawed so it's really kind of weird that he is so afraid of her now. Sylvester is an odd guy. I've nabbed and brought him in the house before, but he simply doesn't like to be touched, (or even near), humans and continues with his feral ways.
Last, but not lease is Lippy. It took me about two years to get my hands on him to get him in to be fixed. He was always a real bully, terrorizing any cat he saw. I wouldn't see him every day, but often enough.
Now that he is fixed, he stays on the property almost always. After some months at working at it I can pet him and we usually do this walk, crouch, pet thing as we converse while I go up the walk from our house to Steve's moms' to take care of her.
I've tried picking him up twice, but he isn't ready to be held yet. I'm sure over time he will be.
I too was feeding ferals long before I had ever heard the word. I have always loved those "poor old strays" who make us work so hard to earn their trust. Once they have accepted that we are "friend" , they are usually the most loving and loyal cats a person could ever know.
Now that I've rambled on and on again and gone completely off topic, I guess I should shut up for pity's' sake.
I'm off to my daughters' today for turkey dinner. Yippee!