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Mean/vicious feral

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hi

There is a tom-cat around here, that is VERY crazy, and downright evil. He attacks my cats on the rare occasion they are outside.

It is getting to the point that I have to do something about him... My dad *ugh* wants to shoot him(thats not going to happen)... I want to trap him and bring him to the SPCA or something... HE would likely be PTS there, though...

WHAT DO I DO??? I hate to have to have him PTS, but for my cats... I don't know.

Anyone been in this situation?

Thanks

Tricia
post #2 of 20
i have never been in that situation but if he is attacking your cats...he might attach humans as well.

have the cat PTS might be best. he could spread diseases...seriously harm your cat, and might be causing more harm to other cats as well.
post #3 of 20
I completely disagree with having this tomcat put to sleep! He needs to be trapped (carefully) and neutered. Once he has been neutered and released, he will start to calm down. He is being what is known as sexually aggressive. He is this way because he isn't neutered. Please do not put him to sleep. Call animal control, borrow a trap- use your own cat's soiled litter to lure him into the trap. Get him neutered and this will take care of the problem. Keep all your cats indoor until he has been fixed.
post #4 of 20
No animal should be put to sleep for doing what comes as a natural instinct!!
I agree with Hissy,This cat needs neutering not putting to sleep,he is defending what he believes is his territory.he won't need to do that after he is neutered.

Good on you for helping him

Also feral cats do not in my experience attack people.They live in fear of humans and will always run away.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by Tricias_petz View Post
Hi

There is a tom-cat around here, that is VERY crazy, and downright evil. He attacks my cats on the rare occasion they are outside.

It is getting to the point that I have to do something about him... My dad *ugh* wants to shoot him(thats not going to happen)... I want to trap him and bring him to the SPCA or something... HE would likely be PTS there, though...

WHAT DO I DO??? I hate to have to have him PTS, but for my cats... I don't know.

Anyone been in this situation?

Thanks

Tricia
Tricia...

I have to agree with Hissy as well.....trap him and get him neutered.

Katie
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
Okay! I'll give the lady who neuters cats a call.. She has a trap, I think...

Tricia
post #7 of 20
Years ago, there was a really mean cat that lived around the neighborhood I was living in. He was beating up some of the neighbors cats pretty good. Someone did trap him and have him neutered and it calmed him down A LOT!
post #8 of 20
Ask Heidi or LDG about "Samoa" originally called Osama by an ill-informed reporter
post #9 of 20
If you want to read the whole story of Samoa, here's his thread. But, basically, the story goes like this: There was a cat who "terrorized" a neighborhood, as was editorialized by a columnist and was thus brought to this forum's attention. He had named the cat "Osama", and this was shortly after 9/11 which made the monicker even more offensive. In spite of this, some cat lovers came to the cat's aid to trap him, neuter him, and because it was pretty clear that this cat was in danger where he was, remove him to another location.

Once the cat, whose name was changed to Samoa (long before he was actually trapped), was neutered, it became clear that he wasn't a feral cat at all! He did a total 180, made all of the vet's staff fall in love with him, and he was successfully adopted by a wonderful family. All of this is what inspired www.SaveSamoa.org to be created.

But, basically, the point of all of this is really in the last paragraph. He was sexually aggressive, as well as food aggressive. Once these cares were relieved, Samoa became an absolute sweetheart of a cat.
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thats awesome! Thanks for that.. I'm definitely going to have him neutered- and see what happens. I wouldn't mind having him around at all, if he wasn't so evil!
post #11 of 20
Definately DO NOT put this poor cat to sleep!! I know someone already said that but I just want to say it again! That would be awful. Hopefully you can find this lady with the trap and get him taken care of. Maybe you can find him a barn home or return him to where you found him. He will most likely be much less aggressive once he is neutered. I hope yours are too if they are allowed outside and in contact with evil tomcats
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
If you want to read the whole story of Samoa, here's his thread. But, basically, the story goes like this: There was a cat who "terrorized" a neighborhood, as was editorialized by a columnist and was thus brought to this forum's attention. He had named the cat "Osama", and this was shortly after 9/11 which made the monicker even more offensive. In spite of this, some cat lovers came to the cat's aid to trap him, neuter him, and because it was pretty clear that this cat was in danger where he was, remove him to another location.

Once the cat, whose name was changed to Samoa (long before he was actually trapped), was neutered, it became clear that he wasn't a feral cat at all! He did a total 180, made all of the vet's staff fall in love with him, and he was successfully adopted by a wonderful family. All of this is what inspired www.SaveSamoa.org to be created.

Wow I never knew that

I don't have time to read his story now,but I will read first thing next time
His story sounds very much like a cat I trapped in my colony.....He turned out to be a total love bug too
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
All of my cats except for one, which was just attacked by this guy, are fixed. Once I get ahold of that lady, I am going to get them both fixed.

There are a bunch of ferals roaming around the farm and neighbors.. I should see if I can trap some of them, too..
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Tricias_petz View Post
All of my cats except for one, which was just attacked by this guy, are fixed. Once I get ahold of that lady, I am going to get them both fixed.

There are a bunch of ferals roaming around the farm and neighbors.. I should see if I can trap some of them, too..
Absolutely.....spaying/neutering has such a positive effect for the cats and for the community.

Below is a link to feral cat groups in Canada:

http://www.alleycat.org/orgs.html#c

Katie
post #15 of 20
Good for you. Have that guy fixed & he will be like a differnt cat. I do want to add that I do not like terms like mean, or vicious. In voulnteering for a shelter I have learned that feral cats may seem vicious, but actually they are responding out of fear. They either don't trust humans or have had bad experineces with humans, so they see human as a threat and react the way nature tells them they should. I think having him neutered & putting him back is exactly the right thing to do. At the shelter we have a cat named Baron. He is such a handsome man & is so sweet. I found Baron in a live trap at the door of the shelter one Sunday Morning. A couple weeks ago I was talking to some of the other volunteers & we laughed because Baron had to spend 10 days at the vets office becuase he bit a vet tech. We all forget he's the same cat, he turned out to be such a sweet guy. Spaying & neutering has helped us tame many a feral cat.
post #16 of 20
A quick story: A friend of mine who rescues was called to a shelter to help a "mean viscious feral cat." When she arrived, she found this poor stray cat housed in the same room with an injured coyote, two possums, a fox and a raccoon! She quickly placed a dark cloth over the cat's cage and carried the cage into the other room where she transferred the growling, hissing and spitting terrified cat into a carrier.

Once she got him home and worked with him for a few days, he was as calm as toast and very loving. He is now a therapy cat in a local senior home- so much for mean and viscious. He was responding to the alien smells of the wildlife and all the stress pheremones. The shelter was planning on euthanizing him before Rita showed up.
post #17 of 20
I had no idea Toms were so aggresive Sheesh!
post #18 of 20
If the lady doesn't have a trap you can buy one. WWW.JEFFERSPET.COM has traps, that's where I got mine.

For bait cat nip works wonders, my cousin told me this the other day, and OMG I feel like an idtiot beacuse I had never though of using it before! Other good baits are Tuna, Salmon, Wet Cat food, Chicken, and just things like that. When you start setting the trap-take up all of the food if you were feeding him. A full cat will not go in a big scary cage, a hungry one just wants the FOOD!

Whatever bait I use (say I am using tuna) I put a tiny, tiny bit in front of the cage, and when using something like tuna, with juice, I drain the juice like a scent trail all the way to the back of the cage. Then I put flakes (liitle ones, you don't want the cat to get full before it gets trapped) leading to the back of the cage. Then, most importantly, I put the can of food as far back as possible and drape a old shirt over the back of the cage-because they WILL and CAN pull the food through the cage with their feet without getting in the cage.

I have been trapping ferals for years, as you can tell, and those tips are what helps me. Good luck!
post #19 of 20
Kentucky Fried chicken is supposed to work well for trapping, too.

I'm glad you decided to trap, neuter, release the kitty. I have had my share of mean tomcats outside...if you have a real tough guy, and get him neutered, he will likely keep "protecting" your neighborhood from other toms coming in, but will quit fighting with your spayed and neutered kitties...so everyone wins!
post #20 of 20
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I do want to add that I do not like terms like mean, or vicious.
I guess I've just seen this guy jump on/attack my cats too much...

I'm going to call the lady soon.. Not sure if the vet is open during the holidays???
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