Originally Posted by Fostermomm
Theres a mom cat that I just discovered living behind my fireplace. I thought she was feral but she isnt after feeding her 2 days she now lets me pet her and hold her. Ive gotten permission from my rescue to foster them. But I have no clue how to catch the kittens. They ARE feral and dont want to be touched they run back in every time I see them. I would guess they are about 4-5 weeks. Just starting to venture out. Ive only seen 3 so far. I think thats all she has. Mostly white kittens with some black markings. Mom is mostly black with some white. Dad is mostly white with brown tabby spots. So any tips on how to catch the little buggers.
Please just use a safe box trap, even though you may not think you "need" to. It is a lot safer for them compared to being grabbed by a strange creature (you!). And simply because you do not know for *certain* what their health status is, it is important to respect that you don't. In some places, if an animal scratches or bites you and you don't have a documented rabies immunity for it, it is fatal for the animal. (Not to mention that a lot of people have a great fear of contracting rabies from animal bites).
I often see people claim "they aren't really feral" because they think that "feral" HAS to mean very wild, very shy, very unmanageable. But, consider that an ill feral cat may simply crouch in one spot. It may allow someone to pick it up. A feral cat that has been TNRd and fed and watched over, may be trusting enough of some humans (often, it seems, particularly slight persons, like young people or women) to seem quite "tame."
The fact is, these cats are living outdoors. That, in itself, says that they don't have the full socialization of being indoors with toys and regular feedings and high levels of interaction with friendly people. Please don't let the term "feral" be such a stigma -- it isn't that they are "bad" cats, it isn't that they are not in every way DESERVING of your care and affection. There is a broad spectrum of socialization, and ferals can fall along most of that scale.
If you make a grab for even a relatively tame cat, outdoors, and that cat spooks, consider that YOU may wind up hurt, the cat may end up with a twisted leg (there are discussions on TCS right now, of exactly this kind of injury!), and you WILL have made the cat reconsider its trust in you. Use a box trap, and (at least) the cat may dislike the trap, but it won't think of human hands as "the enemy."