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Recently a stray kitten showed up at my husband's office and my husband started feeding him. The kitten appears to be about 6 months old and is not tame. We would like to tame him at least well enough to be able to obtain the proper vet care and have him neutered. He has reached a point where he can be petted while he is eating, but is still very shy. Someday I would love to bring him home, but do you think a kitten like this would adjust to life in the house? I don't want to be unfair to him, but my neighborhood is not safe due to coyotes and the neighbor's dogs. I have a indoor only cat, but I got him from Animal Control when he was just a tiny baby and he is afraid of the outdoors. Thanks for any advice.
post #2 of 7
Yes, I think he most definitely would adjust! It would take a while, but considering you've already gotten him to the point of being petted, even though its while he's eating, I would have high hopes for the little guy. It would take time to get him completely happy with being indoors, There would probably be some yowling, searching for a way out, hiding, etc., but he would (expecially since he's a kitten) adjust to being an indoors-only cat. If you do take him home, just remember to take things slow and not to rush anything, especially not any introducitons with any other cats you may already have.

Thank you for taking care of this little fellow! You're doing a wonderful thing!!
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for your answer. I think Speck would love a kitten to play with, especially since he is still very much a kitten himself. And I would love to have another kitten.
post #4 of 7
Would it be at all possible for you to catch him soon? The sooner you start geting him 'fixed up' to take him home the longer you'll have with introducing the two, and since they're both kittens it should be a bit easier than introducing two adult cats.

One thing that just occurred to me...it isn't probably very likely since you say he's only about six months, but since he's unfixed there's a chance he could spray once he gets to your house, so if you're worrid about that, making an appointment with the vet to get him neutered before he comes home might be a good idea!
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You have gotten such good advice from Cocoalily, and I agree that he would adjust to life indoors. It does take time, the slower the better, I have a resuced feral who was about a year and a half when I brought her home and now she is an absolute love. She never goes near the door, and is quite content to watch the world from inside. Good luck!!
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Some friends of mine coaxed a 2 year old cat into their house about a year ago. She had shown up in their backyard as a kitten. About a year ago they decided to try to get her inside and managed to do so. She is completely feral but appears to love living inside. She never tries to get out. She is *very* slowly warming up to them but at this point the only contact she allows them is stroking while she eats. They figure after 10 more years or so they *might* be able to pick her up.
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I copy and paste my answer from other threads as the content answers the questions you gave - and not gave, but surely have!

The story in the bottom reminds much of Mschauer tells!

"I think it it worth a try.

Shy semiferals are usually submissive to the homecats, and it is more often then not there are no real problems between them.
In fact, this is usually easier then bringing home a new bought homecat... These can fight or be jelaous...

(The exception are not shy semiferals, especielly uncut males. They are often easy to get friendly with people, but they may be nasty to the resident cats beating them up. Thus it is necessary to spay them before you even try to let them meet your residents....And begin with the most docile resident. But this is not in your story... )

If they get pals - they will surely do it if your homecat wants it! - Will make it easier to foster the shy newcomer.

You are also doing quite right taking her first to the vet for check up, shots, deworming. Preferably have her the first two-three weeks in a quarantene, till the shots and deworming are fully working...

Many cat rescuers use their bathroom for quarantene. A big dog crate standing in a suitable place is another alternative.

Good luck and much pleasure with your new little furry friend!

I cut in an answer I wrote earlier. It applies partly to you too.

"Yes. I agree to say the least.
It is astonishing how many semiferals, and even ferals, can be fostered, and also become beloved home pets. Also as grown ups!

We in Sweden have very little TNR. Thus, if the rescuers and cat shelters want to do something with the ferales and semiferales, the practically only option is to take in them and foster, for later adoption.

Of course, the really aggressive arent taken in... Defensive aggressiveness just when catched is something differently and the rescuers can copy with.

They can usually become stricktly indoors cats, as the fosters must kept them inside... Thus, during the fostering time they are inside.

The result?? almost all do get tame and usually good pets too.
Kittens and the sociale are of course easiest. But also the grown ups have a really good chance.

And the ex-homeless are often quite happy to be purely indoor cats.
For a outgoing homecat the outside is a lot of fun and joy. If it gets scary or unpleasant - the cat can always run home. For the homeless it is survival of the fittest. The choice between the terrible world outside to the cosy world inside is usually quite easy. Much more easy compared with a outsidegoing homecat who must become strictly indoors cat.

Our cat forums in Sweden are full of members who witness about their ex homeless, or even ex-ferals, beloved pets. Usually being good friends with the other pets: cats and dogs.

Older very shy ferales are of course more difficult, and take much more time and effort.

I have read an example: the older (6-7 years?) female cat did get somewhat tame, and could live indoor in the house the live of a shy semiferal. Not aggresive to the other cats or humans, but avoiding most contact. But the live WAS saved, the cat was acceptable happy, and the owner had a couple of other cats to pet. So the woman did gladely accepted her extra protegé.
SIX years did it take. Six long years. But in the autumn of her live, also she did become a pet-cat sleeping in the bed with her Mommy.

So. As I understand. It isnt that difficult to get the ferales tame. The difficulty is they dont always become loving pets. And it usually takes time.

If you dont have the time and arent willing to make the effort, it may be wise to put the limited resources on easier cats, instead of a ferale. The sorrowly thruth is there are always cats easier to foster and adopt... There are also many entirely tame, friendly cats seeking new homes"
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