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post #31 of 34
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Originally Posted by StefanZ View Post
The advice to separate mother from kittens MAY be good with a real feral, shy mother who stops the kittens from interacting with you.

But here the mother actively allows you to interact! So here it is NOT the case. Thus, keep both mother and kittens.


Try with Feliway if you want to throw in something extra. (google on it).
Thanks, StefanZ. It's good to have validation from someone experienced in this craziness. I kinda feel like my life's been taken over by kittens. Even when I'm not in the kitten room (which is rare), the slightest movement from the corner of my eye makes me think, oh! a kitten's coming closer!

As for the Feliway, that was done almost right away. Every little advantage I can get, I'll take!

Everyone's acting today like yesterday didn't even happen. No new progress, but no regression either. Go figure. All that stressing, and I'm the only who spent the day upset.
post #32 of 34
If you spend a lot of time in their room, try reading outloud when you're in there. Or play the radio (classical music or calming "muzak" is good). Gets them used to human presence and is non-threatening.

One of the biggest thrills of my life was when our former feral, who was six months old when we finally caught him, came to me and laid his paw on my leg while I was reading. I was so excited I could hardly breath and it only lasted a second or two but wow!

He still doesn't let us touch him and we still practically have to trap him to get him to the vets for his shots (Thank goodness - only once a year now). But that moment remains a thrilling one still.

Just have patience - you are doing everything right, even with the "bumps' along the way...
post #33 of 34
You are doing the right thing. We just have to be patient.
I am rather impatient for many things and that trait frustrated me a lot while dealing with my ferals.
But I learned that animals DO understand when you are trying. And they will open up eventually.

I am still working with my feral boy. When I brought them inside, they were about 4 months old. That was little more than 1 year ago.
I guess some kitties will always need escape route available for them to feel comfortable and safe. Some of them don't really feel like that.

When I brought my ferals, one of kittens did not show herself for entire month.
I left her alone because she originally had umbilical hernia and was the smallest one.
She eventually came out and played and purred.

Don't rush. Be patient. (I know that's kind of hard...)
post #34 of 34
i have a feral i trapped as a tiny kitten

it took me 2 1/2 years b4 she would allow me to pet her

she is now 6 1/2 years old and is very sweet and affectionate and loves to be petted and loves to groom me

u have to be very patient and not freak them out
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