Its funny -they only like her. Well, Billy has liked a male that I cat-sat for briefly but they didn't get to meet. Billy took to Cally right away, and short of a small bit of hissing from "I only really like mommy" Chay, he likes her too.
There is a big black feral who comes sometimes to steal food from Cally's outside bowl - I can always tell when he is around because Billy suddenly starts yowling and growling from the kitchen. Then meowmy has to come and scare "big black cat" away.
They do not like him at all!
Thanks for the potting soil tip - don't know why I didn't think of that! I will pick some up when I go to the store. She doesn't know how to use the litterbox yet. I wish I had a tiled place other than my only bathroom to keep her in - would be easier to clean up after, but since I only have my full bathroom and a very tiny half-bath, neither is ideal for keeping her in. I'll just have to pull the carpet cleaner out later when she's given the run of the house! That's what its there for, after all.
I think I am going to go ahead and make her a vet appointment for next week. I wasn't sure whether I should get that done early, or give her a little time to relax first and then go for it, but after reading your feral article, valahnb, I suppose its best to do so early. I'm pretty sure she doesn't have fleas, and she let me pet her outside so there are no obvious ticks. Probably worms, but I wonder if she hasn't been spayed already. I've seen her around for almost six months now, and never seen her pregnant, which seems unusual for a feral. Its possible though that she's just a baby herself - she is pretty tiny, I would guess five or six pounds maximum. I'll see if the vet can help me estimate her age when I bring her in.
She's still in hiding, and hissed at me briefly when I tried to open the window to vent her room out abit, not that I'm expecting anything different at this point. Glad to say that she is eating and drinking well though, and going to the bathroom.
Billy wants to meet her, but I keep telling him he can't until she gets to see the vet, and probably not for awhile after that, until she's more comfortable. But he just likes meeting new kitties! He's such a funny little guy.