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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the group and have joined basically for support and advice on the care and feeding of feral cats mostly. I have been caring for 4 outdoor cats for almost a year now, my first experience with ferals, and I have 4 indoor cats of my own. I am finding the experience quite draining emotionally and there is really not a lot of people to talk to about this.

We have neutered and given shots and vet care to one young female after she had three kittens under our back porch, we managed to get two of the kittens adopted out but the third she took away in her mouth. We have recently seen him again, trapped him and at 5 months old he has now been neutered, given his shots and a clean bill of health. We are attempting to socilaize him in our home, separate from the other cats, and he is doing well but it is slow. Meanwhile we are still feeding his mother outside, plus an older black cat and a male who we think is her brother. We tried socializing Maggie, the Mom, but she wouldn't eat, was very depresssed and terrified and after a week I let her go free again in our backyard. She is healthy and happy seemingly and comes back every day for food.

I am having trouble establishing boundaries - caring for 8 cats is overwheming and makes me feel at times like I am a freak. (I have always loved cats, all animals, but have never had relationships with ferals before.)

It would be great to hear other peoples' stories, their struggles and successes.

post #2 of 9
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

Please feel as you home here, we can learn so much and deep about our kittys in this marvelous site, I just only please ask you read the rules and other stuffs that can help you to feel as you Real home!.. here you have the link my friend.

Please ask whatever you need to know, there are plenty of good members and of course our tireness Mod´s to help us here!....

See you on the forums!, Glad that you join us!

post #3 of 9
Hello and Welcome to TCS!

Hope you enjoy the forums!
post #4 of 9
Welcome to TCS.

We have some wonderful and experienced people in the Strays and Ferals section that will love to give you a hand

Kudos to you for having the 2 spayed/neutered.

Hope you find what you are looking for here..
post #5 of 9
Welcome to The Cat Site! I think your post would get the best response in the feral thread, so you might want to post there, too. Hope you are able get some support to help you make some decisions you are struggling with. It sounds like you have done some wonderful things.
post #6 of 9

Hi Riggles,
Welcome to our community of caring people who love cats.
Please make yourself at home.
post #7 of 9
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your furfamily to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

Thank you for caring for these kitties
post #8 of 9
Welcome to the forum! Pleased to have you around this community.
post #9 of 9

Welcome! I just joined this forum yesterday and feel just as you do -- kind of a good hearted freak. Like you, I'm looking for support from others who feel the same way! We have 6 outdoor ferals and 2 indoor cats. Trying to trap the last feral (who just gave birth to one kitten) stresses me out terribly. Our neighbors feed the cats when they feel like it, but don't take any responsibility for them at all, especially in the winter months. My husband has created a few shelters out of scrap wood that we try to heat, but it doesn't seem enough in the winter. I see that you're in Toronto. How do your guys handle the outdoors?
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