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Feral or stray kitten? Can't tell..

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I don't plan on bringing the kitten inside because my leasing company doesn't allow pets and I already got fined $500 last time I tried to save a stray (and a lot of fleas!) but it is so cute and small and makes for a nice companion when I am outside smoking. She always comes when she hears me (I've named her Rambo because I said my next kitten will be Rambo but I keep getting girls! and she's a diluted tortie so she looks camouflaged) and I feed her. I shoo away when other cats are stalking her for the food but I realized she doesn't really need me because I've seen her stand her ground despite her size. She doesn't live in a colony they all seem aggressive towards each other and out of the 8 or so cats around here none look like a sibling. I haven't tried to pet her (it's been about 3 weeks, she comes to my porch about 3 times a day and sits with me for over an hour sometimes -- day and night) but she seems comfortable to get close enough and usually leaves when I go inside. She did let me play with her and even pet her with one of those wands with feathers and balls at the end. She doesn't get startled if I make a noise (just looks over at me in disdain for interrupting her thoughts) but she tends to run away if someone else comes outside or makes a noise. She hissed at my friend who stupidly thought when I said it's "my kitty" it was my actual kitten and tried to pet her (she was also eating at the time) but didn't run away. I put some blankets out for her cause it's so cold where we live and she's started sleeping in them! Even when I'm not there! Body language-wise she sits all curled up but we had progress today when she laid on her side (I know cats usually protect their stomach until they're comfortable) until my boyfriend dropped a magazine and startled her. Never seen her get in the "halloween cat" stance but have heard her hiss at one person and several other cats.

 

Anyway point is: stray or feral? She's little I swear she can't be more than 10 weeks TOPS. Ideally I'd like to trap her and get her into the Barn Cat Buddies program of the no-killer shelter I adopted my mom's cat from. I have to wait for her to be placed before I can trap her and do so. But she's seeming to get so comfortable with me (she'll come very very close to my legs now) I'm afraid if she is truly feral I shouldn't encourage her "living" on my porch in case something goes wrong or peeves her off and she attacks. I'm a novice when it comes to feral/strays I just assume most of them have aggressive tendencies but enlighten me please!

 

 

Here she is, giving me 'tude for taking a picture of her while she's sleeping

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Anyway point is: stray or f
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eral? She's little I swear she can't be more than 10 weeks TOPS. Ideally I'd like to trap her and get her into the Barn Cat Buddies program of the no-killer shelter I adopted my mom's cat from. I have to wait for her to be placed before I can trap her and do so.

Please do find a rescue group or shelter to take her if you can't take her in. She is not feral, or she wouldn't allow you to touch her. Now is the time to get her rescued, so she can be socialized, spayed and found a good forever home.
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I agree. Please help her to find a forever home.

 

It is really not necessary to decide if she is feral borne or dumped as young.

 

She is surely easy to foster and later to adopt.   Or adopt at once if the new owner is ready to work som extra on good relations.

 

The earlier you do it, the better.  True; YOU are doing some good fostering. So the time with you isnt no loss.

But 1) it IS dangerous to live out there. 2) many adopters prefer kittens over adult cats.

 

 

Tx for caring!

 

Good luck!   *vibes*

 

ps.  Try to get also your BF to be her friend. If she allows it. This would quicken her socializing even more.

But dont over do it - better to take it slowly than perhaps get a big drawback. 

 

[EDIT:  Hupph! This was a unclear advice:  If you are supposed to bring her to a good rescue group ASAP, there is no time for your BF to foster her too...  The tip about BF works only if there is a queue or so to this rescue...

But in that case, you can perhaps try to find some relative or friend to adopt her??)

 

 

Ps 2:   Welcome to the TCS site and our Forums!   :)


Edited by StefanZ - 12/14/11 at 11:40pm
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Welcome to TCS and thanks.gif for caring about this beauty!!! love.gif PLEASE, YES, DO take her to Barn Buddies/ or some other rescue as quickly as you can. She is definitely not a feral kitten and needs and want's to be rescued. AND, she choose you to help her. biggrin.gif Please do the best thing for this girl - she is sweet, kind, loving and I think she will find home relatively fast agree.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif
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