I apologize for not reading all the past posts. A little overwhelming, but here's my dilemma. We had a lady up the street who had like 50 cats so seeing feral/strays for years was nothing new to us. We just ignored them. Recently along comes this black cat who seemed to really like it here (no dogs, I guess is why). It's not very old, I'm guessing 6 months, maybe) couldn't weigh more than a pound or two at most. Ratty looking, scrawny, etc. It hung around here for 5 days. I figured if it had that much determination to live I'd give it a chance so we started feeding it. Never owned a cat B4.
I think it's a stray, not feral, but I think it's been kicked around B4. It will come onto the porch and eat but with one eye on my feet. If I back up a few feet it will succumb to hunger and eat but if I move one more inch toward it, it retreats. If we leave the door open in the evenings it will actually come into the kitchen and living room and look around. It will not get near us otherwise. Don't know even if it's male or female. It's looking a lot healthier since we've been feeding it but now I'd like to go a step further to make sure it's healthy enough to survive. Beautiful cat, jet black with green eyes.
I was feeding it the cheapest dry food I could find, 1/3 of a cup at a time twice a day. It immediately puked it all up. After doing some reading I bought some better dry food and fed it 1/4 cup dry mixed with 1/4 can wet, twice a day. No more puking but it acts like it's starved to death all the time. I think it would eat everything I put out there if I put out more. Should I feed it more? I don't have a way to trap it, so is there a way I could medicate it OTC for worms, etc?
Sorry to be so long-winded but I'm concerned about this darned cat. Must be getting soft in my old age.