Hi. I posted here a few weeks ago about a stray cat that I took in that had kittens. You were great help, so I am asking for advice again. I still have her and am trying to find homes for her kittens. So far, they have their first shots and I am looking at getting them speutered. It is really hard to find a vet that will do it while they are young. Anyway, to my problem - I had another stray cat that I started feeding - he is male and is very friendly, and I named him Tennesse. He brought along a friend, another male that I assume to be feral, because he won't come near me. I am also assuming that he is very young, because of his size. Because I was putting out food, it seemed to draw every stray cat in the neighborhood. I am now also feeding another stray momma cat (feral) and her 5 feral kittens, in addition to another male who does not get along with the original male stray,Tennessee. I also occasionally see another stray calico that runs from me that looks to be very pregnant. I am feeling very overwhelmed. I feel that I should try to catch the feral momma and her kittens, so that I could at least tame the kittens and find them homes, but I am having a hard enough time finding home for the 6 kittens that I already have. I am also a little fearful of one of the male strays - the one that doesn't get along with Tennessee. He used to be very fearful of me and wouldn't come near me. Now, he acts really weird. Whenever, I let my dog out to go potty, he will run up to me and meow like crazy. He always has a wound from a fight. He acts like he is starving, but he won't eat the food that I put out. He keeps trying to get in my house or he rubs against my legs or even tries to rub up against the dog, sometimes while hissing at her. It is really hard to explain his behavior, so I can explain exactly why I feel so leary. I have been around lots of cats and have never seen a cat act like him. Is he nuts or is he just starved for affection? I am leary of petting him, because I don't want him to bite me, especially since he always has a wound and may have something. Any advice on what I should do would be greatly appreciated. I am sorry that it is so long. My family and friends listen and then tell me to stop feeding them and they will go away.
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6/24/04 at 6:02am