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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hi,
Im the mother of 2 feral kittens, Soca (male) & Calypso (female), both 3 months old. I got both of them a month ago from an owner who had their pregnant mother living on his porch. When she gave birth , he gave them away. They have been a handful but its been worth it. With all the advice ive received from feral cat owners, Soca and Calypso have made a lot of progress (allowing me to pet them and hold them (Soca allows me to hold him very briefly, but its a start)). Its been a stressful but rewarding experience.

Im excited to be apart of this community and hope to get more advice in dealing with my 2 babies.

Alisa, Soca & Calypso
post #2 of 25
Hi and Welcome. Everyone here is so helpful and friendly. I'm sure you will enjoy it here.

It sounds like you're making good progress with your ferals. My Sweetie and Blackie were ferals that I socialized. I'm sure people have told you (and you probably know by now) it takes time and patience for the kitty to trust you. It took me 6 years to be able to pet Sweetie but she was about 8 when we started. She doesn't like strangers but that's OK. Blackie only took me 6 motnths to be able to pet her but she was alot younger (about 6 months). Now she is a total lap cat.
post #3 of 25
Hi welcome to the site.
post #4 of 25
Congratulations on your new babies Welcome to the site.

Tricia
post #5 of 25
Congrats on your new babies..and don't forget to make their spay/neuter appointments. When I got my 2 kittens, I had my boy fixed at 5 months and my girl fixed at 6 months of age.

Katie
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
My Dr. explained to me that there are health complications that come with neutering/spaying too early. He highly recommends me waiting until they are 6 months old to spay/neuter them. But i will DEFINITELY stay on top of that.

Thanks so much for the warm welcome.
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by Alisa
My Dr. explained to me that there are health complications that come with neutering/spaying too early. He highly recommends me waiting until they are 6 months old to spay/neuter them. But i will DEFINITELY stay on top of that.

Thanks so much for the warm welcome.
Actually....the rescue I volunteer with spays/neuters at 10-12 weeks and there have been no problems. The risk you run with waiting until they are both 6 months of age is that your female "could" become pregnant before 6 months of age...that is why my vet recommended that I have my male fixed at 5 months of age. Here is a good study about pediatric spaying/neutering..you may want to share it with your vet.

http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/repo...ly-neuter.html
post #8 of 25
It takes a lot of patience,time, and love dealing with ferals,but it's worth it in the end.Take one day at a time.I was so overwhelmed when my husband and
I rescued a white persian kitten.She was deaf,terrified of humans,hissed and growled like a ferocious animal,sprayed the house ...I never dreamed she'd be the sweet,loving little creature that she is today.She even gets along with our other cat,well,usually.When she snuggles up to me and looks at me with those big ice-blue eyes full of love and contentment I can't help but to smile
and return that love.

Good luck to you!You'll do just fine!
post #9 of 25
Welcome Alisa, Soca & Calypso!
post #10 of 25
Hi, Sierra and I welcome you to TCS, Alisa, Soca, and Calypso! So glad you've joined us and look forward to getting to know you better! Bless you for rescuing these precious babies! I'm so happy they're making such progress thanks to your love and patience! I would be so happy to help you in any way as you learn your way around the site. Please, simply click on my user name and send me a Private Message!
post #11 of 25
Congratulations on your new babies.
As mom to three formerly feral kittens, I can tell you with plenty of patience and love, they are sure to blossom into sweet, affectionate cats.
Thanks for giving the kitties a good home!
Mom of Katie, Gracie and Peter
post #12 of 25
congrats and welcome! it will take longer to bond with your babies, but since you got them so young, i'm sure you won't have any issues
post #13 of 25
HI! and welcome to thecatsite!!!
post #14 of 25
meow
post #15 of 25
hi hope you enjoy the site and cant wait to see pictures of your furbabies
post #16 of 25
Hello and welcome!!!

post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for the very verywarm welcome!!!
post #18 of 25
Hello, and welcome! It's nice to meet you.
post #19 of 25
hi from me norbert molly tiggy scoobie bell and fredrika
post #20 of 25
Hi Alisa -- Welcome to The Cat Site. It sounds like you already have a lot of help from people here.

I help care for feral cats that live in the garden of the apartment building I live in. I find that only a very few are not able to trust enough to become wonderful affectionate cats. Even those few will sit and let me talk to them as long as I don't come too close. I find they are very influenced by seeing you petting another cat. Once one of your kittens becomes trusting to petting, the other will probably respond soon from the example.

You are going to have wonderful adventures with your kittens. Keep us up-to-date.
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the encouraging words Katie.
Im already having a blast with the both of them. Soca (male) is shy but comes over more when he sees his sister being petted on my lap. They are opening up to me and my boyfriend quite well.

Thank you again for making me feel a part of this community.
post #22 of 25
WELCOME
Welcome to the cat site and being a new mommy to 2 lovely cats. I am glad you found us and I hope to see you around here again soon. I know what it can be like mto train kittens that don't know good from bad or even let you touch them etc (not that I have a feral cat). Looking forward to seeing some piccies of your babies and if you ever fancy showing them off in your signature i would be happy to make something for you (PM me for more info).

Well i hope you are having a good day and good luck with the kittys.

Eva, Eviecat, Molly, and Huggy xxx
post #23 of 25
Hi and welcome to TCS!!!!
post #24 of 25
Welcome to TCS!
post #25 of 25
Hello and welcome! My 3 send belly rubs!
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