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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I was inspired by Allie's thread about Shelter Kitties. There may be some cross over here, but that's OK. I would like to see the former ferals that we have taken into our hearts and homes and worked so hard to gain their trust.

Here's mine:





She looks so wild, doesn't she?

Ophelia is our Fate kitty. We had been talking about how nice it would be to have a pet, but we couldn't afford the pet deposit, etc. etc. The next night we heard a kitten in distress, scared to death and obviously in peril. We figured out that this kitten was stuck in between the walls of the apartment building, between our bedroom and the next apartment. So we broke a hole in the wall (what else was there to do?!?!), and about 5 hours later this tiny little ~6-week old kitten came through. From her reaction to seeing me, it was obvious that she had either never experienced a human before, or she had and it was all bad. She really was a classic feral kitten (not that I knew what that was at the time!), but with lots of love and patience she learned that we would never hurt her. I do think that she had some bad experiences; she is scared to death of plastic bags. And she is so scared of anyone but us.
post #2 of 27
Here are mine:



Suzie is the gray one we are keeping. Orange boy is Jelly going to my friend.
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Aw! Suzie and Jelly are both adorable!
post #4 of 27
Well, Joji is my only former feral. Even now, she's not cool around people. Sometimes she even avoids me! I'm posting her best photo so far.

post #5 of 27
Ophelia shes so cute nice pic thanks for sharing
post #6 of 27
This is Flash. I posted her pic in "cats that just showed up" But since she used to be feral she belongs here too.

post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by keith p
This is Flash. I posted her pic in "cats that just showed up" But since she used to be feral she belongs here too.

Flash looks alot like my Gordito!

They are all so beautiful!
post #8 of 27
Yeah I saw Gordito and was like: "he looks alot like Flash!"
post #9 of 27
2 of my 4 were strays - more like semi-ferals - since they were easily approachable and took to living indoors relatively easily.

Luvbug

He was found roaming our neighborhood and was scared but friendly. He was also already altered, so he may have been someones pet at one time. He has been withus since 2004.

Lil' Jag

She was found in the tire well of my brother's car and also very scared but very loving. She also may have been someones pet but may have been dumped or let out. She was only 3 1/2 months when we found her. She's now almost 15 months old.
post #10 of 27
My little Chloe was a feral that was picked up with her mama and brothers. Not so little anymore I guess... She's almost a year old and over 8 pounds!

This is one of the more recent ones I've taken:
post #11 of 27
These are all gorgeous and although their nervous with strangers, it's lovely to hear they feel safe with their loving owners
post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 
What beautiful little "wild" cats. I have such a soft spot for ferals, and especially those who have been given the chance to learn that people can be good to them.

I know there are more of us here who have these amazing little kitties in our homes! Lemme see 'em!
post #13 of 27
Wow, they are all so beautiful!!!
post #14 of 27
What beautiful kitties. It warms my heart that they have adjusted so well and accepted the love of their "humans" . You all do such wonderful jobs caring for these "wild" babies.
post #15 of 27


This is my Elsa. It took a couple of months of feeding her, and just sitting on the steps of where I worked and sharing my lunch with her, but I was finally able to touch her. Then she started accepting my co-workers and not running from them. But she got pregnant, so at about 6 weeks I took her into my home. I was worried she wouldn't adjust, but she just plopped down like, "Well, it's nice to finally be here!"
post #16 of 27
Three of my four are former ferals. Theyre all shy around strangers, but sweet and affectionate with me. Gracie, who's now 6, was the last kitten born in her colony before her mother was trapped and spayed.

Claire and Peter (along with their mom and five littermates) were rescued last fall in a local neighborhood. I helped socialize the kittens, who were 3-4 months old at the time.



post #17 of 27
They're beautiful!
post #18 of 27
My two are down in my siggy (Mama and Megan) . Here is Mike - he is a feral that I feed when he comes around. I have not seen him for three weeks at least. Last year he disappeared for several months. I put his food in a spot that I can see him from
post #19 of 27
Awwwww

Here's our feral porch kitty Tiger Lily, coming just inside the screen door for a good chin scratching. She came to me as a young adult feral, completely wild - I couldn't get within 10 feet of her for a long time and had to use a trap to get her spayed & vaccinated.

Now she's about 10 years old and has become very affectionate and loving, though she's still quite timid. She'll come a few feet inside the house for petting if we leave the door open for her so she can go back outside if she wants to.


post #20 of 27
Awww such beautiful former ferals. All those people in the wider world who feel ferals are lost causes ought to see this thread.

Here is our beautiful, sweet, former feral Adelaide. She is such a happy little girl now.

Here she is sunning herself in the herb garden




On the patio after she'd been chasing big fluffy snowflakes last winter


Waiting for a bit of fuss in the dining room

post #21 of 27
Thread Starter 
They are all so beautiful!!
post #22 of 27
I just love this thread It sure does melt my heart to see these former ferals in wonderful loving homes
post #23 of 27
OK Heidi, you asked for it! Here is my gang - all were born to feral moms.

Tigger, who I just lost last month at 9 years old to heart failure:


The "Nino's": Muddy & Koko live with me (black), Jake and Elwood live in Englewood Colorado. Orphaned at about 10 days old, now about 2-1/2 years old.


Muddy and Koko on their 2nd birthday:


Scarlett - the undisputed queen of the house (age 4):


Stumpy - the undisputed king of the house (age 10):


Little Mom: the first feral that I socialized about 15 years ago:


Pinky - my big fluff ball (age 5):


Bob Marley - the only one that won't live inside the house (age 6):


Larry - bless his little heart - he was the most cross eyed cat that I've ever met. It took me 10 years to touch him and he disappeared at about age 11:


Do you see a pattern to the "redness" in my house? There is a really strong red gene in the neighborhood, in fact, there are 2 more red ones that started showing up of late that I haven't been able to trap (yet).
post #24 of 27
They are all so so beautiful!
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea
Awww such beautiful former ferals. All those people in the wider world who feel ferals are lost causes ought to see this thread.

Here is our beautiful, sweet, former feral Adelaide. She is such a happy little girl now.

Here she is sunning herself in the herb garden


This picture is stunning!

I love this thread! Very heart warming! I just talked to a neighbor of mine Thursday who's been trying to trap a mamma and her 4 babies. The babies used to come play in my yard and one was asleep on my poarch when I went to leave for work one day. Needless to say I went out the back door! The good news is: All 4 babies have been adopted to good homes! One is with my neighbor. Mama is getting finally trapped and fixed next week!

Here is my 'deck' buddy! I wanted this one!
post #26 of 27
AWWWWW!
post #27 of 27
Thank you MoochNNoodles, you're very kind

Your little grey patio baby is adorable.
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