Originally Posted by princeegrl
Although I would love to keep this cat, I can't because I have 5. I am going to take it slow. Also I am not sure if she has an owner or not. She seems very shy. Keep in mind that I live in a big neighborhood and sometimes don't see her for weeks or sometimes a month. There are lots of strays in my neighborhood and would love to control the population but I am only 14 and alot of people have outdoor cats so it is hard to tell who has a home and who doesn't.
OK, simultaneusly as you try to get her confidence, write her up on noticing boards in the neighborhood. Preferably with a photo. But a description is OK.
Write: Found this cat in [your neighborhood]. Is it yours or do you know the owner? Owner please contact me for more info. Your name and telephon-number. (or still better your moms - or even some strong uncle to you, if you are afraid of crazy people).
I would not write the cat as homeless on named streets - as she will be a extra easy prey to illdoers. There ARE some crazy people out there...
Next. You dont need to keep her as adopted if you dont want. But it would be swell if you COULD get in her and get her tame. Then it will be fairly easy to find her a new home.
To get a shy homeless to be a tame homecat is possible but not easy if you are alone. But YOU will have help of your 5 home cats. It will get a LOT easier, almost by itself.
This means - it would be great if you could have her in your home some time.
Perhaps three month, hardly longer. And the time you find her new owner (OR place in a good shelter). But you dont need adopt her if you cant or dont want.
IF you cant have her in at all - you may try to get her handtame outside. When she is handtame and has confidence in you - try to get help from a shelter-group.
Shelter-groups in the USA do not take in semiferal cats, they must be tame, or at least - hand-tame, ie accepting to be near humans, eating from hand if necessary, letting be petted some as a minimum.
(shelter-groups in Sweden often do help also feral-cats as we dont have TNR-programmes, and it is not pleasant to put a otherwise healthy cat to death).