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Feral Cat as Pet? (by Robert J [CA]) Sep 16, 2020 9:10 PM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Sparky [PA]) Sep 16, 2020 9:14 PM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Robert J [CA]) Sep 16, 2020 9:27 PM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Sep 16, 2020 10:06 PM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by J [FL]) Sep 16, 2020 10:29 PM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Small potatoes [NY]) Sep 16, 2020 10:56 PM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by DJ [VA]) Sep 16, 2020 11:02 PM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Gail K [GA]) Sep 16, 2020 11:16 PM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Robert J [CA]) Sep 16, 2020 11:39 PM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Salernitana [CA]) Sep 17, 2020 3:34 AM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by JKJ [MA]) Sep 17, 2020 7:27 AM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Ken [NY]) Sep 17, 2020 8:35 AM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by WMH [NC]) Sep 17, 2020 8:36 AM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Steve [MA]) Sep 17, 2020 9:46 AM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by 6x6 [TN]) Sep 17, 2020 10:05 AM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Robert J [CA]) Sep 17, 2020 10:15 AM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Allym [NJ]) Sep 17, 2020 10:45 AM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by DJ [VA]) Sep 17, 2020 11:09 AM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Sep 17, 2020 12:10 PM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Vee [OH]) Sep 17, 2020 2:42 PM
       Feral Cat as Pet? (by Lana [IN]) Sep 18, 2020 11:55 AM

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Feral Cat as Pet? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 9:10 PM

A tenant wanted to take in a feral cat they've been feeding and make it a pet. The couple claimed, they've have had cats at different times in their lives and are "experts". SURE!

So I mentioned they will need to give the cat several flea baths using the laundry room sink. Use a flea comb and make sure they remove all ticks and fleas. If they haven't ever given a cat a "bubble bath before", then they should take the cat to a professional.

Also they will need to get the cat fixed and vaccinated, then provide proof.

When I went to the property on Monday, I saw the cat outside with terrible fur. Not cleaned or brushed. But what I did see is my tenants with band-aids on their arms, back of their hands and one on a cheek.

Cat (2), tenants( 0 )!

Now it seems it's going to be an outside cat after all! --47.155.xx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Sparky [PA]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 9:14 PM

I know someone who tried to “help” some feral cats. To make a long story short, he ended up having to undergo rabies treatment himself. --73.40.xxx.xx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 9:27 PM

Yes, from a cat bite, 9 out of 10 times you'll need rabies shots otherwise it will get seriously infected. --47.155.xx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 10:06 PM

Giving a feral cat a bath? Do they have a death wish? Geez. As for cat bites, yeah had them. Cats have some virulent bacteria in their saliva that makes it necessary to have major antibiotic treatment immediately. Hubby got bit, waited a whole and and by the time he got to the ER his hand was twice the size and he got a major lecture from the doctor. Yep, I tried to tell him. Hope the feral wins...ha. --72.199.xx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by J [FL]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 10:29 PM

I thought ferals by definition don't ever adapt to being around humans...this is a disaster waiting to happen. --72.188.xxx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 10:56 PM

It should be vetted at the vet N tested for leukemia which is highly contagious to other cats. --99.203.xxx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 11:02 PM

J(FL) is right - a feral cat can NOT be tamed. Its kittens can be domesticated, if they are taken in by people when VERY young.

However, if it's a domesticated cat that was abandoned by someone - that's different.

NO cat EVER likes to have a bath, even domesticated ones. They groom themselves - that's one of the great things about cats vs dogs. --70.160.xxx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 11:16 PM

I have a friend who "specializes" in rescuing feral cats at attempting to tame them. Says she has fairly good luck doing so. Gets some kind of strange satisfaction in dealing with feral adult cats and posting all sorts of stories about her adventures in blood (hers) on facebook.

I do cat rescue also but goodness, she is far braver than I am in this area!

Gail --73.20.xxx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 11:39 PM

Most novice cat owners can buy a foam bathing cream out of a can.. It's like a man's shaving cream. You dampen the fur and then foam the shampoo cream into place.

I've had very good luck training my cat to take baths. I fill a bath with a few inches of "warm" water. Put the cat in the water and with one hand put scoops of water on the cat's fur.

When you stop with the warm water applications, the wet fur get cold and the cat begins to shiver. So when you continue to add water, the car warms up and begins to purr.... This my so called bubble bath...


Feral Cat as Pet? (by Salernitana [CA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 3:34 AM

Cat bubble bath! I love it as well as Cat (2), tenants(0)!

Robert J, thank you for your stories, and it's amazing what tenants try to pull off. --73.93.xx.xx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by JKJ [MA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 7:27 AM

My aunt took in a feral cat, cat was afraid until the day it died. It hid in the closet or in a space in the wall it could get into in the basement only coming out at night to eat, but as soon as it saw her or my uncle it ran and hid again. They are better off being trapped, spayed/neutered, then rereleased into the wild where they want to be. --174.196.xxx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 8:35 AM

I am not a cat expert but i knew the ending of that fiasco before i read it so apparantly your tenants are not cat experts either --104.229.xxx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 8:36 AM

We have three abandoned cats. One was born in the barn of a business and met enough people to be friendly. But boy, the fight or flight (mostly flight) reflexes that cat has! Like a flash.

The second one is friendly, more like a dog than a cat, follows you around outside but not interested in being touched unless he invites it. Which is only sometimes, and only by his rules. And he attacks other cats.

Both use our old dog door and come and go at will.

Third one, agoraphobic after living under a house for years, perhaps. DH made friends with him using lots of cat treats while working on the job. We adopted him and now he is attached at the hip to him, but won't put a foot outside.

The reason we know they were abandoned and not feral is because we CAN pick them up, pat them, put them in cat carriers and take them to the vets without issue. --50.82.xxx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 9:46 AM

Whenever I hear someone mention washing a cat it always reminds me of this cute story.

How to Wash a Cat

1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close the lid. You may need to stand on the lid.

4. At this point the cat will self-agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet – the cat is actually enjoying this!

5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a “power-wash” and “rinse.”

6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7. Stand well back, behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift the lid.

8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.

9. Both the toilet and the cat will be sparkling clean.

Yours sincerely,

The Dog --71.174.xxx.xx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 10:05 AM


I don't know anything about cats except that I am allergic.

Steve, that was good. --73.120.xx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 10:15 AM

One of my cat's saved my life! I moved into my vacant 5 bedroom home. Just me and the cat. My brother had just quick his job in New York City and decided to move back to L.A. and stay me until he purchased something. On a visit to L.A. before his big move he decided to stop by my house and pick out his new bedroom. You see my 2000 square foot 5 bedroom home wasn't big enough for the two of us. My brother is older, spoiled and always got his way.

Upon entering my house my brothers face turned RED. His eyes began to water and he started break out in hives. He screamed, "You have a cat! I'm allergic to most cats, especially those with lots of loose dander"!

So my brother had to move into one of my vacant apartments, leaving me and my cat in piece! --47.155.xx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 10:45 AM

An internet friend does cat rescue and she is making the feral kittens more friendly by feeding them baby food on her finger. I will ask her for more details. I suspect they need to lick it off something else first. It may be the only really clean meat left. --71.104.xx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 11:09 AM

Steve, that was good! Reminds me of another hilarious "how to" for giving a cat a pill. By Dr. John Delack, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

How to give a cat a pill ( & a dog):

Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil, and blow down drinking straw.

Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink 1 beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of Scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

Call fire department to retrieve the dam cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-wrap.

Tie the little @!!@#@#$%'s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak filet. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

Consume remainder of Scotch. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and remove pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

Arrange for SPCA to collect mutant cat from "heck" and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

How to give a dog a pill:

Wrap it in cheese.


Feral Cat as Pet? (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 12:10 PM

Thanks DJ for the PILL instructions. It's very funny, but not really too far from the actual routine. Lots of cats in my lifetime, some good, some very very bad. Current is my "Feral Cat from Hell". She went to be spayed at the low cost 'Neuter Scooter'. Good place, 10 bucks and it's all good. She's not friendly, but I could pick her up just long enough to get her into a cat carrier. Took her to the Scooter, checked her in, carrier and cat inside. 10 minutes later, Vet Tech lady (strangely named Kat) came out asking who owned "kitty'. I stepped to the door of the 'converted bus' and Kat held up her arms, both of which were literally (not kidding) dripping blood onto the pavement. She had several long gouges in each arm and hands, and screamed at me that MY CAT did this to her. Everyone (lots of other pet owners standing around) heard the tirade and looked at me accusingly. I felt terrible. THEN she went back inside, closed the 'bus' doors and there was 'Kitty' running back and forth, slamming against the glass doors, jumping in the air, slamming again and on and on. It was like a pinball game. When I finally came back hours later to collect her, I asked if she was still alive? I was assured she was fine, I apologized for the ouchies to Kat. The attendant said not to worry, happens all the time. Actually it might have been my fault. I totally forgot to tell anyone that this feral (unlike ALL other cats I'd ever dealt with) did NOT like to be picked up by the back of the neck! Most cats are docile when you do that (something about nerves in the neck). Should have been easy, but Kitty went ballistic if I touched the back of her neck. Should have alerted Kat of that. I'm assuming Kat reached in the carrier, where Kitty was soooo quietly lying, and grabbed the back of her neck. Hence the slaughter scene inside the bus. Very bad, no good, horrible day for everyone involved, but Kitty (I still call her the cat from Hell) is fine, out with the other 3 ferals I have left and happy to see me and her food every morning. Poor Kat the vet tech. Hope we never meet again. Only 4 ferals left of all the ones through the years, no breeding females, one docile unneutered male to keep all other ferals out of my 'territory' and we are good. Going out now to feed my cat from Hell. She's out there patiently lying in wait. --72.199.xx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 2:42 PM

One of the first things realized in being an -expert- animal owner is the increased cost for animal rent by your housing provider, and this is not something covered by the -CDC- order, so they would soon be looking for a new place for -expert- animal lovers - down the road... --76.188.xxx.xxx

Feral Cat as Pet? (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Sep 18, 2020 11:55 AM

Feral cats can domesticate quite well. The dilemma is if they can be litter box trained. Some will and some won't. Cats are as different as people. One of my sayings is, "The only thing more friendly than a hungry cat is a cold, hungry cat." --216.23.xxx.xx

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