How to tame a feral cat

It is important to begin with the basic understanding of what a “Feral Cat” is. It is a formerly tame cat that has gone wild. It was owned but either through getting lost, abandonment by its owner, or running away, it has been fending for itself for a period of time. A feral cat has lost most of its trust of humans. A feral cat was not born wild, and therefore should not be tamed in the same way that you would tame a totally wild animal. I will touch on taming wild kitties briefly at the end of this article.

The first step to taming a feral cat is catching it. One caution is that if you cannot be sure you can catch, and hold, an animal with sharp claws, do not attempt this too soon, or, get a cat trap and trap it that way. If the cat is in an outdoor situation that is dangerous to its well being you can rent a cat trap from your city pound or veterinarian, if not, they can tell you who might rent or sell cat traps. If the cat is living in your yard you may not need to resort to the trap.

While the cat is outside, befriend it by talking to it and offering treats and food. Cats respond well to canned food. At first put the food a distance from yourself so the cat does not feel threatened. Over a period of days offer the food closer and closer to yourself. All of this implies, of course, that you are outside while the cat is eating. It is alright to leave some dry food out for the cat when you are not there, but keep the yummier, canned food, for only when you are present. One teaspoon of canned food per feeding is plenty.

Tie a cat toy to the end of a long string, toss it out gently away from you and entice the kitty to play with it, pulling it slowly towards you. Talk to the cat in soft comforting tones. Instruct family members when you are doing this so they do not make sudden noises or interrupt your training session. For safety reasons, never leave a toy on a string out when you are not there. You might even be able to invite the kitty onto your lap.

There are many ways of getting the cat from the outside to the inside, one being the trap we mentioned earlier. Similarly you can have a cat carrier and lure the cat inside and using a string, pull the door shut behind it. If you are confident about your ability to hold a frightened cat, you can grab it, and quickly whisk it inside to an awaiting small room. Do not make the attempt to grab a cat unless it is a sure catch.

The idea being that keeping a cat in a small room means when

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