I have one feral cat which has adopted us. I say feral because he was a malnutritous kitten that came out of the woods with no other cats/parents in sight as of yet. Plus it was winter.
I live in a rural area where they do not do TNR (trap, neuter, return). What are my options?
I’d love to get him his shots but since I’m helping other family, I cannot afford the high cost of shots. PLUS no local vet/humane society does it & nearest other towns are 50-100 miles away.
The one that has adopted us is now domesticated but still outdoors. It’s so hot and he stays so thin although we feed him probably 2-3x a day.
I cannot consider bringing him indoors due to 2 inside cats & also do not want to make him vulnerable to not being able to fend for himself.
Sometimes 3 other cats come up also especially late at night. One has a HUGE head but very mild natured and is the size of a dog. Another is a small kitten. Another is what appears to be a stray.
Any suggestions in providing them the best care is appreciated.
And also in protecting my 2 indoor cats.
Hi BeaRay.. Thanks for visiting and asking. It is difficult. I understand that. I have a similar problem here in London, England.
If you have a PayPal account and can get a quote for neutering and shots this site can fund that. But please get back to me fairly soon as things move on, on this site, and I forget past postings.
It would seem that a proper rehoming or homing is what is needed and a proper, genuine, no kill shelter where one or all can be rehomed unless you want to maintain the existing arrangement.
As you no doubt know, shelters euthanise (kill in reality) feral cats. So they would seem to be places to avoid in this instance.
There might be a local animal welfare organisation that can help. Animal Network Inc. in Bradenton for example will list a cat that needs rehoming provided the cat is suitable. That is not much but they may be able to help.
I’ll ask Elisa who is a regular contributor to see if she can offer some better advice. She lives in the US.