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Can you get a feral cat’s trust without taking her in? — 6 Comments

  1. Generally a feral cat’s most driving need is food and oddly I’ve found fresh water. When tended on a regular basis even the most feral cat will start appearing at a designated feeding time. You can then set up a base of observation sitting sideways always never facing or making eye contact. Move closer until you are sitting there quietly while the cat eats. The last tactic is to drop your arm and remain motionless. Without fail and if I’ve done the groundwork I will eventually get a sniff or body rub on my limp hand. You may have to start over a bit after TNR. A cat that uses vocals to greet me early on is generally a misplaced house pet or has some domestication.
    I used the same method on feral cats as I did fearful horses which means a quiet nor reactionary and non confrontational trust building period.

  2. We’ve had MyBoy who was feral and injured to the point of near death inside for the past year and the only thing we haven’t gotten was to get him to play with us or let us touch him. We thought we had hit the jackpot when he learned how to play with toys by himself. He still is timid about new toys and it is painful to watch him cower Away from them until he gets used to them. Treats don’t interest him. My husband thinks that his hiss is actually his greeting although it is performed from the shelter part of his area. Any ideas anyone?

      • Thanks for your encouragement. Sometimes when I’m a little low, I second guess myself and wonder if I’m doing the right thing. Today we did a thorough cleaning of his area and he complained and showed his teeth. It had to be done. I felt bad it upset him.

        • The most domestic cat can become upset over routine housecleaning. The showing of the teeth was most likely fear. Simply act like nothing happened and return to your regular routine. There are many cat groups on FB and The Cat Site has wonderful members many of them highly skilled in handling indoor ferals.

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