Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Port Townsend, WA
We had ferals in our WI yard and they were VERY feral. The mother had several litters and for some reason, a litter of 5 were moved very close to our house. When she saw us even near the area, she moved them. Thankfully, she did not move them far.
We waited till they were eating some of the canned food we were giving the mother and we guestimated their age to be about 5 weeks.
The longer we waited, the harder it was.
We managed to hand catch 2 of the males and new the remaining 3 would be nearly impossible so we used the have-a-hart trap. Got 2 males within 24 hours.
The female was so tiny we were nervous ...and being the last, we thought she would never get caught. I told DH to put a shiny tinsley thing tied into the cage and when momma cat was sleeping, I was sure she would stroll in. DH did not believe me but did as I asked. Viola...we got her. I was sure that if we waited even another week, they would be gone. Plus, it turns out the little girl (bandita) would never have survived--she was so full of worms, poor little thing, she had no room to even eat.
If 5 weeks is too early, I feel badly we did it that soon, but they are 8 now and healthy and happy and that is a much better life, IMHO.