5 Month Old Feral-New At My House
This is Chewy's brother or sister, not sure which yet...
Poor thing.. she has no idea what is going on. He/she's getting vetted on Wednesday, fixed, tested for all the fun viruses, and checked for internal parasites, ear mites, general health, fleas, etc.
It will be quite a while I think before she can be having any kind of run of the house. We'll start with the office when the time is right. Right now she is in a big cage, inside a box I put in there for her (also has a towel in the box) she is huddled against one side of, not looking like she is coming out any time soon.
I am following all the of "Taming Feral Adults" link I found on this board, even though the kitty is not quite yet an adult. This kitty is the brother or sister to my Chewy, and I am hoping to tame him/her and get it socialized and allowed to run around at least in the office. I know it's going to be a slow process, but I have patience.
I have been feeding this baby for about 4 months, but have never had physical contact with it, not really.. once when she was VERY young.
I know that getting them to eat is one level of success, and using the litterbox. What do I do if he/she will not eat? Right now I have dry food and water in the cage, and was going to try wet tomorrow (it's stinkier, it might draw her out if she is nice and hungry).
Also: my mama kitty used a litterbox with no problem, even though I know for sure was never anyone's pet. I read that the litterbox should at first be garden dirt that has been sanitized in the oven, but right now I have fine grain crystal litter in there. Is there any chance he/she will use the litterbox as-is, or do I need to go ahead and put some garden dirt in there?
Any other experiential suggestions for me on this kitty?
Thanks a lot!!