Re: Need help with a feral cat
Thank you for trying to help the poor guy. So many people just turn away and say 'it isn't their problem', so thank you for trying to help him with his problems.
About the loss of hair...if he has mange, that is a serious condition that would need care. However, if he had an abcess that burst and healed, he could have lost all of his hair at the abcessed area and it would just take some time for it to re-grow back in. The lump on his belly could be a hernia or it could be more serious, like a growth. If he were healthy in all other areas I'd just continue to provide for him and hope that he could learn to trust you and eventually allow you to handle him. But it seems like you may not be able to wait for this because he appears to need some sort of an exam and/or treatment. I think I would try to trap him. Maybe give him a little bit of time to see if he is getting any better but if not? ...then I'd trap and bring him in.
He really is lucky you've taken an interest in him.
Wishing you good luck with him!