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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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A feral cat has adopted me, and I have been doing what I can for him since then. I feed him well, provide water, give him vitamins, and provide treats that are supposed to be good for hairball and dental trouble.

I built him a house out of an old wooden dresser, insulated it, and carpeted it. I piled it with four clean, thick bathtowels and placed it in our carport. He moved in immediately. His food dishes are on the carpeted roof, where he also sometimes sleeps.

Although he has owned us for a couple months, he will not let me touch him yet, so there is no way to put a flea collar on him or to put flea drops on him. Someone told me to put a bit of garlic in his food, because fleas don't like it and will leave. Unfortunately, he doesn't like garlic. Because of these, I put a flea collar on top of his towels. He has left it in place, sleeping upon it.

My town is rough on "unowned" animals, and I worry about that. If they spot his house, they are going to come down on me.

Any advice would be welcome!!

My main concerns are fleas (which he likely has) and any other cat issues of which I may be unaware. Also, warmth in the approaching winter.

Thank you!!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 05:10 PM
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first of all, thanks for looking after him

The best thing you can do is get a humane trap and bait it with food..you can then take him to a vet and get him the once over and I would strongly advise to get him neutered if at all possible...it will make him safer and will cause less kitties to be born

Please don't use garlic, it can be poisonous for cats as far as I know.
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I had heard that onions were bad, but garlic, too, huh. Wow. Well, if anyone knows what I can do for fleas on a feral cat, I would appreciate the info! Thank you!
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http://www.pacthumanesociety.org/core/WinterShelter.htm

Looks like this guy has picked you as his people. You have such a kind heart to help him and provide for him. Does he have a tipped ear? Is it a male? female? Any pictures of him?

Welcome to CF. Is there a TNR group in your area? Doesnt say where your from. Im from Green Valley, AZ we started a group here in 2006 ~ Paws Patrol. There are about 4 active groups in Tucson area doing TNR with community cats.
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I asked a friend of mine who does TNR with me tonight about how she treats fleas in ferals. Her vet in California had her put Evening Primerose into soft food to treat fleas. Take a gell cap and express the liquid into the food. Mix it in and it should do the trick. It worked for her. She tried the brewers yeast but said no results. So dont bother.
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Thank you -- all of you -- for your responses! I appreciate any advice, believe me.

I live in Washington State, and my neighbor and I have dealt with many cats and kittens in the neighborhood, but this one is the first I have allowed to get into my heart since I fell in love with a crippled ferral kitten I named Chatuli, then she died within four days of bringing her into my home, breaking my heart. It was a difficult time. She was the sweetest little thing and took to me immediately, but she was very sick. She died at the cat hospital.

I didn't think I could have a cat again. But Moochie stayed in our yard since I put water out for him during a long unseasonably hot period. Since he stayed, I decided he needed more.

Between my neighbor and me, we have taken several cats in for spaying/neutering, then brought them back to the neighborhood. The last one was Chatuli's mother.

Because I have not been able to even touch Moochie, I don't know if "he" is female or male, but "he" looks like a male, so I call him a "he."

Now, I need to be educated. What is TNR? What is a "tipped ear"? My husband took a couple photos of him, but I haven't put them in the computer yet. He is black and white and has a wide face. He is very pretty.

Thank you for the info on Evening Primrose. i will definitely try that!

Again, thank you!
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TNR is Trap, Neuter, Release.

Here's a good article on ear-tipping, with a picture.

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/eartipping.html

Thanks to you, Chatuli died in a safe, warm place, not out in the cold.

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Wow! I had no clue! Thank you for telling me about this!

Please don't think, though, that my interaction with Chatuli was an altruistic act. I love Chatuli and selfishly wanted her to live. The hardest thing was for me to sit there and have them administer the shot that took her life. I would have done anything else if there had been a way to save her.

Even my cat-hater son-in-law (who really is a nice guy!) said she was the most beautiful cat he had seen in his life. We didn't even get a photo, she became sick so quickly -- a bowel blockage that could not be surgically fixed, they said. They said she would be miserable all her short life, which would have been another year or so as an indoor cat -- which she would have been.
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It may have been hard to sit there and have them give her that shot, but it was much better than the way her little life would have ended without you in it.

Good luck with Moochie. Seems he knew where to go.

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Just want to let you know that Moochie let me pet him this past Saturday. He even raised his back up to receive my pets, then after about 4 rubs, he let me know that was enough. Since then, most days, he has allowed me to pet him -- even to scratch his back a little yesterday, but he goes in moods. Today, he didn't want me to touch him. We are coming closer, though!
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