Help with Stray Cat
I have recently taken a stray cat into my home that was abandoned and ill. I know that he has lived for at least three years on the street, scrounging for food from neighbors. He is neutered and he is very friendly to humans.
When I first brought him in I confined him to a room in the house. He was crazy, howling and tearing at doors and windows trying to get out. (I only tried this for one night) I contacted a stray agency and they suggested that I confine him to a cage for a period of time, including all the things he needs to be comfortable. I bought a cage and we have survived the night with him in it.
He slept most of the night but this morning he is crying, howling and close to hysteria in his cage. Standing on his head, rolling around in his litter box, tearing everything up trying to find a way out.
I just want to verify that this behavior is normal and that I'm not doing permanent damage to this poor guy given that he is so used to running the neighborhood. Should I ignore him when he is hysterical or try to sooth him by talking to him?
Secondly I would appreciate some information on how often to let him out of the cage initially. When I let him out this morning to clean the cage he was back to running around the room hysterically trying to tear the doors and windows apart to get out. This is leading me to believe I should leave him in his cage for some time till he settles down.
He is a very sweet cat but he is basically wild. I am encouraged because there are periods of time where he is quiet and then the hysteria begins again.
Any guidance you could provide would be greatly appreciated. I love this cat very much and I want so bad for him to be happy with our family b.