Bringing home a semi-feral cat - updated
For several months I have been feeding a cat that lives near my office and am thinking about bringing him home. My question is about getting him fixed/examined/immunized. Should I catch him and take him to the vet straight away, or should I give him some time to get used to me first? I guess I know the answer is the vet, but I just hate to traumatize him any more than necessary. I do have another cat (spayed female), so I’m sure vet is the way to go. Just looking for some moral support, I guess.
He is a petite, young Siamese looking cat with the sweetest blue eyes. My office is in a residential area and our neighbors have told me that he is indeed a stray (among several), has been around over a year and has not been seen pregnant, thus, must be a male. They say he will let one of the residents hold him in his lap, so I think he might be social-able. They said the resident said he would catch him for me if I would like, and put him in a carrier. But, I do have a friend who has a humane trap and was wondering if that would be better. Kitty is always waiting for me in the mornings, waiting for his food. He has not let me pet him, but ate a couple of bites of canned food from my hand the other day. I have been trying to gain his trust, so have not really been pushing to touch him. I put my hand out and if he backs away I usually only try one or two more times before I let him be so he can eat. We are animal people and know how to treat/care for him when I bring him home. Our current kitty was a socialized feral kitten and had her own room until she was comfortable enough to venture out. It is still her play room, but she roams the whole house now. Thanks for any advice/info/support!
Last edited by marie73; 02-06-2013 at 03:55 PM.