Update on my two feral cats
Well, it has been four months since we took in (snatched actually!) Atilla the long hair(very Maine coon like) 3 or so year old male. It took more than a year of feed, coaxing and tentative pats on the head to get him to trust me enough to sit on the same step. It has been a long haul. He is still skittish, but he loves his cuddle time. I don't think he will ever have tons of confidence to go near strangers, but he is happy with his family. Most other folks would have given up on him months ago. But we knew there was a cuddly boy somewhere under that long fur of his!
Genghis, the young lad hails from a feral cat colony not far from us. He was very seriously injured when he let us take him to the vet. After many stitches, lost claws (from his injury) and a pharmacy full of meds, he is doing well. He wants to rule the roost, but he old fella, Baby (14) reminds him who actually is in charge! We have finally let Genghis sleep outside of our bedroom, we wanted the boys to be unsupervised for a few hours. He is finally behaving himself at night and not chasing Atilla. We have discovered this young lad really enjoys his toys and will play fetch in his own way. He picks up a pen lid, knocks it around and picks it up with his teeth and moves it to another area where he would like to play. He still bites and scratches, but I have had discussions with him and he knows to stop when I give him the evil eye. He is a smart little lad.
It is a very long process to socialize feral cats. And yep, there are lots of scratches and bites. It does get better. We had the most amazing feral cat that lived til he was 16, then got cancer. He was with us for 13 years, and we loved every minute!
I know Atilla is a challenge, but we let him take things at his own pace. He shows no interest in staying outside for any length of time. He seems to like his home. Genghis knows this is his home and his kingdom. He goes out for short periods of time.
Hang in there for those who are trying to help feral cats. I know vet bills are high for spay/neuter, vaccinations, wound attention, clearing out worms and ear mites etc. It is worth it!
I wish I knew how to post a pic of them!