I am the caretaker primarily for 3 feral cats. Two are siblings, one is older and seems to look out for the other two. All three have been fixed and are still in the range of a 1 year rabies shot. The oldest is Simon; the siblings are Brighton and Esther.
Recently, two other cats have been circling around our little group. My cats stay in cold weather shelters on the deck, and we put out food and water for them regularly. The other two are a small grey girl (who someone else seems to have gotten fixed) and a white tom with orange ears and tail. We can him Adrian and her Jane Eyre.
Today, I noticed Adrian has a ragged ear and some blood on the side of his skull. Simon, notoriously shy, didn't come out of his shelter when I went out to the porch which is not like him. Later, he did emerge. His front left leg is injured - a puncture wound from Adrian, I believe. It looks like its near his elbow, and he bled all down his paw. He's limping, but will put weight on that leg when necessary.
Simon does not allow himself to be approached too closely. Normally, he won't even stay in a shelter if a human is on the deck. I don't know that I can catch him or, if I caught him, he would ever return to our group again.
Adrian is a full tom, I think, and we will try to trap him and get him fixed this spring. It's not possible right now - no where to keep him while he recuperates from surgery.
Any suggestions on how to help these cats negotiate the space and food issues so Simon doesn't feel he has to fight for territory? He's fixed, Adrian isn't. Simon will get the worst of the injuries, I'm betting, particularly since he's hurt now. We're trying to put food down for Jane and Adrian away from the deck, so they don't have to come near the shelters, but apparently that wasn't good enough last night.