Feral / stray we named Sasha, what next?
My wife and I are in process of rescuing a feral cat. She appears to be young and maybe has been around humans before.
She started hanging around a couple months ago and would sit on top of the cement block wall that seperates our house from the neighbors. She would sit there and just stare into our kitchen. We thought she was the neighbors, who are from Russia(?) and are nice people so we started calling her Sasha.
If we went out the back door she would run away. We started feeding her and slowly over 6 weeks befriended her, she now lets us hold her and pet her, she demands to be petted and scratched.
She spends all day in our back yard, mostly sleeping on our patio furniture.
She will NOT come in the house! If you pick her up and try to pack her in the house she starts squirming half way in the door so we turn back and don't force her. She is a friendly cat and never bites or scratches.
I bought a pet carrier and lined it with old towels and started feeding her in it, she goes right in and eats but comes right back out when she is done, she never goes in it except to eat.
Now she spends her nights on the neighbors side of the cement block wall and sleeps in a pile of tires. We would love for her to sleep in the pet carrier and or our house.
I see articles here about building shelters for ferals / strays. Great, nice idea, but how do you get the cat to sleep in it?
We plan on taking her to the vet soon and have her spayed, we know she isn't , and get her the shots, dewormed, etc, whatever the vet reccomends.
What is our next step? We can't figure out how to get her in the house or pet carrier.
We are hesitant to trap her in the carrier then take her to the vet, I guess we are afraid when we get her back and let her go she will run and not come back.