Homing ferals? - Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
Premier Cat
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Youngstown,Ohio
Posts: 4,391
Homing ferals?

I know it's not always practical, but when it's POSSIBLE...

I know someone who has done it. He's adopted several ferals, and some have become indoor cats. The secret he says, is to ignore feeding ferals, then to gradually mingle with the group, gain their trust. Eventually they overcome their aversion to humans.

Of course he lives on a FARM, is very patient, and maybe a little eccentric...
bluemilk is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-18-2016, 07:10 PM
Cat Addict
Arianwen's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: South Wales, UK
Posts: 3,032
Yep - it works! When I joined here, our "great mother" adopted all youngsters but she started as a feral.

It takes a lot of patience but it works - not just with cats - some of my horses have been "wild" to start with as well.

Last edited by Arianwen; 05-18-2016 at 07:11 PM. Reason: Problem with my "m" key.
Arianwen is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-19-2016, 07:44 AM
Cool Cat
eldercat's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: USA
Posts: 1,254
I think some depends on the age and temperament of the feral cat in question. Kittens can be tamed more easily than adults, but I know a woman here who has made ferals into indoor only house pets. I'm impressed, for my feral is very skittish, even after years of patient work.
eldercat is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-19-2016, 01:22 PM
Tom Cat
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 319
Well I'm very patient and more than a little eccentric, and I haven't been able to get close to Bayley for almost two years. He (I think) is quite relaxed around my cats and I don't think he's feral, he just doesn't seem to like me.

Click image for larger version

Name:	BAILEY.jpg
Views:	58
Size:	60.5 KB
ID:	105169
21inCostaRica is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-19-2016, 09:28 PM
Cat Addict
Greenport ferals's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Hudson, NY
Posts: 1,533
Wow! Beautiful cat.
Greenport ferals is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2016, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
Premier Cat
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Youngstown,Ohio
Posts: 4,391
That's a rainforest cat!
bluemilk is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-04-2016, 09:41 AM
Premier Cat
Mitts & Tess's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Arizona
Posts: 9,782
I have a cat which most would of considered being feral because he would not let me near him the first two years. I had to put his food, daily, under my sisters hedge. Once I had TNRed him he settled down and slowly stuck around and expressed an interest in the indoor cats.

It took us 4 years of patient work to get him socialized. I've now inherited him from my sister and he is the most balanced cat in my home and sleeps on our bed every night and is a big cuddler. I do know he must of been someones cat at one time but reverted to feral behavior just to survive and was not treated well by mean humans in the neighbor.

There is always hope a cat will come around but it takes a lot of work to accomplish that.
Mitts & Tess is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-15-2016, 02:48 AM
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 10
It can definitely be done. We've socialized many ferals and adopted some out. I have one I've been feeding for a year and she is almost willing to be touched.
DustyDreamer is offline  
Sponsored Links
Closed Thread

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome