I posted over a year ago about two ferals I had been trying to care for. I apologize greatly for the long delay! I completely ADHD'd out and forgot about this forum completely! Hopefully that won't happen again!
Here's the link for the original post about them. https://www.catforum.com/forum/56-fer...-2-ferals.html
So here's a very long update with some questions:
Maura disappeared. Every once in a while I'll see him back for a few days and then he's gone again. He's really feral, which is a bit sad as he was the one I could pet most easily when I first started feeding them.
Smoke, on the other hand, is still around. I was able to successfully trap and have her spayed at an organization about 30 miles from my house for only $20. This included pain meds for her, antibiotics for her, and a 2 year rabies vaccine. Right as I was saying "yeah we need to get her fixed soon" suddenly it turned in to a CAT PARTY at my house. There were at LEAST 10 male cats hanging around, and fighting, it was kind of scary and fascinating to watch. There was this one beautiful Maine Coon boy that was around and part of me was like "hey if they had kittens they'd be gorgeous. And he was running all the other cats off, except he had a friend he let stay around. One huge orange cat came around and they were butting heads and yowling at each other and then flying a good six feet in the air, slapping each other, landing, then back to head butting and yowling. So I just ran and bought a trap myself the next morning. The Animal Control kept saying they were going to loan me one, but after almost a month of waiting and then all the males hanging out I decided I'd better take matters in to my own hands!
So I caught her and took her in, when I went to pick her up that afternoon the attendant looked at me and said "The vet needs to talk to you before you can take her home." My heart sunk.. 'oh God what's wrong with her'
The vet said she had absolutely -NO- idea why the male cats were all at my house as Smoke was not going in to heat at all, she saw zero signs of that. What she did see was that Smoke had a massive infection in her uterus. She warned me that she may not recover from the surgery. She had to make a much larger incision to do the spay and she said that her uterus was literally falling apart when she touched it, any touch and it caused massive bleeding. She said normally she only says to keep a feral inside for a day or two, to make sure they can fend for themselves. She wanted Smoke inside for two weeks. Okay that was duable, she was set up in my garage with four comfy beds, a litter box, and food and water.
Before all of this I had been bringing her inside when it got really cold, and I had been to the ER three times for pretty bad bites from her. The attendant told me that she may stop doing that, that spaying tends to alter them some and she may have just been really cranky from being so sick.
I asked how old she was and the vet said she was probably "middle-aged" I am not sure what exactly that is for a cat, but I'm slightly skeptical as she has easily doubled in size since I started feeding her. The vet was really really nice though. She gave me her private cell phone number and told me to call day or night, if I needed anything while Smoke was recovering, and again warned me that she may -not- recover from this.
She called me every day for a week to check on Smoke. The biggest concern was her not using the litter box, she was eating and drinking, but after 48 hours she finally did so yay. After two weeks she was allowed to go back outside and she's gone in and out of the garage, weather depending ever since.
She has also become INSANELY what I'll call affectionate! She rubs against you, like insane amounts, constantly. She rubs against doors and the wall, the stove, even one of my labs. She does it to our housecat, Bobbi. At least until Bobbi gets ticked off and smacks her about it. Yes.. the feral is the annoying affectionate one out of the two...
The only problem we have is she still bites. And she doesn't bite like Bobbi will. Bobbi will just grab your finger and hold on lightly. No, Smoke will sink her teeth in to you. After some reading and observations I -think- what is happening is Smoke is getting over stimulated. So I had started only petting her a little bit, and then stopping, problem solved, right? Nope. I went outside a few months ago and was reading something on my phone. She ran up and started rubbing against my leg. I was in a bad mood so I said "Okay you just do that, I'm not petting you right now."
30 seconds later she suddenly just clamps on to my calf! I jump and yelled!" She jumps back, looks up at me, purrs, and starts rubbing against me again!!
I want to let her be a house cat, she -wants- to be a house cat. But I don't think we can let that happen until that problem is solved. I can't keep having her draw blood on me, and right now she runs from my 4 year old twins.. but that might not always be the case and I don't want them to get bit either! Any advice?
Here's some new pictures, by the way!
When I first started feeding her.
Today. She doesn't even look like the same cat!