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I have had good success in the past with socializing feral kittens, however I haven't ever tried with one this big. I am asking a very important opinion and need yours.

I can do one of the following:

A) Socialize the cat in the cage picture below or

B)Allow the cat to free roam the upstairs that I am renting from my mom. This upstairs that I am renting is about 1000 sq foot and is separated from the downstairs with a door that only I and my mom have the key to.

Only thing that worries me is the cat hiding under the bed, but I guess it isn't bad to have a "Safe spot" for the cat.

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Zach you have a major cat rescue going on at your house! Well done!

Try reading thru this thread to give you tips in socializing an adult semi feral cat. If a cat once was someones cat they will come around. Some cats take longer than others. The tips are to gently push their limits and the thread Im posting tells you how.

What a lovely looking kitty. Are you going to eventually adopt her out or keep her as one of your kitties?

http://www.catforum.com/forum/56-feral-cats/239538-heidis-kitty-boot-camp.html
 

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It may take more than a few months to bring her totally around. Just depends on how long she has been outside on her own. White cats have the hardest time making it outside. They develop skin cancer and cant blend so they are a moving target.

She looks so sad. Ill bet in a month or two she will be relaxed and have happy eyes. I once rescued a white kitty with that same expression. She transformed into the happiest cat. Her before and after pictures were amazing. Your sweet girl will also. What is her name?
 

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I am willing to take as long as it takes :). She is wonderful. I am thinking of a name now, she has been in my care for a little under 10 hours. Going to get a better look at her in a little bit.

She has some stripes on her face and down her back/tail (kind of hard to see because she was charging the trap and got a few minor injuries due to that).

I will make sure to post after pictures here also :).
 

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Zach, You are Awesome!! :thumbup::thumbup:
She does look sad...

I rescued a White, blue eyed cat, turns out she's deaf as well, right at the start of the New Year...she was dumped where I work...
It just made me sick that someone could do that to her...she would never have survived with the coyotes and big owls we have.

I am so Happy you are going to give this poor little missy a chance!!
Please do keep us updated with your progress and ask questions anytime here!
I think your going to end up with a following on this thread! :p
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Personally I'd keep her in the cage until she's more comfortable with you, once she's tamer I'd consider letting her in the other area.
 

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Great job rescuing this kitty! How upset is she? Does she hiss if you walk towards her?

So are you living upstairs too, or would it be just her? You might need to take your cue from her and see how upset she gets when you're around. If you don't make eye contact and don't reach out to her, just take care of food, water and litter, and she gets more comfortable with your presence - even though it might take weeks - then I'd go for it and see if you can socialize her.

I believe there's someone on this forum who worked on socializing a feral cat for over a year but did ultimately turn that cat into an indoor-only pet.

Good luck, and keep us posted on how things go!
 

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I TNRed a cat which had been circling my sisters neighborhood for two years. He wouldnt let us near him so I fed him in my sisters hedge in the back of the yard. After he was neutered he would come to my sister's french doors and look in at the cats. My sister started to let him in and let him out when he wanted. He started staying longer and longer. We could not touch him at first.

I used a lot of the tips I posted earlier. It took 4 years for him to be pick up and carried around and totally social. Now he is the most well adjusted love bug of all my cat and fosters.

About a year ago my sister moved out of state and Ive been taking care of him at my house. I refuse to let him out because we have a big wash which all the wild life travels on. He has accepted Im refusing to let him out. My sister could never handle his meowing and would let him out. But Ive had kids and know how to block out the whining! He now meets us at the door but never door dashes.
 

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this kitten really likes my cat Butterball

My cat, Butterball is the most affectionate cat I have met and he is the reason I am making progress. When the feral one sees him, he starts making meow sounds and butterball meows back. The little one will paw through the cage and roll over, playing through the cage. I think it is because Butterball looks alike lot he does and their meows sound very similar.

I do assume he is feral. He was found behind a factory with other feral cats that were older and VERY feral.

I got in the cage with the feral this morning and he hissed at me like crazy and tried to bite me. He had bit me once when he first got caught. I opened up a can of canned food (I didn't give him food for eight hours to let him get hungry) and I let butterball in with me and then the kitten comes out of his hiding spot immediately and steps onto my lap and cuddles with butterball. And they both eat together. I use this opportunity to pet the feral a little bit. Distracted, he let me pet his head, neck and tail. He didn't bite or hiss this time, but he didn't purr either or show that he liked it. I was in the cage a good hour.

When I let butterball back out, kitten did regress back to his hiding spot. I believe I can make this possible but it will require butterball as part of the socialization progress.

That is the update so far.
 

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Great update Zach! And I do believe that if you've got the right cat to help socialize the new feral, it will help!
Butterball sounds like just the right cat in your case!
The Best of luck to you and All Paws Crossed!
 

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IMHO - you just never know. One day she may hide and hiss and the next crave your attention. I definitely believe any cat is eventually able to be tamed. If you are unsure - I recommend the closed room open cage policy. Also using positive reinforcement... give her something special for coming closer or eating off your hand or glove. Let her approach your opened hand and remain still at first. I would try pretty diligently to have her come to you.
 

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Zach, thats good news! Slow and Steady!
 

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Will probably let him out of the cage later today as he is letting me near him but just won't let me touch him much yet. He is being really playful with the pingpong balls i put in the cage and the wand toy. I feel that he might be happier and adjust quicker, what do you all think?

Of course I would make sure to only feed him when I am around and make sure that when he eats, he lets me pet him while doing so.

tough decisions... I know he is going to escape eventually either way as he wants out of the cage to play with butterball.
 

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Leave the door open and have 3 sides covered. He will think of it as a safe familiar place. Have second litter box out in the room but keep food in kennel.

Wouldnt hurt to have a few cat cubes to hide in too. Or the top of a litter box to retreat to. MHO.
 

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He walked out on me today. To be precise, he walked on my lap and was purring and I petted him for about 20 seconds and he went to go under the bed after he investigated the room.

He has come back out since then on the cat scratch tower. Hoping this continues and his socialization is as promising outside as it was inside.
 
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