Comment on Taming Feral Cats

Three months have gone by.The kittens are about 6 months old.The first three caught are now playing with me with toys. They are not allowing contact.I am taking your advice and not forcing it. The male leader will play and run up to my feet and then smell them and run away.I am spending about an hour every morning with them. I feed them while I am in the room all of them come out to eat. The male now waits for me in front of the door waiting for breakfast.I had a tough choice to make last week..I needed to put their revolution on them. The only way was to chase them into their original cage. I managed to get it on them The smallest runt Echo hissed and hissed then stared crying, it broke my heart.I am not sure weather it was the right decision, they were distant about a week and the last one caught is not coming back out yet.I thought it was better they are healthy and pest free for now.Otherwise all the money spent at the vet for worming and flee medication I feel would be wasted.My other cats will come to the door when the kittens are playing. One comes in walks up to the kittens and hisses in a non threatening way then turns and walks out.I wondering if I should wait until I can handle the kittens before I let them into the rest of the house. I don’t want to have to chase them again it seems to undo my progress.And just another update the mom and brother from another litter as well as the other feral cats stopping by to eat are now a registered colony and my city is paying for every cat I catch and release to be spayed/neutered.

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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.