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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2007, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Has any one socalized one? What's your opinion about this?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 10:36 AM
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Ok so i can help here! When i was younger we had to rescue a feral kitten because the mother cat had given birth and abandoned the babies and they were going to be pts if we didnt take one (there were 2 and someone else took the other 1) as she was so small it was easy to socialise her and we had other cats that took her under their wing and helped bring her up!
All i would say is its easy to socialise one if it's young enough but you need to be careful the older they are. Time spent with any animal will help them become tame.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 11:00 AM
 
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I can understand resocializing a feral KITTEN. But only if it's very young, like under 12 weeks. Other wise the mother cat would have already begun teaching it the feral way. As for Adult feral cats, absolutely not. adult feral cats are more comfortable doing their own thing in the wild. But with all the kittens who are not feral in shelters and things who need homes, I don't see much reason for taking in a kitten out of the wild. who would be raised and able to survive in the "wild" happily like it's mother. I think even if socialized as a kitten, as an adult one may still hold on to more of it's natural instincts.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 04:54 PM
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I had a feral rescue for 11 years, my ma has had one for 14 years. Mine was rescued at about 8 weeks old and she was incredibly shy with strangers, very nervous and jumpy ... but she adored my dogs - especially Dutchy. She never really took to my hubby in the 6 years of her life that he lived here. Friends of mine always joked that they didn't really believe I had a cat.
My ma's was brought in at about 7 months old, and he's the shyest, jumpiest cat I've ever known of. Only my mom and dad and the vet have ever really "seen" him - because he hides from everyone and everything.
So, chances are you won't get a very social kitty out of the deal - but my Lizzie was a love-bug to me and loved to sleep under the covers next to me.

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I have alot of experience with ferals, I do the catch and release with them (trap them humanly, get them fixed, get their shots and microchipped and then release back to the same area) some started off so wild, but with alot of patience and a daily routine I have made some pretty calm, they now all call my house home, they won't let everyone pet them except me and my daughter...with kittens I have had 100% success on socializing and rehoming...with the older ones its been hit and miss, but I never give up lol

Right now I am working with a black and white one, have been for 6 months...he is way wild, ran everytime he saw me...now he lets me feed him and came here when he got hurt...yesterday was the first time he let me just sit and pet him I never give up on the feral cats...I know my limits with them and leave the ones who are to wild in their natural habitat but I still leave the food out for them...

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In some cases it can be done.I think it depends on the age really.And in most cases there needs to be alot of patience.




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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-14-2007, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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This was a feral kitten but he has been in foster care since he was 8 weeks old. He is about 12 weeks old now. I have adopted him and am picking him up on Friday morning. I can't wait!!! Oh yeah his name is benny.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-14-2007, 12:40 AM
 
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We did it w/a stray male cat who was approx. 3 yrs old, per the vet's age guess. I dunno what all happened as i was still very young (like 10yrs old) but i found this link:

Taming Feral Kittens

dunno how legit the info is but it's worth a look
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-14-2007, 06:20 PM
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Your little "feral kitty" looks very sweet I'm sure he will make a very nice companion and friend for you
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