I did see the kitten eating some food I had put out this morning. Time to get out the hav-a-hart, I guess, and just let it sit around for a couple of days before I open it up and bait it.
I was at the vet's this morning with Becky, for a blood check. She's hyperthyroid and -- finally -- stabilized. So, I asked her if she could take this kitten. Nope, she's already got three kittens that she has to find homes for. So, if I can catch this one, it's mine, I guess.
Sigh, I know I'll love the little thing, but, man, I didn't really need another cat, and I usually get senior if I do get another. Good think I didn't get the new drapes I was thinking about. I'll wait until the drape climbing stage is over, I think.
I'll even enable the new drapes: All you have to do is put them up/over themselves so kitten can't reach them to climb! Just finished this with my new boy (now 9 months old).
Oh.My.God! That kitten is simply adorable! What's one more kitty? S/he'll just sorta get lost in the herd... :)
I hope to hear that the little sweetheart is soon purring on your lap, and see more pictures! :yes:
I have 17. house cats.
You certainly need a kitten! THIS kitten!
And I thought I was bad when I had TEN housecats!!!
OMG it's a badger faced kitten. Send her to FL I'll take her :) ! She/he has the exact opposite facial markings as the one who turned up at the barn I bored at a few weeks back.
Damn, she's cute! And Louise, this is COTH. You *know* the answer you're gonna get here. ;)
I know, I know! She came back this evening to eat again. I have the shed door open a crack, and a nice, warm old fleece lined blanket on the floor for her to cuddle in, if she goes in. The nice thing about her being a kitten is that she can fit through the crack in the door, but the bigger critters can't, so she'll be safe. I hope she does.
I'll feed her for a couple more days, with the trap just sitting nearby. Then, I'll gradually move the food closer to the trap, and, finally, inside, with the trap tied open. Hopefully, the time will come when she will go confidently inside, and the trap will spring shut behind her.
I'm just praying that she's a stray and not a feral, because I don't know if she is young enough to tame.
Funny we're all referring to her as she. She just looks like a girl, doesn't she?
Hey, Louise, I've got a Have a Heart trap if you need to borrow it... just saying ;)
Precious ~ yes trap and bring this 'adorable treasure' inside ! :D
Ferals are not too tough to domesticate really ~ just a bit MORE time and patience ~
no need to ask me how I know :lol: ~
almost all my (many) cats are = "derals" domesticated ferals ~
let's see I have "Turtle" and "BEETLE" and of course "Smarty Jones " others ?? well I will stop there BUT but I do have many all 'fixed' vaccinated and I have not regretted my actions once :lol:
LOVE them all ! :yes: and to think I am a 'dog' person :lol::lol::lol:
A little bit of a set-back this morning. I went out to feed the birds, and put some food out for the kitten. I went to get the hose, to put fresh water in the birdbath, and accidentally flushed the kitten, who was hiding in the hostas next to the hose. Scared the bejaysus out of the poor little thing, and startled me enough so that I let out a squeak. I put the food out, and I see that it has been eaten, so at least I didn't scare the poor little thing away completely.
I talked to the woman who runs the feral cat organization this morning and, because of what she told me, I'm slowing things down a bit. She wanted me to get the kitten well established in a feeding routine before I bring the trap out and start that acclimating process. So, that's what I'll do.
Sigh, I've never done this before, and I'm just hoping it works. I've become ridiculously attached to the kitten in this short period of time, and I'm hoping beyond hope that I can tame it and bring it inside to live, in spite of the fact I don't need another cat.
Be thinking of a name. Since I don't know the gender, I'm trying to think of a name that can be used by male and female. I like to give my cats people names, also. Maybe Frankie?
I like Frankie. Keep at it! Sounds like it's going to work out fine.
All respect to the feral cat lady, but I wonder why she wants you to wait? I say grab her & start the process. I had 3 in a german shepard crate in the house...they got used to all noises & sights. I fed all meals with a spoon. The little one - named her Maddie cause she was so mad - she would hiss right until the spoon got to her mouth. Now, she is the first one to jump on the bed at night.
Non gender specific names: Taylor, Pat (from Saturday Night live!), Micky, Frankie, Bobbi, Chris, Lee (could be changed to Leah or Leo)....I really like Matilda mentioned above....
I hope this works out :)
We had a similar situation to yours a couple of years ago, with a feral kitten appearing. I tried to get close to her with no success, so we started putting food out. This kitten was probably four months old or so, and very wild, although she would come to the deck for food and eat every day. I decided to get her spayed (she was a dilute torti, so I knew the sex), and got some lessons on trapping 101. I think the reason the feral lady told you to get the kitten used to a feeding routine before you even introduce the trap, is because if you try to trap her before she is somewhat comfortable, and miss, you may never get another chance at it. We got this kitten coming to the same place on our deck for food. I then put out an old, big carrier with bedding in it and fed her in that. Then I put the trap out, covered, not set, and fed in that for about a week. The night before her spay appointment I set the trap and got her easily. The entire process probably took a month. This kitten was very wild and even during her recovery she made it clear that she was feral and preferred it that way. I released her, and kept feeding her. She finally would let my husband touch her when she ate, but she never got friendlier than that. I hope your kitten is more amenable to domestication than mine was, but even if she isn't, you can at least get her fixed, shots, etc., and keep her well fed outside.
Four? Pah. :) I've found that kittens are a bit like Jello - there's always room for more. I'll enable you! Keep feeding and being nearby -- it'll get used to you eventually. I've got an older male who showed up 2 years ago. He only let me start petting him in June. But now he's a big love bug, and hopefully soon I'll have him to the vet for the big day . . . and then it'll be on to the next stray tom that showed up a few months ago . . . But it can and does happen, so don't give up!
Obviously your's is older than four months so I would be even more inclined to move ahead. Good luck!
BTW I have 5 inside and two "former" ferals outside.