How To Tame A Cat. Search Add New Question A feral cat comes into the house to eat as long as I leave door open for escape. Now he’s older and he has started to spray. How do I discourage this? We expect he will be trapped & neutered within a week or two. Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS It is an unfortunate fact the entire male cats will spray urine in order to mark their territory. It’s a back-handed compliment I’m afraid, as he obviously sees your home as worth marking as his. Neutering will help but you also need to clean away any lingering odor (using an ammonia-free cleaning product) so that he is not drawn back to the same spot to mark it again. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 5 Helpful 30 A feral cat I feed is pregnant. What kind of shelter can I make for her to have her kittens? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS It’s likely she will chose her own shelter but by offering a safe option she may decide to use it.
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Try a plastic crate laid on its side and if you can, improvise protection at the front so she feels protected. Locate the crate in a quiet corner away from other animals and traffic, perhaps concealed behind trees or bushes. Also, try to face the entrance out of the wind and rain so that it doesn’t blow in. Avoid using newspaper or towels as bedding, as these easily become saturated if water does get in. A deep bed of good quality straw is warm and provides some drainage if the weather gets in. If you can, also provide a separate box for food and water, placed close by. This allows you to add more food but without disturbing the nest. Best of luck to you and your feral fur friend. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 6 Helpful 24 My feral cat started to purr and knead. Is this a step in the right direction? wikiHow Contributor Yes, purring and kneading behavior tells you that your feral cat is contented and happy. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 20 Can you tame a 5 to 6 month old cat? wikiHow Contributor You can tame feral cats of any age if you have the time and patience. Gaining their trust is the hardest thing. Feral cats come with many problems. It is a long, hard road taming them. However, if you are a true cat lover, you will put up with all the problems they bring because once you have tamed them, they are the most loving, affectionate animals you could ever hope for. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 11 Helpful 79 My feral kitten is 7 months old, socialized with me, and has been inside for a month. He attacks me and the other cat for no reason. He can be sweet and loving but then (and not because of over petting) later he attacks. I have to stop this behaviour as I’m covered with bite and scratch marks. wikiHow Contributor Young cats play and being scratched and bitten is part of them playing with other kittens usually. Here is acting it out with with you and the other cat and testing boundaries. You can’t bring a young cat in and then put it back out. This is cruel. Both of your cats need a place in the house, which is their own bit of territory.
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Buy toys for the young cat and play with him. He’s young and full of life and needs lots of play. Wear an oven glove when you play with him to avoid being scratched and bitten. In time, it’ll calm down but always promptly remove your hand when he bites, so that he learns it is not appreciated. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 9 Helpful 59 Yesterday I adopted a stray cat that’s older. It has not yet been to the vet, it did not let me pick it up. It purrs, eats, grooms itself and is toilet trained. How long will it be before I can pick it up? wikiHow Contributor Most cats don’t actually like being picked up. They merely tolerate it, but prefer not to be picked up. Let your cat come to you when it is ready. Your cat is already a part of your family if it is happy for you to pet it a little bit and ‘picking it up’ does not define its membership of your family. Also, take your cat to the vet for a check up, to ensure that it is healthy and not someone else’s cat. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 6 Helpful 39 How can I tame a cat without bringing it into my house? wikiHow Contributor Try buying or building it a small shelter, and be sure to leave some food and water out. The shelter should be able to fit at least two cats. The cat will most likely start sleeping in the shelter and eating and drinking from the bowls you set out. The feral cat will start associating shelter, food, and water with your property. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 30 There’s a feral cat that I caught in November. She’s about 5, and has been feral her whole life. She’s in a big cage in our barn right now, and she lets me pet her. I’ve never heard her purr or meow. How long before she’ll forget about being feral and come to accept me? wikiHow Contributor If the cat is aged about 5 and has always been feral, then she will not be able to forget about being feral. Although she may like some human company, especially if you feed her, she is a wild cat. Feral cats live in a large community, so keeping her locked up may be a little cruel. Why not release her? If she wants to stay with you, she will return. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 6 Helpful 35 I have been feeding a feral cat and it’s taken a long time for him to trust and come indoors. However, when he as eaten his food, he wants to rub round my legs but starts to growl if I move from him; it’s as if he is controlling me. wikiHow Contributor He is trying to control you because he is territorial and he is afraid of losing you. If you haven’t had him neutered, do so and keep him in the house for a few weeks so that he knows this is his home. Neutering him will calm him down. Also, you need to reverse the roles very gently so that he sees you as his leader and comes to depend on you. He is so used to depending on himself and being his own boss and he wants to be your boss. Buy him toys and play with him. Ferals usually have to be taught how to play as it is not a part of their everyday life in the wild. It may take quite a while to achieve the changes you want but if you persevere, it will be worth it. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 10 Helpful 36 If a feral cat is sick or dying, is it usual for them to hide all of a sudden? wikiHow Contributor Yes, it is usual for them to hide. A wild animal that is sick or dying will try not to show it because if appears weak or sick, it could be attacked. If they are dying, they will often go off to die in seclusion because that is their normal reaction for self-caring. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 12 Helpful 40 See more answers
Search Add New Question My house cat allows me to pet her when I have food, but otherwise runs from me. What can I do? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Try and make yourself as unthreatening to the cat as possible. Lie on the floor and avoid staring at her directly. Have a few treats in a hand and toss them near her, so she links you to nice things. Lie like this watching TV and eventually she will start to accept your presence and become more friendly. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 1 How can I tell if a stray cat is tame? wikiHow Contributor It should be used to human activity. If the cat gets used to you just being around, it will also respond well to petting, or if the cat is really friendly to you, it would obviously be tame. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 9 Why does my kitten run from me ever since he was neutered? wikiHow Contributor He may be a little traumatized. Even though he was unconscious for the surgery, it was still a strange experience for him. Cats (kittens especially) have a short memory, he will probably forget all about it soon enough. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 4 Is it okay to keep a cat that I brought in and is already tame is it okay to keep it? wikiHow Contributor As long as it is healthy and you are sure that it belongs to no one, sure! I suggest putting up “Cat Found!” signs around the neighborhood and going to the vet to make sure it is healthy and check for a microchip.
Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 4 What can you do for a cat that is hissing as well as whining? wikiHow Contributor She could be in heat. Getting her spayed should help. If she is already spayed (or a he), see a vet – or just leave it alone if you’ve been bothering it too much. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 4 How can I tell a cat is hungry, and what should I feed her? wikiHow Contributor Talk to your vet about setting a feeding schedule for your cat and the best food for her. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 1 My kitten meows all the time wanting attention but then hisses when I give it to her. What can I do? wikiHow Contributor Go to a cat behaviorist for advice. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 1 What does a cat like? wikiHow Contributor Cats are like mini tigers. Most cats will like to hunt cat toys that mimic small animals such as mice. Other cats will enjoy cat towers as they will have a high place to perch on. Sometimes cats just like to be left alone because they are naturally solitary creatures. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 0 What do I do if this doesn’t work? MissBabyGamer25 _ Leave the cat alone and see if a local shelter will tame it for you! Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 0 Is it okay for my cat to lick my finger even though she is not vaccinated for rabies? wikiHow Contributor You really ought to get your cat vaccinated, but if it’s an indoor-only cat, the chances of it catching rabies are close to none, and you can’t catch rabies unless the infected animal bites you. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 0 Show more answers.
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