It may try to gently bite your finger as you're feeding it. To socialize a cat, begin by establishing a routine around food. She doesn't even go near the door, although she will sit in a window to watch the birds at the feeders where she once scrounged for food. I love this story. Christiano Odhiambo from Nairobi on August 23, 2012: Birdie, you adopted the DeborahNeyens' family, made the mom write a great post of you, enough to cause phdast7 to leave the longest comment I have ever read. Cats are fickle creatures! These need not be fancy; most cats find even bottle caps to be amusing. Does it display signs of being outgoing and friendly, like meowing and rubbing its head or body on objects. I took a can of cat food out to the yard. This is crucial in learning how to tame an aggressive cat. Feed them specially-formulated kitten food. You're a hero to these kittens and their mother. Unfortunately the story, doesn't have a happy ending. In February last year, she became very sick. GiftedGrandma from USA on February 08, 2012: Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on January 30, 2012: Great story. She is a very friendly, playful thing, loves attention, cuddles until it's feeding time. Don't touch or pick up the cat until you sense it is ready. Why does my kitten run from me ever since he was neutered? Birdie—about a month after she first appeared. Julie and adjkp, I wish you the best of luck with your adopted kitties! There are also pheromone wipes that can be used to wipe a given area. Thanks for sharing your story. Don't watch the cat or make eye contact with it because it will see that as an act of aggression. This is the age they begin playing with objects—leaves, toys, their siblings' tails—and the mother cat teaches them to hunt. I handled each kitten every day to get them used to human contact. I imagined she was catching up on her sleep after taking such diligent care of those kittens for the last eight weeks. She and the other cat are inseparable. Nursing made Birdie ravenous, and I used her hunger to my advantage. :). Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 23, 2013: Your wonderful story of Birdie and her evolution has given me hope for my feral cat(s). Some cats may try to use a potted plant as a litter box; if so, cover the dirt with aluminum foil. She could be in heat. We sat together for two hours and that night he slept next to my pillow, he never went under the bead again, and he still sleeps on my bed every night. An angry or upset cat will have ears that are flattened back, dilated pupils, a tail which is switching back and forth, an arched back, and fur standing on end. I gave it another can of food. Kittens are ready to leave their mother by eight weeks. ", "I am trying to make friends with the cat at my mom's place, and this article surely helped. Talk to your vet about setting a feeding schedule for your cat and the best food for her. I really appreciate your comment. :-). So I went to the pet store when I was 8,after I wanted a puppy. If you really can’t stand to see another ad again, then please consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on February 08, 2015: Suze, thanks so much for stopping back with the update. Sebastion sounds like an awesome cat. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on January 27, 2012: Thanks, Alastar. They aren't the same as feral cats. Some people have a fear of cats. X If the kitten trusts me fully, can I pet its belly? Birdie looks very healthy and happy with her friend, Moe. My little Mittens is now safe and sound in my house (since right before Halloween) and is totally acclimated to indoor living with my other cat. : ). When I checked a few hours later, the food was gone. I'm betting many would offer their services at a reduced rate, or even free, if the goal is to reduce the stray population. Do you want it to become your indoor pet? Yes, Michelle, the three are now the best of friends. I have helped Trap Neuter Return feral cats for years and have several pets who are former ferals. Lovely story, and thankyou for taking the time and effort to ensure Birdie has a good forever home. Glad you enjoyed it. I am so happy for birdie to have a wonderful home and so lovely. I moved to an apartment complex and there are strays and ferals. Thanks, Tammy. Equip the raw fish and slowly approach a stray cat. My mother did a similar thing with a feral cat she found. You could slow down the process a lot if you try to push the cat past its comfort zone. Once you have the required materials, you will need to find a stray cat to tame. I loved your success story. Find A Cat To Tame. She is Queen. Or talk to the local chapter of the Humane Society or ASPCA and see what programs they might have available. Sometimes cats just like to be left alone because they are naturally solitary creatures. Let me know how sitting next to the food bowl works out for you. I always try to tame one or two a year so they can go to good homes. We are confident that one was a house cat that was abandoned in our country neighborhood, the other two we don't know where they came from. And then I wonder if she remembers those days herself. If you are scratched, monitor the wound and go to the doctor if it appears to be infected. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on October 29, 2012: Thanks for sharing your story, Enelle. You might even try putting the food dish in your lap so that the kitten is close to you. Use the Raw Fish. It will take much time and patience. I've had 8 cats as pets over my lifetime and Birdie definitely is special. moonlake from America on October 29, 2012: We just saw a wild cat today. Thank you! There is a much greater chance of success taming a stray that has reverted to feral behavior than a cat that never had human contact, especially if its past interactions with humans were positive. Creatures of myth have walked alongside humanity for centuries. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on November 19, 2015: Be patient, Elsie. Required To Tame Cats. It can take a long time to get to this stage. However, it is advisable to stock up as many as 20 fish for taming a cat. You can tame a cat by giving it any kind of raw fish such as raw cod or raw salmon. : ). She is a cuddle bug as well. I hope you and your kitties have many wonderful years together. Thank you for this article! Of course, every cat would love some food as you need to prepare for 1 raw COD and 1 raw salmon. References To tame a cat is not something hard to do if you have everything as the requirement. I am excited to know that there is someone out there who loves Cats just as much as I do. As long as it is healthy and you are sure that it belongs to no one, sure! If you think they may be dangerous you shouldn't try handling them. A feral cat may bond with you but regress when placed elsewhere. 2. :). What a great feeling it must have given you to finally gain his confidence. I admire your patience and common sense and share your love of cats. Nat Amaral from BC Canada on September 29, 2012: A very sweet story. It did take a lot of patience, and probably would not have happened with someone who doesn't love animals as much as I do, so Birdie chose wisely when she showed up in my back yard. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. Getting her spayed should help. Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on August 21, 2012: I read this whole story carefully, start to finish, and loved it. A couple of minutes later I realized a wet nose was toughing one of my fingers...I was afraid to breathe, to move, I didn't want to scare him. The funny thing is that a year later, and Birdie is now my husband's cat through and through. She doesn't want to be petted, but she will rub on my legs and attack my fingers in play. This is a beautiful story. I do have one question though: why don't you let your cats out any more? I'm so glad my son and daughter in law found her! Very enjoyable - voted up! Then, when Birdie met me at the back door each morning, the kittens weren't far behind. This site helped me a lot. Now, you need to use the raw cod to tame a cat. Try not to let this happen. Remain nearby as the cat eats. Birdie apparently wasn't ready for them to be found because she moved them somewhere else and we didn't see them for another week. When I look at plump, happy Birdie curled up on my bed now, it's hard to believe that a year ago she was living outdoors fending for herself and taking care of 4 kittens. I am not sure if she will ever get tame. While strays may approach humans for food, exhibit behaviors like purring and meowing, and even allow themselves to be touched and petted, feral cats are scared of humans and view them as any other large animal—a potential predator. Some cats may never become comfortable with human interaction, even after several months. My husband and I consider ourselves lucky that Birdie chose us. I think the key was she was so young when she first found us (I'm guessing about 4 or 5 months old) and most likely her mother was a stray that wasn't afraid of humans and therefore didn't teach her kittens to fear them. One of them came home with me. Your photos are precious. The player cannot be holding raw cod or salmon to command a cat to sit or stand. Birdie is a cutie! Grain-free cat food. hahah I think its great you were able to take the time and be patient with Birdie to domesticate her. I instead focused my efforts on taming her so she'd eventually bring the kittens to me and I could find homes for them. In the middle of the night he would start mewing louder and louder. On the day the last kitten went home, I called my vet for the next available appointment to have Birdie spayed and vaccinated. Try placing his food dish in front of the carrier, so he will be more likely to investigate. Approved. She's a great cat, so I'm glad I mustered the patience I needed to tame her. I have a tamed kitten named ginger.Ill tell you about her. We just adopted a kitten found in the wild (stray not feral mommy) and so I was curious to see how you had managed to get Birdie's trust. Take your cues from its reaction; if it backs off, you need to back off, too. Thanks for reading and commenting. They were living in a hollow log in the woods about 20 yards from the house. While she ate, I talked to her in a calm, low voice and hovered my hand above her head, moving slowly so she wouldn't get spooked. A mother cat will typically provide all the care and food a kitten needs during the first four weeks of life and needs no human intervention. Feed the cat at the same time of day in the same place. She made the decision to move in. I will revise the hub, however, to make it clear to what organization I am linking. If you are having trouble finding one you can use a spawn egg or summon a cat. Is it crouched low to the ground with its ears back, which shows fear, or is its tail straight up in the air, which indicates that it is comfortable? This craziness went on for five weeks, although I never tried to grab him and talked quietly in a calm voice. By July, the cat no longer disappeared when I went out to feed it. Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 27, 2012: Like your hub here Deborah. Leave a nightlight on overnight so that the room is never totally dark. It takes time, but it is so worth the effort. She turned out to be one of the best cats I've ever had. And if you are wondering how to tame a fearful cat, we also give you some tips on how to approach a fearful or shy cat without provoking negative feelings in him. After it begins using the litter box consistently, its space can be expanded. I sure hope a sweet little kitty turns up in your garden someday soon! Within five minutes he inched close enough for me to softly scratch under his chin and behind his ears and I just kept talking. Speak in a comforting voice to the cat while she eats. Touching/Physical Interaction. I've wondered myself if she has some Siamese in her. In fact, she was getting downright fat in her midsection. I'm glad the story had a happy ending and Birdie decided to move in and end her feral living. Even though he was unconscious for the surgery, it was still a strange experience for him. "Tuxedo" (named for his white bow tie and gloves in contrast to his black body) has become quite friendly; even going so far as letting me pick him up, and trying to come inside when the door is opened. This is Birdie. Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on February 21, 2012: Thank you Deborah. If the cat struggles when you hold it, let it go. She walked out onto the deck, took a look around, and went right back to her bed. 27 October 2018. I think even a non-cat person would fall under her spell. She rules the house. But I found this cat. Does the cat remain in your presence when you feed it? Sometimes when I finish my homework I ignore TV and play with my cat. Has it shown growing trust by staying closer to you over time? Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on February 20, 2012: Thanks for reading and commenting, Kari. He sounds beautiful. Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on November 18, 2015: I have a ferrel cat I'm feeding every evening, but I'm still at the stage that everytime it see me it rans away, so I leave the food in the same place every time, it always comes and eats it when I'm gone. She trusted us to care for the kitten, and over the years she has gone from being untouchable to being social. I even managed to persuade the manager to fit a cat flap on the staff room door, so that she had somwhere safe to sleep on cold nights. I suggest putting up "Cat Found!" Not wanting to use up any more of the pricey food intended for my indoor cat with special dietary needs, I bought a big bag of inexpensive dry food and kept it with the birdseed in a storage bin on the patio. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on March 28, 2013: Thanks, DaffodilSky. 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. I am right now taking care of a feral cat, and she had 2 kittens about 3 months ago. One of the kittens in the hollow log where they lived. She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years. : ). Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on February 08, 2012: Thanks, Gifted Grandma. She was a feral cat, but now she lives happily with us. I am full of admiration for your patience and care. Although many people told me I could never adopt a wild cat, Birdie has never tried to escape. If you are having trouble finding a stray cat, you can always summon a cat using a cheat or you can use a spawn egg. Thank you for the tips and encouraging words! Support wikiHow by Thanks for speeding the important message of spay/neuter. You might also undo all your hard work getting to this point. In order to help the cat become accustom to being indoors, create a routine by knocking on the door to the room before you enter and feeding it at the same time every day. If you encounter a feral cat with these symptoms, call animal control and do not attempt to handle the cat or kitten. And now she's been rewarded with the good life. 2 July 2015. It sounds like things are on the right track with her (the vocalization is a really good sign). Once the stern is away and all lines are clear, spin the boat a bit to move the bow out. If you know how fishing in Minecraft works, you won’t have a hard time taming a cat. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 03, 2012: Image Jones, thanks for your comment and best of luck with Tuxedo! After 20 minutes I slowly got up and climbed onto my bed and quietly started reading a book. Let the cat make the first move. I don't know how to tame a, "This helped me a lot to tame a cat. You might even try a diffuser option if the cat is in an enclosed area. Offer the cat a scratching post so it can engage in its instinctual scratching behavior on something other than your furniture. We adopted our 2nd feral kitten. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 22, 2012: Thanks, Michelle, Julie, and adjkp. For tips on how to prepare a cat to go to the vet for a checkup and how to socialize a feral kitten, keep reading! Still, she was a great companion and really lit up the workplace, I still miss her now. The cat will typically be growling. Eventually as time went on, she became less and less afraid, to the point where she would let most of us touch her. KathyH from Waukesha, Wisconsin on January 27, 2012: This is so awesome, thank you for sharing, I'm so glad those cute little kittens found good homes, and your Birdie is the luckiest kitty ever! This may be possible if it is the right kind of cat and you are patient. If you are having trouble finding a stray cat, you can always summon a cat using a cheat or you can use a spawn egg. Feed the cat at the same time and in the same spot every day. The other cat hates here, but is mainly out and only comes in for meals. Good for you for not giving up on the older cat! The third step to tame a feral cat is to let the cat become used to you. React calmly and make their first interaction with you a positive one. It may help folks who can't get the cat into a carrier or don't want to run possible risks. A feral cat is one that grew up in the wild with no human contact or only negative contact. Is it okay to keep a cat that I brought in and is already tame is it okay to keep it? She has started talking to me and is letting me closer while she eats. I tried hard to get him to come to me but he wouldn't. The other two were very skittish of us at first but now they know we are OK and come right up to us, they even invite a pet or two. 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