Submit a question to our community and get an answer from real people.
Submit

How to tame my feral kitten?

So I went to my friend's house wanting to catch a feral kitten. There are both feral and non-feral cats there. I used a carrier and wet food with a rope tied to the door. I caught one. There is about 4 or 5 kittens and I have seen the mama too. I am hoping to tame the kitten and give it a home. I have already named it Ferrah. I am hoping to catch a sibling so it can be more comfortable. They are about 1 1/2 months old so they are old enough to eat dry kitten food. I just need to know how I can tame her and what to do next. My friend has her in the house in the carrier. Do I let her out or keep her in it. She was hissing and trying to scratch us when she was in the cage. But I think we have a chance because other than hissing, spatting, and clawing, I could look at her through the door and put my finger in it without any reaction. I even got to barely touch her fur without a reaction. She was even, at times, eating the food when she was in the carrier while the carrier was being held up off the ground. There are house cats that arent outdoor in the living room were Farrah is. I even saw some jealousy from one curious cat, Binky, who was "hugging" the carrier and hissing.

Report as

A feral cat really cannot be tamed. It can learn that you are a source of food but there are differences between ferals and strays. Feral cats are basically wild animals, never having contact with humans. What you have done is basically the same as catching a baby raccoon in an attempt to tame it.

If you want to do good for the kitten, you will take it to the vet for a round of immunization shots and to get fixed, if it's old enough. This is REALLY important because this kitten could be carrying something that your house cats can catch! It's really not a smart idea to attempt to introduce them, and no do NOT let the kitten out in the house.

Helpful (2) Fun (1) Thanks for voting Comments (2)
Report as
True....
Report as
Step away and Ask a vet.
Report as
Add a comment...

Get a vet

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

From experience I can tell you that taming a feral kitten is a lot of extremely hard work. My cat was somewhat feral when I got him, and I'm still working on behavioral issues with him 7 years later. First, you have to bring the kitten to the vet and make sure it doesn't have any diseases or anything that the other cats can catch. Also, you can't leave it in the crate all the time because it's going to have to go to the bathroom, and is understandably scared, but it shouldn't be around the other cats, especially with how they're acting towards it and how it's acting towards you. Also, are you still in school? Because that makes it even harder to tame and get the kitten used to you. One thing you have to remember with feral kittens is that they still require love and attention....along with firm discipline and a lot of patience. I'd suggest setting your home up with a cat bed, litter box, food, toys, etc. and give the kitten space and time to acclimate to its new surroundings. I'm sure the vet will be able to give you more tips as well. Hope everything works out!! :) also, if it's your first cat you probably shouldn't keep it at all, because you need to already have a pretty good understanding of how cats normally act, etc. before being able to understand a feral one...

Helpful (1) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...
Do you have an answer?
Answer this question...
Did you mean?
Login or Join the Community to answer
Popular Searches