Taking in a feral cat – a step by step guideNHV Gives Back 3 min read
Wouldn’t it be perfect if your house was big enough to bring in all the stray cats and dogs in the neighborhood? Of course, you’d then need a job that pays you for staying in and taking care of all those animals. It sure would be a life well spent. Sigh. 🙁
While you may not be able to take in all the strays, you can try to bring in that feral cat who sometimes visits your driveway and garbage cans. Unlike popular belief, feral cats are just like domestic cats and have just as much love to give. They are less humanized and have strong animal instincts that can make taming them a careful process. Many cat parents who have successfully housed a feral cat and continued to live together say that the feeling of earning a feral cat’s love and trust is just out of this world.
Do you have a feral cat who you’d like to bring in and make your family’s new furry member? We have put together a guide that explains all the steps that you will need to take from the time you bring her into the time she becomes like any other lovable and purring domestic cat in the house. We have also added some bonus tips in the form of recipes, do’s, and don’ts that you can only get from the pet experts at NHV Natural Pet Products.
It is an elaborate guide with 7 important steps that include
1 – Your feral cat’s room
2 – Establishing your relationship
3 – Trips to the vet
4 – Introduction to other pets
5 – Your feral cat’s diet
6 – Establishing a routine
7 – Health concerns for feral cats
The guide also has bonus tips for some other issues that you might experience along this journey:
- Areas to avoid petting a cat
- Post spay and neuter care for a cat
- How to handle loss of appetite in cats
- Calm introduction of two cats
- Calm introduction between a cat and a dog
- Nutritious bone broth recipe for cats
- Herbal supplements to avoid common health ailments in feral cats
You can download all this information in a simple pdf, save it to your mobile or print it and keep handy.
Click here to download the PDF guide!
You have made the right decision by rescuing a feral cat from the streets and offering her a home to live and a family to love. With proper care and supplementation, you will soon discover your cat is very lovable and playful. Please get in touch with your NHV Pet Expert to find help or guidance as you start this journey together. We love your pets, naturally!
Published: January 27, 2018
You have such a kind heart. 🙂 I would recommend following the steps outlined in the blog to help you with all your feral kitties! You can also try our supplement Matricalm for Cats which can help to reduce anxiety, aggression and overall agitation. As for your male cat, this is a very likely possibility and I would recommend discussing with your veterinarian beforehand.
Please let us know if you have any more questions, we are here to help!
Yours in wellness,
Team NHV Natural Pet Products
Thanks so much for your guide! This was the best and easiest to understand info I have found on taking in ferals! I also love that it’s positive and doesn’t go into how ferals are hard to domesticate, etc! I have found so much of that (and other discouraging info), and although I know it could be true, a clear cut plan like you suggest and patience is key! We just took in a litter of 4 feral kitties that momma cat left on our deck (that we had been feeding for weeks!) and they are doing great! Much better and quicker progress than most suggest in other forums! It’s been a great, positive experience and so glad to have new additions to the family! ~ thanks so much again!!
I have two cats and two dogs in my home one cat was born to a feral mother in our backyard. I was finally able to trap 11 cats and kittens all were neutered, ear tipped and given rabies shots. ( there are only 6 cats left in colony) I recently moved and need to move the cats with me because new owners want them gone. I am trying to have a cat enclosure built and will then start the trapping to move them.
My main concern is how to keep them in the enclosure during the winter. I would like to have them come into my basement in really bad winter weather, but I’m afraid my male cat will start urinating everywhere. Do you have any suggestions? PS they do have insulated boxes.