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(Some Guy)   Help Anyone in K-W, Cambridge or Guelph On? I trapped a stray/feral cat. Not very sick, but would be put down if sent to KWHS. Looking for low cost or free TNR options. Various organizations haven't returned my calls. What now?   ( divider line
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2017-03-17 11:40:07 AM  
Try Toronto Cat Rescue.  They operate across the greater Toronto area, and do work with strays/ferals.  One of my cats was a former feral adopted from them two years ago.  She was trapped/spayed and temporarily homed at a volunteer's residence in Guelph, and while it took her a couple of months to trust either of us to so much as pet her, she's turned into a wonderful cat, though she hasn't lost her hyper-aware skittishness.  Might be an option for you.
2017-03-17 12:35:09 PM  
For fully feral cats (born feral/in the wild as opposed to run away), can they ever become pets?  I didn't think they could.
2017-03-17 01:47:27 PM  

Priapetic: For fully feral cats (born feral/in the wild as opposed to run away), can they ever become pets? I didn't think they could.

They can, kind of. 13-14 years ago, 3 kittens were born in our yard. They got used to us. My wife caught 2 of 3 for a trap, neuter and release. The first two parts went ok. The third not so much. They were not happy "people" when they came back, but since it was winter they stayed. They have tolerated us for many years. We basically settled into a cold war peace.

One of the sisters is a blind calico. She adopted our older cats as seeing eye cats for her to get around and, once they were gone, was on her own. Gd forbid we move a piece of furniture --- gallop, gallop, gallop, ---THUD!!! ...FARKING ME-ow!...FARKING ME-ow! ..FARKING ME-ow!!!

The "friendly," bolder sister has always taken off for the summer and then come back for winter. Late this fall, after she didn't come back we figured that was that. She had a good run for a feral. Nope. Around Christmas she was back, not feeling too well. She has spent the winter on my wife's lap (wife has terminal cancer) chilling out. Can't pick her up to take her to the vet, so she has spent the winter coughing. She lets me pet her (but not our children), but still gives me the stink eye.
2017-03-17 02:39:58 PM  
2017-03-17 03:59:21 PM  
What? No Chinese restaurants in Toronto? jk

Sorry no room here, even though I just lost my favorite stray the day before Valentines. Think any new kitties will out live me, not sure if it is worse to have them die in your arms or have your last thoughts to be about who will care for them.
2017-03-17 04:05:18 PM  
Some ferals can be domesticated after neutering. I've heard of cases (from my wife, she works for a shelter) where it becomes a complete personality flip and they want nothing more than human attention.
I think it may be because many of them are ill when they come in as well. After a huge hormone swing and a week or so of warmth and food some decide that these human things are useful tools.
2017-03-17 09:51:07 PM  
I took a strain when I was in ruralish Windsor, git him neutered, days he went outside (fished, moused and hunted birds and rabbits) but always came running when called.

Had two dogs at the same time, as they would bark to be let out he meowed. He was more dog that
an cat inside. but pure wild cat outside.
2017-03-18 10:26:21 AM  

OP here.  Sorry for the late update, I was busy with working my regular job, running to the vets and trying to get 'Moo' settled in.  I've decided to treat him myself at the vet the best I can.  And then while he's recovering here, I can take the time to vet out some sanctuary/barn cat options.  He's too sick for the neutering and shots, so I'll have him with me for at least the next month while he gets healthy.  Depending on bloodwork of course, which I'm getting back today.  He does seem more energetic and alert today, which is definitely a good sign.

I've started a GoFundMe.. just in case you Farkers are feeling a little generous today :)
2017-03-18 10:37:17 AM  
He's also elderly and has gone, or going blind, so TNR is definitely out of the question and he needs to either go to a sanctuary or a home.  He is actually a good cat, but he is weak.  I'll know how wild he is when he starts feeling better lol.
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