will feral kittens stay together in the wild or do they go there own ways

by Ginea Lenaza
(cleveland ohio)

feral kittens with they stay together in the wild or do
they go there own way


RESPONSE:

First, you didn’t say how old the kittens were, and secondly…are they male or female? So I’ll try and give a general response to touch upon the topic. Typically in the wild, male and female cats usually don’t spend much time together unless they are mating. The enduring relationship seems to be between a mother cat and both her male and female kittens. Female feral cats will band together to raise their kittens and form colonies that add to their safety. Male feral cats will sometimes join together to defend a common territory.

Feral kittens that are from the same litter may remain together for a time but they face disease, cars, predators and starvation that may separate them. One goes to seek food and never returns. Plus, the female kitten can be impregnated as young as 4 months old and have several litters a year. Please read my pages on Cat Colonies and Feral Cats for some more information.

If you have discovered feral kittens there are alternatives to leaving them in the wild. An excellent resource is Alley Cat Allies and a couple more listed on the Feral Cats page. If they are under 8 weeks there may be hope to socialize them so they can be adopted. And, there are always exceptions like my Chanel #5 who was 6 months old and has become domesticated although it took many months of diligent and dedicated effort.

If you want to supply more information, then I can try to address your specific issues.

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Jul 20, 2017
Angel Kitty, Feral Boy NEW
by: Cherie Lebrun

My feral, Angel, whom we thought was a girl, about 7 months when I realized he was staying under the old back porch in Appalachian hills of Ohio. All alone outside, went to neighbor's house, around, and back, mostly at mine. I made a huge error and left kibbles outside. Every Tom Dick & Harry came. Angel ran from all of them, a small boy. He must be about a year now, but progress has been slow. Here 4 months now. He is a boy, we learned, after neighbor trapped him and we got him fixed at shelter. He is deathly afraid of humans. Starting to come out when my friend comes over to help me with the old 2-story school house. I still can't pick him up. He escaped one day, only out there 1-1/2 hours, and returned, running like crazy from the middle of the 1/2 acre in the back from woods or from the other side. sometimes he whines to come out. Now i can pet him and stroke him, but after 4-5 strokes, he moves over, begs for it again. Used an infant brush attached to a wand from an interactive toy with a fish hanging from it. First slide by my legs a few days ago. Still can't stoop, and must stand slowly. Very afraid of being grabbed. Some of the young ferals come down from the woods lining all the acreage on the outskirts of Zanesville. It was obvious he had no human contact, no knowledge of house noises, utilities, washer, dryer. He plays with me, ping pong, down the stairs, and back up, and has come a long way with a lot of patience and work. I wonder if something happened to his mother or siblings as he was ALWAYS alone outside. He should be coming to 1 year b/day. Still a small boy, however. 8 pounds when captured, but he did not see me trap him, he saw the neighbor and stayed there 2 nights. Deathly afraid of dogs and large Tom Cats too, or large birds. He heard an eagle rescued on TV squeaking away, ran to the living room, then ran immediately under the couch. Very neat, sweet boy. Wish I could post a photo. Really want to pick him up and take him to the doctor to get booster and check up, plus put him in a cat stroller, etc. I cannot afford all the bills associated with outdoor/indoor cats and this is a wild area, coyotes, etc. etc. rural. Any suggestions on how to get him closer so I can pick him up and put him in his canvas carrier? Why wasn't he with any siblings and afraid of all the other cats? He would leap from the yard, even stand on the neighbor's low roof, watching until they left my yard. Runs and hides when people here as well. Poor doll. Thanks.

May 21, 2017
Re: What happened to moma
by: Tdawg

Sometimes feral mothers will abandon their young if humans are seen interacting with them... I'm not sure why, it's just what I read... Maybe they know they'll be taken care of, or maybe they feel betrayed and replaced... Who knows! Doesn't mean she's dead just because she's missing (@anonymous! :| )

Oct 16, 2016
Cat gone
by: Anonymous

I'm sure she dead

Sep 14, 2016
What happened to Moma
by: Jill Wise

I've had a sweet feral female come to my porch all last winter. Very feral but got yo where she would be looking in the window when I woke up- waiting for food. She had 4 babies in the spring & I suspected but wasnt sure until they came out from under the porch to plsy/nurse at ~4 weeks. I msde arrangements to spay/neuter/ear tip but could never catch moma. Caught all kittens several times, raccoons but not moma. She suddenly dusappeared during her heat cycle & I've been very sad/worried that a fix/coyotte got her :(. Babies are tame & finally weigh enough to have fixed.
Is it typical for moma to leave abruptly during heat? I had planned to spay her & feed her forever :(. Kittens can be adopted out since they tamed up sfter mom left.

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