I would not let him outside again. I brought in a feral kitten years ago. I let him out once and when I got him back inside I never let him out again. I spent lots of time with him (kept him in my master bathroom/dressing room) and gave him different toys all the time. Cat TV is another diversion and he still loves sitting in the window 13 years later. There are links on the internet about how to bring an outside cat inside. He will adjust but will need your time and attention.
If he is asymptomatic, I would not be inclined to add another cat. Bless you for taking him in! Laurie "Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you - alas, it is true of almost every one of us!"~Fyodor Dostoyevsky -----Original Message----- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Emeraldkittee Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:22 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [Felvtalk] how to make Whimsy an inside only? I would be interested in hearing others' stories of bringing inside an FeLV 'former feral' - to permenantly indoor. I don't let out my kitties, but Whimsy has gone from a cagey feral to "almost house cat" status. He has the sunroom to himself, and has been out in the daytime and with us some evenings. When out, he was staying in the yard, but the past few days has started to explore like he used to, and we have caught him across the street, etc. Obviously, it's a big fright for us and since we were planning on him being inside 24/7 with Halloween coming up, this might be the time to break the news to him....it's not safe for you to be out at all without your mom and dad. Because he was so feral, and it's taken him so long to get to this point, we have worked at his pace - we didn't have a choice when we couldn't trap him, couldn't handle him. Now he comes when he's called. I want to make the leap now for peace of mind and his safety, and now that I can handle him (picking up, cuddling) it seems like the right time - I don't want to stress him more - he does sometimes get upset being cooped up. Should we just toughen up and keep him in all the time, except when he is with us? He does get lonely and paws at the door to be let out if he's alone too long, and I don't want him to get depressed. Adding another FeLV kitty would not be the best financial move, given the whole clan we have with various ailments. I also wonder if another FeLV could make him worse off, if that new kitty had a more serious 'version' of FeLV. Whimsy for now has been asymptomic, and is around 2 yrs 3 mos old. I hope he's one of the ones that can sustain health for a long time. I also don't know how he'd act around another kitty. so, in summary - 1) is forcing him to be inside only the best thing to do? 2) any ideas on how to make the transition emotionally easier for him? thank you, Shannon and Whimsy _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org