Copper came to me from the pine thicket 2 weeks before Thomas and helped Thomas decide to be a cared for kitten. I was advised to keep them separated for 6 + weeks in case one was sick. Well, that didn't fly at all. They came from the same place and were almost the same age and ......well, I decided to deal with whatever came up and let them be together. They were separated for about 4 hours once and that won't happen again. I even make sure they are in the same cage if I have to leave them at the vets'---neuter, dental. All of this is to say that you are right in not separating them. The stress would probably kill both of them. Thomas locked himself in the Jeep once and Copper was hollering his head off because he couldn't get to his brother. He was far more upset than Thomas.

MHO: reduce stress as much as you can....try Rescue Remedy and Feliway. Even though they are together, there has been a major life- style change. Feed the highest quality food that you can. Listen to this group re supplements. I like colostrum for my ferals. I get it at the local feed store. Dixie (FeLV+) liked--almost craved high vitamin C veggies finely chopped and mixed with various foods I gave her and I know one holistic vet who highly recommends vitamin C supplements. On that note, I have a wonderful holistic vet and know another (Louisville, KY area but do phone consultations). I take any critter who comes into my life as a house guest to Betty Bosewell. She helped me, along with the wonderful vets at Middletown Animal Clinic, give Dixie the absolutely best life a little cat could have and she left this life very easy compared to so many I hear about. And she left without the help of the vets she truly hated........ I credit Betty and the MAC vets with helping two very tiny feral kittens grow into the wonderful cats they are today....they are napping in their chair as I type. Keeping them together is the right thing.

Bless you for caring and loving these darlings. You will never regret it.

On Apr 3, 2011, at 1:14 PM, Charles J Driscoll wrote:

I am not sure how this board works, but this is my story. Can I answer on the board or do I have to send a e-mail each time.

Over last summer, there was an abandoned foreclosure house next door to me. Well, in the hole of the fence, these 2 little faces kept popping their heads threw the hole. Turns out they were kittens born in March 2010 from a feral mother cat. I feed them over the summer and finally made friends with the kittens. I bought a small dog house they could eat without getting soaked in the rain, snow etc. I finally TRN them in Sept. One is a healthy Gray Tiger one which I call "Hello". The other is a small black and white which I call "Hello Kitty". they were both males. The black and white seemed to eat alot less, very skiddish, not as friendly. The tiger one is a big mouth meow, meow, hey here I am. They are so bonded, so close. The tiger one seems to mother the Hello Kitty on all terms, watching out for him, washing him.

Well, over this bad snow, cold winter the black and white came down sick, I grabbed him FAST and set up a cage in the house. Took him to the vet, he was on antibodics. Turns out he is Positive with FeLV. Since I never took care of ferals in my life, this is all new to me and a bit overwhelming. So we now have the black and white kitten (11 months old now) in the house since Feb 14th and on:

Prednisolone (1 pill a day)
Chinese Herbs Immune enhancer (2 caps a day)
EFA vitamin and mineral supplement (1/4 teaspoon mixed with food)
Fellovite II (1/4 teaspoon or lick right from finger, which he does)

I also have the tiger one in the house and he was vaccinated from the FeLV. so hopefully it works, cause I can not separate them at all.

I am also feeding other ferals outside. (The cats must look for house........LOL)

Steroid: Big male black and white, he looks like his ear is tipped
Bobcat: pure black one shows up in the dark, in and out. Has a bunny rabbit tail V: gray male tiger, who's been missing since Long Island snow storm this Feb
Red: Male just showed up the past 2 weeks, Friendly, but not neurterd

The Mama CAT: caught her in Oct and TNR. She is doing well, and healthy and lives and eats by a women down the block.

Any suggestion would be so helpful!!
thank you

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