Hi Bonnie,
I would take her to your place, feed her right away so she knows that is your intention. Also make sure she know your aunt's cat is there with you, she is and has been aware of that cat while she was at your aunts and it will give her some familiarity and may help keep her there. Don't be discouraged if at first she disappears for a few days, she will want to check out her new neighborhood. Just keep putting food out and in your mind picture her living there and welcome. Hopefully she will decided survival is more important than territory.

On 8/11/2011 6:05 AM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

Wish I would have thought to ask this yesterday! Now I’m literally an hour away from needing to decide.

The problem is that my aunt (who’s tame housecat I took) also had a “feral” living in her large yard. The cat showed up about 2 years ago, and for the past year I believe the cat has pretty much been a resident there (her only source of food?).

Yesterday I trapped her and took her to Forgotten Felines, the local and excellent TNR organization. Guess what? She had already been spayed. That means some (fill in the blank nasty term) ‘person’ had just abandoned her!

So here’s the dilemma: if I release her in my yard, she’s in a strange place. The only thing holding her near will be my good heart. If I take her back to my aunt’s house (which is to go on the market soon) god knows what will happen, where she will find food, and the next ‘trapper’ may not have as good a motivation as I do.

I see it as 50/50 for this poor cat.

But what would YOU do?

Thanks for your thoughts.


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