That’s a good question…

She was “fearful and unfriendly” when she showed up.  Ran, wouldn’t let anyone 
near her.  One time my aunt caught her (after months of feeding) and I wanted 
to get her to the vet.  Trying to put her in the carrying cage, she literally 
shredded my shirt!

However, over time she’s grown increasingly friendly, sticks around my aunt’s 
patio and “even tried to come in the house.”  At my aunt’s property, they have 
tamed two other ferals (and they were ferals).  They are Lucky and Princess, 
who live with me in the house now.


My fear was that with her awful looking tail (which is now better) and her 
cleft pallet, and her stand-offish disposition, the humane society would NOT 
see her as adoptable and that would end her life.  I can’t sentence her to 
death.  So now I have to do what I can to help her.


Thanks a million for your thoughts!



[] On Behalf Of Natalie
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 7:08 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Please Share Thoughts on TNR Dilemma


Is this a really feral cat?


[] On Behalf Of Bonnie Hogue
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 9:30 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Please Share Thoughts on TNR Dilemma


Beth,  I think this is going to have to be the answer.  Now the question…where 
to get the crate.  Those darn things are expensive.  I’m working on that now.  
I’d hate to plunk out another $125….but guess I could gift it back to Forgotten 
Felines when finished.  I can’t say enough good about that organization.  They 
spay/neuter about 80 cats a week.  Bless them!


[] On Behalf Of Beth
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 6:26 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Please Share Thoughts on TNR Dilemma


When I re-locate ferals I set them up in a big dog crate in the are I will be 
releasing them in for 2 weeks minimum. That way the know where they are going 
to be fed. Make sure you feed them where the crate was. They have always stayed 
around once freed.



 Don't Litter, Fix Your Critter!  




From: Bonnie Hogue <>
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 9:05 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Please Share Thoughts on TNR Dilemma

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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