How to Socialise a Feral or Stray Cat! Tips To Help Turn a Feral Cat to Friendly Cat + COMPETITION!

How to Socialise a Feral or Stray Cat! Tips To Help Turn a Feral Cat to Friendly Cat + COMPETITION!


Hi everyone! Are you planning giving a feral or stray cat a forever home? Or is your cat just a little bit more on the wild side? Me and Rags have 5 steps to help you socialise a feral or stray cat in to your home Ragsy here used to be a lot wilder than she is now When she was younger she would only ever come in to feed And she would not tolerate any human interaction She was basically half feral We have socialised her back in to our home with a few easy steps The first and most important thing to do is to the vet’s to get an all round check up and their shots Your vet will also be able to help you with socialising this cat in to your home So it’s going to be a bit more complicated than socialising an already domesticated cat Number one: Prepare your home A cat that’s not used to being adored is going to need somewhere where they feel safe and unthreatened Put aside a small room for them with plenty of hiding places, food, water and litterboxes This room needs to be away from other people in the house including other animals and children Number Two: First days In order for your new cat to feel safe in the surroundings – patience is absolutely key When first introducing your new cat to the room, place them in a carrier on the floor, open the door and step away Let them exit the carrier in their own time This is very important. Make sure there’s plenty of water, food and litterboxes And leave them alone in that room from between 12 and 24 hours. This will give them time to become more familiar with their new surroundings Once you start going in to the room make sure it’s just one person and it’s regular, scheduled times A good idea is to get your new cat associate you with good things Every time you go in to visit them, maybe fill up their water bowl, fill up their food or change their litterbox Do not try to interact with them just yet But the cat will be watching you and eventually start to associate you with yummy and good things Number three: Building Trust Once you established a basic routine, try spending a little bit more time in the room with a cat Doing things like going on your laptop, watching TV or reading Not doing anything to interact with the cat directly, but just allowing the cat to get used to you being around If they do come out of hiding while you are there, do not try to touch them or extend a hand to them Instead, if you’re sitting on the floor, lay your hand on the ground and invite them to come and check you out If you want to stop playing with your cat, use toys such as fishing rods Anything that doesn’t include any immediate touching This will help the cat establish that you are not a threat and you are in fact a friend Number Four: No Timelines No one is saying that socialising a feral or stray cat in to your home is going to be easy You will make progress in socialising these cats – be prepared for inevitable set backs No one says socialising a feral or stray cat in to a home is easy, Just remember that your cat is not only getting used to you, but your family and your home. It’s a completely different living situation they have to get used to and it may take The important thing to remember is to be patient and don’t be discourage by any setback you come accross This is all completely normal and expected Number Five: Using Outside Resources You will have endless supply of information and support for you while try to socialise a feral cat or a stray cat in to your home Also, if possible try and find a support group or a Facebook group This will put you in contact with people who have been in similar situations as you and can offer support and advice In my experience, people in these support groups cannot do enough for you and they are always there and happy to help These are just 5 short steps to help you if you are looking to socialise a feral or stray cat in to your home These helped somewhat with Ragsy and she is now a loving domesticated cat Thanks for watching this video guys! We really hope that you found it useful. And now, for our competition winner! Ragsy has decides that Abbie Doodles provided the best cat care tip this week. Congratulations! Get in contact with us at [email protected] with your address and we will send it right over to you You’ve won this catnip rattly toy for your cat. We hope that you will have hours and hours of fun! Don’t worry if you didn’t win this week, we actually have a competition this week too! In a comment section below share your top cat care tips for your chance to win this fishy rod catnip toy! Put them in a comment section below and Ragsy will pick another winner next week! Thanks for watching this video guys, we really hope you enjoyed it. If you did please give us abig thumbs up and if you haven’t done do already – hit that subscribe button And me and Rags – we will see you next week. Bye guys! Can you say bye?

35 thoughts on “How to Socialise a Feral or Stray Cat! Tips To Help Turn a Feral Cat to Friendly Cat + COMPETITION!

  1. my cat care tip is to always have toys your cat can play alone with out around the house! like balls with bells in them or a box for them to explore. so your cat doesnt get bored while youre busy and cant play with them one on one xx

  2. This was one of my wich videos, so thank you so much for sharing! I've had my new cat for two weeks now and he's getting a lot better now. I love your channel and can't wait for more cat treats. Hugs from Norway.

  3. Thank you so much! This will help a lot, both for me and my cat. I can't wait for more advises from you. And I love all your wonderful resipies for cat treats. Hug from Norway.

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  5. My advice is to don't do anything to fast and sudden. I've had experience with half feral cats so I know this will help.

  6. I know one of the hardest things to do is destroy whatever trust you may be building with a feral cat by trapping him/her and then stuffing them in a box to haul them to the vet for their exam, shots and spay-neuter. However, getting them a clean bill of health is less stressful for you, and therefore less stressful on the cat…..eventually, anyway. Ya gotta think LONG TERM benefits. Spot, a previous feral, now lets me pet him…but it took almost a YEAR after his "big boy surgery". He would hide in the garage, and sometimes I wouldn't even SEE him for weeks! I care for many cats, mostly previous ferals, and the only rule is "work it out, and try to get along." Oh, and "No means NO". Thank you for your positive constructive video.

  7. My advice is to leave the cat alone when he/she wants to be alone. Don't touch them when they are trying to hide and run away from u. I made this mistake for the first few days when I had my cat, and I soon quickly realized what I shouldnt have done

  8. I love your videos and so does my kitty Cricket! My top cat care tip is to make a cat box for your porch! As much as I'd like to bring a stray kitty into the family, Cricket simply won't have it. But that doesn't have to mean I can't take care of my neighborhood strays! Building a cat box gives them a warm place to sleep in the winter and some much needed shade in the summer. ❤

  9. My advice is to slow blink, and only ever hold out your hand if they do the same back to you. The slow blink is an expression of trust for cats, so when a cat does the same back to you, it means that they don't see you as a threat. Furthermore, always go down to their level, as it will make you look smaller and less intimidating. Also, give them an object to smell if possible, as smell is the main sense cats use to interact with the world. Glasses and hats will work well for this. When you do hold out your hand, make sure it's relaxed, with fingers down and out. Extend your middle finger slightly so that it is in front, acting like a nose, and extend said nose towards the cat's. If it backs away, don't pursue further. If the cat touches your finger, hold it there and let the cat pet you. This is how I got my former stray to trust me, and now we have a very special bond. He and I will often just press foreheads for a while when I do see him (he's indoor/outdoor and I'm in college). If I've been gone for a while (at university), he'll rub his face all over me when I get home. It's adorable.

  10. I want to leave some cat food outside for the stray/feral cats, but my parents won't let me because they don't want the cats to stick around and have a colony living around at our yard. Also it is because we have a fish pond outside and they do not want the cats to eat the fish. It happened once.

  11. I have been trying to socialize my cat for over a year. I got her from a feral cat rescue shelter when she was 2 months old. She is very anxious and always scared. She headbutts my hand and does a happy dance when I feed her. Other than that, she doesn't like human contact or being petted. I have made my house very secure and safe for her. I always treat her gently and have never done anything to scare her. I try to play with her 30 mins a day with a fishing rod so she gets to jump a lot. Is there any hope? Will she always act like a feral cat?

  12. thank you for the video. I rescued a feral cat community. A mom had 4 litters within one year. I stumbled upon them while driving. I built an outdoor, heated cat condo 8' x 6'. I know a little about building from my father. I wish he was alive to help me further. I wish I had made it larger. As soon as the weather is warmer I am going to add an addition. I could not leave these kittens at this apartment complex, living in the sewer, and eating out of the dumpster. The orange county shelter did not tell me they were a kill shelter. I don't think so. I just rescued the last one yesterday. He/she is not happy, but I have made the area inside comfortable for this cat. I will take some of your advice. I am moving to florida this fall and will be taking them with me. It is a lot of work, but it gives me a happy purpose knowing they are going to be ok. I will try to socialize them and rehome them or if I can keep them. I will be building a home for me and them with an outdoor porch and inside room. I love all the ideas on youtube and pinterest. I have been online looking for help to spay/neuter, financial help since I budget on disability for food, dog pads, litter, and treats. I have the kitten indoors, they love to play as my family are really enjoying them. The larger cat are outdoors. I spend time with them everyday. They have gotten soo big. Oh one of the cats I believe is the father. The mother whom I have not seen in a week, she had 3 large, 3 medium, 4 small (one got away as I believe she moved it , and 3 babies. I wanted to catch her and get her treated, but I believe their is still a baby out there. All thriving. This is my second rescue. My first I have the surviving 2, thanks to an ignorant neighbor who through negligence and reluctance to put them back where she found them, the five that she had 4 died, I have one of the survivors. I am sick and tired of people abandoning their cats, the vets need to lower their spay and neutering price here in N.C. Any "positive" advice is greatly appreciated. I will continue to watch videos as I am learning a lot through them.Oh I bought dog crates large on ebay at a great price with a divider and 2 doors. I am going to purchase some more this month, so I have them to move them. I also purchased traps and other products for them. I have had animals all my life from the pounds, this is new to me. A lot of work, as I said, but rewarding. You keep up the good work. I am gathering information how to get the treated timing it. My neighbor works with the tnr, but I don't feel she has given me any great advice. I have an organization who sent me infor. I am checking out.

  13. yeah my cat just goes away for the day until 12:00 in the night when he goes out for food and water and to mess around

  14. Me and my mother have taken in several feral cats, one of them being a lil lass named Siri. She's a sweetheart to all of our other cats and so nice to humans, problem is she's very timid. She really wants to be pet, she purrs and strokes her head against my hand, but she's too scared to get close. She doesn't dare to get up next to me in the couch and etc. Whenever I pick her up and place her next to me she immediately jumps down. We've had her for about 2 years. Anyone's got any advice for what to do?

  15. Hi! I have a kitten whose momma was feral & he is a joy. I bought him lots of fun toys but his favorite is a crumpled up post it note. Much cheaper & I can get one & throw to get away from the computer in an instant!

  16. I have just rescued a feral cat from the kill pound. Unfortunately, she’s got a respiratory infection and needs antibiotics twice a day 😱 so she’s not associating me with only good things for the first 10 days, as that’s how long her meds are for! I hope I can do the following steps after the 10 days of meds and the cat eventually warms up to me!

  17. Trust is king! When we adopted her, my feral tabby had a hard time letting her guard down. 7 years later, she still seems to think every sound she hears is a potential threat. To build trust, I talked to her in a sweet voice reserved just for her. The sweet voice became a non-food treat associated with me. I called her "Kitty Baby", although that's not her name. I talked "to" her, not at her, I didn't make eye contact and I used my "Kitty Baby" voice when we shared the same space. I peppered my conversation with simple phrases like "Kitty Baby" and "you're okay" when I noticed she was nervous. She learned that I was not a threat. And she learned to "talk" back! Kitty Baby is now affectionate with the few people she trusts. She is still very communicative. I've used her tuned-in, communicative nature to "train" her–"Would you like to say hello?" means "I'm going to pick you up now unless you tell me you're not in the mood", "Time to eat" means the obvious, "good Baby" means you've done what I asked you to do and "you're okay" continues to mean you're safe. She's the smartest cat I've ever had! My husband, a dog person, calls her "Cat Dog" because he's never seen a cat so in tune with a person's voice. Be patient, be empathetic. To earn your feral cat's love and trust is worth the effort–for you and for her!

  18. I am trying to train a semi tame cat who I tnr last August who bit me outside. He was becoming tame and friendly and let me pet him etc, hung out with me this summer and was sleeping outside the house. Then when I was working outside he scratched and bit my leg- maybe trying to stop me walking away or he was startled. So I re trapped, vetted and had to quarantine etc. He is is still in the drop trap and I am trying to find a home for him. I am not sure my indoor only cat will accept him and I am afraid he may bite again, any ideas?

  19. Hey glad to see this video, I have a stray/ferel Tom cat that randomly arrived out my back garden one day. Long story short it took roughly 2 weeks of feeding him and leaving him eat alone before I attempted to rub him. By rubbing him I mean literally stroking him on his head with one finger! Fast forward to a month later and he's sitting on my lap as I type this purring like a mad thing and he sleeps in my room! His name is Brendan lol

  20. Beautiful torti! I have one just like her. I picked her up from the shelter last night. She is in her crate. She made no peep on the 1 1/2 hr drive. She does look into my eyes. My other cat is also around. Both are still not interacting. The new kitty is hiding under her blanket and she’s inside the crate. I hope she relaxes. Thanks for the tip.

  21. ITS A SELL JOB…Say you like a feral cat and want him/ her come in your home…START ON THE STREETS….

    …Always bring good food and high pitch talking…Let the cat come. to you and go from there…IF YOU JUST CATCH THE CAT ..cold turkey and bring it home …You have missed important steps…MAKE IT LOOK THAT IT IS THE CATS CHOICE NOT YOURS…..

  22. I have a feral cat its name is vibes and it doesn't mind being watched while it eats and naps and I wanted advice on how to put a collar on it and how to wash it and how to pet it

  23. It really depends the age and how long it's been living outside. The younger they are they are usually more friendlier. I feed two one has been out their for years and his greedy and less friendly than the younger one who I think is his son. The younger one will let you pet him and loves to be touched. We want the younger one.

  24. I've taken in feral kittens and worked with them. My first I had 19 yrs and she slept on my pillow everynight. Just lost her in January. I just took in another one it's been 1 mo to get her to let me pet her. Another mo since she's been in the house. She's doing great so far. She still only lets me pet and hold her. She'll get there. Others I've found homes for.

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