In the United States, there is a severe difficulty with wild cats. Unlike domesticated pups to the point that they are rarely found feral in urban and provincial areas, felines can endure just fine on their own.
Nevertheless, the lifespans of feral cats are smaller, and they are often bearers of fleas, ticks, and diseases, especially feline leukemia.
Because they’re left entire, they produce and breed.
The only authentic way to solve the dilemma is with TNR — trap, neuter, and release — which hinders the cycles of endless breeding and prevents the spread of disease. A real, viable solution for adult cats, TNR has proved that feral cat colonies maintain until the people no longer renews itself with more kittens.
If there is a cat colony in your neighborhood, or if you’d want to volunteer with a recovering that helps feral cats, it’s reasonable that you can not only successfully perform TNR.
Though also remove and domesticate any young wild kittens you find, turning them from the wild, hissing marks-machines into happy, adaptable family cats.
Best Ways To Tame Wild Cats
1. Trap them
Rent a refined trap from your local pet shelter or supplies barn, and follow the ways for using it.
Trapping wild kittens is the toughest part, so be patient! Once you have them, immerse them with a kitten-safe flea and tick medication.
2. Bring them to the vet
When the kits weigh more than 2 pounds, take them to the veterinarian for spaying, neutering, and vaccinations.
Surely, they’ll hate you for this, but it’s required. Try to get your felines to the vet as soon as possible after you catch them so that the shock of going to the vet will be over at the start of your domestication.
3. Give the kitties a safe space
Once you can bring the feral kittens indoors, make a safe space for them in a shower, spare room or other confined space, where they won’t be nearby humans, dogs or other cats.
Fix a litter box (they’ll instinctively know what to do with it) and supply food, water, beds and cat toys.
At first, the kits will be scared to death of you and won’t go near you. They’ll sneak when you enter the room and hiss and scratch at you if you get to close. It is all perfectly normal behavior.
4. Ignore them
If you try to get the wild kittens to arrive at you before they’re ready, the only outcome will be hands and arms covered with injuries.
When you first start controlling them, the best approach is no approach: Ignore them until they’re able to investigate you.
Unfortunately, it could take times or weeks for them to start coming around, but your persistence will pay off eventually.
5. Read to them
My favorite route to get wild kittens accustomed to being around humans is to sit in the apartment with them and read aloud from a magazine.
The book works two purposes: It keeps you from feeling bored — of course — and it allows the kits to get used to the noise of human sounds.
Attend them for about 15 minutes at a time, as many times a day as your plan permits.
6. Introduce them to play
With sufficient time and patience, you’ll find that the kittens will start investigating you — let’s hope sooner rather than later. Don’t grab at them or make immediate moves, which can set you back days.
Preferably, arm yourself with a couple of string toys, the kind that has a downy mouse dangling off a short post — or a laser pointer — and taunt them into pouncing on it. You’ll be able to join with them without having to get too close.
7. Handle with care!
Once the kits begin to react to your presence and play with stuff, take everything a step further by starting physical contact.
Go moderate and let them come to you. Don’t grab your wild tom, and don’t pressure your feline into doing anything your cats aren’t ready for yet.
When you can manage them regularly, do so as often as possible. Your initial goal at this point is to acclimate your feline to human touch.