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. Posted at 2007/03/01 10:32am reply to

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kimchee Posted at 2007/03/01 8:23pm reply to

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tim captured two feral kittens by just feeding them daily for many weeks, no pressure, then one night he put the food in a cat carrier and snapped it shut on 'em.   if this hadn't worked, we were planning to rent a trap instead.  i think you should try putting the food only in the carrier for a while.  she'll go in there when she's hungry enough.

i read that you should do the isolation thing for at least two weeks, letting the cats play pawsies under the door, then try to mix them.  (unfortunately we've been trying this for like three months with the feral kittens and the housecats, to no avail.  meatloaf, the alpha female, straight out wants to kill them.)
Robin Posted at 2007/03/02 2:18pm reply to

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Well, even though our cat Mary lives inside, it is like all out war trying to get her in the carrier to go to the vet.  So, I can atleast give you my advice for getting the cat in the carrier, if you can get close enough to pet her, this will probably work.  I use a towel, and it works wonders.  You have to be quick, drape the towel over her, and scoop her up.  You will most likely not get scratched or bitten through the towel.  Getting her in the carrier after that is easy....just put her in with the towel around her.  Bring the towel to the vet, though she will probably willlingly go into the carrier after THAT experience.  You're doing a great thing, and all I can do is wish you luck with the bath, and the mats.
http://www.jugglingcats.com/rescue/austin_cat_rescue.htm
This website has alot of links to the rescue societies in Austin, I would contact them before TLAC because they are rescue people.  I am sure someone can give you good tips.
Thank you!
. Posted at 2007/03/18 8:51pm reply to

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I was finally able to capture Patches today.  Thanks for the advice, Kim and Robin!  I'm taking her to the vet tomorrow to get checked out.  Right now I have her isolated in my spare bedroom to keep her away from Cricket.  She seems to be adjusting better than I thought she would.  I had a conversation with a neighbor that claimed he'd seen her hanging around outside for at least 5 years!  Living in the parking lot of an apartment complex!  Another neighbor told me that he thought Patches was an un-neutered male.  Because she is still so matted and nervous I haven't been able to confirm her/his sex.  Here are some pics I took of her.  I'm assuming that once she's cleaned up she'll be a lot whiter.  I'll post updated pics once she's been clean.  I'll definitely sleep better knowing that she's safe now!

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