A friend, Rich, noticed a feral kitten hanging around his yard a couple weeks ago. There’s a managed colony across the street, but of course you wouldn’t expect a kitten to be at a managed colony. The kitten, who Rich began calling Smoke, got friendlier and friendlier, and Rich was determined to rescue him or her.
And today it worked out, and Smoke was trapped.
She or he is in the bathroom of Rich’s place now, a little scared, but not too badly. Rich has another cat already, and it is a one bedroom apartment, so the logistics are not perfect for this kind of rescue, but there are backup plans in place, in case Beanie won’t accept Smoke. Beanie was a street cat himself, before he decided to adopt Rich, and while he’s now an indoor cat, he is still territorial and gets super upset to see cats outside in his territory.
So Rich has some worries about Beanie accepting Smoke.
For now, he’s giving Beanie a lot of attention, he’s keeping them separated, he let Beanie sniff the now Smoke-less trap. So far Beanie is curious but not upset.
There are several challenges, of course, because Smoke is sort of half-tame, but certainly not your average friendly kitten. So Smoke needs to become more comfortable with people, and the introduction to Beanie has to happen as well. And all this in a one bedroom apartment.
Smoke will be going to the vet in the next day or so to get checked out by the vet and spayed or neutered as well, which is the obvious first step.
This is the first experience Rich has had with a feral cat (Beanie doesn’t really count because he became part of Rich’s life when Beanie jumped in the open window one night and curled up to sleep on Rich’s bed), and while he’s read plenty of advice, it always seems best to get advice that is based on the actual situation.
If anyone has some hints or information that might help Rich, Smoke and Beanie, please comment!
smoke, just rescued