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Old 21-04-2009, 10:03 AM
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Catching a Feral Tom Cat

I desperately need help. Over 4 months ago a feral tom entered our home and got our girl pregnant (who was not spayed at the time and kept indoors). He continued to howl outside the house during the night throughout the entire pregnancy. When possible, he entered our open kitchen window and even climbed up our pergola and entered a bedroom window. He also took the door off the locked cat flap. Each time he comes in he sprays all over the children's toys and the kitchen cupboards etc.

The kittens are now 3 weeks old and suspecting that he has again got my girl pregnant again and I am fighting a battle with fleas (which he brings in the house). I contacted the RSPCA about the problem and they put me onto cats protection. I also sent out over 100 letters to all the houses on our estate however no owner has come forward. I have had a huge response from residents who have cats attacked by him and problem with the spraying.

Last week I paid 20 to loan a cat trap and feline welfare agreed to pay to neuter and de-flea the cat when caught. I have set the trap in various places in the garden with cat food and smelly mackrel to lure him. He has never attempted to enter the trap and he sits next to it almost mocking us.

Today I thought I'd won the battle. I went downstairs this morning and he was trapped in our utility room after again forcing the cat flap door. I was so relieved to catch him and whilst he hissed at me I secured the cat flap door with a chair and a big piece of MDF. I got on the phone and feline welfare arranged with the vets to get him in this morning.

Whilst on the phone I heard a loud bang. I went in to find that he had moved a chair and and the board and escaped. I am almost in tears. He has sprayed all over the kitchen and I have spent the last 2 hours cleaning. I have no doubt that he has again infested the carpets with fleas.

I love animals, but I am now considering extreme measures to catch this bas**rd. I know it is not his fault however he is making my life a misery and I cannot bear the thought of another litter of kittens to re-home.
The lady from cats protection asked me if he has a large head - which funnily enough he has. Apparently this means he has been a roaming tom for many years. I suspect he is semi-feral and used to be owned.

If anyone can offer any advice I would really appreciate it. I am at my wits end.

Diane
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Old 21-04-2009, 10:11 AM
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Re: Catching a Feral Tom Cat

Grrr! I hope you catch him!
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Old 21-04-2009, 10:14 AM
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Re: Catching a Feral Tom Cat

oh dear how awful, can you not sort of capture him with a big towel and put him in the trap? the best thing is really to get him caught and nuetered. I know it must be frustrating..

if your cat is a house cat why is there a cat flap? Can you not get that filled properly with wood or something?
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Old 21-04-2009, 10:18 AM
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Re: Catching a Feral Tom Cat

Hi,

I cannot get anywhere near him outside to get a towel around him. He keeps his distance and even food won't tempt him. He has attacked my husband a while ago and he was hissing today when I got too near.
About the cat flap... we have a 13 year old female who uses it. She sleeps in the utility room at night and goes out when she needs to. We were keeping our other girl (a kitten/junior at the time) indoors until spayed. I'll have to get my older cat litter trained again and board up the cat flap.
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Old 21-04-2009, 10:19 AM
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Re: Catching a Feral Tom Cat

I love this forum please dont get me wrong, but you may want to look at the forums purrsinourhearts and catchat, there are people on there that deal with catching cats and rescues all day they will be able to help.
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Old 21-04-2009, 10:30 AM
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Re: Catching a Feral Tom Cat

could you put the cage inside with the open end against the catflap? keep your girls inside, and all windows closed for a couple of days until he is caught? just a suggestion.

I have caught the odd roaming feral tom, but they always went into the cage without a problem. One went in after food, the other went in when i put some used litter from one of the girls in call inside the trap. - it sounds to me like he's been caught (and prob escaped) before. Mind you, if a girl is calling he wont be wanting to eat anyway.

Just suggestions, hope you get him soon!
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Old 21-04-2009, 10:37 AM
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Re: Catching a Feral Tom Cat

I asked on purrsinourhearts what you should do and they said that you should get the female spayed as soon as possible because that is what is attracting him. (thanks to Dawn)
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Re: Catching a Feral Tom Cat

That would have been my first suggestion also. There is no real early limit on getting a cat spayed. Some breeders do thier kitters before going to a new home. however I always suggest letting a cat get to 5-6 months first

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Old 21-04-2009, 11:08 AM
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Re: Catching a Feral Tom Cat

yes but i wouldnt be sending a queen who has 3week old kittns at home to be speyed.
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Old 21-04-2009, 11:11 AM
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Re: Catching a Feral Tom Cat

That is true ya know. I have a ferral that visits whenever there's a girl in season. He's not quite as brash as your one, but when all the neighbourhood girls finally got done, (after my pestering) he stopped his visits for a while, until one of his kittens was old enough to give enough now he's back!

I don't know where you live but I am in Kent and Celia Hammond is very very good at catching cats, she may be able to help you, she can also re - home ferrals?
they can be quite viscious as I am sure you know, possibly I think if you can put the trap in YOUR kitchen with something smelling of your own cat in it, blanket, towel or something, it is a risk that he will again spray in your kitchen when he comes in, but I think it will get him the trap!
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