October 30th 2013 10:37 am
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Well it has been 2 years since I first started feeding Smudge our stray feral female and she still does not trust me enough to move in. I made great headway with her but had to catch her in March to get her neutered as she was giving us a bit of a kitten problem :)
I know that it is not just me why she does not move in, we have a indoor cat Tilly and a very active 2 year old little boy who gets very excited when he sees her.
During the summer I realised that she spent around 80% of her time in our garden or very nearby, even with Ethan running around. The worrying time is now night time, I have no idea where she goes. I have given her shelter for the last 2 years but she never uses it.
I just wish that she would move in with us, we do not have a large house, but I am sure that she would be able to make her own space and be very happy with us even if it was just for the winter.
At least I know she is fed well by myself and she is not the only feral cat living within our area to cuddle up to (I also make sure the other 2 male cats have a meal too at least once a day). Just wish my little girl would come in where it is safe and warm :(
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As long as she has a shelter that is warm and protected from the wind. Try putting some wet food just inside to entice her. Is it insulated? Keep it filled with straw, it's one of the warmest things you can use. If it's there for her, and you are feeding her, it's all you can do. Maybe there's a shelter somewhere else that she calls her home at night time. Good luck!
At least she is being fed. I agree that putting some yummy food in the shelter might convince her to use it.
Thanks guys, she is in beautiful condition and I know that she will be fine just being an over protective Mommy. I think she sleeps in a tree house over the back as this is where she had a set of kittens (I had all the neighbours looking for the kitten as I needed to find them).
Thinking we are going to put a cat flap into our garage so that Smudge or the other 2 stray cats can go in and make up a bed for them.