allen lumley wrote:Danielle Venegas : We have a new edition to our family a kitten abandoned by its Feral cat mother ! I worry about my neighbors dogs, for now she will be
an indoor kitty !
At one time we had a Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound Cross who loved cats to death ! (he was not very bright ) we had a feel that we removed the clapper from
and only had to show him that little thing for him to know he could go outside! He would stand there and we re-attached the clapper anklet him out!
This actually worked for us ! Y.M.M.V. Best Big AL
Penny Dumelie wrote:You could try spraying them with a bit of water when they come to the house. Might not be the best in winter though. I guess it would depend on your temps. Basically scare them away from the house.
Try not to pay attention to them at the house otherwise. No petting or anything. Always give attention at the barn so they learn to associate the barn with their needs.
They are probably attention seekers because of being orphaned so young, and for the same reason, might not ever be good hunters. They might be, but there is no one to teach them so it all depends on how good their instincts are. Some cats like to hunt and others like to mooch at human doors.
allen lumley wrote:Danielle : Some people are offended (as are the dogs ) behind putting a bell on a dog. belling a cat is cool but- - - -
So I was trying to tip toe around the idea, to let it sink in, after we belled 'Behemoth' nether we or the neighbors
lost any more cats, though we did have to remove the clapper for our peace of mind inside the house, showing the
dog the Clapper and his reactions were an unexpected side effect !
Hope I was a little clearer this time ! Big AL
Penny Dumelie wrote:That sounds promising. Our barn cats were always mostly wild. Not feral but definitely wild. Most of the time you couldn't get near them. Occasionally they would get scraps and we could get close enough to pet one if we were quiet and slow and gentle.
If they are skittish and stalking spiders, they will probably grow out of the attention thing. Probably. You never know with cats.
Maybe create a here kitty kitty call for them and use it when you go to the barn to feed them. Hopefully they will learn to come to the call and you won't have to chase them to round them up (when needed). They might be more receptive to it than being caught.