Is there a way to tame half-wild kittens?

United States
August 1, 2008 11:13pm CST
I say half-wild because they only come close to me when I have milk or food, and then only long enough to see if I'm gonna leave it for them. I've never really been a big cat person but just the thought that I can't pet them makes me sad and I have fallen a litle in love with the dark smokey one. I just wanna pick him up and bring him in where it's cooler. So what do I do? Will they get used to me feeding them enough to let me pet them? Will buying them a cheap toy help?
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@momiecat (997)
• United States
2 Aug 08
How old are the kittens? The younger they are, the better your chances of them becoming pettable cats. Some never learn to trust people and they are content to live outside as long as they have food or water. Do not give kittens cows milk. They will have diarrhea. If it is too hot where you live, provide them with shade or a hose mister or even those Blue Ice things where you can freeze them and they will stay cold for a few hours. You need a toy that will help you play with them. One of those feathery things on a long stick works. Don't buy things like balls, etc. You have to be interactive with them. You need to spend as much time with them as you can, even if it is just to sit near them and talk to them. As far as the older cats go, is is IMPERATIVE that you contact a local rescue group to help trap, neuter/spay and return them (called TNR). They will help you. If you do not spay and neuter, you will have hundreds of cats in no time. Where do you live? I hope somewhere when they have a rescue group to help you. Be patient and persistent and get those other cats spayed and neutered as soon as possible. Very important!
• United States
2 Aug 08
I'm not sure how old they are, we moved here about 3 months ago and they were already here but still feeding from momma. The only thing close to use that does free neuter/spay is about 20 miles away and you have to take the pet to them. If I could catch the grown ones I would take them there in a heart beat to be fixed. I did tell my husband if I can get these kittens tame I want to get them fixed. I put ice in their water and keep it cool for them. We live in the country and there are a bunch of fields here that are being watered with really cold well water and the cats will lay on the dirt that is damp but not muddy in the fields. Or they lay under the house.
@deem1977 (242)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Are the kittens old enough to leave their mother? Are you interested in having a cat as a pet? If you are interested in actually have a cat as a pet and the kitten is old enough to leave its mother (which is probably the case if it is able to eat food on its own) then I recommend you try to catch it and bring it inside and spend a lot of time touching it and petting it and getting it to trust you. With kittens, the earlier and the more they are handled the better. If you are not interetsed in having a pet cat and they are going to continue to be outdoor ferals, then you can just continue to feed them and try to entice them into trusting you. With time and patience you may be able to increase your contact with them.
• United States
2 Aug 08
The mother left them a few weeks ago when they got their teeth. I would love to have all of them for pets but DH only wants one in the house. But even the one's that will have to stay outside will be allowed to come in. I'm scared to pick one up because it may scratch my arms up. I know "Silly girl", but I've always had a fear of cats scratching me.
• United States
2 Aug 08
Give them time. pet them as much as you can. Let them feel secure in your presence. The more you get to touch and cuddle them more relaxed around you they will be. Some cats are naturally skittish and there is not much you can do about that. Good luck.
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• United States
2 Aug 08
I do talk to them while they are eating. I figure if they see I'm not going to take their food or try anything funny while their eating they will grow to trust me. I tried to pet one once...it growled and swatted at my hand. I'm glad my hand wasn't close enough for it's claws to reach.
@snowy22315 (52944)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Get them used to the sound of your voice. Talk to them and let them know you care. Just observe them and let them come and investigate you. They are probably already feeling postive about you because you feed them, so just keeping working at it, if you are slow and patient, you may get yourself a nice kitty or two.
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• United States
2 Aug 08
Okay. If they are getting closer I guess that means they are starting to trust that I'm not gonna hurt them. I was sitting on the porch last night and Smokey came and sat about 2 feet from me and just stared at me like he was saying "Okay here's your chance to touch me."
@philjas (1134)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Give them time. It took me about a month to get some feral kittens to trust me enough to let me pet them - years later one of them is still here, strictly indoors and he's the sweetest, friendliest cat you've ever seen.
• United States
2 Aug 08
So far I've counted 5 kittens and 4 adults, two of which I suspect are going to have babied in a few months. There are only 3 kittens that come close and I've been paitent waiting for them to let me pet them. Smokey is the one who comes the closest(ms?), Kitty Baby, and Spot run if my hair moves. I think I will buy them a cat nip toy.