Day 44 with Yanjing my feral kitten worrying about his siblings

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Stripe and Spots December 31,2014

Stripe and Spots December 31,2014

A very interesting article on the lives of feral cats.

Today is Day 44 in my feral kitten adventure. Today I will try to honor Yajing’s three siblings and his Mom and all the other ferals living out in the cold today. It has been very cold here. Today 7 degrees F feeling more like -13 degrees F. cold, really really cold.

I have not seen Yanjing’s siblings since I took their photos through the kitchen door on December 31st. It has been a long time. I am very lucky to have my boy, to have noticed that he had a bad case of round worms, to weigh him and get him medicine, and to watch him grow. His other siblings would have had worms too and with that and the very cold weather things are not looking good. I can only hope for the best.

On the brightest side of the news I am typing this in Yanjing’s room.  He is snoozing in his condo. He did come to check me out and to see if I had any treats for him. I did and he is now even when he is hissing at me will sit for a treat or his food.

Yesterday and today I have been introducing brushing. I am using a soft back brush because it has a nice long handle. He is the hungriest in the morning so that is my best chance to introduce anything new to him while he eats. The brushing went much better today. That makes me very happy. My hope is that I will be able to shorten up my grip on the brush handle and in a few weeks substitute my hand for the brush. I want to make this transition so smooth that he will be fine with either.

Now on to the darker side – Yanjing is still hissing and spitting at the oddest times. He will be a large male cat so I want to hopefully change this habit into purring. I do not need my own personal attack kitty.

I have decided to try feliway. I sent away for an infuser and also the spray. Supposedly it does not have a smell or people will begin to sniff the air around me avoid me.  For those of you new to the feral cat world (which would be me) feliway is “a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure”.

I brought a few kitty treats in today and Yanjing quietly came up and put his paws on my leg looking for more treats.  This is another first. That makes me a happy camper.

If I don’t get to see the kittens again I will always be haunted by the very brief opportunity I had to look into Fuzzywuzzy’s eyes before she ran away.

More to come, please spay and neuter your pets, and if you have a chance take in a stray, or contribute to trap, spay, neuter, and release programs.

Thanks for reading.

Stripe december 31, 2014

Stripe december 31, 2014



Yanjing 1st brushing experience

Yanjing 1st brushing experience

Feral Kitty Feeding Station

Feral Kitty Feeding Station

Only one set of kitty footprints in the snow.

Only one set of kitty footprints in the snow.

  1. Nancy Levan says:

    Feliway is awesome awesome awesome stuff and you’ll be amazed at how well it works. However, I’m talking specifically about the spray and not the atomizer. I tried the atomizer and I don’t think it had any effect at all, it dries up way too fast and you need too many of them to cover a larger home. Try it if you want but you more than likely won’t be buying refills for it.

    The spray will have a very slight smell for a few seconds and then it goes away. There is a carrier the pheromones are suspended in that evaporates pretty quickly. I’ve used the spray several times for my kitty and it always calms her down.

    You should consider getting him neutered if you haven’t already. That may help with any aggressiveness. Or maybe that’s just dogs, I don’t know. Still, it’s a good thing if he can’t make more babies.

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  2. borellm says:

    Since he still does not want to be touched he is in only one room that has his 6 floor kitty condo so the infuser should work… I did get the spray too. He will take a short snooze on my legs if I am on the floor. Today he got grounded to his condo when he decided to be aggressive for no particular reason and scratched me. This is really like sending a teenager to their room he has everything, food, water, toys, etc. The only thing he does not have in there is a TV or video games. I went in tonight, fed him and played with him and he was in a much better mood. He seems more aggressive if we play with wand toys or he gets really into stalking mode. I am now breaking up play times with treat times so that there are times to decrease the activity level. He will go to the vet as soon as I can handle him to get neutered and checked out from head to toe.

    I am really looking forward to the feliway and hope that we will be able to have some possible cuddle times where I am not looking at all of his teeth. The brushing is going really well. He is tolerating it… no purring – I think he came with a hiss motor instead of a purr motor.

    Thanks so much for your comments Nancy!!!! They are really helpful. I have not had a cat since I was about 11 years old… that was a really long time ago.

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