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Popcorn (Cat)

I have several bird feeders in my yard. Besides putting out seed, I also put out on the patio leftover bread, cookies, popcorn or anything else I think birds would eat. Everything was disappearing in a hurry. I finally found out why, a stray cat was coming and eating all of it as soon as I put it out, especially popcorn! One morning I caught her on camara eating the popcorn, thus we gave here the name. Then I went and bought a cat bowl and cat food. Oh, she loved that!

She is not tame and we cannot touch her to adopt her. In fact when trying, she turned and hissed and put a paw out, claws extending. This has been going on for several weeks now. Now we find she is going to have kittens. Oh my, what are we to do?

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By Eileen Hays from Yorktown, VA

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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

See if you can get a humane trap, and bait it with the best canned catfood you can get( something you do not normally feed her) If you do this after she has and weans her kittens, you can take cage with cat to be spayed. In my area, there is a group which spays feral cats fora small fee. The names here are Feral Cat Focus and Spay/Neuter Clinic of WNY. They will loan out a humane trap. I actually borrowed one and caught my indoor cat who had been missing for 2 weeks.

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April 6, 20120 found this helpful

Here are some interesting facts and questions answered about feral cats:

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Best Friends:
www.bestfriends.org/.../feralindex.cfm

Humane Society
www.humanesociety.org/.../

ASPCA
www.aspca.org/.../feral-cats-faq.aspx

Definition of a Feral Cat and how they get that way
en.wikipedia.org/.../Feral_cat

Alley Cat Allies
www.alleycat.org/

Bless you for taking care of one of God's creatures!

Blessings, Robyn

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April 6, 20120 found this helpful

Just keep putting out food for her and let nature take its course. She'll probably never really take to you but maybe you'll have an opportunity with one of her kittens. You'll just have to wait for the chance, after she's weaned them.

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April 6, 20120 found this helpful

What a beautiful cat! My son moved to a new Apt. and found a feral cat hanging around. He began by feeding her and now she sleeps on his pillow every night. She had the tip of her ear cut off indicating she had been spayed and released.

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I don't know how long she had been making it on her own before she decided belonging to someone was a better deal. Nearly every area has an organization that will do this for you. Call some local shelters to find out. They also know how to trap the kittens so they can be socialized and found homes for.

I have one of those kittens myself. He was trapped in a barnyard many miles form my home. If you can, get some kitten chow for mamma cat..they need the extra nutrition. Best of luck with all of this... it is worth doing if you care about the cat. The life of a feral cat is often short and not good. Let us know what happens with Popcorn.

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April 6, 20120 found this helpful

I should have added... make sure you are working with a no kill shelter if you go that route.

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April 8, 20120 found this helpful

Popcorn is still coming every day but still will not let me touch her, she is very, verybheavy with the kittens, should be any day now.

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