Is anyone familiar with an organization--or have advice--on how to relocate an outdoor, feral cat? We have two formerly feral cats, one comes in the house, the other doesn't, who we have been taking care of for about 4 years. Early this summer, a new feral discovered us; we trapped and had him neutered, and now he wants to be the Alpha cat. He's intimidating the other two, to the extent that the outdoor only cat comes around rarely. He's becoming less afraid of the humans; we may be able to socialize him, but I am very unhappy about the bullying of the other two cats. I wonder if there's a barn or plant that would like to have an intelligent cat. He's about five, according to People for Animals, where we had him neutered and vaccinated. Thank you.
St. Hubert's used to have a barn cat program, where they take in ferals and adopt them out to people who need working cats, but they're full up, dealing with the hoarding situation that they took on this summer. I have a call in to them to see whether they have any suggestions. If you google "barn cats NJ," you'll see quite a few shelters that offer barn cat programs. You could see whether or not they'd be willing to help you place your unwelcome visitor. I assume you've discussed the situation with Valerie over at PFA. It's possible that you may have to allow the territorial dispute to resolve itself naturally, with the interloper taking over the territory. I completely understand that it's difficult to see cats you're attached to be bullied and terrorized.
Wanted to update SOMA that PFA will no longer be the sponsor for either town. Contracts up. They stabilized the colonies but now its on us with the assistance of St. Hubert's. The ferals here are relatively safe compared to the ones in surrounding towns. I have TNR friends who cry when they have to return cats to some of these areas. There is no place to take ferals. That is why rescues go from town to town changing ordinances. There are thousands in Essex County that need help. People just need to be kind to them and TNR them. Having a group take them in and put them in a cage is horrific and the number of cats that are unsocialized from hoarding situations is obscene. Let him live his life in a relatively safe town. There lives are often very short but the few groups who try to run sanctuaries or barn programs are inundated. I know, I'm on a list which gets pleas from many of the kill shelters with the euthanasia dates. I just took into rescue a little cat on the at risk list and my FB page is flooded.
For each cat surrendered another dies.
problem is he will bully cats elsewhere. We have 3 ferals, B bullied A and C. A stood up for himself and B backed down, but B still bothers C....the good thing is that A intervenes. Tonight B started posturing toward C so A got in his face and chased him away. B doesn't try to hurt the others, but he plays rough and they don't want to play with him. Big bad bully is afraid of a little ball with a bell, so when we do feedings, i keep it in my pocket. all I have to do is shake it if he starts and he runs away....hoping he will eventually associate bullying attempts with fear of the bell and stop.
if you can catch him in the act, as super soaker may put him in his place.
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