|Feral Kitten six weeks old: Image by SGolis|
Charlie the feral kitten that I socialized was adopted out three times. Each time I met with the adopters to discuss Charlie, I asked interview questions to determine if they were cat people and to weed out any concerns such as "No pets allowed at apartment".
The adopters met with Charlie, they viewed him lying in his hammock in his cat crate. Charlie was shy and afraid of the adopters and hid his head under his blanket. Everyone said he was adorable and all wanted to bond with him and give him a loving home. There was a nominal fee of $50.00 for Charlie as this was a guarantee to me that the adopters were sincere and would be Charlie’s forever home.
I added that he was a sweet kitten but afraid of new things and he would hiss at them. So if he hides in the back of a closet or under the sofa to let him be. Set up his pine kitty litter and he will find it, put out his food and water bowl and he will find that too. I suggest that they talk softly to him and treat him like a baby. I also told the adopters that loud talking, music, TV, dishwasher, or vacuum were all things that scared Charlie.
Everyone said, yes that they understood and they were happy to give a feral kitten a chance at a normal life. Two of the adopters returned him within forty eight hours, and one of the adopters put him outdoors.
The adopters insisted that he needed to be held and Charlie showed one of the adopters his claws and she went after him with a broom and he ran and hid in his crate. She then latched the crate and put him outside on her porch and called me to come and get him. She told me he was viscous, and yelled at me for adopting him out as socialized. She had adopted Charlie for 6 hours. All refunds were paid and Charlie is back where he started. He is with me and he is going to stay with me.
Charlie stayed with me and I continued to socialize him. He grew up into a loving and normal house cat. He gets along with the other cats and with our family dog. Charlie follows me all around the house, comes when he is called and was clicker trained to sit and stay. Charlie may have been born in a cave and he may have lived outside for his first six weeks of life, he was attacked by a wild animal and now walks with a limp but that was then and this is now and I am so glad that I was able to keep Charlie and provide him with his forever home.
Photographs of Charlie as an adult cat (Age 1 to 2 years)