btw, I am NOT a cat expert, but I was curious what the question was.
Also if he is that old he should not have baby teeth any longer. What makes you think that they are baby teeth?
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You CAN tame feral cats, but it takes a lot of patience. I have FOUR who were feral and now would shudder to think of going outside.
ETA: If we put ANY of our cats in a cage, they revert to wild. They do just fine hiding under a bed, when scared.
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My dad had one last year, that was a character, he would come an meow for food, love on your legs, but lay you open if you attempted to touch him....
I think she'll be back. The last day I saw her, right after I let her out of the cage, I watched her stalk and catch a vole. Fortunately, we live on the edge of 6 acres of woods, so she has room. Hopefully she'll avoid the foxes and owls...
But I do enjoy it when she comes along. I think I could clearly become a crazy cat lady given the right circumstances!
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Foxes, generall won't attack a cat, they are a little on the big side for them. Foxes themselves are shy, and don't want to have to get hurt while getting their food, diets usually consist of mice, voles/moles, baby bunnies, and sometimes a squirrel. Nothing much larger than a pound or two in size. However coyotes will and they work together as a pack to get critters. We had a few years where the coyotes took over our area, and all of our fox populations disappeared. So the folks around us hunted them, and now the fox have started to reappear. Oh and we have bobcats too. They are soooo coool.
Anyway I guess I digressed. Most of my success with taming down ferrel cats has come with doing it when they are still pretty small, and by bringing them into the house, in a small enclosed room. (My bedroom).
Last night I read this thread, and thought... Wow! Wouldn't it be crazy if my She cat is actually a He cat and I never knew. She is 12 years old and I have had her since she was 4 weeks old. Momentary panic set in. The idea of her actually being a guy was like my child coming out, or something. Then I told myself that I would love her no matter what, even if she was a him. But I had to know the truth. So I searched the interwebz for how to tell the sex of your cat.
I found this lovely youtube video where the woman said that the distance of the anal hole and the genital hole is a great indicator. If they are close together, female. Further apart, male.
So I grabbed my cat.
The video said to flip them on their back and move back their tail to get a close look. Fortunately, my cat grew up in my embraces so she didn't put up a fight but did let out an indignant "MEEEOOOOOWWWWW!!!" Whatever. But I couldn't see anything because her fur was in the way.
So I ran into the bedroom where my fiance was on the computer, shoved her ass in his face and asked: "Where is her genital hole compared to her anal hole?"
My poor SO. He gave me the craziest "WTF are you doing?!" look before laughing nervously and asking: "wwhhaaatt are you doing to her?" My cat was starting to get a bit restless and was mewing in her annoyed way. I had to explain to him this thread and his response: "She's spayed. And you take her to the vet every year. Don't you think someone would have told you by now?"
It was like the momentary madness was lifted. And all I could say was "ooohh.... yeaaah."
So, uhmmm.... good thread.
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Females are supposed to be easier to domesticate than males. I know my dad had a heck if a time trying with his last ferrel. I currently have one that has no ta il and is quite fluffy. Thought it was a boy but.... Just this morning saw what appeared to be a half grown version if her. So I guess it's a girl. Don't know if they are totally wild or not. Have neighbors that give meth head and tweeker new meaning. So I think they come from them. Don't even want a reason to acknowledge their existence.