I called on a Manx kitty and the owner told me that they had been outside since they were born. She said when so feeds them in the morning they will come around but, other than that they really stay to themselves. She asked me to let her know when I would be coming so she could catch them and put in box.
Question is, Are these manx considered “wild” at this point. Is it possible for them to become inside cats? I worry about my grandson that is here daily and the cat not having any shots.
Is there anything I should look for or ask owner?
Thank you so much for your time. .
Answer by troublesniffer
It would be better to ask the owner of this kitties. Since they have an “owner” so to speak, and I refer to this person loosely as owner as she really is only feeding them but not caring for them in the way they need care.
They are considered semi-feral cats by now.
These kitties are not “registered” manx, so while they may look like a Manx since they have no tails. So they are domestic shorthairs with no tails to varying degrees.
Here is a little background on the Manx cat for your information.
Since the owner has volunteered to help you gatther these cats, to get them to the vet, it would be wonderful for you to do that. The vet can examine them, determine their health, and give them the necessary vaccines, one of which will be Rabies vaccine. It will require a booster shot to make sure the cats have the right immunity to this fatal and dangerous disease.
“Semi Feral” cats can be trained to be housepets with a lot of patience. They need to establish trust for the humans who are giving them a home, since they missed that period in their early kittenhood when interacting with humans is so important.
Here are a couple of instructional resources in training fsemi eral cats for your information.
And a whole lot of resource links about this subject, visit:
Since they are accepting food from humans this gives them a head start in the beginning process.
I wish you all the best of luck. Since they are relatively young, socialization and trust building should be easier than an adult who has been out on its own for a long time.
Do neuter or spay any kitten you are thinking about taking into your home. It will help a lot in facillitating a smoother transition into indoor life. But my suggestion is if you are planning to adopt one of these kittens, is to keep it indoors to reinforce the bond.
Hope this helps,
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