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Can a Mancat Help Socialize Feral Kittens?


I am so excited! Today I have a guest blogger and her post is one no reader should miss!!  Especially if you want some chuckles and squeeees…

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Our pal Miss Jeanne from Random Felines offered to help Mom L get my blog posts filled up and she wrote this post just special for US! Thank you so very much Miss Jeanne!

Socializing feral kittens

We are by no means experts (and neither is mom), but we are going to tell you about our experience socializing feral kittens. The one crew in particular was about 6 weeks old when they were caught. Their mom was part of a neighborhood TNR project and when she was picked up, the vet informed mom that the mom cat had kittens…recently. The hunt was on. Over about 10 days they managed to catch five kittens total.

A couple of them liked mom right off the bat. She managed to figure out ages and then would snuggle them in a blanket up next to her chest. Grace and Audrey thought that was wonderful. Lucy thought that was a terrible idea and complained. Jimmy took a while to win over, and Josephine was not having anything to do with this project.

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Mom got a little frustrated at this point and went looking for information. Her first stop was Alley Cat Allies. And reading their article about socializing feral kittens, she got to part that said:  (click HERE for full article )

As long as all are healthy, you can introduce kittens to an adult socialized cat. Monitor this interaction, especially the first few times, in case you need to intervene. A neutered tom will likely play and groom the kittens, which helps the socialization process.

Wait…what???  You mean to tell us that something about being neutered makes tomcats into good babysitters???  Mom was all kinds of confused. However…when our foster kittens get old enough and are vaccinated, they are allowed freedom in the condo. And Tim LOVES him some kittens. They climb on him and he bathes them and sleeps with them.

Tim was recruited to help. The upside about taking Tim in with the foster is this: he is very gentle and he can be bribed. Will work for kitten food is his motto.

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Mom sat on the floor. Tim sat in front of her. Grace and Audrey of course ran right over. Jimmy gave Tim a look and then came over with Lucy to check things out. And then there was a faint “meep” from the corner. Mom froze…out snuck Josephine. She came over and sniffed Tim. And then jumped on him chirping like he was a long lost friend. We still aren’t sure who was more shocked – Mom or Tim.

Over the next few weeks, Mom spent time every day in there with Tim helping out. And by the time the kittens were ready to go back to the shelter to be adopted, Josephine was fine with Mom and everyone else. She was a little reserved at the shelter, but was adopted by someone willing to give her the time to adapt at her own speed.

Now, we can’t recommend every mancat for this type of work. But in our house, if you have kittens that need a friend, we call Uncle Tim. It’s hard work, but some cat has to do it.

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Savannah: “See??!! I told you there would be some chuckles and squees!”

Paw Pats, Savannah


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27 thoughts on “Can a Mancat Help Socialize Feral Kittens?

  1. Hi Savannah. We are coming to this story late but at about the same time time of year as this our Rumpy Bump took Einstein the feral boy under his wing. They are fast friends and this really helped him integrate into our little home. YES, a man cat CAN help socialize a feral kitten

  2. I had no idea Savannah that a neutered boy could do so much for feral kittens! Thank you for such an insightful post. You sure are a clever girl 😉
    Love Sherri-Ellen x0x0

  3. Awww and a few happy sniffles too,pawsome post Savvy,xx Speedy

  4. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I read somewhere about someone thinking the dad-cat’s personality had a significant influence on what type of personality the kittens would have. That would be genetic, but maybe kittens also learn good behaviors from friendly man-cats.

  5. Mumsy's Little Chancy Man on said:

    Wonderful story!! Thanks, for sharing it with us sweet Savannah. Hugs and nose kisses

  6. What a heartwarming post and thank you to Jeanne for sharing!

  7. The Swiss Cats on said:

    Zorro is like Uncle Tim ; he behave like a mom for me when I arrived at Claire and Momo. He even taught me how to hunt birdies ! Purrs

  8. Isn’t that just wonderful! What an uplifting post! Thanks!

  9. Our Johnny did the same thing with Scouty and CC! Mommy knows now she should have pushed Scouty a little more but he’s fine as he is.

  10. I never knew that. Wonderful post today. Hope Mom L is up and about sooner rather than later.

  11. This is so interesting. We had no idea that a tom would be such a caring mentor to young kittens! Trust Savvy to come up with some magical stuff while Mom is away!


  12. mistletoeandhitch on said:

    This post reminded us of how Brothers help Leader Otis when he first came to the Promise Land. Now, we know that Mistletoe is not a fan of kittens but it’s possible Hitch would be a good big brother. Hmmmm, something to think about.

  13. Tim sounds like a lovely cat, and a wonderful uncle to the kittens.

  14. S & S…thiz bee a grate guest post by R rockin awesum palz over at random felines…

    N yes…de fotos bee price less…

    N hay, we hurd yur mom iz on drugs 🙂

    ~~~ hope her getz ta come home reely soon !!

    heerz two a halibut herring N haddock kinda week oh end ♥

  15. Ah wow!!!! This was an amazing read! Loved it and I thank you for sharing.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  16. randomfelines on said:

    we were happy to help. Uncle Tim does love those kittens 🙂

  17. We hope Tim gets paid well for his efforts. 🙂 Great post.

  18. Very Squee Savvy 🙂 and as I ahd foster kittens always in the house with my clowder of cats (I had 6 of my own at the time) I never had a problem with the kittens and my male cats…Simba was in fact very much the cool guy…sometimes the kittens would play a bit around a bit too much for his mature liking..and all he would do was very very gently put one paw in their heads as if to say…’that’ll do kid” and when I say paw he had as one vet tech described the widest paw of a cat she had ever a gentle giant…of course like all cats it is up to the individual I guess 🙂 loves Fozzimum and hugs to mum ❤ ❤

  19. Tim you are a wonderful guy, that’s for sure. It was great to learn that such things are really possible. btw: the little ginger reminds me so much of Sammy o

  20. Caspurr was furry, furry helpful when Shimshi was officially adopted as a J-Cat. He plays with him and they curl up to sleep side by side. They get on effur so well together.

  21. What a great post! We mancats are good for all kinds of things…I’ve never been around a kitten but I think I just might make a good “substitute Dad” !!

    Hugs, Sammy

  22. What a sweetie and some lovely pigtures there ^_^


  23. Yes, neutered toms are great with kittens – we’ve found that with our feral and non-feral kittens. It’s lovely to see!

  24. Tim sounds like a real sweetie!

  25. And that male cats like kittens I could see in the apartment of a friend of mine – her young tom had fathered three lovely kittens with the young female of her flatmate. (The vet was stupid enough to say they should not neuter before 8 months … That might work if you only have that one cat and that never gets out. Otherwise – neuter as soon as possible!) Leo (that was his name, nothing to do with the ginger known from here) was a very helpful father and cared for his kittens as much as the mother did. He got neutered then, of course – and the mother too.

  26. The answer is yes! Because my male could do so with a grown-up ferale!

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