A couple of months ago I found 2 kittens [approx 2 or 3 weeks old} in a bush. Anyway I took them home and have bottle fed them and they have thrived.
They really are feral in the true sense of the word as their mother would have been one of the cats that lives at the bins. The only problem I am having with them is that they are terrible scavengers and it doesn't matter how many times I feed them they are always stealing food. I wonder if this is because the have no domesticity in their blood. They come from generations of wild cats and therefore it is natural for them to scavenge.
Yes we had one. Feral adult cat. My mum brought her home after the factory owners she worked for threatened to shoot her because she was pg and they didn't want her bringing kittens into the factory.
She ended up being a lovely old thing. We kept her untill she had her kittens and then flea'd and wormed her and rehomed her with a nice old lady.
She had no problems with stealing food but some of her kittens did. My cat tries to steal food of your fork as its going into your mouth if you let him. I think its just a case od some cats steal food some don't.
I adopted a 4 week old feral kitten and had no problems whatever. He's 8 now and very loving and domesticated. He is also extremely tolerant of ds who likes to chase him and pull his tail if he can. He has no feral tendencies whatsoever. He is a house cat though.
Maybe you need to give the kittens more food. Sorry, I don't mean to be rude or imply that you are underfeeding them, but they do need a lot at that age as they are so active and growing. Have you tried specialist 'kitten food'. Or fish?
Cats are not natural gluttons and will only eat when they are hungry.
The fact that there are 2 of them may be a factor; they may be competing for the food. Try feeding them apart?? Am a long time cat owner so happy to help if you have other questions.
PS. My cat was a true feral stray from a factory as well. He had fallen down a cavity wall and been trapped for 3 days. The vet said it was miraculous that he survived. When the RSPCA rescued him they found another dead kitten with him.
We rescued 2 feral kittens 8 years ago and they still eat spiders and woodlice and hunt a bit but they have become very domesticated.
Ours were found by a friend. They were living in a skip at the steelworks at about 3-4 weeks old. It looks like their mother had been killed as they were starving and quite ill. We used dry food for them, which could be left out all day every day and they are fairly good at regulating their diet as they have grown.
Six years ago we also rescued 2 kittens that had been dumped in a town at about 6 weeks old but perfectly healthy. They must have lived in a house beforehand as they were comfortable around people and in a house. They are terrible scavengers and have a taste for curry and pizza - probably from living on food from the bins behind the takeaway shops.
my mum has 2 feral (factory cat) kittens, now big fat grown up cats. They are domesticated, but have never, ever been friendly 'lap-cats'. They pretty much ignore everyone except my mum, the food-provider. Won't be stroked, won't be cuddled.
In contrast, my feral cat is the biggest lap cat ever! He is always trying (and usually succeeding) to sit on my lap when I'm MNing and dribbles when he's stroked. When I was single I used to sleep with him on my bed.
Yes, have had feral kittens that turned out to be the soppiest house cats in the world My current ex-feral likes nothing better than to lie in my lap, kneading away while she chews my sweater and dribbles...
Would second MrsBean's advice re feeding (not to mention her taste in men! [grin} ).
When they are kittens it is fine to leave dry food out for them at all times.
My feral cat would take anything left out whether in a packet or not. Eg bread left on the kitchen units. She couldn't get in our bins but would tear through bin liners if left out. She was truly feral. Rescued by a friend who found her on a farm suffering from cat flu when very young. She never liked being handled and completely savaged our vet the first time we took her. I did warn him but I don't think he really believed that she was feral just a bit wild. She loved our dogs and did become a bit more affectionate when older, but was always a bit of a thief.