Anything is possible, and in terms of taming a wild, street cat, that is especially possible. Most feral cats, whether they know or not, desire a place to claim as home. “Hav-a-heart” traps, commonly used by the humane society, are essential in the capture of a feral cat. Load it with some fresh, raw meat or fish, set the trap, and wait; before you know, you’ll have a wild, caged cat. However, before bringing the cat into your home and attempting to tame it, you must, (must!) take it to the vet for a regular check up, vaccines, and neutering. Never bring a feral cat straight into your home because you never know what that cat may be carrying.
After taking the cat to your local veterinary clinic and upon its receiving the usual shots and exams, bring it home, still sedated, and leave it in whatever enclosure you’ve ascertained. Make sure to leave out plenty of food and water for when the cat awakes, but this process allows the cat to become adjusted to its new enclosed surroundings and to you.
When the cat first wakes, it will be on edge. You might find it hissing, scratching, or meowing. Imagine being removed from an environment you grew completely accustomed to and waking up in a strange new place. Fret not, speak to the cat in the most soothing voice possible, assuring that it will be okay. Enter the cat’s space as you attempt to feed it, while maintaining a safe distance in case it scares and wants to scratch, in order to assure the cat that you are a provider of food and a friend. Let the cat approach you, smell you, and rub on your leg if it feels so inclined. This is just the cat’s way of attaining information, marking, and showing its appreciation. Making sudden moves is discouraged, for you might frighten the cat and garner the whole process now null and void. Gauge the cat’s emotional energy through its behavior, and work around how you see it reacting.
After a few visits and feedings, you may try to pet the cat. But again, pay attention to the cats behavior! If it seems uncomfortable and sketchy, don’t cross its boundaries. However, at this point, after you’ve visited with the cat and provided it with food and water, it should be warming up to you. Approach with caution and very slowly as to not startle the cat. If successful, then try playing with the cat, allowing it to show off to you and reinforcing the bond that you’ve already begun establishing with it.
Allow two weeks to pass before you bring the cat into your home, which should be plenty of time to insure the beginning of a solid bond between you and the cat. Let it explore your home, affording it the opportunity to get used to your sounds and smells. If you catch the cat marking or causing a ruckus, place the cat back in its outside enclosure for awhile, and then reintroduce him into your environment. Remember, feral cats are outside creatures, and it may take them a few tries to become adjusted to being inside cats.
Don’t lose patience and don’t forget to take the taming process at the cat’s pace. A cat won’t do want it doesn’t want to do. But nonetheless, taming a feral cat is more than possible.