I manage a feral colony of now 13 cats --all spayed and neutered. I even have a card that says I am an official feral colony supervisor! The Public Vet offered a two day (extremely) low priced neuter/spay drop off and pick up. I had a young cat that was part of my colony (since January). I trapped him and he has now rejoined the group.
My concern is a second feral. My DD lives in a ground floor apartment. A big Tom was spraying her screen door and engaging with her house cat --screaming/fighting through the window. She asked me to remove. I did so --successfully trapped, took to the free clinic --picked up. Vet said cat had “numerous wounds” that he addressed. Vet at my request did check for chip to make sure this second feral didn’t belong to someone.
He has been named Gordon. He is in the barn now, in a comfortable cage (food, water, blanket). Vet said to confine him for 2 weeks until the hormones dissipate. I can do that.
The www says introducing a new feral to an established colony is rarely successful. The new cat will simply head for home (15 miles away) territory.
Thoughts? Had I left kitty in the center of the city, I doubt he would have lived long --he is a big fellow but eventually the HS would have trapped him and he’d be in the same situation.
Feel a little sad for the big guy.