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There are eight feral cats that sort of live on my porch. Last year there were only three, and I provided a makeshift shelter of an overturned bin with an arch doorway cut out, then put a little rug and some cast-off clothing inside. It is raised up on a couple of boards and has another piece of carpet on the outside for insulation. I doubt I have the strength to do two or three more. (I'm 78.) I don't know how to catch them to take them to a shelter. Is there anything that could be put in their shared water that might make them drowsy so that I could gather them up and take them to somewhere warm? I don't mind at all feeding them, but can't bring them into the house. We live in PA, and it gets very cold in winter. ALSO, I suspect some of them might have worms, as I've seen little white specks in some feces. Is there a product to add to water for this problem, too? Many thanks for your advice.

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December 2, 2016 at 2:35 PM

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I would suggest you call your local rescue organization and ask if they can live trap the cats so they can get medical help. It would not be safe to tranquilize them because they could get away from you before they get sleepy. They would not be able to regulate their body temperature well in that condition which would be dangerous. It is hard to medicate in the food or water because you have no control of how much each cat will consume. If you can't get help from an organization you could ask your health food store for some food grade diatomaceous earth. Please let us know what happens.

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
December 2, 2016 at 12:00 AM
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