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Re: Kitten

Daryl -- very fine -- you and the kitten are making great progress! You may be able to catch it manually without the trap (just be prepared for a major struggle while you are taking it from point A to point B.) You might want to get a place set up inside your house with food, water, litter, door, etc for this eventuality --
It sounds like the kitten is ready for interaction, snuggling and love!
--Barb, Grass Valley CA
----- Original Message ----- From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 04, 2006 9:12 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Kitten

Today she let me touch him/her! I gave her some breakfast at about 6:30 ,
and then after church she watched me water and the dogs play in the front

After the dogs had a romp and went back inside, I brought her some Whiskas
salmon treats. I put the first one on the tire as I usually do, and she came
out from under the tractor to eat it. I gave her another, and as she was
eating it, it fell to the ground. The third I held out to her, and while she
wouldn't take it from my hand, she came within a half inch of my finger to
eat it. I retrieved the one that had dropped, and did likewise.
When she finished eating, she was still close enough to my finger for me to
touch her paw. I did so. She jumped back, but I left my finger there, and
she eventually came back. I touched her paw again with the same result. The
third or 4th time, she touched my finger first!
We played the paw game for a few minutes, then she started rubbing her head
against the fender. I rubbed the other side of her head and she gently
snuggled into it, purring like the dickens.
We played the paw game again for a few minutes, until she started adding
teeth. I pulled my hand away, then touched the side of her head again. She
snuggled into it immediately, and after a few minutes, rolled over, still

Alas, she nearly fell off the tire and when I instinctively reached to catch
her, she spooked and is back under the tractor. :-(

It would be nice if I could have a cat that would enjoy the garden when I'm
outside, but would be content to snuggle with 2 old hounds and me indoors at


----- Original Message ----- From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, June 03, 2006 10:35 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Kitten

They really are adorable. And yes, that staring thing is not good, they
sense that as a threat. I assume because it's like when they stare at
intended prey. But the slow blink thing lets them know all is well and is
And Sugar loves grasshoppers so that's good the kitten does too. Sugar
actually go to each rose bush in turn and pull all the hoppers out and eat
them. I didn't teach her that, she just does it. Sounds like you have a
garden cat in the making!
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