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Re: Cat breakthrough
  • Subject: Re: Cat breakthrough
  • From: Jesse Bell <justjess01@gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2010 18:56:16 -0500

Kitty...that's the hardest part of loving an animal..is letting them
go.  It's heart breaking.  I'm so sorry...and I'm sending you lots and
lots of hugs.

On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 6:21 PM, Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:
> It just takes patience. About 15 years ago, I fed Braveheart for nearly 2
> years before he'd let me pet him.  In little increments he crept into the
> house and watched as the other cats would lay on my lap as I lay stretched
> out on the couch.  One day, the cats got up and BH decided he'd try it out
> and jumped up on my chest.  I feared he'd claw me, but I also didn't want to
> flinch for fear of scaring him.  He decided he liked it and moved in then
> and there.
> I had to have him put down the other day.  However, he had become one of the
> world's greatest cuddlers during his stay here.
> Patience.  He will come.
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Daryl" <dp2413@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010 9:38 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cat breakthrough
>> I thought I had posted the first part of that story a week ago, but I
>> don't
>> see it. This is from May 29th:
>> Some of you know that we've been trying to tame an adult feral cat for
>> more
>> than a year. We'd tried to tame him before winter, but it was not to be.
>> He
>> spent the winter nights in one of our chicken coops and was very wary of
>> us,
>> even though he'd eat the food we provided.
>> A few months ago, he started to slowly blink when we spoke to him. A few
>> weeks ago, he started rolling over and over and making "air biscuits" when
>> we came out to feed him.
>> In the last couple of weeks, we've stayed nearby after putting food in his
>> dish, and a week or so ago, started leaving our hands near the dish after
>> filling it. A few days ago, he touched my finger with his nose, then ran
>> back into his comfort zone.
>> Last evening, he rolled and wiggled so close to me that he touched my
>> finger
>> with a paw, then realized what he had done, jumped up with a Halloween cat
>> move and left. Yesterday,  when he was doing the roll and air biscuit
>> routine,  he let me pet his tail and one foot with one finger before
>> running
>> away.
>> This morning, he rubbed against my leg while I was feeding him, then
>> realized what he'd done and scurried under the car. He didn't hide there
>> very long, though. This afternoon, I held out my finger while he was
>> rolling
>> around. He touched my finger with a paw, and didn't run. It was kind of
>> like
>> the moment in E.T. when the alien and the little boy met.
>> Progress!
>> d
>>> What a great story.  I love that.
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