Photo Comments Age: 5 Years Sex: Male Weight: 10 lbs.
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Bubba boy, Buddy, Bub
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Orange & White Tabby
yogert, cat nip, food, cuddling on my shoulder.
not being able to eat everyones food.
play with the fishing pole with the mousie on the end of it, little fur mouse.
Favorite Nap Spot:
his cat bed, the cat-castle, end of the bed, anywhere soft.
yogert and his Science Diet Hairball Light cat food.
not yet...wait a few months.....
I am friends with, and often work with a Cat rescuer thats associated with the local Cat Coalition. I have helped her find homes for a few cats and have taken a few ferals and put them in my barn. These cats are trapped, neutered, tested and vaccinated...often paid for by the person's own money. These people help ferals and unwanted cats find a forever home...or at least foster them till they can find that home. Often the ferals are re-released after neutering...back into the area they know. Sometimes a feral can't be released back because the area it came from either is too dangerous or has no source of food. These ferals then are in limbo...cats with no where to go and are unadoptable to the normal clientele. Such was Bubba. A feral cat without a home.
Bubba had a mother and litter mates....6 litter mates in all. The mom and 4 litter mates were trapped when the kits were only a couple of months old. All found a home, as mom was very tame. Bubba and his sister were not captured....his sister was later hit by a car and killed leaving Bubba alone. His family had resided in the city...there was no food nor shelter for him. A couple of months later, after setting up another trap with food in it, he was caught. Now very thin, scared and feral, he was taken to a local Vet hospital, neutered, tested and vaccinated. When given back to the rescuer, they told her he was the meanest, craziest cat they had ever seen and he was totally feral and would not make a good pet for anyone. They were even afraid of him.
So, now the rescuer had no place to put this cat nor anyone that wanted him. She called me to see if I wanted him for the barn.
Of course I said yes.
When I got Bubba, he was a scared, thin 6 month old kitten. He would hide from anyone that came near. I put him in my barn...in a stall, alone, with no way to escape last November. He stayed there all winter and I went in and fed and talked to him every day...Am and PM. Around February, he did a strange thing....when I put his food down for him, he came over to me and sniffed my hand and let me pet him. Every day, after that, he started to get friendlier towards me, untill I could even pick him up and hold him.
By March, I brought him into work, retested and revaccinated him and when I brought him home, I put him into a large cat cage I have in the house. My other cats and him, over a couple of weeks, got to be friends and I finally let him into the house with the others.
He fit right in...with a few exceptions...he had to learn how to be a cat! He was like a new kitten...he didn't have a clue on how to act. By watching the others interact...with each other and with me...he would copy them and has become a very good, loving, curious and intellegent little guy. He has now become just like all my others altho he is still a bit wary of strangers.
So...the mean, fearsome, crazy feral cat....has turned into a big sweet kitty....I really love this cat...he has something to teach us about "ferals"....and thats not to give up on them!
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just show me and i'll do it!
I've Been On Catster Since:
|June 13th 2010
||More than 4 years!
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