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Age: 8 Years Sex: Female
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The Monster Under The Bed, Feral Lady, Wild Wiggles, Wiggles the Wildcat
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July 21st 2005
Living her feral lifestyle in the comforts of the indoors!
Favorite Nap Spot:
Under my bed
Hiding, staying out of sight, being impossible to catch when I need to catch her!
Wiggles was one of two daughters of Lily who were born before Lily was spayed. I kept both kittens. Whoops who went to the Rainbow Bridge at 1:25 am on 11-10-11, was Wiggles litter sister.
Although born in a nursery cat cage & handled & socialized since birth, Wiggles was born with a true feral temperament. If you didn't know it, you'd swear she was a feral if you saw her, IF you saw her. Like a feral, she spends most of her time out of sight. Unlike a feral she gets to live indoors & stay out of sight usually under my bed (hence the nickname "The Monster Under The Bed.") Now that she is getting older, she's mellowed enough to come up to have me pet & scratch her, but only when I'm laying in the bed & she thinks I'm half-asleep.
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Wiggles is actually a brown classic tabby but Catster doesn't give the correct color/pattern choice. Brown tabby is her color, classic is her pattern.
In body style & facial characteristics, Wiggles very closely resembles her mother, Lily. However, her temperament is practically the opposite of Lily's!
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Wiggles is Lily's daughter compliments of my own eldest daughter who sneakily bred Cali and Lily to Phantom because she wanted kittens. Out of all the cats I had at that time, Lily and Cali were the only females I had who weren't spayed yet and Phantom was the only intact male.
Wiggles was born in a nursery cat cage indoors. Lily, her dam, is very social and lovable. Phantom, her sire, was a social friendly cat too. Phantom's kittens out of Cali were also social and friendly. Lily's mother Daisy was a social friendly cat. By every way of thinking, Wiggles should have grown up being a reasonably social kitty. Yet even as a tiny kitten, while Whoops would be trying to solicit petting & attention, Wiggles would be back in a corner hissing, swatting, and even biting at any hand that dared come too close. Her behavior didn't deter me. Wiggles was handled and socialized from birth on throughout her kittenhood and adult life.
However if you saw her, you'd swear Wiggles was a feral cat that had never been handled or socialized. In spite of being born in a nursery cat cage & handled & socialized since birth, Wiggles was born with a true feral temperament. Like a feral, she spends most of her time out of sight. Until this past year, the only time she willingly would come to me was when I would lay still with my eyes closed so she would think I was asleep in the bed. Then she would come up and nuzzle my hand to get her head scratched. However if I moved much more than the hand and arm that was scratching her or if I opened my eyes and looked at her, Wiggles would instantly bolt under the bed.
I don't know if age is mellowing her or what, but over this past year, Wiggles gradually has become a little less feral in her behavior. She now will sleep on my bed and not run back under the bed if she catches me looking at her. If she's in the kitchen and I walk in, she will remain under the table instead of fleeing for a hiding place elsewhere. Gradually, more and more her temperament is beginning to become more like that of her mother, Lily. Although Wiggles is mellowing, one type of situation still instantly makes her revert to acting like a totally feral cat. When she has to be caught for her flea drops, claw clipping, or other such necessities, one must chase her into a room, corner her, and catch her with a big thick towel or blanket. Like a feral, she will hiss, spit, be highly defensively aggressive and even urinate and defecate on herself with fright.
Just shows that it's possible for a kitten to be born in a good indoor situation, handled and socialized since birth, yet simply be born with a feral temperament. However unlike a feral, Wiggles gets to live indoors & stay out of sight usually under my bed (hence the nickname "The Monster Under The Bed.")
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