Photo Comments (2)Age: 10 Years Sex: Female
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Allie cat, outdoor kitty
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October 1st 2006
Black and White
To eat and eat and eat
She has taken to the rubber band quite well.
Favorite Nap Spot:
On the bed by the window or under the bed
Allie started coming by our place when she was probably about 4 months old. She hung out with the ferals in the area who were much bigger than she, and never left her any of the food that the neighbors would leave out, so we started feeding her. It took awhile to make it clear to the other ferals that we were only feeding her, but after awhile she took to the front porch and meowed for food several times a day.
We first thought Allie was a male, until one day I said, "Honey, I think he is pregnant!" After a tirelss search with rescue groups who refused to beleive that she was tameable, we had to make the difficult decision of trapping and spaying her since my own young cats were not fully innoculated and could not be exposed to any unknown kitten diseases. It was probably the best thing we did for her and for us, and we decided if she was FLV negative that we would try and keep her.
A very nice woman who owns a Rescue group, Pat Winters of Puurfect Solutions, loaned me a trap without asking me to pay for it or bring it back at any special time. Allie ( outdoor kitty at the time) went willingly into the trap and the suregery was performed, tests were administered and innoculations given. She was not happy about the whole thing, but we had prepared ourselves for a long journey of waiting , based on other peoples stories of trapping ferals.
To make a long story short, Allie escaped our house twice, and has since been with us a full 2 week. In that week she has made friends with our other two cats, learned how to play, doesn't run when we are near and even will sleep on the floor a few feet away from us. This is AMAZING progress considering we were expecting her to be under the bed for at least a month before coming near us. We simply took all our steps from her progress: letting her out of the cage, introducing her to our cats( they already knew her from the window of our porch) , and letting her have full run of the house. We have heared her purr and she sometimes likes to sniff our feet and hands but no petting yet.
She found us and we are so glad we decided to keep her. If anyone has questions about taming ferals, I will be happy to share details. So many people told me that because she was over8 weeks it would be impossible, but she is almost 8 months and already making huge strides.
Update: After one full year and a move, Allie will let her human parents pet her..in fact she demands it. She is very lovable, and is starting to use her voice more and ironically, has little desire to escape..even our other cats will bolt for the front door while she is very happy with a window screen. She is a healthy and happy indoor cat.
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Who says ferals can't be tamed?
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