Sweetie disappeared from Blue's Colony during the flood of 2013. In November 2015 we were contacted by Jim who had been feeding a feral who had been hanging out in a tree trunk in a field near his home. Jim's home is just down the way from the Blue's colony site.
Jim saw a photo of Sweetie on our webpage and recognized him as one of our missing colony cats so he contacted us to let us know Sweetie was safe. Here is the update on Sweetie's progress that Jim sent us this week. We love happy updates. Thank You Jim for all you are doing for your "feral" Sweetie!
During that really cold spell we had last week, although skittish, he spent 4 days inside, probably the first time he's ever had a warm place to sleep. When I'd open the door, occasionally, to offer him a chance to escape, he'd look at me as if to say "No thanks, I'm good".
And I was truly amazed that he knew what a cat box was for. Never once missed the target - and he'd spend many long minutes in the box meticulously covering up his work after he was finished. As a matter of fact, he would also go so far as to shred the newspapers that were spread on the floor outside the box and then would add his confetti to the litter inside the box. Quite the tidy operator.
When my other indoor cat (a female half his size) hissingly expresses her displeasure that he's still around, Sweetie simply turns his back to her and ignores the noisy drama. Regarding his eating habits, I can report that I've been completely successful in spoiling a feral cat. When I get down on my knees while facing him, Sweetie will eagerly approach me for petting and ear scratching while circling and rubbing against me, and when I scratch his head he squints his eyes tightly. Very cute! Also, on occasion, when I spotted him a few houses away, I have called his name and he came running back to my house (probably hoping for a bite of something good to eat). This, I thought was pretty unusual. And, if I've just given him a bowl of food, he will tolerate me brushing him. However, other's who have wanted to touch him have been denied. Lifting him up is still a no-go.
Now that it's warmed up a bit he stays mostly outside, only coming in for a visit or a catnap. So far!
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.