is the sweetest, friendliest, funniest untamed feral with us. By friendly,
I mean that he's very sociable, affectionate & loving, but only to
animals, not people. He seems to want to befriend people too, but
is just not ready to make that leap of faith.
got his name from his demeanor when he was first rescued. He was a
big adult tomcat & was very frightened, & hence very ferocious & intimidating.
He had a constant glower of attitude
& distrust in his eyes. It was clear he would never
be tamed so, after getting neutered & checked at the vet,
he left the crate & joined the CR!FR tribe.
was very timid
& would hide when anyone entered the main feral area.
After some time, he'd let himself be seen,
peering out from his
was going on. Later, he would resist the flight impulse & hold
his ground, looking frightened but brave enough stay put. Eventually,
enough to remain in his nap spot & not allow the intrusion
to disturb his sleep.
Ares is a totally different cat. He is a great presence upstairs with
the tame & sociable cats. He's always rushing over to be a
part of any gathering or to trot into an opened door.
very sweet to the other cats, who he greets with enthusiastic affection.
He has a particular fondness
for Max, our adopted American Eskimo dog.
Max & cuddles
him, with his tail up & back arched, as if they were a long-separated
is still too timid for people at the moment. But I sometimes wake up &
find him sleeping on the bed, sometimes very close to me (he has the
cutest habit of curling up his toes when sleeping). It's a good
bet that eventually he'll allow himself to be petted & will realize
been missing - that it's nice to be loved as well as show love!
• the colony Ares
was rescued from