is one of our most Fabulous Feral Success Stories. She was
spotted at a reststop on I-95 when we were en route to the Turnpike
reststop. The poor thing was scavenging scraps & getting by on
bits of who knows what. She approached Mike as he was
leaving the building, with a "got anything I could eat?" look.
So we had the impression she might be tame. We set our humane
traps & waited about an hour but no luck. We couldn't stay
returned 2 months later. We were so glad she was still there
& even happier when we trapped her within 20 minutes.
turned out this scrawny little girl was not tame at all, but
quite feral. None of 3 different crates would hold her. I let
her stay loose in the quarantine/new cat/kitten room, even though
she missed her vet appointment, & she stayed out of sight.
entered the room, she'd scamper up to the rafters & cling
to a thin ledge. She was very timid & would react badly when
we'd try to get her
in a carrier. Until a few
was mewling coming from a deep long hiding box set
there for Moon. Sure enough, 6 little black kittens had
us. "Oh nO!", was my first thought. But it only takes
.0003 sec. for kittens to win one over. I'd had only 1 kitten
preferring to adopt adult cats who were harder to re-home.
gradually came out in the open more & took loving care of
her kittens. She got more used to people, since
the little ones got plenty of visitors. As the kittens grew up,
gradually Moonpie ventured out of the kitten room & to the
upstairs, where she
most of her time.
would not recognize Moonpie today as the same hissing,
spitting, slashing bundle of fear she was a year ago. She's
become so friendly & with very little effort on our part, just
a lot of patience. She actually likes attention! She likes to
be petted & loves
chasing strings. At mealtime she'll squeak her soft, high-pitched
one-note squeak & head-butt
She likes to
sleep on the bed, even if there's a person in it. She's 90%
over her issues with Max, the dog. Sometimes, she'll reach out & gently
bap you as you walk by. An other way for her to show she's happy