Siren is a petite brown tabby with
reddish specs of tortiseshell mixed in. When we first got her she was about
4-5 mos old & in
rough shape: very scrawny with patches of thin fur & 1 eye missing. At first
we thought it had been hurt in a brawl although it didn't look painful or freshly
injured. She was very wild & timid; hissing, spitting & howling (hence
her name) when I'd open her crate.
vet said Siren was probably born with her eye that way & that it would be ok to release her to the
colony even with one eye. I was new at this & was under the impression
that after about 2 months of age, a feral cat couldn't be tamed & should
be released after spay/neuter/vaccines/medical care. Siren was quite
intimidating so I decided to release her after her health improved.
wanted to try taming her & I
said go for it but be careful. He managed to wrap her in a heavy towel
so she couldn't lash out in any way. He brought her to the sofa & sat
with her a while. She was very quiet & cowering but stayed calm.
After several sessions of this, I felt comfortable holding her & she
brought her crate upstairs to get acclimated to the other cats & all
the comings & goings.
Soon Niko was visiting her & they'd play & carry
on like a couple of monkeys. It was nice to see this poor scruffy cat
Siren is a happy affectionate cat, although still a little shy. Her
coat is super glossy & silky & she's
filled out to a healthy but still petite size. She's very playful & does
fine with one eye. She has a scrap of fabric that once contained some
catnip that she loves to play with. She stalks around the house with
it in her mouth like a leopard dragging away its prey. She likes cuddling
in bed & eating small table scraps (she was used to scavenging
for people food behind the rest stop). She no longer growls her high-pitched
siren wail but still has a high-pitched meow like a squeaky hinge.
She's a real sweetie & likes to climb into your lap & purr.
• the colony Siren
was rescued from