Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I am an animal lover, and have been practically since birth. My mother can tell you stories about the various animals she found sharing my room when I was a kid; a snake, a turtle, numerous toads, a praying mantis, fuzzy caterpillars, and of course the menagerie of dogs, cats and rodents that were permitted!
I’m sure you also remember the blog post about the three orange cats we adopted through someone on our local Freecycle. These little 9 month old sweeties would just be ideal for someone looking for some housecats.
We’ve had them real close to six months. Well, two of them. One of them, Boo, did not last long at all after being put outside. He decided to dig his way back in by pulling an entire window screen off the house and then dragging sealed people food off the kitchen counter and strewing it throughout the house and up the stairs into the attic. He was promptly “re-homed.” The other tom, Milo, went to live with my cousin for all of 3 days, I think it was. Might have been slightly longer. After spending the entire time hiding, and then getting stuck behind their refrigerator, he came back to us like a bad yo-yo. Tizzy lived indoors for awhile, and was pretty good. But I needed these cats to be outdoor mousers, so one day, I simply opened the living room door to the outside world. She sat inside it looking out for a day, then the next day she went out; I was never able to catch her to bring her back in. These cats are so insanely skittish and people shy it’s not even funny. And, we’ve been feeding them, and feeding them well this whole time.
Well, I’ve had enough. I don’t mind feeding my pets, but I don’t feed the neighborhood strays. So they’ve been cut off. They now only get food if they’ll come to me and allow me to pet and handle them. We’ve had one “session” so far, and Milo was very friendly; Tizzy wouldn’t let her guard down to eat more than a kibble or two. But I think we’ll get there. I’ll try several times a day, until they realize that the food is coming from the people, and they don’t get it without the people!
If they don’t catch on, let the re-homing begin!