Trail Cam Pics and Breakthroughs! – August 1-2, 2017

When I fed the kitties on Tuesday morning, I set up the trail cam to see what’s happening around the feeding station when I’m not there.

Apparently Orange Girl has decided to make like “Snoopy,” and hang out on top of the feeding station. ūüėČ

  

Pictures confirmed that she DID get down occasionally, but that evening she was back on her perch:

Major “LOL” at her expression–“That’s the funniest looking cat I’ve ever seen!”

Mama Cat has continued to come over to me for pre-breakfast petting, and when I was there on Tuesday, she came back over to me after she’d eaten a little, apparently wanting attention as much as she wanted food. ¬†(This was a first.)

When one of my co-workers walked by and stopped to talk, I thought the kitty would run away, but to our complete surprise, she came over and let my co-worker rub her! ¬† Even though it’s taken months for her to get to this point, I had to wonder if she was a true “feral.” ¬†Instead, I think she’d started to remember a “past life” when she was someone’s pet….

On Wednesday morning, Mama Cat was waiting for me, again.

She came over–with no hesitation–for her pre-breakfast rubs.

“Ah, yes, that feels so good!”

After she’d eaten, she came back over to me (I’d sat down on the concrete block I use to hold the trail cam), and I rubbed her a bit, and then cautiously, gently picked her up and put her on my lap!

She purred and “made biscuits” for a few seconds, then quickly hopped down as if to say, “Whoa–did I just do that?!”

But she came right back over to me, and I picked her up again!  This time, she stayed even longer:

  

Wayne zoomed in on her face, and I think she was truly¬†remembering; remembering a life she had months ago–or even years ago.

  

She walked over to Wayne and let him rub her, too, (another first!) and then she followed us to the car as we were leaving….

I don’t know how this beautiful cat came to be feeding four kittens out of a dumpster last December, but I’m now convinced that she has known love before. My hope is that she will only know love in the future….

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Feral Trio – July 31, 2017

This morning Mama Cat came out for rubs before breakfast. ¬†Each day I try to rub her a little more–and in different places–and she¬†was fine when I rubbed down her back to her tail. ¬†She was “making biscuits” the whole time.

Orange Girl always watches when Mama Cat is twirling around my legs, and she probably doesn’t quite know what to think of it! ¬†While she still talks to me each morning from a safe distance, I don’t anticipate her coming close enough for me to touch her–at least not yet. ūüôā

And the pre-breakfast dance continued….

  

Cali-1 was taking it all in, too.

I’d set up the trail cam Sunday morning, hoping to see the black kitty (already a TNR baby), “Floofy Tail” (that I haven’t trapped) or other cats I’ve seen over the last 7 months.

I haven’t seen “Cali-2” (TNR – Jan. 2017) since late last May:

And I’ve only seen this kitty once, in late January 2017:

  

The large male I trapped in March was possibly spotted by one of my co-workers a week or so ago, but I haven’t seen him since the trail cam took this sweet picture of him with Orange Girl:

When I downloaded the trail cam pictures this morning, I only saw Mama Cat and Orange Girl, and the camera caught this “argument” between the two of them on Sunday afternoon:

Girls, girls! ¬†You need to share! ¬†There’s enough food in the bowl for several kitties!

I hope I can continue to feed them in one location, as I’d rather not set up additional feeding stations!

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Mama Cat – July 28, 2017

Look who came over to greet me when I was getting ready to feed the ferals!

  

Such a funny picture–almost looks like she’s saying, “Okay, if it’s so important to you, yes, you may rub me….”

  

This morning–for the first time–she talked to me, and there was a bit of “biscuit making” going on with her paws when I was rubbing her. <3

Sweet girl–really makes me wonder if she was someone’s pet at some point in her life, or if she just finally trusts me after 7+ months….

(Many thanks to Wayne for taking these pictures!)

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Funny Ferals – July 24, 2017

This morning I heard the orange kitty before I saw her. ¬†She was meowing as she came up the hill, and she kept meowing responses as I talked to her. ¬†She clearly wanted her breakfast, but she wasn’t willing to come any closer to me.

  

Just then Mama Cat came walking up the hill….

She paused for a second (to check out some activity in the maintenance area), then she walked past Orange Girl, walked right in front of me, hopped into the feeding station and started eating.

 

Sorry, Orange Girl. “She who hesitates” loses first dibs for breakfast. ūüėČ

 

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More Progress with the Ferals – July 23, 2017

When we took food over today, the first cat I saw was Orange Girl, and she was very vocal! ¬†I’ve heard it’s unusual for ferals to meow at a human, but this was the second or third time she’s “talked” to me. ¬† This morning she responded by meowing each time I spoke to her. ¬†Sweet.

Very quickly, however, I saw the Mama Cat, and I’m so glad that Wayne was with me to get these pictures!

“Oh, my goodness, pretty girl! ¬†You’re right here!”

“Aren’t you the brave kitty! ¬†Do you want to sniff?”

I didn’t try to touch her–and she didn’t touch me–but I had no idea that she’d ever get this close to me.

I backed up a few feet, and she went in to eat.  If you look closely, you can see the orange kitty between us near the small tree.  She moved next to the feeding station when I backed up a few more feet.

 

These girls have come such a long way from the terrified kitties I trapped last December!

  

 

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