Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I am enjoying my two feral cats. They are now used to eating on our front porch. They come near at meal time when I shake the food jar--kind of like a dinner bell--but won't eat from the dish until I have gone inside. However, one of them will eat from my hand if I am very still and just sit there and the other will eat from the jar lid within about 2 feet of me. It is amazing what they will do when they are hungry. They are very scaredy cats and will leave rapidly at the slightest different sound or motion. (My tummy growled and they left.)
I started feeding from my hand to make sure that my 2 cats were getting the food I put out as there is a black feral (we call this one Sooty) that lives in the neighborhood that likes the food also and as soon as it comes around, "my" cats leave. We also found a possum (Polly Possum) having a snack, so I like to watch so I am sure that the food goes to the right cats. The other cats and possum can have the leftovers!
One of the cats--we call her Scruffy--will come when I call her in the afternoon and will let me scratch her for a short time. She really seems to enjoy the scratching, but it is at her pleasure. When she is done, she just gets up and leaves. She even has a kind of purr that she uses when she is enjoying a good scratch. I understand that I should be honored because Scruffy gave me a very soft love bite (brush of her teeth) while I was scratching her the other day. I understand this is a show of cat affection. Otherwise, she took a taste and did not like the taste of me!
I have never had a cat before, and these I know are not really mine, but I am enjoying them for the time they are here and getting to know a little more about the different personalities that cats have.