I live on a ranch, isolated from town by 30 miles of highway and dirt road. We have approximately 30 cats; 10 are tame, including this years kittens from the docile adults, excluding the tame kittens we gave away. Though I have never cuddled, or even touched, the rest of the ferals, almost all have names, and I love each and every one of them, and love watching them as well. There's Scar, Mama, Tux, Maverick, Broken Foot, Silly, Kaliea, Aqua, & Timmy. (Sadly, Maxie ran off a couple weeks ago an we found him in the road... ) Then there are the kittens; we had a total of 17 this year, and gave away four. Our tame cats are Jenny, Bobby, Gracie, and Sylvester. The tame kittens are Sherbert, Calico Angel, Spring, Savannah, Starbucks, Chloe, and of course Zoey. That totals up to... 26. Then we have some that come and go, they travel the 6 miles to the neighbors and come back... Well, we have this one litter of 3, they are about 4 months old, I'm guessing. There were 4: a grey, black and white, and two blacks. One of the blacks and the grey joined another group (they have their own little Cat Cliques), and the two remaining live near the house, under a broken down old Ford, and hang with our docile litters. I haven't named them yet, but am kind of attatched to the black and white one; skinny and lanky, but so quirky looking. I feed the docile cats and kittens in the morning, on a small (2 x 2 ft) cement slab. I sit on a rock nearby (about 3 feet off) and watch. The 2 wild kittens have started coming to eat, and I got Black & White to come within 4 feet of me! That is as close as I have gotten. I kind of want to tame the B&W, not totally, just so I can pet him/her a little bit. I've grown attatched to it! Any advice on how to get him/her to trust me? I use relaxed, non-aggressive body posture (relaxed shoulders angled away, head down, eyes lowered, breathing easily, hands idled at my sides) and watch quietly while they eat. What is the next step?
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7/7/07 at 12:40pm