The Knox County humane society in Maine color codes the cats. Boys have blue collars. Girls have pink collars. And feral or cats with attitude problems have red collars. My husband and I have been going over there about twice a week now for a couple of months. I started plying the more friendly ones with treats. Turkey is a big hit with these cats. One extremely feral but very pretty cat is Josephine. While she will not tolerate anything more than having her head scratched for maybe five seconds, she does like turkey treats. When the friendly ones gather round me or crawl all over me looking for goodies, I make sure Josephine gets some, too. She has watched, although lately with increasing interest, how the other cats will climb up onto my shoulder or walk around my chest. Sometimes they get cuddled, or stroked, definitely talked to in a nice calm, soothing voice. Still sporting some healing scratches from Josephine's 'I told you to leave me alone' reaction, we had a major breakthrough today. My chair was next to the shelf she likes to sit on. She stepped onto my right leg, across to my left, and climbed up onto my chest. She then proceeded to sit there for a full five minutes before moving back to the safety and security of the shelf. Wow!! Could this be a breakthrough?
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2/7/03 at 11:54am