I have three male indoor cats. I had been feeding a feral male cat for a while and then coons came. I read that a coon can kill a cat so I got a trap and after a few tries caught him. In August I set up it with a vet that he would let me come in with the cat once I caught him. He was tested, got his shots and nutered and released in a spare bedroom where he spent a month behind an area I had set up for him. He eventually went to my bedroom in the far corner of a walk in closet where he spent another month. My boys did not have a problem with him at all and would go visit. I estimate him to be about 1 1/2 -2 years of age. He started walking around the house at night and got along with everybody. In November he started eating out in the open with my cats and watched me closely. I never tried to get near him - only spoke to him. He would let me walk near by and did not move. Once in a while I was able to run my hand down his back while he was eating. He really like it but ran. Then he watched for me when he ate so I stoped. In December he started sleeping at the foot of my bed (on the bed). All my cats sleep with me. One night I woke and saw him sleeping so I very slowely moved closer so I could pet him. He was sound asleep and didn't have time to 'think' just 'feel' and he loved how it felt. But when he discovered (after about 30 seconds ) what was going on he fled. It happened once and a while 5-6 more times and he would let me pet him for longer periods -and of those times he was awake when I started the petting. A couple times he hit me with his paws but did not use his claws (boy was I glad). Then the last week or so he lets me pet him, he rolls over, allows me to pet his neck, all up and down his back and even rolls over and allows me to pet his belly. He dosen't want me to stop when I am rubbing in his ears. If he is on the bed or on the back of a sofa chair he will let me reach out and pet him even though I am standing -and he loves it. He will not however let me touch him when he is eating or when I walk near by and he is on the floor. He feels safe if he is on the bed or up high. I don't understand it but am thankful. I am so glad he is able to enjoy my petting him. He has brought great joy to me.
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12/22/07 at 6:20am