Yeah, Laurie I am foster by default! Orginally I was sent to trap kittens because I was close by. I got one before Xmas, then left for break, came
home and immediately went to try for other kittens. I got Baby.
But then The lady who was to take him, the tamer, had to leave town on a trip. So, naturally he couldn't go to her right away.
Then, he escaped cage and she never followed up asking me to give to her. So long short, I told them I would keep and tame him.
They say the crate works for kittens, but he was about 12 wks at the time,
and too large. 8 wks would have fit the crate, but his size is big because he is part (very obviously I might add) Maine coon. (I used to live in MA so I am familar with the Coon breed and the mixes - this is NOT a long hair, a persian or angora type. Definitely a Coon in the mix.)
So now Baby is mine to tame! this morning we had more breakthroughs!
I went to get up and the baby gate had been knocked down by one of the kitties! LOL. Baby after I got up and went down stairs (leave door open)
moved OUT of his room, into the hall, into my bedroom and back to the kittey room!
Then we ate baby food - and I got to stroke! Now at least once a day, I feed the baby food and I pet him while eating. I have to manuever VERY carefully, from behind - he still is very very shy of hands to body movement.
But if he doesn't see me, LOL he lets me pet AND purrs and purrs!!
Yayyy! I am so glad I rescued. The rescue folks say a crated kitten can be handled by one week - but his one has taken 2.5 - HOWEVER - he is confident around me, and NOT scared.
If as i believe he is a sweetie pie (Coons usually are very people oriented and quite fearless) then this trend to taming should accelerate.
Meantime, I will keep at it slow and steady. I just want him to be tamed and socialized ASAP ahead of kitten season, so he gets a good home.
I've contacted the Coon Breed rescue folks to help me, as well as other groups to cross post him. He has SUCH potential!!
You can see it when he sits and watches me come in the room. And last night he didn't run when I came in he was actually SITTING ONTOP of the massage table pillows!!! Yayyy!!
I guess, he will come along nicely, and if I had a friendly kitten to put in
with him, he'd be competing like made for affection, LOL. I really really think
the room way is best, if you want a happy cat and they are older than 12 wks when you get em....
So far, all mine have been 4-6 months and they responded beautifully to room taming, plus my other "tame" cats..
And god how this little guy races around leaps, jumps, climbs and rolls LOL. He is a real acrobat!
Its the Coon hunter in him
Oh gota go. My day off and one of my OTHER feral kitties (now a permanent cat) has spay surgery today - plus Goose my other feral kitty now permanent has a sore paw and is upset I am not allowing out. HE has VET apt this afternoon too. I'm runing cat express here, LOL