Major breakthrough with Whisp this morning!
To backtrack, there is a mom skunk hell-bent on having her babies underneath our house. Everytime a cat goes underneath the mom lets out a warning and the cats scream and leave!
So far the house is the only thing getting "hit"
So Whisp lost her bed for awhile. I put a large carrier outside for her, draped it with a saddle blanket then put moisture barrier over the top of it to waterproof it, duct taped the plastic so the wind won't take it away- and put soft bedding inside. She loves it!
Last night I was sitting on the steps talking to her and keeping my hands to myself. She is one of those ferals, that because she has never had human contact, petting overstimulates her and she bites. So I was talking with her and she came right up to me and started rubbing all over me. I am still keeping my hands off her, (learned that the hard way awhile back) and she got more insistent about her bumps, until she almost knocked me off the stoop! So I started making what I call passing pets, barely touching her being very quick, not leaving my hand in one place to long. It was sort of funny like a synchronized dance between her, my hand and my arm. We did this for about 15 minutes, and finally reading her signals, I tucked my hands as far away from her as I could and she laid down right next to me!
This morning, when I went out to bring her food, she ran right up to me for the FIRST TIME! I keep telling her she needs to come in the house, but she prefers the front yard- which makes me nervous, but it is where she wants to be now. I liked it much better when she was in the hay barn- but with the skunk roaming around, I think I see her point.