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His healthy appetite seem to be returning,  had some real deal baked chicken (people food) last night, kind of a "pre dinner".  Needless to say, he loved every piece.  

 

 

Perfect.  White Tip is in Love with baked chicken, and when she smells it, she runs right to me and won't leave my side.  I call it by the same name - "the real deal," and she's learned that all too well.  You daren't even use the phrase in her hearing, or she sticks to you like a little furry barnacle.

 

G - this was a great report.  Your kindness and your patience are beginning to pay big dividends, and the real beauty of your relationship with The Bug is that no matter how old he gets, you'll never have to fork over college tuition !

 

Keep up the good work.

 

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@bigbadbass

This is good to hear....haha Duchess loves rotisserie chicken and she is right at our feet when my hubby brings it home...Prince likes it too but since he has a flat face he is challenged by eating it and I usually have to hand feed it to him...
You know I now have to wonder if Bugs was also a part of a colony and/or previously owned...to perk up due to interaction for a true feral is a bit odd...not saying it can't happen just wondering...
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@bigbadbass

Also please post piks would love to see what the Buggers is looking like
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G - this might be helpful, especially considering your location:

 

Both White Tip and Bob like roast Long Island Duckling - maybe The Bug would as well.  If you'll let me know what night your making it... well... how far are you from Islip?

 

;)

 

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post #365 of 533
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We are definitely over the hump.

Little Elvis slept in MY chair the majority of the night, also ate, used L box.  Normal morning feed time ate some more...screen is up...he's still awake, and attentive.

His healthy appetite seem to be returning,  had some real deal baked chicken (people food) last night, kind of a "pre dinner".  Needless to say, he loved every piece.  

His sleeping hours seem to be turned around some, even just after a day or so. Will continue to work on this.  

He's meowing at us...communicating.  Just overall happier, awake, willing to interact more and more. IF there was depression caused by his whole ordeal and instant, forced lifestyle change... its seemingly gone now.  

The social stimulation, safely being introduced to people and pets through the temporary screen door, seems to have worked wonders. An INSTANT U-turn from his prior retreat and hide syndrome. 

While this method is traditionally used to integrate, cat to cat, into a household, it may be a useful tool to "bring them out" from retreat....voluntarily on their part.   
Controlled and  safe, no one's gonna get hurt ...a method worth trying for those cats we read about who simply "won't come out" for long periods. Hey, if it worked for Bug, I'm sure it'll work for others. 
Just a friendly warning here on human food. Make sure it does not have garlic. Cats cannot eat garlic. Certain human foods are ok but just occasionally will do.

Great to hear Bugs is on his own routine and best of all, meowing at you guys. Think he's saying thank you.

So just continue with your routine and hopefully soon we can see him in a group shot with the rest of the cats.

You are doing a fantastic job here! clap.gif
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Just a friendly warning here on human food. Make sure it does not have garlic. Cats cannot eat garlic. Certain human foods are ok but just occasionally will do.

 

 

Tom's right, of course.  I wasn't advocating roast duck every day but I'm always free on week-ends of course.

 

.;)

 

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Wonderful, you two are really coming along.   Keep up the good work, and I too agree, you most certainly have turned a corner with your boy.!!:cat:

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He's up early this morning, alert and on good behavior. I then went to work. 

 

Upon my return home, he's brushing against my legs, I'm praising. Later on a hiss...I lightly said to him "no hissing" and he stopped. 

 

I'll continue to tactfully admonish him, attempting to cease the hissing. Long term, I will not tolerate that behavior, we'll immediately work on that.

 

My chair has become His Highness' new domain, in it he can see the screen door, hear and see who's out there,  a good vantage spot. 

 

Note to self....add a chair in there!   : )  

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Yay!!!!
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Great! He's getting stuck on you. Way to go!
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Yep - you both deserve kudos and maybe a nice roast duckling !

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So glad to hear your progress.  You might have seen my post about Tuly.  It has only been about 2 months and she is not hiding as much.  I have got to get some chicken to  bake.  It is so good to know other folks are going through the same thing with a (former) feral.  it keeps me going and keeps me from getting discouraged.

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So glad to hear your progress.  You might have seen my post about Tuly.  It has only been about 2 months and she is not hiding as much.  I have got to get some chicken to  bake.  It is so good to know other folks are going through the same thing with a (former) feral.  it keeps me going and keeps me from getting discouraged.
If you are feeding baked chicken to the kitty, make sure there's no garlic in them. Garlics are toxic to cats. So are many other human foods and ingredients wink.gif
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You may get a kick out of this....Bug has claimed my comfy, warm chair in his room, simply refusing to move when I visit...and thats ok...I sit down on the floor in front of him....

 

basically I'm now BOWING to the KING, His Highness, in all his glory.   :  )

 

 

 

 

no garlic, TT,  and good to be aware of hazards involving people food.   

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You may get a kick out of this....Bug has claimed my comfy, warm chair in his room, simply refusing to move when I visit...and thats ok...I sit down on the floor in front of him....

basically I'm now BOWING to the KING, His Highness, in all his glory.   :  )




no garlic, TT,  and good to be aware of hazards involving people food.   
Great news! Let the claim game begin! clap.gif
post #377 of 533
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Originally Posted by bigbadbass View Post
 

You may get a kick out of this....Bug has claimed my comfy, warm chair in his room, simply refusing to move when I visit...and thats ok...I sit down on the floor in front of him....

 

basically I'm now BOWING to the KING, His Highness, in all his glory.   :  )

 

 

 

 

Hopefully you won't learn that he's a Red Sox fan.  Dear Lord, I can't even imagine the fight.

 

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so he hops down off his throne...err, chair, rubs himself around by back, side and arm....gently bites my big toe...when out of nowhere...he hisses and lightly claws my arm.

 

I verbally admonished him....he started the whole process again. Rinse and repeat.

 

I could feel the static electricity between his coat and my shirt material...could this have been discomforting,  semi painful and startling to him and the reason for his minor attack?

 

Now that he's openly showing emotion (and claiming me) I don't want to dissuade this interaction, quite the contrary.....Is there a anti static spray (safe for him) i can use? 

 

Maybe he senses I'm a NY Yankee fan?  : )

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Wow! Again very good progress from bugs. He is owning more of you now. When a cat gently bites you, it means they love you! It like giving you love bites as not to be confused by real biting that draws blood and taking a chunk of you.

As for the hissing, just tell him it's ok, no hissing. Sometimes they see something new and not sure what it is and he'll hiss and try to bat the object.

For the static electricity part, leave a bowl of water in the room. It might work. I think there's a theory behind that.

I think you better be his fan laughing02.gif

Photos please! camera.gif
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a forum search has revealed a solution....I'll fire up the humidifier in the room.....simple. 

 

i'll do some photos when time allows....but in transferring from phone to computer, they darken. I'll figure it out. 

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a forum search has revealed a solution....I'll fire up the humidifier in the room.....simple. 
Would be better with the humidifier. The air is dry. So the bowl of water is the same theory as the humidifier except it's on a tiny scale compare to the humidifier.
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Originally Posted by bigbadbass View Post
 

so he hops down off his throne...err, chair, rubs himself around by back, side and arm....gently bites my big toe...when out of nowhere...he hisses and lightly claws my arm.

 

I verbally admonished him....he started the whole process again. Rinse and repeat.

 

I could feel the static electricity between his coat and my shirt material...could this have been discomforting,  semi painful and startling to him and the reason for his minor attack?

 

Now that he's openly showing emotion (and claiming me) I don't want to dissuade this interaction, quite the contrary.....Is there a anti static spray (safe for him) i can use? 

 

Maybe he senses I'm a NY Yankee fan?  : )

 

 

Oh, relax.  Cats on Long Island have been Yanks fans time out of mind.

 

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@bigbadbass do you own a smartphone? If you do you can simply upload photos from phone
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A phone pic test... and yet again, absolutely darker viewing here than on my phone. I don't know why this occurs, forces me to edit contrast for every posted pic, dammit.

Been working this week, but I'll snap a couple during daylight tomorrow, provided His Highness will grant my request.
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A phone pic test... and yet again, absolutely darker viewing here than on my phone. I don't know why this occurs, forces me to edit contrast for every posted pic, dammit.

Been working this week, but I'll snap a couple during daylight tomorrow, provided His Highness will grant my request.
This is a good photo...if you are having issues try going into your phone settings and adjust from there abs then go into camera settings and adjust brightness that way too...what model phone do you have?
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Photo is pretty good and it's GOOD to see Bugs! Yeah!!! banana2.gif
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A phone pic test... and yet again, absolutely darker viewing here than on my phone. I don't know why this occurs, forces me to edit contrast for every posted pic, dammit.

Been working this week, but I'll snap a couple during daylight tomorrow, provided His Highness will grant my request.

 

G - He's certainly an handsome fellow, and it's pretty clear that he's comfortable now.  Well done; bravo to both of you.

 

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Yet again, i beckon to the collective knowledge and experience from members.

 

Bug is doing good very quickly....he's rubbing against my legs, i'm beginning to pet him a few moments....but out of nowhere he'll bat at me and hiss. Of course, I'm lightly admonishing him with a "no hiss!"

 

I realize its still very soon after neuter (just 4 weeks), his hormones/testosterone still running wild, BUT.......

 

my questions regarding our initial petting/scratching interactions...

 

*what tactic (other than admonishment) should I employ to suppress little Elvis' violent eruptions?  

* just wait for his chemistry to normalize?

*back off in the interim? 

*continue to tactfully interact and "push" him just a little? 

 

Obvious NEWBEE ALERT....any and all ideas welcome, I need all the insights and help I can get.... 

 

Hey, members, as usual thanks in advance! 

post #389 of 533

You're both doing great, first of all.  Is The Bug looking at you when he hisses, or is he just, "hissing at the world?"  Often, a raised finger and a low, "pssst," will be enough to get their attention and make them stop if they're looking in your direction.

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post #390 of 533
Again that's good news that he is rubbing your legs. Let him do as long as he wants to. You can tell the degree of how comfortable he is or how much he has owned you by the pressure of his body while rubbing your legs.

As for the petting, do not over stimulate him. Pet a few strokes and stop and do it again later. And also watch where you pet him that made him hiss and bat you. Some parts of the body are off limits and you have to know where. So just experiment the different places to pet him. Example like on the head, under the chin, side of mouth in the direction of the whiskers, neck and stump of tail.
If he bat without claws is ok.

Hormones take at least 6 weeks to be totally flushed out of system.

For your questions, as mentioned above and continue to say 'NO' to hissing and batting all the way till chemistry is normalized. In other words, no change to routines.
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