I just saw Jimmy and I believe he was hurt by a human ar some point in his life... Yes, he is feral but I also thing he has hurt and so that is his double whammy and probably why it has taken him a little longer to come around..
He was sitting in the living room just now watching me from about 15 feet away and Socks growled viciously at one of the kittens. She was under my feet as was the baby Hank. Socks was angry at Hank and she could hurt him. And she was serious too. He is tiny and she weighs at least 14 lbs or so. Maybe more. She is a chunck and can be very domineering to the others. She used to be more dominate than she is now and before we moved when she was totally outside, she ruled the roost of the feral world. But when she growled at Hank, I pointed my finger at her and said NO. I did not yell or anything like that, but firmly told her "NO, Socks, NO" and she quit. Adn I moved Hank to another area. Socks knows what no means as well. All the cats know No and Get down and Want to go Outside and Snack and Come, and Kitty Food.
And several other things too, but those are the main words. And each one knows their name. All except for the babies, Cow and JJ. The others I have had for a long time. I talk to them and sing to them all the time when we are alone. When I can't get one to come inside, I go out and call there name and Toe stands with me looking for the one I am calling. He helps me find them. He is head of the kitty pride at the Cribbs house.
But back to my story........By me just saying that in the firm tone scared Jimmy to death. He ran like a banshee from hades back to his crate... I am serious. I will have to be careful I guess, but I suspect due to his reaction to my pointing my finger and saying NO that something bad happened to him. I could be wrong but I don't think so. We laugh and get loud in here and turn the tv up loud and he doesn't run from that. And I was talking normally just firm. Maybe it was my tone and he could tell I was displeased. But if he is able to know when I am displeased that means he has experiened that before.....from another human and he remembers.. At least I think??? But also since he was a inner city cat, he might have seen things that I haven't even seen and maybe it just reminded him of something. I jjust don'tknow. I don't think it will set him back but we will see. He comes out daily now and checks things out. Usually in the evening and I suspect he is in here most of the night while we are sleeping.
At least that's how it looked. Anyone have any ideas on this?......
Poor little Jimmy. He will one day get over all of this and can put things behind him and know how good it is to be loved and petted.
p.s. When I first moved Socks up here from Arkansas, she had never been a house cat or an in/out cat. But when I first started feeding her back in Arkansas, she attacked me over her babies once. The litter cookie is from actually. She had them hid under an old car in my alley and I was squatting down to try and see them. She kept them in the engine. I couldn't even see them but I was calling to them. I wasn't touching them at all and she came out of nowhere and jumped on top of my head and seriously attacked me. It scared me to death. She was one mean mama. Glad she is fixed now. When we moved the neighbors gave her to us cause they did not care about her at all. But the first time she came in the house, she took it all in stride. We could not get her back outside. She, by choice, stayed in for a whole month at least... She was so happy to be inside the house. The neighbors never let her inside nor fixed her so all her litters were turned feral. Cookie was the only one I could save and that was because she had this litter on my property. The only reason Cookie let me get close to her is beause of tink. Tink was so tiny when she came to me and Cookie liked Tink. They were friends. Cookie would watch me pet Tink and give her milk and she wanted some. Cookie was probably 4-5 months old and had never been handled. I'm just guessing at her age. Tink was younger and her mother was also a feral. An older feral. The rest of Tink litter got eaten by dogs. We lived in town at the time.. But Socks was one mean mama over her babies. And as long as Hank and Princess Minny and Honey stay out of her way she is fine. But she is one of the ones I put outside when I go somewhere because I don't want her alone with the babies until they are big enough to defend themselves. It took her a few months after becoming an in/out cat that she quit biting me for touching her back legs. She is fine now with that because I was persistant. Before she finally gave it up, she would just look at me and hold my finger in her teeth but not bite me. She was saying 'please'.. But when she reached that point, we made it. Now she doesn't mind anything and will lay in my lap on her back. She is a good girl but I don't trust her with the babies or with people. If a stranger cornered her, she would attack them with all her might. Someone on the forum was telling me they would not kiss their ferals forehead for quite some time after adopting them. Socks was like that. We did not put our faces close to her for several months. She was very unpredictable with her claws. Those days are over now and she is very sweet. But in spite of all that sweetness now, like I said, she would attack a stranger if cornered. She loves us now and works her paws on us all the time and purrs. But she used to not be that way. It took work to get her used to love. Just like Jimmy actually..
This is Socks. She is very big and has very beautiful bright green eyes. They are a very unusual color green. They stand out and that is first thing you notice about her are the color of her eyes.