Hi! What a fabulous site! I'm not only new here, I'm new to cats, and am thanking all of you who have posted helpful items. A stray adopted us - well, sort of. Our home (an RV) is too small to confine us, let alone a cat, but she's adopted us nonetheless. We give her food, water, treats, healthcare, shelter in a storm and lots of love. There's a bed here for her when she wants it, but she loves the outdoors. We live full time in our RV, which has been parked in a farm community where lots of cats have gone stray/feral. "Our" stray kept raiding the garbage cans near us last fall. We tossed her some cheese a few days in a row and that was it. Any time we were out she came around meowing (although it took weeks for her to come near us and begin to trust us). It took about a month to gain enough confidence to be able to pick her up - but now she loves to be groomed (not bathed!) and to fall asleep on my lap while I pet her. Turns out she likely wasn't a barn cat. Once we'd been handling her for a week or so we took her to the vet for a check up and to be spayed. The vet informed us she is a pure bred Maine Coon cat and was already spayed! And except for her cat shape and some white under her chin, and on her belly and paws she looks like a racoon! There's a new feral family in the woods behind us - but that's whole separate issue (which I wrote about in the Feral Forum). But this site has been an enormous help, and I wanted to say "Hi" to all the cat lovers - we can't imagine our lives without this beautiful stray.
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6/28/02 at 4:31pm