The human says I can be a feisty cat. And this is true, furiends. When I am not happy with him, I am not shy about giving him a swat. Jacey gently pushes the human’s arm away if she is annoyed with him. And Koji will walk away. So I am much more feisty than my brofur and sisfur.
But I am not feisty at all compared to many feral cats. Some of my feral cousins do not like humans at all. And they are not shy about letting humans know this. Furiends, this is why you should not take a feral cat to a shelter. Feral cats do not like shelter environments and some shelter euthanize them because of their behavior there.
Eventually, Crabby decided that he would investigate the home of his humans. They had put a door in for their canine, but the canine never used it. Crabby decided this door would be the way he got in to explore the home.
Crabby still ran away from his humans when they got too close to him. But they were kind humans, and they chose to let Crabby interact with them on his terms. After about six months, Crabby decided to hop on the sofa with one of the humans there.
Crabby’s humans tested things to see how he would react to them petting him. He was happy when they did it, so they did other things to play with him. And after a while, this formerly ferocious feral cat turned into a happy indoor cat.
Furiends, a feral cat may take a long time to learn to trust you clumsy two legged creatures. Some of them never will. But what happened with Crabby shows that with time and patience, some feral cats can become great companions!
Furiends, we felines like to do things that get us in trouble. The human is all too aware of this, because he has three bengal cats that he must handle. I am older now and not quite as rambunctious, but Koji and Jacey make up for it. Whether it is Koji running out the front door and making the human chase him, or Jacey jumping into places she should not, or me taking a swat at the human, we do a lot of things that get us in trouble.
But none of us have ever stuck our heads into a glass jar. And if we did, the human would quickly remove our heads from it. If we needed treatment, off to the white coated humans we would go.
One feline, who Lucky told me about, was not so fortunate. You see, this feline is a feral cat, and he lives in a colony where he does not have human help all the time. Somehow, he managed to get his head trapped in the rim of a glass jar. Many kind humans were horrified when they saw this. They tried to capture and treat this feral cat. However, we felines are smart and nimble. We are very good at escaping you even if you want to help.
This feral cat did exactly that for months. Eventually, kind humans were able to trap him. They rushed him to the white coated humans. The white coated humans immediately sedated him and removed the rim of the glass jar. Then, they neutered him and gave him a rabies shot. After he recovered, the trap, neuter and return volunteers took him back to his colony.
This feral cat did not stick around to give his human rescuers thanks. He probably was angry that he had been taken from his colony and been neutered. Still, I am sure he is happy that he no longer has to wear a glass necklace!
Whenever I feel bad about being a diabetic cat, I remind myself that I have always had a human to care for me. I never had to live outside and fend for myself, and I always knew where my noms were coming from. I cannot imagine what it would be like to have to worry about where my noms were coming from, or where to sleep, or whether an evil human was going to hurt me.
Mason can tell us all about that. You see, this senior feline, who is being cared for by Tiny Kittens, lived a long life out on the streets. He has many battle scars to prove it. Mason also suffers from kidney disease. Add to that a badly injured foot, and several abscessed teeth, and poor Mason is not in good shape. To help Mason, Tiny Kittens decided to bring him in so that he could enjoy the rest of his life in comfort.
Mason, of course, is grateful for the help. But he is still quite fierce! He happily plays with wand toys, but as soon as a human tries to reach in to pet him, he will hiss and swat at that human.
But one day, the humans caring for Mason brought in some foster kittens. And soon, Mason let down his guard and showed his soft side. He became good furiends with the tiny felines, and allowed them to snuggle and play with him. Furiends, this feline who is so fierce with humans allows the kittens to cuddle up with him when they sleep!
This, furiends, is proof that even senior feral cats like Mason have a soft side. You humans may not get to see it. It may only be shown to tiny felines who need help. But it is there, in every single cat. And I am glad that Tiny Felines helped Mason show it!
I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.