Many of my fellow felines are what you humans call feral cats. These felines do not like being around humans. When they encounter you two legged creatures, they may react by hissing or growling in self defense.
These felines have to be tough. They live on the streets, and they have to be tough in order to find noms, protect themselves, and stay safe around dangerous things like those fast metal boxes with wheels, humans who do not like cats, and predators.
But with love, even the toughest feral cat can turn into a loving feline. And that is what happened in Fullerton, California.
A human saw a feral cat that would come to eat noms from a neighbor who left food out for it. When this human came home from work each day, he would see this cat, who was named Shadow, run away from him and hit her head on the railing. He was not yet a feline fancier, but he did not like seeing the poor cat hurt itself.
To keep Shadow from hurting herself, he started to feed her. Soon, Shadow learned to trust him and like him.
About a year later, when this human was relaxing at home, in comes this formerly shy feral cat. She strutted right into his home, and dropped what he thought was a rat on the floor. Once the animal that was in Shadow’s mouth hit the floor, he saw it was a tiny kitten!
This human thought the former feral cat was looking for a home, but he did not want a pet. So he chased Shadow and her kitten out of the house. But then he started to feel bad. He started to wonder if the poor kitten would make it outside. And when he saw Shadow feeding without her kitten, he worried that the kitten was dead.
One day, Shadow was meowing very loudly at this human’s door. He opened the door, and saw Shadow, with her kitten struggling to climb the stairs to the door. He let them inside, and the former feral cat and her kitten have now become lap cats.