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Ex-Ferals - 2 months in

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Allergictoironing Sat 06-Aug-16 08:55:38

An update on my two beautiful ex-ferals, a little over 2 months since I devoted my life to them.

It's been good progress I think. Boycat is still very shy and runs away much of the time, but Girlcat has days when she lets me stroke her! They know the routine and from about half an hour before dinner time they line up and LOOK at me. They also know dreamies times (first thing, when I get in from work, and just before bed) and again get themselves into position in plenty of time.

They own the living room completely and sleep anywhere in there - sofa, back of sofa, floor, tree, under tables, on dining chair for Girlcat, and give me filthy looks if I dare sit in my seat when they want to sit in the back just behind it. Mornings and evenings is play time when they charge around the whole house like loons ambushing each other, so clearly they feel safe here. Last night Girlcat even jumped right over my legs and bounced off the recliner like a trampoline during play grin.

I think the biggest breakthrough is the stroking thing. If she's in the right mood, Girlcat will let me scratch and stroke her while she's lying on their end of the sofa and definitely enjoys it, and will also let me do a bit when she's involved in gobbling down dreamies as fasr as she can so she can get to Boycat's share as well (separate portions close together). Boycat has also tolerated a brief pet at dreamies time, though he still tenses up and gets worried after a few seconds so I stop then. Girlcat has also taken to following me about the house and watching me; started out at breakfast and dinner time but now happens a lot at other times - I can feel her eyes boring into my back right now as I type at my desk in the study shock.

They are eating well and still no inappropriate pooing or peeing, and surprisingly rare up-chucking.

So all in all I think I'm well ahead of schedule with them smile

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 06-Aug-16 11:53:26

You really are. Maybe boy cat will learn from girl cat that fuss is ok?.

cozietoesie Sat 06-Aug-16 12:27:12

You're doing very well. How old are they now? smile

Allergictoironing Sat 06-Aug-16 15:18:03

They are about 2 years old Cosie, so the feral behaviour well entrenched in them. I reckon I'm close to where I thought I would be after 6 months not two.

cozietoesie Sat 06-Aug-16 15:21:00

Are you still talking to them a lot? smile

Toddlerteaplease Sat 06-Aug-16 16:07:21

Mine were badly neglected ex breeding queens at took months and months to get to that point.

Allergictoironing Sat 06-Aug-16 18:06:01

Talk to them all the time at home, I chat to them like they were human beings - plus tell them they are the most beautiful/handsome creatures in the world of course. Have the occasional conversation with Girlcat, me talking & her making their odd little whirring noise which is the only vocalisations either of them make. Still not answering me when I ask for their views on the sport though wink.

They quite like TV so I often leave it on during the day when I go to work, but that switches off on a timer if you don't do anything after about 4 hours. But that's OK, they sleep then, and do all their bouncing about morning and evening anyway.

PolterGoose Sat 06-Aug-16 18:29:38

So pleased they've made such progress smile

cozietoesie Sat 06-Aug-16 18:50:52

Ha! Sport may be beneath them. Why not try fiscal policy? Mine have always held very decided views on that! grin

Lots of talking is great though. smile Well done so far.

Allergictoironing Sat 06-Aug-16 21:24:46

They do quite like to watch sport - boxing is a favourite of theirs, and they sit near me to watch the cricket. Surprisingly they aren't at all interested in the rugby 7's that's on right now, and totally ignored the cycling earlier today. Oh and Boycat seemed quite interested in the archery today of all things.

I think Boycat is a little intellectually challenged for subjects like fiscal policy! He really does seem to be one of the least intelligent and least agile cats I've ever met. I look at his sleek perfect body trying not to fall off the back of the sofa (at a walk, quite wide back too), then remember my DSis's almost completely round middle aged cat merrily bouncing around in and out of her window earlier today and sigh. But he's so very handsome I can forgive him almost anything (maybe not the up-chuck behind the sofa recently though). And his sister is exceptionally agile and daring, maybe she took his share of the genes?

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 06-Aug-16 21:47:51

Have you tried YouTube videos for cats? It's usually birds or something but ours likes them.

Allergictoironing Sun 07-Aug-16 07:45:17

They don't seem particularly interested in animal documentaries (though sharks got a brief notice this week), sport seems to be their thing probably because of the action, the bright colours and the excitement in the commentators voices.

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