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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #172)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 12:19 PM

174. I have been sitting down on the porch the last two days

She doesn't come over. She is used to me standing up, and she will walk over when she has finished eating and either start walking between my legs or she puts her back up for me to pet. She definitely gives me signals when she wants me to pet her. Yesterday, I stooped down to pet her to see if she would allow me to get down to her level. That worked out well. She was not afraid and I petted her in the usual manner.

I thought I might try sitting there to use the technique someone recommended of holding her food in my lap. I haven't held the food in my lap, but might try that.

I am thinking of taking the PAWS lady advice. She will trap her and take her to the vet for whatever she needs. I cannot feed her for 24 hours before she goes. She might be skittish when she comes back, and our relationship built thus far might be set back. I am finding it difficult to consent to doing something that will scare her or maybe make her panic-stricken. But I am telling myself it has to be done to ascertain if she is or is not pregnant, if that is a tipped ear or a tearing, and getting her a rabies shot. This would the the precursor to getting all of the shots she needs.

So that is where I am now. I am thinking over the long haul she will be both an inside cat and an outside cat. Twice, when she was trying to show off, she ran very fast towards a tree. She made it halfway up the tree and came back down. I think about the one post I read here about the two different types of cats, and she might have a little bit of that tree-hugger thing going on. I think it might be cruel to try to bring her in and never let her out to do her thing. But I realize it is dangerous to leave her out there unprotected. So maybe a middle of the road compromise will be the answer. I had thought about a cat door, and then it occurred to me maybe the Big Grey and/or other cats released in the neighborhood might invite themselves in. Maybe overtime, she will always want to stay in....

Sam

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