Keep in mind, feral and stray cats are not one in the same. A feral cat has never lived inside or been handled by humans. A stray, on the other hand, has lived indoors for part of its life and is use to human contact. Skittles and Snickers were feral (wild), but now I like to think of them as just outdoor cats. The word feral seems evil and they are far from it, having never bitten or scratched me, although Snickers got me once when applying Revolution. She was scared, and I wasn't holding her correctly. Initially, she batted me with her paws and then, when I wouldn't give up, a claw or two came out... my fault on all counts.
Today, they both love to be pet. Snickers can be picked up for a quick 5-second snuggle, Skittles slightly longer at 6 seconds, and both will stay on my lap if I insist. When I work in the yard or take "bench breaks" from my home office, they are never far away, chasing each other in the garden, which must be a jungle at that size, running up and down trees, no longer kittens but cats with lots of energy for hunting.
As I mentioned, my husband is allergic, so Skittles and Snickers do not come into the main part of our house. However, they do have access to the attached garage via a small cat door, which we installed ourselves and they have been trained to use. The garage is where they seek refuge from inclement weather and where we feed them only high quality, high protein dry food twice a day. And, of course, water is always available. Our yard (and garage) is their home, territory, and hunting grounds, and they seem very content. There is still an innate wildness about them, which makes me believe they could never be indoor pets.
And, so we begin...
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