Friday, December 5, 2014
Feral Friday: Sherbet's Big Adventure!
Hi, everyone! I'm Panther's brother, and I normally live outside. I was unmercifully tricked into this metal box on Tuesday, kept inside for a day, then rode in a car somewhere. I was drugged then rode back home in another car. I had a big adventure, and it's still continuing! More on that later, though....
I never came inside when Panther did, because the humans didn't know about me then. I started coming around after Tigress came back, once Panther was already inside. He gets so excited when he sees me, and we have the same eyes and facial structure, so we must be related somehow. That's why the humans call us brothers. From the humans' estimation, we're the same age: 2 years old (just barely).
On Tuesday, the box appeared in my usual eating spot on the back porch. I saw the human lady put it out there. She talked softly to me, but I hid under the deck until she was done arranging the box. She put food in it, but I didn't believe it was food for me. I waited a while, then decided to try to eat it. I went into the box, stepped over the trip plate with my front paws, and ate what I could of the dry food. The lady put more food out, then some tuna. I had to put my back feet on the trip plate to get at the yummy stuff, and that's when it happened. I jumped so high I hit my head and back on the top of the trap and it jumped, too! I didn't like that, so I didn't jump anymore. I froze, even when the lady brought the trap inside. I figured the others wouldn't see me if I didn't move, but they saw me anyway. Once I was inside, my silly brother walked right up to the trap and swatted my behind through the wires! I guess he wanted to play, but it surprised me. I didn't do anything, though, and he got in trouble for it.
The others circled around me, walking in a line around the trap and sniffing me. Once they completed three or four circles each, they settled into the formation in the picture above. From left to right, it's Freya, Panther, Carbon, Tabby, Autumn, and then Little Bit is on the tote box under the table. Heimdall also played, but had walked off into the living room before this picture was taken. They are all really nice kitties, and my friend Tigress from outside is also in here. I'm glad I have someone familiar! The human man is nice, too, as well as the lady. The human man told me that I was safe inside this house and that no one would hurt me or fight with me. Autumn, the kitten, guarded me and hissed at anyone who dared to come right up to the trap to try to touch noses with me!
I was offered some wet food, but I didn't eat any of it. Carbon got mad that I got wet food and he didn't, so he lay down on top of the trap! The humans said that's a regular thing for him to do. It didn't bother me, except it was confusing. I kept looking up at him, but didn't move out from under where he was. I peed in the trap after scrambling to get out, but the lady cleaned it up because there was a towel and a garbage sack under the trap.
Auntie Cai took the lady and me over to the clinic that the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon did and left me there! I was such a good boy for both my car rides, and didn't make any sounds or anything! I played teeter-totter with the trap while I was carried, though, walking from one end of it to the other. Well, what did they expect? I'm used to solid ground under my paws! The people at FCCO neutered me, cleaned my ears, gave me ear mite medicine, flea medicine, and my vaccinations. They thought I was a senior cat! I don't know where they got that idea, but that's definitely not what I look like. Maybe they thought my teeth were that old? Auntie Shawnee came with the lady to pick me up again, and I played teeter-totter a little. I was still very groggy from the anesthesia, though, so I didn't move around as much.
I spent a while longer at home in the trap, then I peed again. The people at FCCO had put a piece of newspaper as a lining in the trap, so the lady opened the door a little to take the newspaper out. I didn't want to let it go! I rode the newspaper from the end of the trap almost to the door of it, then I bit the lady's finger and ran out of the trap! To be fair, she had been holding her finger out for me to sniff, so I took that as an indication that it was something to bite. I didn't bite hard, though, just a warning chomp.
I found this roll-top desk in the dining room and climbed it. I stayed up there for about an hour, just watching everyone and taking in everything, trying to acclimatize to my new environment. The man walked right up to the other end of the desk and talked softly to me, telling me no one would hurt me here, and then blinked really slowly at me to tell me he loves me. I blinked back at him, so he blinked again. I like it in here, so I stayed inside even when the lady offered me the open door! After a while, I moved to the door but still didn't want to go out. The lady started watching tv, so I cruised around the dining room and even the living room before being spooked by the magic picture box and flying down the hallway. I found another desk in the far bedroom and hid there, hissing at a couple of the others when they came to find me. After a while, I wandered into the next room and found a quiet spot under the big bed.
I stayed under the bed most of yesterday and will probably stay under here for today, too. The lady put food and water in this room, but I don't trust anyone enough to go out to eat it or drink it yet. The man and the lady have both been coming in to talk to me, and the lady looked at me from the middle of the room. The others have been looking at me, too, but haven't really bothered me. I'm glad that everyone's giving me space and time to get used to everyone and everything. The lady put this odd thing called a Feliway diffuser on the wall, and that's helping to calm me down and make me feel more secure here. I don't know whether I want to stay inside all the time, but it's a nice place to be right now, at least under this bed.