Your insight will help me through the next steps. Good luck with your feral cat. We had people over for dinner the other night and she actually hung around (at a distance) instead of going downstairs to hide. With a rounded appearance and sweet demeanor, the Siberian was made for cuddles. Deborah, I came across this again saved on my computer after posting 4 months ago. I look at Birdie sometimes and am just amazed that she is the same scrawny, scared kitten that hung out in my backyard for all of those months. Known for big, expressive eyes, these large domestic cats have an almost teddy-bear look, along with a super fluffy coat that comes in a number of colors. Many large cat breeds are cuddly companions for every member of the family. Each day I moved my hand closer and closer until I eventually touched the top of her head. This is awesome & useful. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 28, 2017: Hi David. Also 2 strays. :). Some Bengals can have what is called a “glitter gene”, giving their fur an iridescent glow that comes off looking a bit like frost on the fur. Thanks for the comment and suggestion. For a list of small wild cats, clicâ¦ Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 21, 2012: This is a wonderful hub! With the look of an itty-bitty bobcat, these felines are actually quite big by domestic cat standards (and not at all wild, like their looks might imply). A mother cat will typically provide all the care and food a kitten needs during the first four weeks of life and needs no human intervention. I'm glad you found my article to be helpful. I took a can of cat food out to the yard. I always sat out when she ate and this works. :). Your pictures really were awesome and the story, heartwarming. We just adopted a kitten found in the wild (stray not feral mommy) and so I was curious to see how you had managed to get Birdie's trust. That was my story. Many Turkish Vans love water and have been dubbed “Swimming Cats” in their native Turkey. I love the challenge and patience it takes to tame feral cats. They may be separated earlier if appropriate care is given, but to have the benefit of their mother's milk and development of social skills through interactions with their litter, it is best to wait until eight weeks. Lovely story, and thankyou for taking the time and effort to ensure Birdie has a good forever home. Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on November 18, 2015: I have a ferrel cat I'm feeding every evening, but I'm still at the stage that everytime it see me it rans away, so I leave the food in the same place every time, it always comes and eats it when I'm gone. Just make sure you make room on yourâ¦ It turns out springer spaniel and coon hound isn't a real great combination!) Again, it ran off, but later the can was empty. Your patience and care are to be admired. It sounds like things are on the right track with her (the vocalization is a really good sign). As I drove home with her carrier strapped in the back seat, she sat at the front of the carrier and meowed at me all the way home. all the best, Angela. I even managed to persuade the manager to fit a cat flap on the staff room door, so that she had somwhere safe to sleep on cold nights. I was concerned that it would be too difficult getting him comfortable with my other two cats, and they with him. I had a feral cat about the same age as Birdie was show up about a month ago at my house. This was late September, nearly four months after I first saw her. You're a hero to these kittens and their mother. Congratulations DeborahNeyens for laying this out correct because everything just wows, it would be great without pictures, but now they make the hub magical. She had to be extra cunning to survive out in the wild with her babies at such a young age herself. After 1 year my cat was lost. Aya Katz from The Ozarks on March 30, 2012: While I am not a cat person, I found this hub to be very useful and I'm pinning it! She walked out onto the deck, took a look around, and went right back to her bed. I love how you wrote this, breaking the personal account up with information and advice. We can tame them using the golden bone, when we have a big cat tamed we can equip it with a mount for big cats so we can ride them and â¦ Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 23, 2013: What a beautifully written account of the taming and adoption of Birdie! All trademarks are owned by Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., or used with permission. They were living in a hollow log in the woods about 20 yards from the house. I LOVE the photos. Thank you for this article! We live on the edge of timber where there are foxes, coyotes, and raccoons. My current cat is from a shelter so I don't know her history, but she is very loving and happy. One of the kittens in the hollow log where they lived. I hoped you enjoyed! I love the photos, your story of taming Birdie and her kittens and all your advice. Deborah Neyens is an attorney, educator, and freelance writer. We want to make sure he is safe and warm for the winter. But where were the cats while all this was going on? They were about four weeks old. So, I have a great fear when i see them in front of me. She used to follow me everywhere because I used to feed her and make sure she always had fresh water. We christened her Tiger, it was a bit of a joke really, because she was the most gentle Cat ever. ), At about two weeks old, you should begin handling the kittens (gently, of course). I am so glad it had a happy ending. :) This was helpful. Thanks, Tammy. I gave it another can of food. I do have one question though: why don't you let your cats out any more? There were four of them, all healthy and plump. Thanks for the pin. We sat together for two hours and that night he slept next to my pillow, he never went under the bead again, and he still sleeps on my bed every night. The cat loves her so much but still is pretty shy and scared around everyone else. We finally trapped it. However, a player can only tame a cat if the following conditions are met: the ocelot is in âbegging for foodâ mode (which means the cat â¦ Helen Lush from Cardiff, Wales, UK on March 23, 2013: This is a lovely story. :). Imtiaz Ahmed from Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 07, 2014: I have a horrible experience with wild cats. I am excited to know that there is someone out there who loves Cats just as much as I do. Two look like twins and they are feral. She tolerates the dog, at least as much as we do. Then I was so happy i spent more then hours playing fetch and yarn balls and other fun games pets play. Although she wouldn't allow me to get close enough to touch her, she greeted me with little meows. One is a large orange tabby who was declawed and left behind. Be patient; it takes some time to build trust. (Avoid exposure to other cats in the household if the mother has not yet tested negative for infectious diseases.). I have a tamed kitten named ginger.Ill tell you about her. Some of them might have been born as a house cat, but they escaped into the wild for one reason or another (abuse, abandonment, etc. She shares a home with two cats, two dogs, five chickens, and one husband. Not wanting to use up any more of the pricey food intended for my indoor cat with special dietary needs, I bought a big bag of inexpensive dry food and kept it with the birdseed in a storage bin on the patio. Big cats: There are only seven different types of big cats, we can find them in our Minecraft worlds according to their respective biome and can feed them any kind of meat. Still, she was a great companion and really lit up the workplace, I still miss her now. She doesn't want to be petted, but she will rub on my legs and attack my fingers in play. Feral cats are either totally feral (no human contact or only negative human contact), semi-feral (some positive human contact), or converted feral (abandoned house cat that becomes semi-feral). That's what saved her life. Take your cues from its reaction; if it backs off, you need to back off, too. I don't have a cat. Although many people told me I could never adopt a wild cat, Birdie has never tried to escape. Depending on a number of factors, including the cat's age, personality, and experiences in the wild, socialization is possible. Please help we want to adop him/her. Funny how they don't want to back outside once you rescue them. That’s the Norwegian Forest Cat to a T. As one of the biggest cat breeds, his large look may make him seem wild, but he’s really a natural born companion cat. When she finally returned, it was clear she had given birth. Cats can become pregnant as early as four-and-a-half to five months old. Housing Big Cats . Some Pixiebobs may have a tendency to be polydactyl, with up to seven toes on a single paw. Arrange positive interactions with the other humans in the household and the family dog before eight weeks of age. I started talking to her (I guessed correctly that she was a female) and gave her a name—"Birdie," because she was eating birdseed when I first saw her. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 22, 2012: Thanks, Michelle, Julie, and adjkp. Since I wasn't able to touch her, I couldn't get her to a vet to find out for sure. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on July 29, 2012: Hi Tristin. With great patience they trapped three kittens and took them to the vet. Does the cat appear healthy? 1 Creeper Head, if killed by a charged creeper Does it display signs of being outgoing and friendly, like meowing and rubbing its head or body on objects. The big cats do not attack humans unprovoked, unless the cats are ill, old, or incapacitated in some other way. I think that happens a lot on college campuses. One was only 6 mos old, but the other was much older and had been on his own for a long time. Initially one of the managers used to feed her old bags of dog food in return for keeping the mice at bay. The cat should be neutered (spayed if female) by no later than six months of age to prevent inappropriate behaviors like urination, howling, and unwanted pregnancies. Rub the post with a little catnip to attract the cat's interest. Some cats only spawn in certain biomes: leopards spawn in jungles, forests and forest variants; lions, panthers and tigers spawn in plains and forests; and snow leopards sâ¦ Yes, Michelle, the three are now the best of friends. When I spoke to her, she would roll around, stretch, and rub against the trees, but from a safe distance. Big cats need a lot of space, and usually custom built cagesâeven smaller species like bobcats. (Nowadays, people in the field wince at the term "tame" and prefer the word "train.") The term âbig catsâ is often used to describe the four largest wild cats: lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars â the only wild cats that roar. This cat is HUGE. They’re known for breaking records in length, owing to their super-long tails. Sit quietly and ignore the cat while it eats. Taming a wild cat is certainly possible, though every cat is different. While strays may approach humans for food, exhibit behaviors like purring and meowing, and even allow themselves to be touched and petted, feral cats are scared of humans and view them as any other large animal—a potential predator. It took me about 5 weeks to tame these feral kittens. Have a wonderful day. Thanks to oily guard hairs, these big pet cats have a coat that is water-resistant, and many Siberians have an affinity for water. One day she brought one of her sick kittens to my mother (didn't even have its eyes open yet), and afterwards just sorta moved into my mom's yard. To get the latest on pet adoption and pet care, sign up to hear from us. I posted hundreds of poster and missing kitty on websites. : ) (She's not a bad dog, really, just pretty high strung. At the top of the list we find the Savannah F-1. I just found your article. Some believe a feral cat cannot be tamed. After 20 minutes I slowly got up and climbed onto my bed and quietly started reading a book. meanwhile Sebastion, the mighty hunter, marches around the house purring like crazy. He nearly went through the window due to her ongoing teasing. Do you want it to become your indoor pet? Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 03, 2012: Image Jones, thanks for your comment and best of luck with Tuxedo! But there’s a wide range of big cat breeds that tend to come in on the larger side. This Minecraft tutorial explains how to tame a cat with screenshots and step-by-step instructions.. When I look at plump, happy Birdie curled up on my bed now, it's hard to believe that a year ago she was living outdoors fending for herself and taking care of 4 kittens. Maya is not âtameâ by any means, but weâve developed a strong bond. I will revise the hub, however, to make it clear to what organization I am linking. She trusted us to care for the kitten, and over the years she has gone from being untouchable to being social. http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-attacks-before-2000/ http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-attacks-2000-2005/ http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-attacks-2006-2010/ http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-attacks-2011-2017/ For an Excel sheet of incidents by state, by year, by species and by country go HERE Click to see the killings, maulings and escapes by big cats by total for each state for less detail, but numbers updateâ¦ It takes time, but it is so worth the effort. We are the most hated, feared and lied about by circuses, backyard breeders, roadside zoos, cub petting pimps apseudo-sanctuariesies because we â¦ I hope you have as much success as I did with Birdie. My mother was "adopted" by a feral cat that was a couple of years old and had already had three litters of kittens. The same thing happened to me and my mom but tke kat got into the house and the door closed behind him/her we want to catch the kat but its under ons of our cobourd and doesn't want to move what sould we do? It will seek out a quiet, private place to give birth. She's a real sweetheart and I hope our sad ending doesn't come for many more years. Wild cats cannot be tames, they are wild. Don't touch or pick up the cat until you sense it is ready. We took food to the spot where we think he is going. And Birdie is a lovely cat who lucked into the ideal home. But yours is a great story, anyway. 5, if killed by the player 2. I was able to gain her confidence and eventually captured her and took her in for the proper exams, shots and hopes for a home as my Labrador was definitely not welcoming. Bright eyes, poofy tail, big, hardy frame. Thanks for reading and commenting. :-). A colony caretaker, a person or group interested in animal welfare, then provides food, water, and adequate shelter to the colony while monitoring the health of the cats. Some cats may never become comfortable with human interaction, even after several months. Feed the cat at the same time of day in the same place. Sondra from Neverland on February 21, 2012: I love the pic and caption to "tolerating the dog" because that's exactly what it looks like too!!! In addition to other theories, in my opinion, 'Size does matter'. But lion taming also has its literal meaning -- to tame, or rather train, the giant feline. I sometimes look at fat, happy Birdie and find it nearly impossible to remember that scared, scrawny kitten who found her way into our backyard. I am hopeful I can get her to come inside after gaining her trust. Other cats may bond only with the human who socialized them, making them unsuitable for adoption elsewhere. It was really cute and tamed so i said I wanted the cat. Offer the cat a scratching post so it can engage in its instinctual scratching behavior on something other than your furniture. But I found this cat. You were very patient with her. Big cats spawn on grass blocksat light levels of 9 or more in groups of up to 4. I love this story. Thank you for making my evening! Lions and tigers also spawn more freâ¦ She doesn't even go near the door, although she will sit in a window to watch the birds at the feeders where she once scrounged for food. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 23, 2013: Hi, FlourishAnyway. GiftedGrandma from USA on February 08, 2012: Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on January 30, 2012: Great story. Thanks, vespawoolf. As you feed the cat, talk to it in a calm, low voice. And good for you and your mom for also helping feral cats! Some leopards even seem to have an affinity for humans and "tame" easily, something we have taken advantage of to create the house cat, one of our only benign domestication gestures. They climbed over one another to get to the food and, when they had their fill, climbed all over Birdie until she plopped down on her side to nurse them. These need not be fancy; most cats find even bottle caps to be amusing. Its skeletal appearance and desperate need for food told me it was just days away from death by starvation. Its a bit of a cheater, its a domestic cat, but withâ¦ I loved the story! I confined Birdie to the screen porch with a litter box, intending to keep her there for a few days to recuperate before releasing her back to the woods. It did take a lot of patience, and probably would not have happened with someone who doesn't love animals as much as I do, so Birdie chose wisely when she showed up in my back yard. Minister whoâd tame big cats, prescribe frog legs A lawyer, Mehdele began practising in Panna district court in the early 1970s and headed the state unit of the BJPâs Mahila Morcha between 1984 and 1990. Good luck. Just make sure you make room on your lap for this big cat! You are welcome, instantlyfamily. However, taming a cat straight off the street or one of the little descendants of a half wild cat can be more difficult than we think. I am right now taking care of a feral cat, and she had 2 kittens about 3 months ago. I hope we all have many more wonderful years with all of our beloved animals. She was a feral cat, but now she lives happily with us. Christiano Odhiambo from Nairobi on August 23, 2012: Birdie, you adopted the DeborahNeyens' family, made the mom write a great post of you, enough to cause phdast7 to leave the longest comment I have ever read. I keep hoping that he will let me take him to the vet for an exam and neutering so he will not father any more feral offspring. Thank you for the tips and encouraging words! Being patient is hard but can pay off in the long run. Within five minutes he inched close enough for me to softly scratch under his chin and behind his ears and I just kept talking. Thanks, Kelleyward! I actually liked the idea of having a backyard cat to keep down the mice and ground squirrel population, but I guess I'm just too big a softie. She started coming when I called her. She took to the litter box right away, and spent most of the next few days sleeping on a little bed I made for her. The birth process can take from anywhere from two to six hours, with an average litter size of two to five kittens. You may want to talk to some of the local vets. I'll be trying your method of sitting near his bowl going forward. The cub will eat the fish/pork and you can now use a medallion on it. Birdie grew comfortable in my presence. Signs that a cat is pregnant include: The average gestation period is around 65 days. If you are scratched, monitor the wound and go to the doctor if it appears to be infected. It was ginger I was so happy. Bolstered by your patience and affection for Birdie, I just made an appointment with my vet in the hope of taking the first step in giving him a forever home too. Riviera Rose from South of France on May 07, 2013: What a gorgeous, gorgeous story, I just loved this. Voted up and shared. I also started to work my connections and social media networking skills to find homes for them, knowing they'd be ready to leave their mama in a couple more weeks. Feral cats tend to live in colonies in abandoned buildings, junked cars, or other sheltered areas near a food source, like a restaurant dumpster. Nursing made Birdie ravenous, and I used her hunger to my advantage. The only thing more adorable than a kitten is four kittens, and that mess of kittens ("mess" is a more fitting term than "litter," in my opinion) romping through my backyard provided hours of entertainment for my entire household, including the dog and the many neighbors who dropped by daily to see them. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on October 30, 2012: Good luck with your stray, moonlake. And I know what you mean. The other is slowly coming around. By July, the cat no longer disappeared when I went out to feed it. Learn how by reading about my own personal experience! hahah I think its great you were able to take the time and be patient with Birdie to domesticate her. Glad you enjoyed it. Letting the Cat Adjust to Your Presence Introduce the cat to your voice. She seems to have blue eyes, so I'm wondering if she is part Siamese. Has it shown growing trust by staying closer to you over time? The ones i tamed love me to death and i keep them inside. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on October 12, 2012: Good luck with your cat and kittens, Kayla! This is the age they begin playing with objects—leaves, toys, their siblings' tails—and the mother cat teaches them to hunt. Unfortunately, all pet stories eventually have a sad ending, JKenny. You would think Birdie would be a good mouser, too, but the real irony is that shortly after we brought her inside, a mouse somehow got into the house and took up residence in our kitchen. So successfully domesticating a feral cat is designing catâs daily meals near people and building a routine around food. It is hard to believe she is the same cat sometimes! I'm so glad my son and daughter in law found her! Obviously, this will not apply if you are a small child or around the same size as one, it's better â¦ A feral cat may bond with you but regress when placed elsewhere. Luckily, they’re not quite as large … and, of course, they’re considerably less wild. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on February 21, 2012: Thanks, Alicia! He was worried I would keep all of them! It was worth the time and effort. Birdie does have beautiful blue eyes. Image Jones from San Antonio, Texas on September 02, 2012: What an inspirational story! This craziness went on for five weeks, although I never tried to grab him and talked quietly in a calm voice. Some species can only spawn in certain biomes; leopards and panthers spawn in jungles, forests and their variants; lions and tigers spawn in plains and forests; and snow leopards spawn in cold biomes. I've had 8 cats as pets over my lifetime and Birdie definitely is special. She made the decision to move in. I put me head down, closed my eyes and for the hundredth time stretched my hand under the bed so he would get used to my smell. Our winters are very cold. He is a "walk-up" at our house, much like Birdie and no longer feral. Good luck. With several acres of woods behind the house, they could have been anywhere. It was a tiny thing—no more than a few months old. I have come to realize we didn't adopt Birdie, she adopted us. At about five weeks of age, the kittens were ready for solid food. They aren't the same as feral cats. They are nowhere near as dangerous as lions, tigers, leopards, and all other animals in this category. I was able to pet her. If the cat is an older kitten, it might take a couple of weeks. I have helped Trap Neuter Return feral cats for years and have several pets who are former ferals. Within ten minutes he had pulled himself up on the bedspread and climbed into my lap! Thank you so much for sharing all of the details and helpful information. On those October mornings, I could hear the leaves rustle in the pre-dawn darkness as four kittens scampered up the hill to eat. To socialize a cat, begin by establishing a routine around food. Feed them specially-formulated kitten food. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 07, 2014: I understand, imtii. Therefore, they are probably not the easiest animal to tame, let alone the easiest big cat to tame. There had been a bad storm over the weekend and I wondered if any of the kittens had survived. In older versions of Minecraft, a cat was a type of mob that was created by taming an ocelot.However, in newer versions of the game, a cat is a new type of mob that is independent of the ocelot.Now, there are stray cats â¦ :). I'm glad the story had a happy ending and Birdie decided to move in and end her feral living. One of them came home with me. A feral cat is one that grew up in the wild with no human contact or only negative contact. If you have any advice on how to train her. Source(s): big cats domesticated tame: https://biturl.im/ddlU2. It was over, finally, like flipping a switch (although I don't think this was typical, I think 3-6 months to fully acclimate is more typical), It took another two months to acclimate him to my other two cats. She's a fully integrated member of the family. Thanks for commenting. The color they do exhibit on the extremities can come in a number of varieties, from tabby to tortoiseshell. At six and seven weeks, the kittens develop motor skills and eye-paw coordination. The cat will grow to trust you as it begins to associate you with the positive experience of eating. If you are planning only to feed the cat and let it live outdoors, you must accept the role of caretaker and see that it gets neutered and vaccinated, then continue to monitor its health, well-being, and provide medical treatment as necessary. Does the cat remain in your presence when you feed it? Provide a variety of cat toys for entertainment. I just wanted to thank you for posting this article. Which are the largest Domestic Cats? If you think it’s time to add one to your family, start by searching the. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on March 28, 2013: Thanks, DaffodilSky. I keep telling her that if it wasn't for me ... but she still seems to like him best! At four or five weeks of age, kittens will be ready for other sources of food while continuing to nurse. Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 23, 2013: Your wonderful story of Birdie and her evolution has given me hope for my feral cat(s). I love her as mush as love can love. I always try to tame one or two a year so they can go to good homes. If the â¦ 1 random Music Disc, if killed by a skeleton or stray 4. Thanks for sharing this lovely story, I hope that all three (Moe, Birdie and the little dog) are great friends now. How to Tame and Breed Cats (Ocelots) To tame an ocelot in Minecraft, found exclusively in the Jungle biome, you will need to feed it multiple servings or raw fish (any type of fish will work). (It's fine for the mother cat to have this, too—she also requires lots of calories. And after all I did for her! How to Tame Feral Cats I found a lot of helpful information online. I loved your success story. Thank you for sharing! Fortunately, the leather grilling gloves I wore for protection turned out to be overkill, as Birdie went right into the carrier with little fuss. The tiger is the largest cat species, most recognizable for their â¦ You cant domesticate a lynx, or a bobcat, or grumpy cat (ok fine, yes to grump cat, I mourn his passing though), I've had similar success with 2 adult and 1 kitten ferals!!! They all have been fixed had shots and flea control. This is a wonderful story, thank you! All big cat species spawn on grass blocks at light levels of 9 or more with at least 2 block space above. And if you knew our dog, you would fully understand what I mean by tolerating her, but the picture is a good representation of that dynamic. Kittens are ready to leave their mother by eight weeks. You won’t find a listing in the Guinness World Records for biggest cat breed or largest domestic cat breed in the world; as no one wants to encourage kitty obesity. Voted up and more. Birdie appeared to be nursing, so I assumed there was at least one or two. I hope you and your kitties have many wonderful years together. I moved to an apartment complex and there are strays and ferals. I have feral cats in my woods too (15 acres) that I feed and some I have been able to get to like me and others I just can't. Fabulous Hub, Deb! I lost sleep that night, concerned that I wouldn't be able to pick her up, get her into the cat carrier, or that I'd be scratched and bitten in the process. In contrast, a stray cat is a previously domesticated cat that was lost or abandoned. On the fourth day, I propped open the screen porch door so Birdie could leave. So, Taming one will be impossible for me. : ). It really took a bit of time but you finally managed to tame her! I think the key was she was so young when she first found us (I'm guessing about 4 or 5 months old) and most likely her mother was a stray that wasn't afraid of humans and therefore didn't teach her kittens to fear them. My husband was glad I found homes for them, too. 2 months ago we adopted a feral kitten,she was about 8 weeks, we'd watched her for a few weeks and never saw her with her mum. And now she's been rewarded with the good life. Big pet cats come with all sorts of amazing personalities and distinguished character traits (and, of course, they can be purebred or mixed breed). She's friendly, affectionate, and will curl up on any available lap. I liked your writing so giving you a up vote :). And you are so right about how special she is to me (and my husband). Great Story, just like Reader's Digest....thanks for the tips as I have two strays visiting me for food. She had to come to me to eat, and she did. He was very unhappy and destroyed my bedroom, pulling down curtains, pictures etc., and hiding under my bed whenever I came into the room. However, with the advent of the Chinese-based MoP, it's unfortunate that Blizzard should introduce the concept of hunting these fine creatures as part of quests. I am so happy for birdie to have a wonderful home and so lovely. Thanks again! What is its body language? I want to help the local strays and get them clipped because every year there's a new litter of kittens but I don't have enough money to pay for them clipped... Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on March 31, 2012: Thanks, Aya. The older the cat, the more difficult it will be. Thanks, Ardie! Over the next few days, she did leave for a bit, but always came back. I admire your patience and common sense and share your love of cats. Big cat Claws are used for crafting whips. Instead, the record-takers measure largest domestic cat breed by height and length. So I tried again the next day, and the next. A couple of minutes later I realized a wet nose was toughing one of my fingers...I was afraid to breathe, to move, I didn't want to scare him. "If you feed it, you'll never get rid of it," he replied. This is Birdie. Just remember, patience, lots of patience. So somehow I think she knows. I was holding my breath for the first several paragraphs hoping that it wouldn't end with you deciding he couldn't be tamed and releasing him back to the wild. The cat reappeared a couple of days later. However, there is an expanded definition of big catsthat includes the cheetah, snow leopard, cougar (mountain lion/puma), clouded leopard and Sunda clouded leopard. Good for you for not giving up on the older cat! She is a cuddle bug as well. This is a beautiful story. It may help folks who can't get the cat into a carrier or don't want to run possible risks. I imagined she was catching up on her sleep after taking such diligent care of those kittens for the last eight weeks. When the cat gets used to your presence, make it come closer and closer to you each day to get to the food. I do appreciate you reading, commenting, and voting. Eventually as time went on, she became less and less afraid, to the point where she would let most of us touch her. That was the last I saw of her for several days. Glad Birdie has found a loving home and Moe has a new friend! I remember having a similar experience with stray Cat that decided to call the Garden Centre, where I work home. The first time I touched her, she jumped away. It took quite a bit of persuasion on my part to gain his confidence, but I never quit and now he has his forever home, along with the youngest who is well past 6 months now! James Kenny from Birmingham, England on January 27, 2012: What a great story. Then it could live out its days in our back yard and woods. It will take much time and patience. FlourishAnyway from USA on August 23, 2013: What a fantastic story. (I was secretly sad, because I did want to keep at least one.) The cage must be secure and safe, because there's a very real danger of a big cat escaping and attacking people. I love the way you took the reader through the steps of gaining the confidence of the cat and the pointers about not making eye contact. On the day the last kitten went home, I called my vet for the next available appointment to have Birdie spayed and vaccinated. Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on August 09, 2017: Hi Angela. Big eyes and a stocky build define this big domestic cat breed, which was originally bred as a working cat, used to control rodents in British alleys and barns. ^^ I'm trapping, neutering and taming some ferals we have in the yard as well. Helen Lush from Cardiff, Wales, UK on March 29, 2013: That's a shame. I love the pics of everyone. React calmly and make their first interaction with you a positive one. The 1st one was about 5 weeks old, her mum abandonded 3 because she had 7 and couldn't feed them all, we waited several days before taking her home, the mum was very agressive , this was 4 years ago, had no real issues with her, she used litter tray from day one, after a few weeks feeding her wasn't an issue. In February last year, she became very sick. My husband and I joke about Birdie's cuteness being impossible to resist. She rules the house. Most, but not all, panthara require a trick to tame. 12 years ago at the college where I work the library staff noticed a feral cat colony living in the woods near a storm drain. She is a very friendly, playful thing, loves attention, cuddles until it's feeding time. I guess Birdie had enough of the great outdoors and doesn't have any interest in hunting for her food any more. She is a beautiful cat and had such cute babies! She is Queen. ). 6 years ago. We play, eat, go on outings and even sleep together at times. I don't know where Birdie came from, but her behavior and circumstances suggested she was born in the woods to a stray that didn't fear humans and didn't teach her to be afraid. My little Mittens is now safe and sound in my house (since right before Halloween) and is totally acclimated to indoor living with my other cat. Nat Amaral from BC Canada on September 29, 2012: A very sweet story. Birdie looks very healthy and happy with her friend, Moe. This article gives me hope. And, who doesn't love a happy ending?! She and the other cat are inseparable. So I went to the pet store when I was 8,after I wanted a puppy. I hope you have many more fun times with Ginger. Very enjoyable - voted up! Show only breeds available for adoption near me. 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