In From the Cold

tuxedo catPuff is a neighborhood wildcat who spends cold nights sleeping in a box on my porch. Seen here doing his Abby imitation, Puff may look like your average house cat, but his wild roots will most likely keep him from ever being completely domesticated. Though he is curious about humans and the indoors and can sometimes even be loving, Puff was born in the wilds and prefers not to have boundaries. He comes and goes as he pleases, and accepts no attention he didn’t initiate. He did, however allow me to apply a warm compress to that eye and put in a couple of drops. It should be okay in a day or two.

Sue

For Puff, rolling over is neither an act of submission nor an offer to play. It’s a challenge. He knows he can take you, and he wants to prove it. I fell for his rub my belly tactic once. I will never do it again.

For Puff, rolling over is neither an act of submission nor an offer to play. It’s a challenge. He knows he can take you, and he wants to prove it. I fell for his rub my belly tactic once. I will never do it again.

On cold winter nights, don’t forget your pet! Remember to provide plenty of food, fresh water, and a warm place to sleep.

On cold winter nights, don’t forget your pet! Remember to provide plenty of food, fresh water, and a warm place to sleep.

Gone are the days when I whiled away the hours photographing squirrels. Puff ate them all!

Gone are the days when I whiled away the hours photographing squirrels. Puff ate them all!

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4 responses to “In From the Cold

  1. You should enter him for tummy rub Tuesday on my blog roll 🙂

  2. We’ve had cats like that who showed up and adopted our place. They are always wild, but need assistance once in a while – and are grateful in their own way. They are who they are. (We’ve managed to transition Olde Tiger to an indoor cat when we moved as she was really ancient and I think relieved to be given a quiet sunny spot and allowed to be herself)

    • Abby, a feral cat that is staying with us until her new home is ready, is transitioning very well, but Puff just goes nuts if he even suspects he is confined. He’s pretty to look at, but after months of unsuccessfully trying to tame him, we’ve decided that Puff was meant to be wild. We feed him, we pet him if he wants it, and we always make sure he has a warm place to sleep when he’s here. It’s the way he wants to live his life, so I guess it’s not our position to argue.

      • Cats like that are always a quandry in dangerous weather. Olde Tiger ( whose mom was totally feral and dropped her kittens at a friends, but she never allowed anyone near her) would claw and eat through sheetrock trying to get out by the back door. Panic attacks. Being confined during hurricanes stressed him. He chose to sit in the rafters of garage near a light rather than use the cat door to come inside in a few unusually icy/snowy winters. We finally built an insulated cat box inside a greenhouse leanto against the house and 2 of them slept together there in winters. I think the only reason Olde Tiger agreed to live inside once we moved if that he was getting too old and weak to fight a new environment. sometimes all we can do is facilitate and try to make their life easier. And let them be who they are. Glad you keep an eye on them.

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