Can you keep her in the house?  She might like that.
On Aug 20, 2011, at 1:21 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

I continue to be amazed by her progress. I can't stand the idea of her in that cage for two or three more weeks. I'm torn between buying a bigger cage (hard to afford right now) and releasing her sooner, say in 3 or 4 more days. I think she might stick around. My biggest fear is that she might try to return to my aunt's house, about 5 blocks away.
Im torn.

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Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] First Petting of Hemy!

I have always said that animals are more honest with us than we are with them. I am just happy that Hemi found an honest, loving person. I have had 3 ferals. It took me an average of 6 - 8 months to gain complete trust, but oce tey passed that threshold, there was no turning back. They became the biggest lovers, greatest lap sitters and demanded to be on the bed at night. Shows what a little love can do.

---- Beth <> wrote:
You are right. She is not feral, she just hasn't been loved. I have
one inside my house right now who is over 10 years old, never been
touched by a human, outside all his life, & felt behind when his
caretaker  was put in a nursing home. I could not touch him for
awhile. Now I can pick him up & he just purrs!~


Don't Litter, Fix Your Critter!

From: Bonnie Hogue <>
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 1:24 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] First Petting of Hemy!

Today when I fed Hemy (she’s in a cage on my back covered deck) she ate while I was there. I spoke to her and reached a finger through the cage to touch her head. No problem. Then, when I came back to clean her litter box, I took a chance and placed my hand on the floor of the cage and remained still. She moved closer, then nudged my hand. I stroked her cheek and she moved her head around in obvious pleasure. I petted her a few moments and she purred. This is a “feral” cat who has, after tail amputation and being moved from her familiar surroundings, been in a cage on my back deck for only Five Days!
I’d say she is more afraid and cautious than feral, wouldn’t you?
I’m keeping her in the cage for now, and will go slowly so she doesn’t feel pressured. But what a little sweetheart. It pains me to think of how horribly humans have been to her, yet she is willing to forgive and perhaps trust again. Bless her!
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