It's too early to let her go - she needs to get to now you better...yes, she 
would definitely try to go back and could get lost forever and something could 
happen to her!

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Bonnie Hogue
Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2011 2:22 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] First Petting of Hemy!

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.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2011 11:16 AM
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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