Sammie’s Tail Part 10
Getting to know Sammie better. Every day.
She knew the times we would feed her. She began hanging out more around our house and this was important to get her in a routine. As well, to make sure we did not feed her during the hours when raccoon, possum or whatever other animals would come out and eat her food instead.
We never left food out after dawn and before dusk.
She was using the little house, but was hesitant too. I know we did not have a rear exit for her. I heard cats like a home where they have 2 places to exit so they are not corned by predators or people. She likes to hang out in a spot in the corner of the fence where she would be dry under a tree and watch us in the window. She was always staring at us in our dining room window.
We were using the treats to get her to come closer gradually. She seemed to be trusting us a bit more. One day I was beginning to get her so close to me to feed her, it was incredible. I touched her and she let me pet her. Wow!!!! She even arched her back. I was learning how cats liked to be pet, really for the first time.
It was obvious she had people contact before and was not a true wild cat. The word feral cat is used in many ways. Sometimes I see it as meaning never touched by humans, and other times just living outside.
I found this description: A feral cat is a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild, or the descendants of such an animal. It is distinguished from a straycat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned, while feral cats have never been socialized. The offspring of a stray cat can be considered feral if born in the wild.
So I guess she is a stray cat. Abandoned, dumped and possibly abused. She already had what looked to be a blind eye. It seems that people should not let cats outside. There are dangers, such as being hit by a car, other animals eating them or hurting them, raccoons, foxes, perhaps coyotes (depending where you live) and worst of all people. People don’t want cats I their backyard. An outside cat will tend to poop where they don’t live, meaning someone else’s house and property.