I thought that there was enough news to update on the critters...
Starting with my outdoor cats (fabulous ferals? Formerly ferals? The barn bunch - sans a barn? I'll have to give it thought. Once there are more than 3, a name is needed.):
Mamou is great as always.
Uhura comes down many nights to get wet food now. She is careful around the boys, because they really don't give her any quarter, but around Dh, she's now friendly. It's taken years, and Ds has been gone for 3/4 of a year.
Ds feeds her up the hill in the mornings, when he picks up the work equipment, but he doesn't want to give her the nighttime food because of the foxes. As soon as he feeds her, that start yapping from the edges of the forest, and in the fields. In fact, my next door neighbor said that they've got *a lot* of foxes now...and coyotes. They said that it's more than at any time in the past 30 years.
The really important thing, is that she *lets him pet her now* & *Pick Her Up!*
It's like that with cats who fended for themselves for a long while. If you've got patience, they usually will begin physically interacting with you. But it can take weeks to years, depending on their individual situations. And, at some point, most hit a wall that they won't go past. Period.
That's why it's so important, I think, to have the barn cat program, where feral cats can live in a comfortable barn, be vetted and fed well, yet remain in their comfort zones. Not everyone has the personality to take the slow steps to interacting with cats when it will take so long for them to respond, if at all. But, the cats still deserve a healthy, happy life, so the program needs to exist.
Anyway, that was a huge breakthrough.
Also, remember Tux taking the scrambled egg from Dh's hand? Well, now he takes any food, even a piece of dry kibble, from our hands.
So, we shall see...Uhura, Tux, or both, might just decide that they would like to come into the house after all, one of these days!
Nefertiti is such a lop, lol! She now has her own bed pillow. *rolling eyes* She's a really great companion, even though she now naps in the next room part of the time.
When it's not bedtime, and she's not in the other room, she's usually in my lap. She's very soft and cuddly.
Sluggo is doing fine. I think that having Nefertiti eat with her has helped her to increase her food a bit, which is excellent. But, you can see her age more these days. She's nearly 19.
The Kitty Kampers are doing well. I have a page for them on my site, but I can't find the photos that I want yet. When I do, I'll post the link.
Tango is the same...he sleeps a lot, but enjoys being at our feet when we watch T.V., and his food. At other times he kicks back on his bed, which is comfie, and next to the heater.
Tilde is also about the same. I want to get back to her exercise program. I had implemented her walking up the hill and back, but because of his health problems, Dh wasn't able to continue it, once Ds got married. I'm hoping to bring it back. She's in good outward shape, but I think that she could use the cardio workout.
Plus, as I've mentioned before, I want her default to be to go up the hill, should she get out of the yard. Vs. going into the road, or running through the fields which connect to houses, or roads to houses, which have livestock at them, and people willing to shoot any dog that they see near them.
Speaking of other critters, the hens are doing well, and beginning to, ever so slowly, lay eggs again for spring.
Chief Joseph is a really big boy, and stands about to the top of Dh's hip. He's doing fine, as well, trying his best to rule the roost from the other side of the chicken yard fence, as always.
We're having problems with our bad neighbor's dogs getting loose and coming down here. He's trying an invisible fence, and it's only working part of the time.
They aren't causing trouble so far, but they've also not crossed paths with Tilde yet. One is a boxer mix, and the other is a Maremma. Which means that he looks like a cross between a Kuvasz and a Great Pyrenees. Some are lean, this one's not. He's very large, and Pyrenees-like.
They are actually Italian flock guard dogs, so I don't worry about him around our cats or chickens. Besides which, he has both at home. Still, Tilde doesn't want to see either of them in her yard.
The skunk has not been back in a couple of weeks, btw!
Well, that's all of the critter news for now! Have a good day!
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