As a colony caregiver I have seen the inside of a thicket den while a feral cat stood on the upper branches and looked down on me. The cat could have hurt me but it did not because this cat was Lucy and she has bonded with me.
My neighbor that resides across the street from me reported that Lucy is sunning herself on his deck in the afternoon and her sponsor he tells me that Lucy visits him often and that he feeds her and puts out fresh water.
Since Lucy’s spay she is staying close by and is not venturing too deeply into the woods. My colony helper and I have agreed that Lucy is welcome to come indoors however we both respect her and feel she wants to live outdoors for the rest of her life then we will respect her and continue to care for her at the colony.
There is always a bowl of food at three different feeding stations. Yes Lucy feels safe at my home, and she also feels safe at the other caregiver’s homes. It will be a tossup as to who she chooses to be her full time indoor caregiver.
House cats generally do not get along with feral cats as they have no respect or manners.
Lucy would prefer that she was the only female cat and has made it quite clear to Shirley that she is not welcome; from chasing Shirley up a tree and biting her tail to hissing fights and showing Shirley her razor sharp claws. Then last week Lucy could take no more as the house cat tested her patience by eating out of Lucy’s food bowl.
Lucy took off after Shirley; she was determined to chase Shirley out of the yard. Shirley leaped to the top of Bruce’s back steps, ran inside the door, slid across the floor and jumped onto the table.
Lucy did not hesitate she came inside after Shirley. Of course when Lucy realized that she was indoors she did stop on all four paws and retreated to kitchen door, but instead of running away she stopped to rub all over the door. She put her scent on the door as if to say this is my door and not yours, a message to all of the other colony cats.
Bruce spoke softly to Lucy in a reassuring voice and thus Lucy was not afraid of being indoors. For a feral cat this is a huge accomplishment, not one person forced her to come inside, Lucy came indoors on her own.