We do our best to rescue all of the cats that are left behind and to rehabilitate them so that they can trust and love a human again.
The cat was hungry and did not know how to hunt or where to go for food so it tried to eat from while one of the feral was eating and the cats rude eating habits did not sit well with the feral cats. The feral cat chased the domesticated Bengal from the colony.
All of the cat caregivers tried to lure him to a safer area, and we all tried to trap him. The traps terrified the cat and only made him run deeper into the forest.
In my neighborhood cars are viewed stopping at the nature center gate and putting out their cats. We have reported this to the city and they are aware of the going on. We assumed that this is how the Bengal mix came to our neighborhood. But since we were not 100% sure we posted cat flyers and placed a classified in the newspaper. Nobody contacted us about the Bengal mix cat.
Louie came to us very thin, however he had been neutered and then I wormed him with a chicken flavor tapeworm powder that was mixed into his food. After he was wormed Louie began to put on weight.
Louie is afraid of the house he hisses at it and runs out of my yard. I sprayed the house with feliway behavior modifier to calm Louie. But it has not helped. I decided that it was in the best interest to try to coax the terrified abandoned cat to come indoors.
He does not hunt, and he does not go into his cat house when it rains. Instead he tries to lie under the bamboo as if this shrub will provide him with shelter or he will lie in leaves under my neighbors shrubs.
I set his food in my mud room and Louie did not hesitate, he walked into the room. He sat quietly and ate the food and when he was done he looked around the corner and saw me sitting at the desk. Louie immediately ran out of the door across my backyard and leaped over our retaining wall before fleeing to the forest.
Louie does not meow like normal cats, instead he makes a chirping sound. He is starting to relax as he greeting me with a chirp rather than a hiss today.
It is going to take time but I am determined to rescue Louie from the hard life in the forest and to rehabilitate him. When all that is done I will put Louie up for adoption.
A cold front came to our area and temperatures dipped into the lower 30's. We were busy filling the outdoor shelters with straw and Louie sat 20 feet away from me in the back side of our yard. He watched me all day and when I went inside he slowly approached the outdoor shelter and went inside to lay on the straw. I ran out to the shelter and shut the kitty door.
We will all sleep tonight knowing that Louie is safe inside the shelter.
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