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« on: May 16, 2013, 05:13:22 AM »

Another Tommy question for you, and hoping for some advice or confirmation that it will work out.
I went ahead and had fencing put in and a little pocket created where his feeding station will fit. The fence is 3 sided and very open. The feeder fits right in with maneuvering room, but not a lot of other room. It looks cozy to me and hopefully will keep the weather off of him while keeping him safe from the front yard and street. Anyway, I moved the feeder over there, but since he is no longer coming through the side yard (which he was doing all the time) I decided to try moving the feeder into the backyard, close to where it was, and gradually moving it to the side. The problem is is that he won't go into the feeder to eat right now. Last night I watched him walk around and look in all the usual places and then walk away, without eating.
Do you think he will decide that it's safe to eat in the feeder again? I'm bouncing between frustration and worry about him.
Any thoughts?
The biggest change (other than location) is that I no longer have a board propped to cover part of the feeder opening. But he ate a bit sitting right out in the middle of the yard without any shelter at all. He's such a nervous, scared cat. It doesn't take much to spook him!
Thanks for any thoughts . . .
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2013, 05:23:03 AM »

Maybe put 1/2 in the new spot & 1/2 close to the old ? You could gradually move the 1 bowl closer each day to the new feeding station . If it won't spook him, try a slightly larger bowl under the food with a little water in it to prevent bugs getting into the food since he isn't eating right away .
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2013, 07:41:37 AM »

I had the same idea when I found ants in the kibble very shortly after putting it out (he gets both wet and kibble). I bought a pyrex dish that both would fit in and he took one look at that "new dish" and walked away. He's a problem child, for sure! Maybe I will put the feeding station where I want him to eat and put just bowls out and move them closer to his spot. Thanks for your idea, lesliek. Anyone else have any thoughts?
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2013, 11:36:54 AM »

Cm5, it took me about a month to shift Gypsy's eating spot from the front porch to the backyard, and this was after I was able to touch her and get her climb on my lap. I had to do it in stages like Lesliek said.  I'm so happy to hear Tommy news, though!  I've been wondering how he's been (it is a him?).
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 05:10:44 PM »

Well, he walked around the yard right to the side yard and feeding station, had a look and kept right on going. So that's two nights he's not stayed to eat. Tomorrow I am going to buy him some of his favorite fishy Wellness wet. Bless his heart, I wish he knew that I was just trying to help him. I'm guessing if he feels hungry enough he will give it a chance and eat.
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 06:30:22 PM »

It is so hard trying to help feral cats. They are so wary (they've had to be to survive) and mistrust any changes. I'm hoping Tommy will get used to the new setup and come to eat. I admire you for your persistence in trying to help.
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2013, 11:32:14 AM »

Okay, this is the last attempt to take care of Tommy. I have moved the feeding station out of the corner (thinking perhaps he felt trapped) and have propped a leftover chunk of fence in front of it so he can pass through. Tonight he gets one of his favorites and then it's up to him if he still wants to hang out here for dinner! Hopefully, this set up will work for him, cause I'm tired from hauling patio blocks to build a good foundation for his feeding station! Wish me luck
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2013, 12:50:13 PM »

Cm5,  Tommy is lucky to have you looking out for him!  That's a lot of effort moving that whole feeding station around--wow.  I was just shifting plates from spot to spot.  Best of luck!  (C'mon, Tommy!  I know it's scary, but Best Catmom Ever is waiting to love you (more)!)
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2013, 05:58:49 PM »

Miss Kitty was out very late and I didn't even see Tommy tonight . . . argh! I feel bad for her, took some kibble over to her patio, and she ate some of it. But Tommy is not a fighter and will stay away if other cats are around, I think. Maybe tomorrow . . .
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2013, 06:00:45 PM »

Any luck with Tommy? I was going to suggest maybe people tuna in the feeding station only might be enough to get him to check it out, but I'm not sure if that would practical since it is quite likely then all the other cats would also want to check it out and that might end up being counter-productive.  The feral kitties can be so very stubborn about routines.
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« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2013, 05:34:44 AM »

Thanks for asking about Tommy. He is back to coming every night again (Wellness wet food with fish seem to be his favorites!) and I've been putting the food on a rock slab that is movable. We're about 2/3 of the way across the backyard so far. The short moves seem to be working (and the rain has held off at his dinner times, thank goodness). However, he's coming between 9 and 9:30 now and a black cat doesn't show up too well against dark mulch in the night, so I sometimes have to watch closely to see if I can see him at all. I just hope he will go into the feeding station once we get to that spot. His kitty tube arrived yesterday and is set up with straw. He can use it or not, that's out of my control, but it's dry and safe and available. Maybe next winter he will decide it's better than wherever he hangs out now, although he looks good to me. I hate to think about trying to trap him again. Every time I've put out a trap, he refuses to even come and eat. My problem child!!!
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2013, 10:50:24 AM »

Yay! Between his feeding station, kitty tube and favorite foods, Tommy has got it pretty awesome for a feral!   Grin
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2013, 09:27:40 PM »

I'm glad Tommy is coming to eat.  You have the patience of a saint, catmom, as well as a heart of gold for caring so much about Tommy's welfare.   Kiss  {{hugs}}
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2013, 03:24:49 PM »

I can so sympathize! I worry every time we don't see the little feral we're feeding.
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2013, 07:02:38 AM »

catmom, you are so wonderful for trying to help this lil guy.  Wishing you much success. Has he still been coming to eat?
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