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« Reply #45 on: July 22, 2013, 05:15:23 AM »

Happy news! Cat social dynamics are so hard to figure out. Maybe Cody perceived the area as Tommy's territory when he was there?
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« Reply #46 on: July 22, 2013, 05:51:52 AM »

I'm so glad he is home !
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« Reply #47 on: July 22, 2013, 06:14:32 AM »

Yay Tommy, welcome home!
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« Reply #48 on: July 22, 2013, 07:26:57 AM »

Glad to hear Tommy is doing well! 

Perhaps it's a male/female thing with Cody?  Tommy is the "resident male" and she acknowledges that, where as Cody doesn't want to share territory with Miss Kitty?
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« Reply #49 on: July 22, 2013, 08:37:36 AM »

Yay!
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« Reply #50 on: July 22, 2013, 06:58:57 PM »

Great news that Tommy is home!   Smiley
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« Reply #51 on: July 23, 2013, 03:26:11 AM »

Things are never easy . . .
Last night, Cody was here rubbing on all of the patio furniture and then sitting watch about the time Tommy has been coming. I put out food, hoping that he was hiding in the garden, waiting for her to leave. Once she left, it took him a long time to come. Unfortunately, it was dark by then and, since I couldn't see him, I went out while he was eating to pick up his dishes and he took off. (black cats at night  Embarrassed ) Then a few minutes later, Cody was here enjoying some wet food and looking quite proud of herself. Not sure how this is going to work out.

Today I'm taking my granddaughter away for a couple of nights so will suggest to my pet sitter that she put the food in the garden on some flat rocks, out of sight of Cody and closer to where Tommy usually hides. Maybe he can sneak in and get some dinner, at least. Then I'll have to figure out a plan B, C . . .

Can't leave food out overnight because I have raccoons and don't want to encourage them.

I wish Tommy knew how many people are concerned about him. If only we could help them understand . . .

Thanks for your positive thoughts and kind words.
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« Reply #52 on: July 23, 2013, 07:06:21 AM »

Well, fortunately it's the time of year when hunting is good.  My ferals are killing mice and leaving them by the door for me in the morning (oh, thank you!), so there's food out there "on the hoof" as it were.

I wonder if Cody actually likes Tommy and is trying to "share" his space? 
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« Reply #53 on: July 28, 2013, 05:13:24 PM »

Strange things are happening here . . .
Tommy has been showing up regularly, sitting in the yard or on the patio. Tonight he was here at 8 pm, sitting on top of the feeding station. This is very atypical behavior, so I am wondering if this is even Tommy. He looks similar, but may be a bit smaller. Can a feral cat change so dramatically? He still hides when I take the food out, but is showing himself much more than ever before.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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« Reply #54 on: July 28, 2013, 05:58:13 PM »

I don't know about ferals, but I can tell you that my house cats change up their patterns in similar ways at times, particularly Isis. They'll have a set routine, certain favorite spots, etc. for a long time, and then suddenly change the routine to a new one.
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« Reply #55 on: July 29, 2013, 05:23:00 AM »

Oh yes, of course!  Who knows what happens in his "other" life, right?  There are dynamics of weather, other cats, dogs, birds, everything happening all around that we can't know about...

I once had a cat who was a very hard case (not feral, though).  He came from a rescue group completely shut down, wouldn't eat, wouldn't come near me, hid all the time, not grooming, just not good in all directions.  After two vet visits and nearly a week of this, I was so concerned that he was going to starve himself to death, I was going to rehome him in an animal-free household to see if that's what he needed.  But because he was in such a state, I resolved to catch him and bathe him, first.  Well, he got his bath (and he was completely shut down for that, too, but at least not filthy any more).  Sitting there, drying him off, something suddenly switched over in his brain.  I've never seen the like of it before...but this cat all of a sudden got cuddly, relaxed, and HAPPY.  It was like I had washed away whatever was doing his head in and now he was FINE.  And lovely and sweet and just so darn outgoing!  He was also completely comfortable with other cats AND dogs (and vacuum cleaners!), now.  Maybe he just needed to know that someone cared.  I don't know.  But he was a completely different cat after that bath.

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« Reply #56 on: July 29, 2013, 05:56:09 AM »

If he is showing himself more , maybe you can try sitting on the patio far enough away to not scare him while he eats ? They do sometimes suddenly change behaviors & you may never know why . When my friend Nancy is away & I go to feed hers , they run to the feeding area when they hear my car pull in . They actually lay on the patio furniture now & the front porch , & a few will come slightly inside if you leave the door open . My BIL"s will come up on the deck with them outside now as well . Maybe they just get used to us , & have less fear as they get more used to their surroundings .
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« Reply #57 on: July 30, 2013, 01:49:11 PM »

I've experienced similar things with my indoor cats as others have reported. They will have a very set routine that suddenly changes. There is often no explanation, so I tend to think that once in awhile, they like a little novelty. But you never can really know for sure!
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