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« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2013, 06:19:50 PM »

More Tommy questions . . .

I have been gone almost 2 weeks and my wonderful pet sitter arranged to be here later in the evening to put his food out. However, when he didn't show up, she left it out all night. She also remarked on the one night she saw him how small he looks ( he is average size, but Lucy is petite ) Someone is eating during the night and I want to get back to later evening. I did put food out about 9:00 pm tonight, but no one has come yet. It's nearly 10:30 here.

Any thoughts? I am guessing that if Tommy is still around ( and until I see him I won't know for sure ) he is very fearful of the fireworks that are starting to go off already, especially after being hit around the 4th last year.

I really would appreciate your thoughts.

Thanks,
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2013, 06:53:57 PM »

catmom,
How strange.  I hope that Tommy is still around and you will see him soon.  Maybe Lucy is also around, though!  It would be great if you could have them both back!  Was Tommy coming regularly just before the left?  If so, it is strange that he would stay away when you were away.
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« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2013, 09:50:56 AM »

If Tommy had some unpleasant experiences last year around this time, he may just be extra, extra cautious if he sees someone different with his food.  I hope he comes around again soon and that Lucy is around too!
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« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2013, 11:09:27 AM »

Just trying to figure out whether I should start putting the food out and taking it in at the same times I was doing it before.
I'm sure that he is super-cautious, especially around cars. (He was hit in front of my house last July when someone set off a firework and spooked him)
Sigh ~ these ferals are not easy to take care of, but easy to love.
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« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2013, 11:48:01 AM »

I would go back to doing what you were doing before for a week or two before trying something different. Maybe use the fishy food that he likes too?  Gypsy was/is extremely routine/location oriented.  She likes everything to happen exactly the same, because if it is the same as yesterday, to her mind it is probably safe. From what you said before it sounds like Tommy may have other food sources he defaults to if he is suspicious or wary of a situation, even if it is a minor change.  Working with the wary guys is not easy,  Smiley but on the bright side, that caution probably serves to keep him out of trouble to some degree.
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« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2013, 06:17:09 PM »

No Tommy or Lucy tonight ~ I picked up the food.
We'll see what happens. It's hard not to imagine the worst for them.
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« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2013, 11:36:06 PM »

I'm sure you are very anxious.  I will be keep you, Tommy and Lucy in my prayers.  {{hugs}}
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« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2013, 09:47:16 AM »

Fingers and paws crossed that he comes by tonight!  It is awfully hard not to be anxious when they don't show.  The fireworks here yesterday spooked Gypsy enough that she stayed inside voluntarily (unusual) despite having been kept in all day on account of the heat; so hopefully Tommy is just being extra careful.  If it is warmer there, remember he will be less hungry too. 
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« Reply #23 on: July 01, 2013, 03:51:11 PM »

If they aren't used to the pet sitter, the different smell could be why they aren't back . Hopefully a few days of you doing it at the regular time & place will reassure them. Sending positive thoughts for you to see them both soon !
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« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2013, 05:24:54 AM »

No luck again  Cry
I'm beginning to think that it's because of the neighbor's cat who is here all the time. They put her out because she was peeing in the house and she now lives here and in their garage. No vet visits, big and small dogs who harass her, etc. She's a sweet older cat who just needs some love, so she hangs out in my yard. I'm guessing that the ferals may be avoiding her . . .
Wonder if I move the feeder (again  Tongue ) to the side yard, maybe that would be just far enough away that they might come.
Hoping that both Tommy and Lucy are alive and well and are finding food, water, and shelter somewhere else.
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« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2013, 09:45:19 AM »

Poor girl! 

I hope they show up soon.
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« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2013, 10:01:22 AM »

I hope so too!

Any chance that you need, ah, an extra indoor cat who is older?
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« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2013, 10:18:55 AM »

Nope, my girls are upset when they see her in "their" backyard.

I did move the feeder around to the side yard, as far away as I could from Cody's house (or should I say "garage"). We'll see what happens. In the meantime, I suspect the "night critters" (thanks, Spartycats, that says it perfectly) are eating well.  Undecided Undecided Undecided

Thanks for your well wishes. Just hope my ferals are okay. That's the hardest part for me.
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« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2013, 05:37:59 AM »

A cat has come the past two nights, but after midnight and before 7:00 am. I suspect it might be Tommy because the wet food is gone and the kibble is partially eaten. If it was another animal I would think everything would be eaten and the dishes would be moved or messy. I just wish now I knew who was coming and when.

QUICK RANT: My neighbors with Miss Kitty left for the holiday weekend yesterday and left her outside with only 2 dishes of water, no food, no shelter.  Angry Angry Angry Angry Apparently someone is supposed to take care of the cats (she has a pal inside) but she's very unfriendly with people she doesn't know and won't be easily caught. And her nemesis, Cody from across the street, is here a lot for some TLC.
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« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2013, 05:44:13 AM »

I'd think Miss Kitty qualifies as an abandoned cat, then, and could be turned in to your local no-kill if you can get her...poor baby.

It's good to hear that there is some sign that Tommy is back! I really hope it's him--raccoons would likely have finished off all the food and made a lot more mess.
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