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« on: December 05, 2012, 03:58:46 AM »

Tommy comes almost every night for dinner, but most of the time he's not eating much at all. It's the same food, fixed the same way as it's always been. Any ideas? I've seen him from a distance and he looks all right, but this afternoon I'm moving his feeding area from the side to the back of the garage so I can see him when he comes to eat. (Hey, flower gardens are overrated anyway, right?) He most definitely is a feral cat, but doesn't sleep here so may have others feeding him somehow. And (sigh) no more Lucy sightings and the food at her feeding area remains uneaten.

It's tough loving these feral guys . . .

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 05:30:40 AM »

It sounds like you aren't the only person feeding them. Maybe cut down how much you put out until you see them eating more ? I wouldn't stop putting it out though, in case they are hungry.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 06:16:52 AM »

Agree with Leslie that maybe someone else is feeding him, too. And maybe the mouse supply is extra good this year!

Hope Lucy will come back around soon...
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 02:35:39 PM »

I got the feeding area set up behind the garage where I could see the food dish (I have a raised, covered feeder ordered but it's not here yet). Tommy was here right on time - in fact, I hadn't quite gotten the food out, so he looked around and hid somewhere close by. I quickly put out the food (friskies wet with about a can of warm water mixed in - no kibble mixed in) and he came right back to eat. He ate for about 10 - 15 minutes and finished off probably 2/3 of the can. He looks good - thick coat and moves well. He didn't look like he had any trouble eating (I wondered about dental/jaw problems after being hit). So . . . Tommy had a good meal and is now eating in a place where I can do a better job of monitoring his appearance. I'd love to be able to have him hang out (at a distance is okay) when I am out, but that's a long way down the road, if ever.

Thanks for the reassurances. It's so hard to not worry about them.

And, I, too, hope that Lucy comes back to stay.
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 04:46:35 PM »

I'm so glad your Tommy is back, catmom!   Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012, 02:59:31 PM »

Happy news that tommy is back and eating better!
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