Haven't been posting much lately 'cause I've been prepping for my annual checkrides
Anyway, most of you know that in addition to the Herd of 14, we also have a few stray/ferals that we feed. Well, we finally got around to getting a trap for our own little T/N/R program. I got the trap yesterday and baited it last night after most of the Herd were in for the night. I got up this AM and discovered our first catch, "Cracker-Jack". I haven't written much about CJ because he has been more of a pest (chases some of our other cats) than a cat we'd like to keep.
He was not a happy camper when I went outside and saw him. He had ripped the plastic bowl I'd used to put the bait in to shreds. I was running a little bit late to spend much time with him, so I took him up to the isolation room, put a small litter box and food/water in and opened the trap. He made straight for the window....ouuuch!!
I got home from work about noon, changed clothes, got a carrier, and entered the room. Just then I thought, "Hmmm Spike, if he's really feral, how the heck are ya gonna get him in the carrier? Maybe shoulda left him in the trap you dope!!" Oh well, no use in crying until the scratches come
I had about 45 minutes until the vet opened back up from lunch, so I just sat down and started talking to him. He was very scared.....he was crying, not hissing though. To make a long story short, I eventually got to touch his head, then rubbed his ears, and actually did a couple of practice "pick-ups", all without a single hiss or scratch
By the time I put him in the carrier, he was rollin' around on the floor while I rubbed his body. I guess he's not a feral, just ANOTHER abandoned cat.
Anyway, Cracker-Jack is at the vet and will get neutered and a rabies vac. When I bring him home, I'll keep him inside for a night and then let him go Saturday. If he stays around, hopefully he'll act a bit better around the others. I'll get some pics of him tomorrow.
Will set the trap again Monday night since the vet is closed Sat pm and Sunday. Hoping to get Meeko or Honeybee next. Stay tuned!!