I worked out my budget, and I can give Zazzle 1/2 a can of food every day. It will be 9-Lives, which isn't the best...but also not the worst. I really just want it to be a treat, and let her get used to me being around (maybe one day even pet her!)
For now I am sitting on a stool about 6 feet away from the bushes, and the bowl is just beyond the edge of the bushes. It still takes her a good 10 minutes before she dares come out of the bushes to eat. Once she isn't so hesitant to be out in the open, I will start moving the bowl a few inches closer every few days, until she's right at my feet... or at least that's the plan!
Maybe I can start getting Tangelo to come around too. But since he's not fixed yet, he's still got the urge to roam territory...I've heard a feral tom's territory can be 2 or more miles...so I'm not surprised if I don't see him for days at a time. Maybe when (if?) I give him the ol'e snip-snip, he'll stick closer to my yard.
I started feeding it to her this week. I was thinking I would do it at sunset every day. However, in the winter I will be at work during sunset. Then I thought maybe sunrise, but I am too lazy and don't want to get up at 5:30 in summer.
I was thinking about sun-times, because while cats can't tell time in human terms, I am pretty sure they still have a general knowledge of time passing through regular cycles such as sun and moon settings, seasons, maybe even weeks or months, etc.
If I did it at 8am every day, would they know to come at that time? Even if some parts of the year it would be 2 hours after sunrise, or right at sunrise (late December)?
The night before she got spayed. Let me open the cage door to take a picture, and only hissed a little!