Ms. Jeff's Legacy
- Jul 2, 2019
jefferd18 It actually might not surprise me if Inky would not come. Even when I knew exactly where Thrasher was, she avoided coming to me for many, many hours. In fact, at one point she went much further from me. It was so frustrating. She obviously recognized me and even wanted to come but something had frightened her. I had to regain her trust after years of being around her. When she did enter the door she was very slow and extremely cautious. I waited until she was far into the room before pushing the door closed as quickly as I could. At first she was still nervous but when she finally calmed, that look of being safe inside returned. We just can’t take the feral or instincts out of any cat. Inky may just be reacting to something you did not see, hear or smell. We can put up protection to some extent and keep calling, enticing and encouraging. I thought I had sightings of Thrasher too. Was it? Only she can tell me for sure but it was just as puzzling as any possible sighting there. I understand the thoughts and feelings. They wash over us as we fret but , for Inky, you just hold on. Cry, gnash your teeth, shake your fists and then force yourself back up and searching. As long as you can. From my heart I plead, don’t give up if any other choice remains.
Thank you, Jcatbird .
I will put out a trap tonight. It might not help but it can't hurt. We have a one aggressive feral running around and I might end up getting him, which may indeed cause some others to come out of hiding. This is quite the reach. I got permission from the person who lives there. Now watch me trap a cat and both it and the trap get stolen. I have never seen anything like this in my life.This hick town has had problems in the past with animals.
My fear is that Inky can hear me and he just doesn't want to return home. It happens. I am in the process of moving and I know the noise was getting on his nerves. He is a very sensitive cat with a high stress level.